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Call for Submissions

We are proud to introduce the Journal of Contemplative and Holistic Education. We are calling for papers/works for our inaugural issue. This is an online and peer-reviewed journal. It is biannual, with special issues edited by invited scholars or practitioners. We explore innovative formats of submissions that include traditional forms of knowledge, such as peer-reviewed academic research articles and reviews, as well as non-traditional forms, such as reflective and arts-based essays, interviews with practitioners and spiritual teachers, community voices, field notes, reviews of educational practices and events. Other forms including visual formats, such as a gallery of holistic education works, photovoice, practitioner arts and reflections, and video and audio/sound submissions are welcomed.

Our goal for education and inquiry is wisdom rather than just knowledge.

Mission and Features of the Journal

The journal calls for papers/works that address/illustrate

  1. Holistic development and integration of learners’ minds, bodies, hearts, and spirits through contemplative, creative, spiritual, and holistic means.
  2. Philosophical, spiritual, pedagogical, and practice-oriented approaches for cultivating and studying inner growth, cultivating knowledge and understanding of external realities with awareness of individuals' internal selves.
  3. Examining diverse contemplative, spiritual, holistic education traditions and practices for cultivating individuals' holistic well-being and wisdom.
  4. Theories of and practical approaches to cognitive, emotional, intuitive, creative, relational, ecological, ethical and spiritual learning.
  5. Innovative pedagogies for inner growth and development, such as meditation, mindfulness, qigong, tai chi, yoga, embodiment, ceremony/cultural ritual, music, dance and movement, storytelling, the visual arts, and reflective writing (e.g., diaries, journals, essays, and poetry).
  6. Contemplative inquiry as a practical tool and, more importantly, a deep philosophical, spiritual, and educational approach to lead students, teachers, and researchers to a greater understanding of humanity’s oneness with each other and with Nature.
  7. The use of creative forms of holistic education that encourage learners to become engaged in society and become a transformative force.
  8. Works on contemplative, spiritual, embodied, and holistic research methods/methodologies that are inclusive of Indigenous and Global South epistemologies, reflexive and relational ethics, and autoethnographies.
  9. Comparing educational systems in different parts of the world in terms of how well and how often they engage learners in contemplative and holistic learning.
  10. The intersections amongst contemplative inquiry and holistic education and social justice, activism, peace, and ecological education.
  11. A creative and applied platform to engage contemporary social-ecological concerns in educators’ scholarship and daily practices in the classrooms and beyond.

Submission Format

We look for innovative and explorative submissions that include but are not limited to the following formats. Please seek out inquiries via the Editor-in-Chief team (hbang@bgsu.edu).

Invited section

  1. Invited reviews
  2. Commentaries (short commentary articles on previously published or invited articles)
  3. Short Reflective essays
  4. Invited Interviews (with scholars, artists, community leaders; approx. 3000 words)

Peer reviewed section

  1. Research articles (APA style; approx. 5000-8000 words)
  2. Book Reviews (500-1100 words)
  3. Commentaries (short commentary articles on published or invited articles, approx. 2000-3000 words.)
  4. Reflective essays (approx. 2000-3000 words)
  5. Arts-based essays (including video, sound-based, and multimodal components)
  6. Interviews with practitioners, spiritual teachers, students and youth, among others
  7. Voices and perspectives from community groups, organizers, activists, K-12 educators and practitioners (approx. 2000-3000 words)
  8. Field notes (observational, experiential and practitioner-based commentaries; written, visual and audio formats accommodated)
  9. Reviews of current educational practices and events (500-1100 words)
  10. Holistic education exhibitions
  11. Video and audio/sound-based submissions