Breathing and Writing: Contemplative Exercises

Jeremy Wasser: “Mechanics of Breathing: What Meditators Should Know.”  This experiential talk engages the audience in how we breathe daily as well as during directed meditations. He uses various “respiratory maneuvers” to demonstrate breathing basics and complexities.

Candice Kelsey: "Writing Apnea: Do You Suffer from It?" that dovetails Dr. Wasser’s talk. She brings awareness to our habits of breath as we engage in both academic and creative writing.

DR. JEREMY WASSER is an Associate Professor with appointments in the Veterinary Medical and Medical Schools at Texas A&M University.  He is familiar with LMU through guest presentations over the past few years to faculty and especially students in the Department of Art and Art History and in the SFTV Animation Program where he regularly lectures on comparative anatomy and physiology for the ART 310 Drawing Workshop, “Creatures and Features:  The Anatomy of Imagination”. He also is a consulting scholar in the Sciences – leading tours, or giving special topics lectures to LMU students in their spring study abroad semester program in Bonn, Germany (where he also leads programs and teaches biomedical science students and bioengineers from Texas A&M). He has a special interest in contemplative practice and regularly introduces his pre-medical students to practices in alternative healthcare.

CANDICE KELSEY's poems have appeared in such journals as Poet Lore, The Cortland Review, Hobart Pulp, and Wilderness House among others – also, her pieces have been incorporated into multiple 3-D art installations. Candice’s work made it to the quarter final stage of the 2017 Able Muse Prize for Poetry and was deemed a finalist for the 2016 Rebecca Lard Award. She has been accepted into the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Virginia Quarterly Review's Writer's Conference. A high-school English teacher of 19 years' standing, Candice published a trade paperback non-fiction study of social networking and adolescent identity formation in 2007, two years after co-founding a private Christian high school in Santa Monica. She scores writing projects for the U.S. Department of Education and serves as a fiction reader for The New England Review.  She is a certified yin and barre instructor, but is most contemplative while listening to opera. Candice is currently a writing instructor at her Alma mater, Loyola Marymount University.


To reserve your space please RSVP to Lunch will be provided.

This event is hosted by the CTE and 2017-18 Faculty Associate, Professor Paul Harris.

Your RSVP is an indication of your willingness to be included in the filming of this event.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11:30am

Center for Teaching Excellence
UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Faculty Event, Workshops, Wellness


Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)