THE EXPERIENCE

In 2011, Molly Beauregard, a sociology professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, offered a groundbreaking new course: “Consciousness, Creativity and Identity”. Rooted in the academic literature of identity studies, Beauregard’s class was unique in offering students the chance to experience meditation first-hand. Alongside a traditional and rigorous syllabus, her course also integrated silence and reflection, providing students not only with an introduction to the discipline, but an opportunity to learn for the sake of self-discovery. The results were transformative.

  • Tuning the Student Mind is a thought-provoking look at the challenges faced by today’s students and one creative and inspiring professor’s effort to confront those challenges.

    – Kathy Kieliszewski, Detroit Free Press

  • A revolution in the making. Learning to focus our minds and calm our bodies in the classroom is not just a culture trend, it is the essential element.

    – Trevor Hall, Creative Visions Foundation

  • Powerful, transformative, and inspiring…an embodiment of what a 21st century college classroom might look like.

    – Ed Sarath, University of Michigan Program in Consciousness and Creativity

  • Filmmaker Chelsea Richer skillfully captures the complexities of student life and the dynamic Molly Beauregard’s lasting impact on her students.

    – Kathy Kieliszewski, Detroit Free Press

  • Molly Beauregard’s Tuning the Student Mind program presents a new vision for education and the possibilities that abound through consciousness-based learning.

    – Stacey Levin, Visiting Faculty, Albion College

THE FILM

In a 30-minute documentary that follows the journey of three students enrolled in Beauregard’s course, audiences witness the impact of her innovative, first-of-its-kind curriculum. Through the subjects’ personal stories, moments in the classroom, and nuanced interviews, the film illustrates how the Tuning the Student Mind approach creates not only good scholars, but also students who develop deep, self-reflective awareness and a sense of inner potential. As the narrative unfolds, we understand how Beauregard’s bold and unconventional approach to identity studies teaches students new methods of inquiry, pushing them to ignite their own creativity and imagination.

THE FOUNDATION

An outgrowth of the college course, the Tuning the Student Mind Foundation supports colleges and universities as they pilot consciousness-based educational experiences for students and faculty. Offering both consultation and seed grants, the Tuning the Student Mind Foundation helps educators develop curricula that focus on connection over separation, collaboration over competition, and academic inquiry as a complement to deepening consciousness and self-awareness.

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