This is a partial list of organizations whose work integrates contemplative practice, social justice, an education. There are, of course, many more. There are also numerous books and articles available, which can be found through the links of these organizations and through the work of the contributors on this site. 


Select Organizations

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

"The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society transforms higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative/introspective practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society." 

Off the Mat, Into the World

"Off the Mat, Into the World® (OTM), is dedicated to bridging yoga and activism. Founded in 2007, OTM’s mission is to "use the tools of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism. We define activism as an act of standing for solidarity, equity, justice and freedom for all." 

Brown University's Contemplative Studies Initiative

The Contemplative Studies Initiative is a group of Brown faculty with diverse academic specializations who are united around a common interest in studying the underlying philosophy, psychology, and phenomenology of contemplative experience, across time, cultures and traditions.

Insight Meditation Center

"In offering a spiritual refuge for awakening, IMS is committed to cultivating a community that reflects the diversity of our society and our world. We believe that all members benefit from diversity, as a wide range of human experiences and viewpoints broadens and enriches the understanding of all. We seek to promote the inclusion, equity and participation of people of diverse identities, classes, religions, abilities and ages, that all may feel welcome, safe and respected within this community."

Holistic Life Foundation

"The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence based programs and curriculum to improve community well-being."

 South Asian American Perspectives on Yoga in America (SAAPYA)

"South Asian American Perspectives on Yoga in America is platform and network for the voices of yoga teachers and students from across the South Asian diaspora.  The guiding principle of SAAPYA is that South Asian folks in America have a vital role to play in sustaining yoga through the integration of our contemporary bodies and relevant cultural lineage.  SAAPYA aims to provide South Asian led cultural awareness workshops, trainings, and panels to increase best practices around integration of South Asian cultural production and theology in yoga studios, yoga publications, and yoga accreditation bodies. "

The Yoga and Body Image Coalition

"The Yoga and Body Image Coalition works with all of the ways yoga and body image intersect to create greater access and dignity for all. Our coalition is committed to developing, promoting and supporting yoga that is accessible, body-positive and reflects the full range of human diversity. We advocate yoga as an essential tool in personal transformation, from the inside out, including a critical social justice component. We inform, educate and work with organizations that are ready to shift the current media paradigm to one that is more inclusive, equitable and just, and challenge industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a yogi looks like."

The Yoga Service Council

"The Yoga Service Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit yoga service organization supporting yoga service across the country, and beyond. The YSC was formed in 2009 at the Omega Institute by a small group of organizations bringing yoga to underserved populations, working to support each other, exchange ideas, and envision the future in a stronger and more intentional way."

Videos and Webinars

**Note: there are a series of good webinars on the integration of contemplative practices and social justice in higher education on The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society's website HERE

Dr. Beth Berila. "Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy." Webinar for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. May 19, 2014.

Dr. Michelle Chatman, "Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness." Webinar for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. February 26, 2014. 

Rhonda Magee, JD. "Contemplating Race, Law, and Justice: Some Notes on Pedagogy for Changing the World." 2012 Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference Keynote, amherst, MA.

________________."Legal Education as Contemplative, Multicultural Inquiry," Webinar for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. May 7, 2012.

John A. Powell, JD."A Tale of Two Movements: What Transformative and Contemplative Education Can Learn from Each Other." ISCS 2014 Pre-Conference Keynote.

Dr Michael Yellowbird "Decolonizing the Mind: Healing through Neurodecolonization and Mindfulness." Portland State University, Portland Oregon, January 24, 2014. 

Select Books and Articles

Beth Berila. Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education. NY; Routledge, 2015.

Kakali Bhattacharya and Rachéle Payne. "Mixing Mediums, Mixing Selves: Arts-Based Contemplative Approaches to Border Crossings." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. (2016).

__________________. "Diving Deep into Oppositional Beliefs: Healing the Wounded, Transnational, De/Colonizing Warrior Within." Cultural Studies↔ Critical Methodologies (2015) 1-9.

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. The Activist's Ally: Contemplative Tools for Social Change. 2007.

Mushim Patricia Ikeda.  "I Vow Not to Burn Out." Lion's Roar (August 11, 2016).

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2015.

John A. Powell, JD. Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. Indiana University Press, 2015.

Laura Rendón. Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking)Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice, and Liberation. Stylus Publishing, 2014.

James K. Rowe. Zen and the Art of Social Movement Maintenance. Transformation: Where Love Meets Social Justice. March 27, 2015.

______________. "Micropolitics and Collective Liberation: Mind/Body Practice and Left Social Movements." New Political Science, 38:22, 206-225.

Michael Yellowbird. Neurodecolonization: Using mindfulness practices to delete the neural networks of colonialism [Chapter 3]. In For Indigenous minds only: A decolonization handbook (pp. 57-83). Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press, 2012.