Leitung und Konzeption: Dr. Hendrik Stark
Inhaltliche Beiträge: Dr. Hendrik Stark, Dr. Fynn-Mathis Trautwein, Dr. Torgeir Ericson
Yoga: Nina Pröpster
This four-day course has been offered and further developed since 2022 as a contribution to the sustainability certificate at the University of Freiburg. It was also designed and offered in the form of a student workshop in WS 22/23. The leacture workshop retreat can also be offered at other universities. If you are interested, please drop me an email.
A lot of attention is paid to technologies, political and financial instruments, or nature-based solutions. However, the culture-defining psychology of perspectives, behaviors and experiences relevant to sustainability is still a side issue in social discourse. The importance of attitudes that promote sustainability as a contribution to the social transformation towards sustainability is increasingly being addressed in scientific work. After all, all actions and decisions are driven by psychological processes and are not least dependent on the culture experienced and lived.
In this block event you will get an insight into fields of action and spheres of influence relevant to sustainability as well as into relevant theories and findings from the contemplative sciences and environmental and social psychology in the context of sustainability, including practical application exercises.
This theoretical knowledge and methodical skills are potentially relevant for students of all disciplines to strengthen their self-perception and world perception, scientific reflexivity, expand their range of methods and supplement their skills for personal and professional challenges in which mindfulness and reflection are required are. The practical units can also serve as support for your own health, resilience and personal development.
Photos: H. Stark
The course offers you an introduction to relevant theories and practical applications on the subject of sustainability from the perspective of contemplative sciences, environmental and social psychology and neuroscience.
You will get to know the initial background and perspectives of the emerging contemplative sciences, in theory and in practical exercises in mindfulness and meditation. Together we will develop an initial approach to various facets of your experience in the context of your personal well-being and sustainability. Views and ways of thinking, emotions, values and norms "accompany" you consciously or unconsciously in private and professional situations. These mental or emotional factors potentially help determine what you pay attention to and how consciously you shape your life or professional activities, and how you appear in society. Through literature work and in group exchanges, they identify possible interesting interfaces between these mindfulness-based approaches and classic environmental and social psychological theories and findings. Your understanding will be enriched by relevant impulses from the neurosciences as well as by phenomenological methods and exercises for the first-person perspective.
We would like to inspire you to reflect on this knowledge and the experience we have gained for private and professional fields of application, so that you can get an idea of whether and how mindfulness and psychology can lead to the transformation towards more health and sustainability, especially in your life and in your discipline could support, and how to apply them there, e.g. to specific personal and academic issues.
Organizer: Freiburg Academy for University Continued Education (FRAUW), Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS)
Date, place: 17.05.2023 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | 18.-20. 06., 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | 21.05.2023 9:30 a.m. – approx. 1:00 p.m
29.06.2023 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Zoom group presentations)
The times are meant as a first guideline and can be slightly adjusted again. In addition to these times, there is still time for the personal letter of reflection. | Location of the face-to-face event: Liefmannhaus