UPCOMING EVENTS

UF Mindfulness Day 2019 “Mindfulness & Social Change”

April 1, 2019 (8:20 am to 7:00 pm). J. Wayne Reitz Union, Rooms 3315, 3320, and 2365. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

A whole day event with parallel sessions focused on the intersection of mindfulness and social change: Keynote talks; panel discussion; mindfulness meditation, yoga, and compassion practices; and various topical talks. The event is open to UF students, faculty, and staff as well as the public community.

Facebook livestream of Dr. Gomez’s keynote talk and select other talks of the event will be available at https://www.facebook.com/MindfulnessUF

No pre-registration is required for the UF Mindfulness Day, donations graciously accepted: https://mindfulness.ufl.edu/). First come, first served.

Organized and Sponsored by the UF Mindfulness Interdisciplinary Team.

Co-Sponsors: UF Center for Spirituality and Health; Create Student Club; MOR Student Club; and GatorWell.

UF Mindfulness Workshop “Mindfulness and Social Change”

April 2, 2019 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm). J. Wayne Reitz Union, Room 2355. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

UF Mindfulness Walking Meditation “Love in Action Walk”

April 2, 2019 (11:30 am to 12:00 pm). Outside the J. Wayne Reitz Union close to Union Lawn. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

PAST EVENTS

5-Day Silent Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat (Jan. 2019)

Teachers

Lead Teacher: Trish Magyari, MS, LCPC, RYT-200 is a Certified Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and mentor; MSC and CFT teacher; Insight Meditation teacher; yoga teacher; & experienced retreat leader.

Assistant Teacher: Nancy Lasseter, EdS, LMHC, Senior MBSR and Qigong Instructor, UF – Health, Integrative Medicine, Core member of UF Mindfulness.

Contact info

For more information or questions, contact Trish at trish@trishmagyari.com or 443-939-0232.

When

Friday, January 4 – Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Where?

Gainesville Retreat Center, Gainesville, FL.

Location info at: http://gainesvilleretreatcenter.com/

Description

Mindfulness practitioners are invited to join us in this 5-day silent teacher-led retreat. Nurture yourself with practices from Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), deepening your ability to be present with yourself just as you are, with kindness and care, and nourished by a natural tropical environment and wholesome, organic meals.

Registration and fees

Early bird all-inclusive fees are $795 (double) and $1095 (single) and includes teachers fees, room, and meals. Low cost option $675 for your own tent or own RV. Fees increase by $100 after September 15, 2018.  $400 deposit holds space; remainder due 11/30. Info and registration http://trishmagyari.com/residential_retreats and http://gainesvilleretreatcenter.com/.

The all-inclusive fee includes:

  • Teacher-led 5-day silent retreat with guided sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement/gentle yoga/qigong, body scan, lovingkindness meditation, and teaching periods
  • Daily “Sense and Savor” walks in the tropic garden and opportunity to practice in nature
  • Five nights lodging in comfortable, climate controlled rooms with new beds
  • Three wholesome organic meals a day; vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available
  • Exclusive use of a retreat center dedicated to meditation and silent practice
  • 120 acres of tropical gardens and trails to support your outdoor silent mindfulness practice
  • Individual and group inquiry sessions with the teacher to support and deepen your practice
  • Additional days for self-retreat or R&R are available by booking directly with GRC
  • Fulfills the silent retreat requirement for professional training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness self-compassion (MSC)

The costs for the teacher, retreat space, and snacks for the 1-day retreat are sponsored by UF Mindfulness and Human Resources UF. There is no registration fee (zero $, a gift to you!), but we request that you register to hold a seat (maximum seats: 20) and honor to participate in the retreat. If you are unable to attend the retreat we ask you kindly to cancel your registration at least 7 days before the retreat (to cancel send an email to mindfulness@ad.ufl.edu). Seats will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. People who register after 20 retreat seats are filled will be placed on a waiting list and in case of a cancellation able to earn a seat.

To register is making a commitment to participate, learn, practice, and enjoy the retreat. You are invited to practice mindfulness and honor to register and then attend the retreat; or cancel in case you are unable to attend the retreat. The online registration has passed and is closed.

1-Day Trauma-informed Mindfulness Retreat (Jan. 2019)

Teacher

Trish Magyari, MS, LCPC, RYT-200 is a Certified Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and mentor; mindfulness self-compassion (MSC) and CFT teacher; Insight Meditation teacher; yoga teacher; & experienced retreat leader.

When?

Saturday January 26, 2019

Where?

Casa Micanopy

Information at: http://www.casamicanopy.com/

Description

Trauma-informed mindfulness is a hot topic. All of us have experienced trauma in one way or another and some traumas are big, while others are small (e.g., accidents, abuse, wounding in relationships, abuse, rape, a hostile boss or colleagues, non-caring parents). Trauma creates stress that can overwhelm our ability to cope and mindfulness has shown to reduce it. However, in some instances for traumatized people, mindfulness can exacerbate symptoms of traumatic stress. Some of us exposed to trauma will develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with  debilitating symptoms, such as emotional numbness, feeling jumpy, irritated and angry, ruminations, and re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks, nightmares, and distressing recollection of the event.

Mindfulness practice is safer and more effective when it is combined with an understanding of trauma. In this retreat you will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, the impact of trauma, and how mindfulness can help to gently transform traumatic memories opening space for personal growth and well-being.

Who?

This retreat is for – students, staff, faculty members, teachers, researchers – associated with the University of Florida who are interested in to learn about trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Others may also register and if seats are available (maximum retreat seats: 20) they will be opened to the larger community.

If you are associated with the UF and suffer from overwhelming mental or emotional distress or suicidal thoughts immediately contact staff of the Counseling and Wellness Center of the University of Florida (https://counseling.ufl.edu/). Others please contact a mental health counselor, psychotherapist or clinic for support.

 

                            Sept. 25, 2017

   UF Campus – Reitz Union, Room 3315 and 3320

The keynote speaker is Dr. Glenn Hartelius, Director of the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology Program in the School of Consciousness and Transformation, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA – who will give the talk “Body maps of attention: How a whole person approach may inform the neuroscience of mindfulness”.

The keynote talk will be streamed live Monday Sept. 25 at 5:10 pm U.S. Eastern time.

Recordings of the keynote talk and several sessions given at the UF Mindfulness Day.

UF Mindfulness Day 2017

  Sept. 25, 2017

   UF Campus – Reitz Union, Room 3315 and 3320

Mindfulness Day (2017) Brief Program

Mindfulness Day (2017) Full Program

A whole day of mindfulness! The event is open to UF students, staff and faculty members and to the general public. All sessions are offered free of charge.

The UF Mindfulness Day offers experiential sessions, presentations, conversations, workshops and more focused on mindfulness. This year’s topic is “Mind and Culture” with topical sessions that touch on mindfulness and political discourse, cultural digital paranoia and mania – mindfulness and social media, multicultural mindfulness and compassion, socially-engaged mindfulness, self-transformation, gratitude and love, how letting go sets you free, mindful parenting, awakened living, embodied meditation, and yoga.

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2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

2017 Mindfulness Day at the Reitz Union on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2017

Celebrate peace with the UF and Gainesville community.

In celebration of our common humanity, we join with citizens from all around the world on Sept. 21, 2017 (3-7 pm) for International Peace Day. The festivities will include a march and rally, food trucks, music, international flag ceremony, meditation, local and international speakers, kid-friendly activities, and more.

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Mindfulness Meditation / Contemplation & Lunch

    • Unplug – find silence in the storm of a busy campus – destress – re-energize.
    • Practice mindfulness together: Fall 2017 semester. Friday’s: Sept. 1., Oct. 13, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1, 2017.
    • 10:45am to 11:30am mindfulness meditation/contemplation in the Reflection/Meditation Room 3325 in the Reitz Union, UF campus.
    • After the meditation join us for a mindful lunch in the Reitz Union (food court area; sit outside).
    • Mindfulness meditations are open to students, staff, and faculty members. Novice and experienced mindfulness practitioners are welcome.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Meditation Chain (May 2017)

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Be part of the UF mindfulness meditation chain!

The UF Mindfulness team invites you to build a meditation chain in the Reflection/Meditation Room on the 3rd floor of the Reitz Union (Room 3325) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on May 5, 2017. Sign-up to meditate for one or several 30-minute time slots. If you are off-campus you can participate in the chain as well – simply sit down (wherever you are). Go to the Insight Timer app, iPhone or Android, and login to join and practice mindfulness as part of the chain. Browse to the group ‘UF Mindfulness’). Novice and experienced meditators alike are welcome to participate in the chain. Simply practice mindfulness, a meditation style you are familiar with or sit in contemplation/reflection or prayer. Be part of a collective of mindfulness practitioners that share the experience of something bigger than themselves, similar to a chain that consists of individual metal rings emanating strength, power, and interconnectedness. With mindfulness  we touch the inner space of silence and peace. Let us come together with the aspiration to co-create a mindful UF campus.

Sign up here: https://mindfulness.ufl.edu/index.php/meditation-chain-spring-2017/

After you completed your meditation/mindfulness practice in the chain pick-up a meditation sticker  and carry it out into campus.
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Mindfulness Meditation & Contemplation & Lunch

    • Practice mindfulness together: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
    • First Friday of the month. In Spring 2017: Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5.
    • 10:45am to 11:30am meditation/contemplation in the Reflection/Meditation Room 3325 in the Reitz Union, UF campus.
    • Walk down to have lunch together in the Reitz Union (food court area; sit outside).
    • Mindfulness meditations are open to UF Mindfulness team members, students, staff, faculty members, and administrators. Novice and experienced mindfulness practitioners are welcome.

Meditation group

After your meditation send an inspirational message to be shared

Read the inspirational message by Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi, UF Alumni.

Spiritual engineer who runs a rural NGO in India: Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute.

Healing and Kindness Meditation

Dear friends
The past months have been full of hate, blame, anger, anxiety, worry. and other strong emotions in fierce debates. A choice has been made in the election for a new president. This is a time to slow down. To find rest, kindness, and inner spaciousness. I invite you to join an ad-hoc healing meditation. Meditating in a community is powerful and energetic and can help to find a gap to breathe, heal, and bring warmth and kindness into this world.

Join the mindfulness healing meditation Nov. 10, 2016 (12:00 to 12:30 pm Eastern time). Login the insight time app ‘UF Mindfulness group’ and track your meditation time. Hold in your mind and heart ‘healing’ and ‘kindness’. After your meditation share an inspirational message in the box. Writing down how you imagine the future sets intention. Messages will be collected and posted here. Be a Gator who contributes to positive transformation of the future.

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UF Mindfulness Day 2016 “Integrating Mindfulness in Life”

September 26, 2016.

A whole day of mindfulness !

UF Smathers Library Room 100 (close to Plaza of Americas).

xxx

* Live stream event links:

Part 1 (12:50 pm-1:40 pm) – https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/af6cd03f01744365b5a8aab9a03830a11d

Part 2 (4:00 pm -6:00 pm) – https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/f679845b19484801ba8a62c0da9dca831dmediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/f679845b19484801ba8a62c0da9dca831d

Zach Pindar’s slides (Mindfulness – A Student Perspective) (slides pdf)

Recordings of keynote speakers (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKakiiQwqpoTL1XlgZ28mQQ

Celebrate the International Day of Peace at UF: “Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World”

September 21, 2016 (11:00 am to 1:15 pm).

Plaza of Americas & pathway/corridor in front of the Library West. UF campus. 

Facilitator: Nancy Lasseter, EdS, LMHC.

Jointly sponsored by:  UF Mindfulness and the student CREATE CLUB.

Program:

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Art for Peace Banner. Post a message of love, peace, compassion and kindness. Color a peace mandala.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Victory Over Violence Exhibition (Facilitator: Toshi Mizuta).

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Sit For Peace with Intro Gong Meditation. Mindfully meditate together for peace in the world.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Sit for Peace will also take place in the Reflection/Meditation Rm 3325, Reitz Union.

12:00 pm – 12:20 pm: Peace Flags Ceremony. Celebrating World Peace.

12:20 pm –  1:00 pm:   Sing for Peace with Bob McPeek and friends. 

1:00 pm   –  1:15 pm:    River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding presents: “A Community Model for Peacebuilding?”

Meditation Chain (July 2016)

Meditation chain

Be part of the UF mindfulness meditation chain!

The UF Mindfulness team invites you to build a meditation chain in the Reflection/Meditation Room on the 3rd floor of the Reitz Union (Room 3325) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on July 29, 2016. Sign-up to meditate for one or several 30-minute time slots. If you are off-campus you can participate in the chain as well – simply sit down (wherever you are). Go to the Insight Timer app, iPhone or Android, and login to join and practice mindfulness as part of the chain. Browse to the group ‘UF Mindfulness’). Novice and experienced meditators alike are welcome to participate in the chain. Simply practice mindfulness, a meditation style you are familiar with or sit in contemplation/reflection or prayer. Be part of a collective of mindfulness practitioners that share the experience of something bigger than themselves, similar to a chain that consists of individual metal rings emanating strength, power, and interconnectedness. With mindfulness  we touch the inner space of silence and peace. Let us come together with the aspiration to co-create a mindful UF campus.

Participants Meditation Chain July 29, 2016.

After you completed your meditation/mindfulness practice in the chain pick-up a meditation sticker  and carry it out into campus.
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Meditation Chain (April 2016)

Meditation chain

Be part of the UF Mindfulness meditation chain!

The UF Mindfulness team invites you to build a meditation chain in the Reflection/Meditation Room on the 3rd floor of the Reitz Union between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 21 and 22, 2016. Simply sign-up to meditate for one or several 30-minute time slots. Novice and experienced meditators alike are welcome to participate in the chain. Be part of a collective of mindfulness practitioners that share the experience of something bigger than themselves, similar to a chain that consists of individual metal rings emanating strength, power, and interconnectedness. Meditation allows to touch the inner space of silence and peace. Let us come together for a unique shared experience of our inner world at the end of spring semester.

Participants Meditation Chain April 21 and 22, 2016.

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Meditations Spring 2016

Meditation sittings sponsored jointly by UF Mindfulness and the MOR meditation club.

At the Plaza of Americas, UF campus.

Watch out for the flags and banners on the Plaza that guide you to the meditation space. Bring a cushion, mat or anything to sit. It’s fun to meditate together. Stay for 1, 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes or the whole hour.

Meditation sittings (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm): Feb. 2 & 16; March 8, 17 & 31. April 7, 2016.

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Networking Lunches  

Connect with the UF Mindfulness team. Join us to chat and help co-create a mindful UF campus. Bring your ideas, suggestions and questions. Students, staff and faculty members and administrators are welcome.

Lunches, Spring semester 2016: Reitz Union, Arredondo Cafe, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    • February 1 (Monday)
    • February 19 (Friday)
    • March 14 (Monday)
    • March 28 (Monday)
    • April 15 (Friday)

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The invited guest speaker, Jenni Spännäri, PhD, of the University of Helsinki in Finland, presented her research on compassion in the workplace —Revolutionary Power of Compassion (CoPassion) & Cooperation in Care (CoCare) — on Monday, Dec. 7 2015, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in McCarty Hall A, Room 3177.

Co-Passion: Revolutionary Power of Compassion

Dr. Spännäri’s talk focused on the Finnish research project CoPassion, exploring the revolutionary power of compassion in business and in the workplace. The extensive project – launched in the beginning of 2015 and involving 10 researchers and 20 business partners – examines what compassion is, how compassion is created maintained and reinforced, and how compassion affects business productivity.

The seminar discussed the questions of defining and operationalizing compassion, described the interventions used in the research to boost compassion in organizations, and presented some preliminary results.

Dr Spännäri is one of the principal investigators in the CoPassion project, with a background in theology, sociology of religion and social gerontology.  To learn more about her work, visit copassion.fi/english.

Link to the recording of Jenni’s talk (Dec. 7, 2015).

UF Mindfulness Day 2015

The inaugural UF Mindfulness Day (September 28, 2015) featured a day of mindfulness activities and performances designed to introduce mindfulness theory and practice to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. New York Times best-selling author Michael Singer gave the keynote address, titled “Enhance your life with mindfulness.”

Program UF Mindfulness Day (2015)

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UF MedMob 2015 

The first ever MedMob event at UF (September 24, 2015) drew faculty, staff and students together for a meditation “flash mob.”