Erin McCarthy, Ph.D. is a professor, speaker, author and mindfulness teacher. After completing her undergraduate degree in French and Philosophy at Trent University, she went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa, comparing western and eastern views of the self. A professor of philosophy at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY since 2000, Erin now divides her time between her work as a scholar-teacher at the university, conference engagements and her mindfulness teaching both on her campus and in the Ottawa area. Her teaching and writing bring together eastern and western philosophies and practices to cultivate human flourishing, joy, and ease.

A long time meditator, Erin came to teach mindful self-compassion and mindfulness through her interest in and scholarship on Contemplative Education.  She has a particular passion for how mindfulness modalities help in education, parenting and with issues of social justice.

She is a member of the University of Ottawa’s Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies and of Ottawa Mindfulness.

An educator for over two decades, she’s worked with children, youth and adults to help them find the inner space to live a life of flourishing and is continually inspired by the transformations that these mindfulness modalities afford their practitioners…herself included!


Mindfulness for Symptom Management (M4) teacher training at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic

Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training with the Center for Mindful Self Compassion with Drs. Kristen Neff and Chris Germer

Mindful Schools Educator Essentials training

Mindfulness for Kids (Sheena Bounsanga)

Foundations of Unified Mindfulness training course

Select Publications

Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood though Japanese, Continental and Feminist Philosophy

Chapter in Engaging Dogen’s Zen:The Philosophy of Practice as Awakening

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2016 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Master Lecture