According to a report from Brown University, "several studies with college students suggest that the practice of mindfulness leads to decreases in stress and anxiety, improvements in concentration and attention and increases in self-awareness and overall emotional well-being."
In this experiential, one-day Interterm program for students, we will explore the practice of mindfulness meditation and discuss options for utilizing these practices to support health and well-being throughout the school year, especially in the face of the stresses and challenges faced by college students.
This program is suitable for those with no meditation experience and for those who have meditated before and want to deepen their practice. Some gentle yoga and movement practices will also be included, so please dress in comfortable clothing that will allow for movement and stretching.
This program will draw from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and will be led by Adi Bemak, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., who has practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 35 years. Adi is certified as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has taught this course extensively at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School in Worcester and at Valley Mindfulness in Northampton.