Contemplation By Design


Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 11.39.04 AMContemplation by Design (CBD) is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary event designed by BeWell to encourage all members of the Stanford community to enjoy the power of the pause

During the week of November 3–7, free events will be offered all around campus that further balance, tranquility and creative excellence. Faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to take a short break from their high-level output of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit.

Each event is designed to bring the Stanford community together in recognizing the importance of quieting the thinking mind and refreshing oneself through quiet contemplation. Events include research on the neuroscience of contemplation, skill-building, campus arts and experiences with the natural beauty found right here on campus.

The week’s events culminate with the Hoover carillon bells ringing to signal the university’s commitment to emotional well-being. All members of the Stanford community are invited to gather in Dorhmann Grove and the Oval ear to share the concert and contemplative pause. The Carillon concert will also be broadcast live on KZSU radio at 90.1 FM and streamed online at

All events are free, but registration is required.
Register here

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 3

12:00 p.m. - Contemplation: the Power of the Pause for Calm Compassionate Competence, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (room 130)*
5:00 p.m. - Mindfulness and Design Thinking, Institute of Design ( atrium)*
9:00 p.m. - Contemplation Breaks for Stanford Students, Residence Halls

Tuesday, November 4

10:00 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m. - Labyrinth Walks, Windhover Contemplative Center
12:00 p.m. - Contemplative Wisdom, the CIRCLE Sanctuary Room, Old Union (3rd floor)*
4:00 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 4:40 p.m. - Labyrinth Walks, Windhover Contemplative Center 
5:30 p.m. - Happiness (I Thrive Workshop), Clark Center auditorium
9:00 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m. - Labyrinth Walks, Windhover Contemplative Center

Wednesday, November 5

12:00 p.m. - Integrating Our Work and Life Aspirations, Building 300, Main Quad, Room 300*
5:00 p.m. – Walking Meditation and Contemplation of Inscriptions, Memorial Church*
8:00 p.m. – Om Under the Dome (yoga), Memorial Church
9:00 p.m. – Contemplation Breaks for Stanford Students, Residence Halls

Thursday, November 6

12:00 p.m. - Contemplative Concert in Bing, Bing Concert Hall
5:00 p.m. - Contemplation, Breaks and Vacation, Always Building (room M106)*
7:00 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m. - Labyrinth Walk, Memorial Church

Friday, November 7

12:00 p.m. - Carillon Concert and Quiet Contemplation, Oval Ear and Dorhman Grove

Note: Asterisks mark BeWell Berry events. Registration is required to receive Berry credit.


CBD events are designed to help people to reach PEACE:

Pause: settle the dynamic, active mind to renew the mind-body-spirit connection.

Exhale: breathe deeply in stressful situations to restore balance in the nervous system and facilitate the ability to respond skillfully to stressors rather than react or repress.

Attend: be aware of the present moment experience by mindfully attending to sensations from each of the senses.

Connect: compassionately connect to what is happening now  intrapersonally, interpersonally and as a communitymember — and discern how to relate in ways that sustain health and happiness for oneself and others.

Express: oneself in authentic, creative and compassionate ways —including design, art, scholarship, friendship and community service and volunteering.

These skills, summarized in the acronym PEACE, offer a way of living by which solutions are created, well-being is enhanced and excellence is sustained.


BeWell@Stanford serves as the overarching health and wellness resource for Stanford University. By facilitating a culture of wellness at Stanford, BeWell encourage individuals, departments and families to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors.