3-17 Mai 2019, près de Vendôme

Second Workshop of Contemplative Phenomenology
The Phenomenological Epochè as Practice, and the Practice of Meditation

Compte-rendu du workshop

Film du workshop


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 Europe
© 2020, Mind & Life Europe and Persona Film



27-28 June 2018, Berlin

Workshop at studio Olafur Eliasson, organised by Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Roepstorff, Anna Engberg-Pedersen, Sophie Erlund, Dehlia Hannahled

















Being Aware – Sharpening Our Tools


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 mars 2017, Lyon, France

Workshop "L'expérience de la première rencontre soignant-soigné"


Organisé par le projet Thésée


Que vivent un soignant et un soigné quand ils se rencontrent pour la première fois ? Quelles sont les différentes facettes de leur expérience ? Quelles places occupent les mots, les gestes, l’activité cognitive, le corps, les ressentis et les émotions ? Comment se crée le lien et comment se met en place la relation ? Comment étudier ces premières rencontres et leurs enjeux ?  Est-il possible de créer les conditions de premières rencontres soignant-soigné “réussies” ?



12-16 juin 2017, Nemours, France

Workshop in Contemplative Phenomenology

L'expérience du moment présent

L'objectif de ce workshop est d'offrir aux étudiants et aux professionnels (psychothérapeutes, psychologues cognitifs, formateurs en thérapies basées sur la pleine conscience) un aperçu des approches en première personne, avec une application immédiate à l'expérience de la pratique contemplative.


Un projet de Mind & Life Europe, presenté par M. Bitbol, N. Depraz & C. Petitmengin