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Deepening the Inner Work of Flourishing Together: Practicing Mindfulness in Troubled Times


In a time of rapid and destabilizing change and perceived threat, how might mindfulness assist us in living together in trustworthy and mutually strengthening ways? Law professor and mindfulness teacher Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., will discuss the research-indicated possibilities for mindfulness practices that have the depth and power to help us move toward the future with sustainable hope.

Lunch will be provided. Open to the Penn Community. Registration required.


Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., Professor of Law, Mindfulness Teacher, and Leading, Antiracist/Social Justice and Equity Educator/Advocate. An internationally-sought-after mindfulness teacher and Keynote speaker, and a thought and practice innovator of mindfulness-based social justice principles, concepts and practices, Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Contemplative Law and Ethics at the University of San Francisco.

Magee has spent more than twenty years integrating mindfulness into higher education, leadership and everyday social engagement. Her work explores the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices, and offering trauma-sensitive practices to support healing, resilience, personal wellbeing and flourishing together. Grounded in the science of mindfulness, wellbeing and resilience, she integrates storytelling, movement, journaling and other research-based experiential practices for strengthening our inner resources for navigating a world of constant change.

In recognition of her uniquely innovative impact on the field of mindfulness and wellbeing in law, Magee was the inaugural recipient of the Reed Smith Excellence in Wellbeing in Law Award (in 2022), awarded after an independent, national selection process by the Institute for Wellbeing in Law. In January 2023, Magee received an appointment to the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health.

A Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, she is an international Keynote speaker and mindfulness teacher trainer with a particular emphasis on integrating mindfulness into the everyday life in the face of the most vexing challenges of our times. She is student of a range of Buddhist traditions and mindfulness masters, and is a lay teacher in the Peacemaker Order led by Upaya Zen Center founder Roshi Joan Halifax. She has served as an advisor to a range of leading mindfulness-based professional development organizations, including the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, the Brown Mindfulness Center, the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

Rhonda Magee was named one of Mindful Magazine’s Inaugural Twelve Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement in 2019. Rhonda’s award-winning book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (Penguin Random House Tarcher Perigee: 2019; paperback edition 2021), was named one of the top ten books released for the year by the Greater Good Science Center, and received similar recognition by Psychology Today and the editors of Mindful.org: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-clarity/201912/my-favorite-psychology-books-2019

Part of the SNF Paideia designated course, Mindfulness and Human Development, EDUC 2551, with Elizabeth Mackenzie, Ph.D.

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