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Spring Symposium on Mindfulness and SpiritualitySymposium_flyer_sm
April 19-29, 2016


Welcome to the Oates Institute’s Spring Symposium on Mindfulness and Spirituality, April 2016!


The symposium is intended to generate conversation and thoughtful reflection with members of the Oates Institute and guests on the specific topic of mindfulness and spirituality. Participation will be limited to those that have purchased access through our online portal.




We have an outstanding lineup of presenters focusing on Mindfulness and Spirituality (all times are Eastern Daylight Time, USA):

April 19th, 7 PM–Father Richard Rohr, OFM,Richard Rohr pictureFranciscan priest, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, N.M. He is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher in Christian mysticism and is the author of many books including the one with his topic, Topic, “Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer.”


April 20th, 7 PM–Peter Buecker, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, who studied with John Cabot- Zinn, established Meditation MD because wanted to Buecker_smhelp persons learn simple and doable skills to help feel better in body, mind, and life. Topic, “Mindfulness as a Path to Inner Peace: A Physician’s Journey.” Read More.


April 21st, 3 PM–Father Joseph Mitchell, CP, President, Earth & Spirit Center, Louisville, KY, topic, “The Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation.”


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April 25th, 3 PM–Glenn Hinson, Ph.D., well-known scholar in the Christian Classics, will share on the topic “Mindfulness Practices in the Christian Tradition: What Have I Learned from Thomas Merton and Douglas Steere, a Quaker,” author of A Serious Call to A Contemplative Lifestyle” and other books. Read More.


April 26th, 3 PM–Eric McCollum, Ph.D., LCSW, LMF, Professor & Program Director, MFT Program, Virginia Tech, Author of a new book, Mindfulness for Therapists: Practice for the Heart, the book grew out of research on the positive effects on therapists well-being with MFT professionals and trainees, “Mindfulness for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals.” Read more.


April 27th, 7 PM–Tenzin Kiyosaki, Hospice Chaplain, in Home Health, South Bay Area of Los Angeles, Certified Chaplain, former practicing Buddhist nun for 27 years, ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, currently a lay practitioner, former Buddhist chaplain at the US Air Force Academy. Topic, “Buddhist Mindfulness & Contemplation.” Read more.


April 28th, 7 PM–TBA


April 29th, 3 PM–Wrap Up



Registration for this symposium is now open. Use the registration link above for individual attendees. If you have questions, please email: registration@oates.org for further information.

Symposium Fees: $150 for non-members; $95 for members;  $70 for retirees & students.

Some partial scholarships are available. Contact registration@oates.org.



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