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Presentations

The Mindful University Project team provides educational presentations and training for students, departments and schools at the University. This training includes meditation instruction, personalized workshops, strategic consultations and guest lectures. Please see the detailed descriptions of each program below. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, contact Amy McDonald at amcdonald@uhs.rochester.edu to get started.

 

For Academic & Administrative Departments

Mindful 101

This introductory presentation to the practice of mindful meditation is available to all academic and administrative departments of the University. This one-hour session discusses the basics of a meditation practice and reviews the latest research from the field of contemplative neuroscience. Participants will also learn why the practice of mindfulness in higher education is becoming increasingly important. Includes a short guided meditation as well as an interactive mindfulness activity.

Strategic Consultations

Is your department interested in becoming more mindful? Typically scheduled after the introductory Mindful 101 presentation, this session will work with department heads and administrative leaders to learn creative ways to strategically integrate the practice of mindfulness into day-to-day work. Discussions could center around mindful leadership practices, effective communication strategies, integrating brief meditations within staff meetings, and how to work mindfully with the students you serve.

4-Week Mindfulness Class

To successfully create a culture of mindfulness within our community, it is important for individuals throughout the University to be grounded in their own personal practice. Our 4-week mindfulness class is the perfect way to learn to meditate or build consistency in an existing practice. Each week, two meditation techniques are taught, including breath awareness, body scan, visual imagery, and mindfulness of emotions. Participants commit to ten minutes of daily practice, one daily mindfulness activity, and gratitude reflections. Classes meet for one hour, typically mid-day or near the end of the work day. We require a minimum of 8 participants who can commit to the four weeks. The department is responsible for scheduling, promoting the class to their department, and making room arrangements (most any room with chairs will work).


For Academic Departments

Creating a Mindful Classroom

This small group or one-on-one training will help you to create a more mindful classroom. Perfect for anyone who holds space for students in an academic setting. We’ll discuss syllabus design, ideas to integrate mindfulness into the classroom environment, and offer professional resources within the field of contemplative pedagogy. Additionally, participants will increase their confidence to lead groups of students in a meditation and receive a simple meditation script to help them get started.

Faculty Practice Group

Beginning in the Spring 2020 semester, we’re looking for interested faculty from all schools of the University to meet weekly for a faculty practice group. Time will be spent in meditation (guided and silent) and will include group discussions on contemplative pedagogy and strategies to create a more mindful classroom. If you are interested in participating, please email Amy at anadelen@uhs.rochester.edu.

Guest Lectures

Don’t cancel that class! If you have an opening in your lecture schedule, we’d love to come in to teach your students about the practice of mindful meditation and the Mindful University Project. Our Relax and Unwind presentation is led by the Health Promotion Office’s Peer Health Advocate Intern team. This peer-to-peer program provides an overview of different meditation practices, breaks down common meditation myths, and reviews the benefits of meditation for academic success. Includes two guided meditations.