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Contemplative Practice: About Contemplative Practice at CCBC

Our Current Community Book

What Is Contemplative Practice and Why Use It?

Contemplative Community Circle Mission Statement

The mission of the Contemplative Community Circle (CCC) is to provide a welcoming space for CCBC faculty and staff to learn, share, and experience contemplative practices through introspection, meaning making, creativity, insight, and connection to others. CCC members, in turn, share these contemplative practices with the CCBC community in and outside of the classroom.

The CCC is housed in the Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE) and shares the commitment of promoting access and equity for all persons

Contemplative Practices for Students

  • We have developed a Week of Mindfulness (WofM) ahead of our conferences that includes multiple campuses, disciplines, and co-curricular experiences, to share contemplative practices with students.  
  • We bring speakers to campus to share ideas about mindfulness. Notably Marisela Gomez of the Baltimore and Beyond: Mindfulness Community
  • We bring speakers to campus to share ideas about mindfulness. Notably Marisela Gomez of the Baltimore and Beyond: Mindfulness Community  came to share with us in 2019.  
  • We hold periodic Refress-Sesh opportunities, where students may attend mindfulness experiences, such as the labyrinth walk, yoga, contemplative art, etc.  

The Contemplative Community Circle (CCC) Was Founded by Stephanie Briggs in 2016

Recent and Upcoming Events

Journeying and Returning:  

Body, Speech, and Mind in Action 

A two-part workshop with Stephanie Briggs and Elaine Yuen.  

Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, 2023 

9:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday / 10 am to 1 pm on Sunday 

ThorpeWood Mountain Retreat 


Contemplative Practices Deepening

Awareness and Concentration

Friday, October 21

Learn about contemplative practice, with the goals of enhancing cognitive performance, empowering creativity, managing stress and emotional challenges, developing the “whole person”, and staying present and connected to the community and to the world. Gerard Yun, Assistant Professor of Community Music at Canada’s Wilfred Laurier University, will present on the contemplative and meditative aspects of music, and our connections to communities and to Nature. Contact David Hewitt: or Alyssa Simms-Clark:

Free for all CCBC faculty/staff or currently enrolled CCBC students! Registration link: QuickReg/Register.jsp?frc=CEWELL (CRN 32476).

• Contemplative Session I: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. • Presentation by Gerard Yun: 12:20–1:50 p.m. • Contemplative Session II: 2–2:55 p.m. • Contemplative Session III: 3:05–4 p.m.

What Does the Contemplative Community Circle Do?

Monthly gatherings for faculty and staff  

Our CCC consists of faculty and staff from all parts of the campus. We have representation from The Office of Intercultural Engagement, for-credit schools, the library, and continuing education, to name a few. We meet monthly to share contemplative practices and plan mindful events.  If you would like to join us, please see the calendar for the next meeting and reach out to us for more information. 

Annual Contemplative Community Circle/Continuing Education Conference 

Each year, we hold a conference on contemplative practice.  

Rooted in Community & Contemplative Practice Mini-Conference, November 2018 connected with Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. 

Threading Care, Compassion and Social Justice through Contemplative Practice,

November 2019 connected with Kate Evans’ Threads of the Refugee Crisis. 

Finding Our Truth, Finding Our Stories, through Contemplative Practice,

October 2020 connected with Thomas King’s The Truth about Stories  

Contemplative Community Circle Conference, 2021

Stay tuned for more information regarding the Fall 2021 conference, which will focus on themes from the Community Book, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through the Storm, by Tich Nhat Hanh. Date TBD. 

Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh

If you are using the book, Fear, here are some useful resources: 

Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert

Mindfulness for Faculty

  • Professional Development: We share contemplative practice sessions at professional development opportunities. 
  • Mindfulness Spaces: We created affinity meditation groups for racial justice and healing in Fall 2020. 
  • Contemplative Retreats: We have shared retreats for faculty, such as one held at Thorpewood Retreat Center in Thurmont for School of Health Professionals in 2018 and for CCBC educators and students in March 2023. 

If you have an idea how contemplative practices might be useful for your program, please contact us

CCC Relationships at CCBC

We work with departments, groups and organizations on campus to strengthen contemplative practice opportunities.  

If you would like to partner with the Contemplative Community Circle, please reach out. Contact information below.  

Other Contemplative Opportunities at CCBC

Contact Us!

Do you have questions or ideas for the Contemplative Community Circle? Please contact Contemplative Community Circle Co-Facilitators, Dave Hewitt ( or Alyssa Simms-Clark (  

Do you have a suggestion for this Library Research Page? Please contact Amy Pucino ( or Debra Sambuco (