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Center for Contemplative Studies


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Center for Contemplative Studies

Contact Info:
Donald McCown
Associate Professor

Christine Moriconi
Associate Professor

700 S. Church St.
West Chester, PA 19383
(across from Anderson Hall)

Phone: 610-436-2200

Founded in 2011, the Center for Contemplative Studies has as its mission to create a culture for students, faculty, and the community to understand, apply and create a contemplative approach to life and learning. The vision is to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing within the West Chester University community. The Center will implement this mission by providing experiences and synthesis of contemplative practices; for individuals, educators, researchers and community service.

Not sure what contemplative studies is? Well, if you've heard of Yoga, mindfulness meditation, or T'ai Chi Ch'uan, you've already heard about contemplative practices.

The Center for Contemplative Studies has three main branches:

  • Research
  • Service
  • Academic

The Center also offers a monthly seminar series for continuing professional education of clinicians and educators, as well as day-long mindfulness retreats for the University and community each semester. You'll find these events listed in our calendar below. Also, please visit our Facebook page and YouTube Channel for events and resources:


Grand Opening - Center for Contemplative Studies

CCS Grand Opening Flyer

Wednesday, September 28
10-3pm Open Workshops
3pm Ceremony and Reception
Ehinger Gym Annex 700 S. Church Street (across from Anderson Hall)

Pat and Diane Croce, important supporters of the Center, will officially open the doors at a ribbon-cutting and gong-ringing ceremony, followed by a reception. FREE REFRESHMENTS!

Through mindfulness meditation and other practices that you can learn at the Center, you can find balance in your life and success in your studies. Come to our daily scheduled mindful yoga and meditation sessions, or just drop in for a "tune down" to relieve stress and get your focus back.

We hope to see you soon - and often!

View the Grand Opening Flyer