25-29 May 2020
The Role of Micro-phenomenology research and practice
in the urgent ecological questions that our society is meeting
13-17 May 2019, near Vendôme, France
The Phenomenological Epochè as Practice, and the Practice of Meditation
An ethnographic film, 58 min.
The suspension of verbal and perceptive judgment, the suspension of conceptual superimpositions on lived experience, is the common ground of both phenomenology and meditative practice. But how does one suspend judgment? How does it feel? What kinds of understanding of ourselves and our relation to others and to the world may unfold through this particular operation?
In May 2019, 40 phenomenologists and meditators met near Loire valley to form a living laboratory. Their purpose was to investigate the experience of épochè; a central concept in phenomenology, often referred to as the act of suspending judgment.
This film documents how new understandings emerge in interactions between phenomenologists and experienced meditators. Through microphenomenological interviews and meditation they come to see the contours of specific micro-acts and micro-events that appear to be key to our ability of suspending judgment.
Directed by: Christian Suhr and Claire Petitmengin
Filmed by: Christian Suhr
Edited by: Mette Bahnsen
Produced by: Christian Suhr, Mette Bahnsen, Claire Petitmengin, Natalie Depraz, and Michel Bitbol
The workshop was sponsored by Mind & Life Europ
© 2020, Mind & Life Europe and Persona Film
27-28 June 2018, Berlin
Session led by Claire Petitmengin
Instant after instant, our lived experience unfolds not only in time but also as a 'space' with highly variable depth, fluidity, and brightness. Through tactile and auditory explorations, this workshop invites you to become aware of two modes of coming into contact with the world – touching and being touched – and to discover the strong impact these two modes have on the qualities of your lived space.
29-31 March 2017, Lyon, France
Organized by the Thésée project
What do a caregiver and a patient live when they meet for the first time? What are the different facets of their experience? What place do words, gestures, cognitive activity, body, feelings and emotions occupy? How is the relationship created? How to study these first encounters and their stakes? Is it possible to foster first "successful" meetings between patients and caregivers?
12-16 June 2017, Nemours, France
The experience of the present moment
The aim of this workshop is to offer graduate students and professionals (psychotherapists, cognitive psychologists, trainers in mindfulness therapies etc.) an insight into first-person approaches, with direct application to the experience that unfolds during contemplative practices.
A project of Mind & Life Europe, presented by M. Bitbol, N. Depraz & C. Petitmengin