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Hemera's Contemplative Fellowships for Educators (CFE) program supports educators’ growth through contemplative practice in a retreat setting, allowing individuals the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, personal well-being, and professional efficacy, and, in turn, embody and apply these qualities to promote positive school cultures.
The CFE program provides retreat scholarship support to people who currently work full-time in pre-K or K-12 education, or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education. The long term vision of these fellowships is that they become the basis for an ever-expanding community of educators whose lives and teaching are informed and supported by contemplative practice.
If you are new to meditation or have never attended a retreat longer than a weekend, you are eligible for full funding. At most centers, applicants who have previously attended a meditation retreat longer than a weekend are eligible for fifty percent support, with need-based support available beyond that.
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There is no single application deadline; instead, prospective fellows should apply directly to the retreat center they are interested in attending for the particular retreat they would like to attend. Certain retreats at each center are eligible for fellowship funding. Please carefully review the fellowship application details and other information on the retreat center's website so that you have a clear idea of what is involved in applying for a fellowship for the retreat you select. We strongly recommend applying early, while there are still fellowships available at the center you're interested in.
To learn more about the CFE program and apply for a fellowship at the following centers and communities, please follow the links below.
Fellowships are now available at these retreat centers:
- Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, California and New York
- Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT
- Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush, NY
- Dharma Ocean, Crestone, CO
- Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
- Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA
- Karme Choling Retreat Center, Barnet, VT
- Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
Visit our online community forum to read, join, and create conversations with other educators interested in contemplative practices.
We have partnered with Inner Explorer to offer forum users a free one-year subscription to the Inner Explorer Classroom Kit, a mindfulness-based audio program designed for daily use in the classroom. Click here for more information on how to accept this offer.