In the fall of 2018, we co-designed and co-facilitated a student-driven freshman seminar on mindfulness and meditation, weaving together inquiry-based and experiential learning to promote self-discovery and social transformation within an intentional community. In this seminar students explored different meditative practices by analyzing scientific research and by experiencing meditation and mindfulness themselves. As the above student reflection underscores, this photo essay illustrates how, with minimal resources and support, we dared to conceive a classroom that not only eschewed traditional rows, desks, and tables but also utilized communal spaces beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom. In this way we reimagined our notion of the experiential learning classroom to create a freshman seminar that supported active and engaged learning.

Reconfiguring the physical classroom invited students to reexamine their relationship to learning from being passive recipients of knowledge to becoming active agents in their education. Because our university lacked funds, we...

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