This list of academics and community practitioners is provided as a way of allowing the network to grow organically and for people to find likeminded practitioners in terms of interests and disciplines.

If you would like to become a part of the Contemplative Pedagogies Network Australia and be listed in this directory please fill in the contact form


abigail-lewisAbigail Lewis I’m the the Clinical Coordinator for placements and a Lecturer in speech pathology within the School of Psychology and Social Science at Edith Cowan University. I’m interested in supporting students to manage stress and anxiety when on placements. I teach some mindfulness strategies and also get them to complete a health and wellness plan. I’m also interested in the development of reflective practice. But I’m just a beginner in this area! Email


9562Lotte Latufeku
is Head of Music at Excelsia College. She holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Wollongong, Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music (NY) and a Bachelor of Music from the ANU School of Music. In 2010 Lotte received the UOW Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning and in 2011 she was awarded an ALTC National Teaching Citation for pioneering a research–led, socio-cultural approach to learning singing that encourages self-regulation in students through peer assessment and social interaction. Lately, her research has been focused on resilience as a necessary quality for graduate musicians, and asks to what extent it is possible to create activities and assessments in creative arts degrees that develop professional and personal resilience in graduates. In early 2015 she spent three months as Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester working with colleagues on resilience focused curriculum for creative arts students. She is currently seconded to the UOW Learning Teaching and Curriculum Unit to work with faculties on the UOW Curriculum Transformation Project. Email

Patricia.2Patricia Morgan’s interest in the impacts of contemplation began in 1996 with yoga and meditation practice, which then influenced her development of trance video art experiments.  She moved from art making to community art and development where she combined contemplative and creative practice.  More recently she has been researching contemplative education and in 2013 received her PhD from UNSW for the first philosophical thesis in Australia on the place of contemplative consciousness in education. Since then she has conducted contract research and teaching in contemplative education, transformative learning, contemplative ethics, contemplative law, contemplative art, social policy and mindful leadership.  She has been an invited speaker at the University of Sydney, UNSW, the Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, Wollongong University, the University of Massachusetts and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2014 she was contracted by UNSW to design and facilitate a number of workshops on contemplative studies, a symposium on contemplative education, and a workshop on the care of self and others for UNSW staff.  In 2015 Patricia was awarded a contemplative fellowship at the Mind and Life Institute. Recent presentations include: Meeting of Minds: Art, Science, Technology and the Brain, Marina Abramović: In Residence Program, Sydney on ‘translating the ineffable,’ or prefigurative experience from contemplation; co-presented on appropriate methods to engage the precognitive through contemplation at the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE), Macquarie University, Sydney, and a lecture/workshop on contemplative art at UNSW’s School of Art and Design.  Her publications range across the history of contemporary contemplative education, the ground-of-being experience in contemplative education, contemplative law, contemplative methodologies, second-person or intersubjective experience in education and most recently contemplative practice in mathematics education. Currently she is a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Canberra and UNSW researching the impact of ICT on work/life balance. She is committed to returning first-person experience, engaged through contemplation, to education as she understands this to be the foundation of all other stages. Listen to ABC interview or watch a 3 minute video introducing her PhD research. Email Patricia or contact on Linkedin

IMG_0994Marcus O’Donnell I am Head of Digital Pedagogies at the University of Wollongong. After working as a journalism and media studies academic for the past ten years I recently moved to the Learning Teaching and Curriculum Unit where I helped develop the UOW Curriculum Transformation Project.  I have been involved in a variety of contemplative practices since I was a teenager and I’m currently a zen student with Australian teacher Susan Murphy Roshi. Part of our curriculum renewal project includes the development of a mindfulness-based resilience strategy for staff and students that brings together curricular and co-curricular approaches. I have been highly influenced by Ronald Barnett’s work on the “ontological turn” in which he challenges us to concentrate on aspects of student being and becoming rather than on their “knowing”. I’ve used a range of reflective activities in journalism classes including a repeated “Philosophy of Journalism Statement” where students reflect on their work so far and what they need to do next to become the sort of journalist they desire to be. My current research interests include narrative models of curriculum, digital literacies and digital mindfulness, building digital communities of contemplative practice, and whole of course approaches to contemplative pedagogy. I have worked for many years as a professional and volunteer in community organisations and remain committed to a world-facing model of contemplation in action that draws on the fast evolving areas of compassion and autism research. Email Personal Website  Twitter

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAhgAAAAJGQzZjYxNzZjLWZiM2QtNDEwNS1hMjk1LTBjNWMyZTJmMzk4NAHolly Priddis is a lecturer of Midwifery at Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. Holly completed her PhD in 2015 titled: “Experiences of women who have severe perineal trauma, their associated morbidity and health service provision in New South Wales, Australia: A mixed methods study”. Her key areas of interest include birth trauma, perinatal mental health and experiences of early parenting. In addition, Holly is passionate about the experiences of students and is currently project lead on a mixed methods project investigating the characteristics of resilience and grit amongst first year undergraduate midwifery and nursing students. Holly has a keen interest in contemplative pedagogies stemming from her personal experiences and teaching practices, whereby Holly aims to introduce mindfulness and attentive listening into the education of the future health workforce. Email

imageJanine Rix I feel strongly that wellness and contemporary insights re. mindfulness etc. should not only be taught to students, but embedded throughout the curriculum at all levels of education, particularly in Higher Education. I work within the Student Success and Retention team at Griffith University and know that these are vital skills to assist students with their journey within higher education, and throughout their entire lives. Email


uow112009Sarah Tillott is a lecture in Health promotion at the University of Wollongong and is currently in the final stages of her PhD (School of Education, UOW) exploring resilience in primary school children. In 2014, Sarah was the project manager of a mindfulness pilot study which reviewed the effects of mindfulness for equity students at UOW. She is Chair of the UOW Mindfulness and Resilience Task & Finish group who are exploring ways to promote resilience and wellbeing fo UOW for staff and students. Sarah is currently seconded to Learning and Teaching Curriculum (LTC) to work on implementing resilience and wellbeing based practices as part of the Curriculum Transformation team. Sarah has written her own resilience-based resources for children that align with the Health and Physical Education school curriculum and the Primary School Wellbeing framework. This work has been endorsed by the The Australian Primary Principals Association.  Sarah Works with the NRL St-George Illawarra Dragons in primary schools to promote the importance and awareness surrounding resilience as early intervention and prevention model to promote long-term health and wellbeing. In 2013 she received a UOW Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Award for her efforts in teaching and assessment design. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Nursing; an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy; a Post Graduate degree in Health Science, Herbal Medicine, she has studied solution orientated kinesiology, and has completed course work in a Masters (promoting positive workplace cultures). Email