Meditation and volunteering are good for your heart, brain, and whole being. Combined, they foster positive neuroplasticity. Study the science of neuroplasticity, and meditate to expand your mind and heart. You will also volunteer for one to two hours extra each week at English-in-Action, International House, or Refugee Transitions. This experiential learning will deepen our knowledge of other cultures and help international students, refugees, and immigrants in the often-challenging transition to American life.
Amelia Barili has developed an innovative pedagogy integrating recent findings of cognitive science and neurobiology with meditation and service learning. She received Berkeley’s Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in 2008.
Note: this class requires 1 to 2 hours of volunteering per week in addition to the scheduled class meetings.