Kent State of Wellness Ramps Up Mindfulness and Meditation Offerings for Spring Semester

Taking better care of yourself should top your list of New Year’s resolutions!

 

Start off your spring semester with mindfulness and meditation skills that can help you become more resilient, more mindful and more rested, and enjoy the many other benefits associated with this wellness approach.

 

Meditation Across Campus

 

The Kent State of Wellness initiative Meditation Across Campus is back with more locations available for your convenience. Meditation Across Campus, which began last semester, offers free, facilitated 30-minute meditation sessions for members of the Kent State University community.

 

Meditation sessions began the first week of classes and continue through the end of the spring semester, except for the week of spring break. There is no commitment to attend, and participants can select a location and time that is convenient for them. You do not have to work or take classes at any of the locations to join a session.

 

“We were getting several requests to expand this initiative to more locations on campus, and this semester, we’re happy to announce that we’re able to offer more sessions for the convenience of our community members,” says Melissa Celko, director of Kent State of Wellness. “I’ve received testimonials of how beneficial this program has been to participants, and I encourage our students, faculty and staff, especially those who may never have meditated previously, to visit a session and try it out.”

 

Newly added locations this semester include the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, Rockwell Hall, Schwartz Center, Student Accessibility Services and Williamson House. Meditation sessions also will continue to hold at the Center for the Visual Arts, College of Business Administration, Kent Hall, LGBTQ Student Center, Lowry Hall, the Student Multicultural Center and University Library.

For more information, including locations, dates and times for the Kent Campus meditation sessions, and additional resources, visit www.kent.edu/stateofwellness/meditation.

 


Register for Free, Four-Week Koru Mindfulness Training in February
 

Want to learn how to make mindfulness a lifestyle? Kent State of Wellness also is offering Koru Mindfulness training, where participants can learn meditation and mindfulness skills to help them become more resilient, more mindful and more rested.

 

This free, four-week, 75-minute class is open to faculty, staff and students. Participants will receive a free Koru Mindfulness book and a certificate will be issued following completion of the training program.

 

Spots fill up quickly, so register today!

 

Session 1:

Mondays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 (5:30-6:45 p.m.)

Kent Student Center, Room 308

Register here

 

Session 2: 
Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 (8:30-9:45 a.m.)
Kent Student Center, Room 308
Register here

 

Session 3:

Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 (2-3:15 p.m.)
Kent Student Center, Room 308
Register here

 

For more information about Koru Mindfulness training at Kent State, visit www.kent.edu/stateofwellness/meditation/koru or contact Ms. Celko at mcelko1@kent.edu.

 


Be More Mindful: Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program

 

Reward yourself with the gift of mindfulness this year. Kent State of Wellness is offering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for free to Kent State students, faculty and staff. The MBSR program, which launched in 1979 at UMass Medical Center, is evidence-based, practical and transformative for people who want to reduce job, family or health-related stress. The program engages participants physically, emotionally and intellectually to cultivate resilience and a greater sense of ease and effectiveness in work and life.

 

What to Expect:

  • Eight weekly classes (a 2.5-hour class each week)
  • Free orientation session on Monday, Feb. 25, from 7-8 p.m. at Kent Student Center, Room 308
  • One seven-hour weekend retreat session (April 27, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; location TBD)
  • Workbook
  • Guided instruction
  • Facilitated by MBSR-certified teacher Julie Kapper

Register here

 

Class Schedule:

Free up your calendar in March and April for this free, eight-week program. Your mind will thank you for it!

  • Monday, March 4, 5:30-8 p.m., Kent Student Center, Room 317
  • Monday, March 11, 5:30-8 p.m., Kent Student Center, Room 309
  • Monday, March 18, 5:30-8 p.m., Kent Student Center, Room 315
  • Monday, April 1, 5:30-8 p.m., Kent Student Center, Room 317
  • Monday, April 8, 5:30-8 p.m., Kent Student Center, Room 309
  • Monday, April 15, 5:30-8 p.m., Kent Student Center, Room 317
  • Monday, April 22, 5:30-8 p.m., Kent Student Center, Room 317
  • Monday, April 29, 5:30-8 p.m., Kent Student Center, Room 317

For more information, visit www.kent.edu/stateofwellness/meditation/mbsr.