Contemplative Practices Conference

CANCELLED:  The Mindful Schools, Families, and Communities Conference

The Contemplative Practices Conference Series is a joint effort by the Centers for Child and Family Well-Being at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Washington. Every other year, each Center takes a turn at hosting a conference to gather together researchers and practitioners whose work promotes the well-being of children and families through mindfulness.

3/12/20:  Both the University of Wisconsin—Madison and the University of Washington have switched to online instruction, cancelling in-person gatherings for all or part of the current term, in response to the unfolding public health situation related to the virus causing COVID-19. We are mindful of the need to enact “social distancing” measures to reduce risk (#flattenthecurve). Thus, we have made the decision to cancel the Center for Child & Family Well-Being (CCFW) Mindful Schools, Families, and Communities conference scheduled for May 15-16, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Conference Registration: UW—Madison will be refunding all registration costs to those who registered for the conference.

Flights and other Travel Arrangements should be canceled directly.

Future Plans: We are exploring avenues for future online/virtual offerings from our scheduled speakers as well as looking into a possible collaboration with The Mind & Life 2020 Contemplative Research Conference (November 2020 in Madison, WI).

Resources for Communicating with Children about COVID-19: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this resource for parents/caregivers of children and this comic provides a way to talk with children about coronavirus.

Please email with any questions or concerns related to the conference cancellation.

We wish you, your families, and your communities well during this time.

Larissa Duncan, Director, CCFW, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Liliana Lengua, Director, CCFW, University of Washington


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