University of Vermont


Mind-Body Wellness Program

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga

The Mind-Body Wellness Program offers drop-in meditation and yoga groups, an all day retreat, workshops, audio/visual exercises and other resources. See the menu on the left.

About the Mind-Body Wellness Program

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, without judgment. When we are mindful, we are fully engaged with the life around us and within us, with focus, awareness and acceptance. Although we all have the innate capacity to be mindful, most of us spend the majority of our lives lost in our inner world of thoughts, worries, plans, memories, ideas, fantasies, and so on, leading to distress and disease.

Practicing mindfulness, i.e. shifting attention back to the present moment without judgment, leads to wellbeing. Mindfulness can be cultivated in many ways, including formal techniques like meditation and yoga, and informal practice, e.g. gently bringing your attention back to whatever you are doing at the moment. Mindulness has been taught and practiced for thousands of years. Its many benefits are now being verified by a burgeoning field of neuropsychological research. These benefits include reduced anxiety and depression, improved attention, increased happiness, greater self-awareness and self-compassion, improved health and immune functioning, and many more.

The Mind-Body Wellness Program offers opportunities to learn to become more focused, relaxed, self-aware, and self-compassionate. Free drop-in meditation groups, gentle yoga groups, and retreats are available throughout the academic year. Mind-body wellness workshops are open to UVM students. Please enjoy the resources on this website, including audio and video recordings of guided meditations and yoga practices, a reading list, local meditation and yoga centers, schedule information, and sign-up links to our listserv and Facebook group.

FALL 2015 Programs

Mind-Body Wellness Programs are open to UVM students only, unless otherwise indicated.

Drop-in Groups (starts August 31st)
Location: Living Well Studio, Davis Center, 1st Floor

  • Breath, Body, Mind: Mondays 4:00-4:45
    • The gentle movement and breathing practices of Breath, Body, Mind are targeted to reduce the effects of stress and to enhance our sense of well-being.
  • Meditation: Wednesday 4:00-4:45
  • Meditation: Friday 1:00-1:45

Drop-in meditation and Breath, Body, Mind groups are free and open to all students. No registration is required. All groups include meditation or breathing instruction, practice and discussion. Beginners are always welcome.

Mindful Living—a 4-week workshop
Location: Living Well Studio, Davis Center, 1st Floor

  • Session 1: Tuesdays 3:30-4:45: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13 (with Mark Reck)
  • Session 2: Mondays 2:30-3:45: 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/3 (with Martine Luntz)
  • Session 3: Tuesdays 3:30-4:45: 10/7, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 (with Mark Reck)

This workshop introduces simple mindfulness-based skills to reduce your stress and improve the overall quality of your life. Skills you will learn include relaxing/energizing breathing, mindful walking and eating, guided visualization, and meditation. You will be asked to practice on your own 10-20 minutes per day. This is a great opportunity to find out what mindfulness is all about, and how it can be helpful to you. To register, contact No pre-screening required.

Healing Depression With Mindfulness
Location: Living Well Studio, Davis Center, 1st Floor

  • Wednesdays 2:00-3:45: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2
  • Plus a Half Day Retreat: Saturday, 11/7 11:30-3:30 Location: Allen House

Pre-Screening Required. Please call 656-3340 to schedule.

This group is intended for students who have struggled with depression in their lives. Participants will learn and practice a variety of methods to help them become more mindful, i.e. nonjudgmentally aware of the present moment. As the capacity for mindfulness is cultivated, participants will then learn to identify and work with thought patterns that have spiraled into depression in the past, and develop strategies to prevent future relapses. This group is appropriate for students with a history of depression, or who are currently experiencing mild depression.

Wholehearted Yoga for Being and Belonging - a 7-Week Series (Starts October 12)

  • Location: Living Well Studio, Davis Center, 1st Floor
  • Mondays 10:45-11:45am
  • Co-sponsored by the Women's Center

Come explore how yoga can help you learn how to become your own best friend. For when we befriend ourselves wholeheartedly just as we are, we are better able to cultivate a sense of belonging and community with others. Using breath awareness, mindful movement, meditation, and mantras, each session will create opportunities for you to honor the many layers of your selfhood (physical, energetic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual). In doing so, you will learn how to be present in and accepting of your body, to face uncertainty, to step into your authentic voice, to own your power unhindered from societal norms and expectations, and to be an agent of positive change in the world.

This series is welcoming of ALL bodies and identities. This class is also suitable for those with histories of trauma although you need not have experienced trauma to benefit from the practice.

We ask that you try to attend once a week for at least 5 weeks in order to gain the most from this opportunity. To register, contact Meg LeMay at No pre-screening required.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreats

  • Full Day Retreat: Saturday, 10/24 9:30 - 4:30 Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
    • Guided meditation, gentle yoga and meditation talk will be offered by local mindfulness and Kripalu yoga teacher Lindsay Foreman.
  • Half Day Retreat: Saturday, 11/7 11:30-3:30 Location: Allen House

Free for students, faculty, and staff. The retreat consists of a silent day of sitting meditation, walking meditation, optional guided yoga, and a vegetarian lunch. Appropriate for all levels of experience. Contact for more information and to register.

Last modified October 12 2015 10:20 AM