The Center of Mindful Inquiry (CMI) is dedicated to teaching the practices and principles of mindfulness to professionals. The Center was founded by Claire Stanley, Ph.D and Jack Millett, MAT in 2007.
CMI offers online and face-to-face courses, consultancies, workshops for professionals who are both new to and experienced in mindfulness practices. The basis of the work is a non-sectarian approach to insight (vipassana) meditation and Buddhist philosophy, out of which all mindfulness practices grow.All courses taught at CMI integrate study, meditation, and reflection in community as vehicles for developing wise and compassionate action in the world.
In the year 2000, we began the pioneering work of the integration of mindfulness in teacher education. At that time, most people in the field of education did not even know what was meant by "mindfulness." Today, mindfulness is known to almost everyone and programs abound at the level of K-12 curriculum development as well as campus-wide efforts toward mindfulness at universities across the nation.
Three years ago, we at CMI developed a Certificate Program in Mindfulness for Educators in affiliation with Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Antioch University New England that granted nine graduate credits, the first of its kind in the country. The graduates of our program continue this work in public and private schools, community colleges, and universities from Georgia and Missouri as far North as Toronto, Canada. The program is now offered through Antioch (see under News on the right) in a completely online format. These years of program development have been both extraordinary and demanding.
Thus, before we begin to teach again in September, we are taking a Sabbatical Leave from April to mid-August to unplug, turn inward, and undertake this practice in its ancient form. We will be in a silent retreat, cultivating continuous mindfulness and intensive insight meditation for three months. Having done this kind of retreat a number of times in the past, we trust that it will be a challenging and inspiring time. As we continue to offer mindfulness courses in teacher education, we aspire to bring greater presence and clarity, deeper compassion and kindness. May this practice be dedicated to the benefit of all beings everywhere.