UPCOMING Training 2019

Goals of the Mindfulness Practice Group

In this workshop group we will explore embodied mindfulness and mind-body practices in 360 degree fashion – from the inside out (through self-awareness and experience), and outside in (learn what is known about the practice). The integration of mind, body, heart, vital energies, and consciousness provides profound insights into our way of being, how we interrelate with each other, and ultimately shape the world. The goal is to discover how mindfulness can be embodied to boost fullness and aliveness.

Learning Outcomes

(1) Gain appreciation for the many different mindfulness/mind-body practices without judging one as better, superior, or as “the only practice that reveals the truth” (pluralistic lens);

(2) Co-create a compassionate mindful UF community;

(3) Foster mutually constructive relation among people;

(4) Enhance self-awareness and life skills;

(5) Engage in dialogue and participation, and reduce polarization in a culture that is becoming more polarized, stressed, full of expectations, angry and fearful;

(6) Develop positive prosocial skills, such as empathy and compassion, serving others beyond oneself (family, UF community, regional or global village, all beings, and cosmos).

Facilitators / Teachers

The workshop group will be facilitated by faculty members of the UF Mindfulness team and invited guest teachers.

Time

1 hour long mindfulness practice and teaching sessions each week throughout the semester.

For whom?

The workshop group will be offered at no cost to faculty, Post-Docs, staff members, undergraduate and graduate students at UF.

UF members from all 16 colleges are welcome. No previous experience in mindfulness or meditation is required. Just come with a smile and curiosity to learn about mindfulness.

No appointment or referral with the CWC is needed to participate in this workshop group.

Location

Mind-Body room (4th floor, room 404) in Peabody Hall, UF Counseling and Wellness Center (UF | CWC), University of Florida campus., Gainesville, FL.

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Entrance doors to Peabody Hall are closed after 5 pm, except for the side entrance at Union Road (the side entrance can be recognized by the Fedex and USP drop-off boxes close to the side entrance). Enter the building and take a left turn and then take the elevator up to the 4th floor. The reception behind the glass door of the CWC will be closed after 5 pm. After leaving the elevator take a left, and then a right, a left, another left, and then follow the hallway to the end to reach room 404.

To leave the building after 5 pm: Take the stairwell to leave, walk straight out of room 404 and 10-15 feet down the hall on the right is a door marked stairs. Walk down the stairs to the ground floor and leave the building.

Note: After 5 pm the 4th floor of Peabody Hall can only be entered via the elevator; and left via the stairwell.

During the day you may take the elevator or the stairwell up the the 4th floor of Peabody Hall.

Justification

Foster understanding of the breadth and depth of multiple mindfulness and mind-body practices. Instead of learning one specific mindfulness/mind-body practice participants will gain experience in diverse practices.

Description

In this workshop group we will practice and learn about mindfulness in 360 degree fashion – full circle – open your mind and be curious.

There are many different kinds of mindfulness and mind-body practices rooted in different traditions and styles (East and West; secular and non-secular; mind only, mind-body or fully embodied; formal meditation and relaxed mindfulness; stress-reduction, loving-kindness, somatic meditation, or others). Despite their inherent differences in terms of the view/philosophy, goals, and beliefs these practices share similar outcomes, such as enhanced prosocial skills and benefits (e.g., empathy, tolerance, compassion, kindness, and openness), academic performance (e.g., improved ability to concentrate, clarity of mind, resilience to handle stress), well-being as well as less self-centeredness.

Approach

We adopt a participatory approach to explore, study, befriend, and experience various mindfulness and mind-body practices. Each selected practice will be focused on for 1-3 sessions to provide stability and depth of experience, while exploration of new practices will open participants to the vast amount of mindfulness and mind-body practices. We will not teach a specific tradition/type (e.g., mindfulness-based stress reduction – MBSR, insight meditation, or Zen) because each one is tied to specific cultural, religious, spiritual, psychological, and/or medical views and beliefs leading to privileging of one selected mindfulness practice to be the “best” and “the only one”. Instead, in this workshop we will focus on the process of mindfulness practice cultivating observation, attention, awareness, and transpersonal development (beyond the ordinary ego/self).

Core elements include: 1) breath (e.g., focused/point-specific, whole-body breathing), 2) attention and awareness, 3) body (e.g., posture, physical body, subtle body), 4) present moment experience, 5), movement – stillness, 6) heart (loving-kindness), 7) thoughts (cognition, mental formations), 8) feelings and emotions (e.g., openness-closedness, letting go, letting be, anxiety, fear, compassion), 9) perspectives (“I” and “you”; intimate self-awareness), 10) form and formlessness meditation (nonduality, oneness), 11) Transpersonal psychology, and 12) subtle energies (e.g., consciousness, mind, energy), and more.

Homework will consist of the invitation to practice daily in-between teaching sessions or as often as you can. A course web site in Canvas will provide supplementary material about a particular practice (e.g., recommended reading, history/philosophy/spiritual/religious background, podcasts, video clips, and recordings) and an e-reflection journal. An interactive forum allows to dialogue about practices and experiences and build community.

Benefits

This workshop group is designed to practice and learn about mindfulness and mind-body. Mindfulness is a life skill and its practice has shown emotional, cognitive, relational, physiological, spiritual, overall health and well-being benefits. You will learn mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness and somatic practices in a trusted and safe environment from skillful teachers. Q&A and dialogue in a safe social container will allow personal growth and sharing/integration of experiences.

Collaboration

Collaboration between UF Mindfulness and the UF Counseling and Wellness Center (UF | CWC).

Contact information

Contacts: mindfulness@ad.ufl.edu. Or: Sabine Grunwald, Director of UF Mindfulness: sabgru@ufl.edu.

Information:

UF Mindfulness: https://mindfulness.ufl.edu; https://www.facebook.com/MindfulnessUF; Twitter: @sacred_swamp.

UF Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC): https://counseling.ufl.edu; https://www.facebook.com/UFCWC/; Twitter: https://twitter.com/ufcwc.

Mindfulness Practice Group: 360° Mindfulness

Fall Semester 2019

Mindfulness is not one, but many. Learn about the many facets of mindfulness.

Too much stress, anxiety, frustration, or dissatisfaction in your life – this workshop is for you.

The mindfulness practice group is offered the whole semester (1 session per week; 1 hr. long) at no cost to the UF community. The sessions are offered by volunteers with kind hearts of the UF Mindfulness faculty team. The Workshop 360° was launched in Fall semester 2018 and continues now as “UF Mindfulness Practice Group” in Fall semester 2019. With this group we aim to build a community of students, faculty, and staff members who share an interest to practice and learn about mindfulness. Come and join us – pop-in-style. Specifically, if you are interested in to co-create a community of mindfulness practitioners on-campus please join our group. The more sessions you attend the more benefits you will reap.

Group Registration

Please register for the group before you attend any sessions. Note: If you registered in previous semesters there is no need to re-register again for Fall 2019 semester! Only registered participants will gain access to the  360° Mindfulness web site in e-learning @ UF (https://elearning.ufl.edu/), which offers audio recordings, video links, guided meditations, reading material, relaxing images, and much more. Keep in mind that mindfulness practice together in the group is valuable with a teacher/facilitator who provides guided mindfulness and mind-body practices. Online mindfulness can complement face-to-face mindfulness teaching and practice, but it cannot fully replace it.

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Mindfulness is the most important practice you will ever learn in your life, studies, and professional career.

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Give the Gift of Mindfulness

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Are you  looking for a teacher, facilitator or coach to bring mindfulness to your unit, department or college? Do you like to offer a mindfulness or meditation training, seminar, workshop or retreat to your colleagues, unit leaders and/or students?

Do you have interest to co-create mindful campus culture and integrative education with a mindful touch? Mindfulness brings forth intrapersonal and social awareness fostering collegiality, kindness, compassion, and well-being. Mindfulness has been shown to enhance attention, reduce stress, and academic performance.

The UF Mindfulness team offers extensive expertise in mindfulness meditation, compassion practice, and integration of mindfulness into teaching, research, and everyday life.

Contact us to schedule:

  • Mindfulness training / teaching / retreat / event in your department, unit, or group.
  • Facilitate a mindfulness retreat (1/2,  1  day, or weekend retreats).
  • Meetings enhanced with mindfulness to provide a relaxed setting to discuss difficult/controversial/polarized matters.
  • Short course (6 – 8 weeks) in mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindful education, mind matters, calming breathing practices, or other.

UF Mindfulness embraces the conscious business model, which builds on the triple bottom line – Profit, People & Planet. The idea is to go “above and beyond” the ordinary business-as-usual at UF, foster the good, and do no harm. The conscious operation of the self-funded UF Mindfulness is grounded in the sustainability, health, and well-being of people at UF rippling out to other larger communities.

We accept donations. Submit requests for scheduling of a mindfulness training, course, or consultation.  

ONGOING TRAINING AND PRACTICE SESSIONS

UF | Counseling & Wellness Center

Workshops & groups: https://counseling.ufl.edu/services/gw/

Integrative Medicine, UF Health & Mindfulness 

https://ufhealth.org/integrative-medicine/about-us

Mindful relaxation minutes

Contact for questions: psychiatry@ufl.edu

University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry.

MINDFUL RELAXATION MINUTES

The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to invite you to join the “Mindful Relaxation Minutes”, a weekly thirty-minute opportunity to rejuvenate. We learn how to practice various proven ways to reduce stress levels, including Mindfulness, Yoga Nidra, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Autogenic Training and Breath Work.

Who: Department of Psychiatry students, residents, faculty and staff; other health care providers are welcome.

When: Thursdays 12:15pm to 12:45pm, please see our calendar below for future sessions.

How to participate: (1) In person, (2) PolyCom Conferencing at the MOB, Springhill, and Vero Beach locations. Dial-in number is 75004, or (3) Toll-free phone call to 1-888-670-3525 (when prompted, input the participant passcode 9372794023 then #) Please remember to mute your microphone if you call in!

Where: Sessions are held or broadcast to conference rooms in the following locations:

McKnight Brain Institute: 1149 S. Newell Drive, Room L4-100B, Gainesville, FL 32611.

UF Health Medical Office Building: 4037 NW 86th Terrace, Room 3242, Gainesville, FL 32606.

UF Psychiatry Business Office – 1329 Building: 1329 SW 13th St 4th Floor, Gainesville, FL 32610.

Past Trainings & Teachings

Summary of Past Training, Practice Sessions and Presentations

Provided by the UF Mindfulness Team

Specific action events and interventions

Meditation Mob, Plaza of Americas (Sept. 24, 2015)

Mindfulness Day (various mindfulness practice sessions, keynote speaker: Mickey Singer, about 350 participants) (Sept. 28, 2015)

Seminar by Dr. Jenni Spännäri “Co-passion: revolutionary power of compassion” (Dec. 7, 2015).

Mindfulness meditation and networking lunches (~bi-weekly in Fall 2015; Spring and Fall 2016; Spring 2017 semesters)

Meditations on the lawn of the Plaza of Americas jointly facilitated by the UF Mindfulness team and the Meditation Student (MOR) club (bi-weekly in Spring 2016 semester)

Meditation chain: Continuous chain of several meditators meditating for two days (April 21 and 22, 2016)

UF Meditation Chain, Reitz Union Rm 3325, Gainesville, FL (July 29, 2016)

UF Peace Day to celebrate the International Day of Peace at UF, Gainesville, FL (Sept. 21, 2016)

UF Mindfulness Day 2016 “Integrating Mindfulness in Life”. Program incl. keynote talks by Mickey Singer and Lou Ritz, and 8 mindfulness training sessions. Attendance of about 300 participants). Gainesville, FL (Sept. 26, 2016)

“Victory over Violence” exhibition lead by Katsutoshi Mizuta at the Peace Day and Mindfulness Day 2016 (Sept. 26, 2016).

Healing and kindness meditation, 1-hr online event (Nov. 10, 2016)

UF Mindfulness Vision Quest, Reitz Union (Feb. 24, 2017)

UF Mindfulness mini-retreat for UF Mindfulness team members, Gainesville Retreat Center, Gainesville, FL (Aug. 5, 2017)

Mindfulness Day 2017 “Mind and Culture”. Reitz Union UF, Gainesville, FL (Sept. 25, 2017). Program incl. keynote talk by Dr. Glenn Hartelius; invited guest speaker Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai); workshop “Choosing love: Finding peace within the eye of the storm”, and 13 special topic sessions. Attendance of about 300 participants.

Training, teaching & awareness building

Workshop session “Unlocking creativity through mindfulness – the new campus-wide UF Mindfulness program to enhance teaching” taught by S. Grunwald, M. Ardelt, L. Ritz and N. Lasseter. College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Teaching Enhancement Symposium, Gainesville FL (Aug. 18, 2015)

“Introduction to mindfulness” taught by N. Lasseter. UF College of Veterinary Medicine, UF, Gainesville FL (Dec. 1, 2015)

Mindfulness 4-week training course “Tools for a Mindful Life” taught by Nancy Lasseter, UF campus, Gainesville FL (Fall 2015)

New pillar mindfulness unit in the IUF 1000 “What is the Good Life” general educ. class in one instructor led section. Instructor: F. Lewis (Fall 2015)

Mindfulness Relaxation Minutes: Recorded sessions (theory and practice) of various therapeutic, somatic and meditation techniques. Facilitated by the Department of Psychiatry (weekly from Sept. 2015 to present). Cross-listed on the UF Mindfulness web site.

Mindfulness Wave: Mindfulness training in different UF colleges: 12 training sessions @1 to 2 hours long. Taught by M. Ardelt, S. Grunwald, T. Drake, N. Lasseter, F. Lewis, A. Puig and J. Snyder (Spring 2016)

Awareness Building: UF Mindfulness booth at the UF Health and Wellness Fair, Emerson Alumni Hall, Gainesville FL (Jan. 22, 2016)

“The UF Mindfulness program” taught by S. Grunwald. CALS Solutions Seminar, Straughn Center, UF, Gainesville FL (Jan. 28, 2016)

UF Mindfulness Retreat. Introduction to various meditation practices taught by J. Snyder, Gainesville Retreat Center, Gainesville FL (Feb. 6-7, 2016)

“The power of mindfulness in creating space to address the challenges in a complexifying world” taught by S. Grunwald. Invited seminar in the leadership seminar series. CALS UF, Gainesville FL (Feb. 26, 2016)

Various yoga groups, among them one by K. Holton (weekly in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)Presentation at conference “Embracing mindfulness – breath-by-breath – at the University of Florida” S. Grunwald, M. Ardelt, A. Puig, N.J. Lasseter, L.A. Ritz, N.F. (May) Dolen, F. Lewis, J. Snyder, T. Drake, T. Tannen, M. Murphy, A. Brown, K. Holton, E. Turner and A. S. Lindner. Contemplative Practices for the 21st Century University Conference, Blacksburg, VA (March 10-12, 2016)

Monthly body scan meditations taught by K. Holton (April to July 2016)

“Mindfulness session” at the Dean’s retreat, College of the Arts taught by S. Grunwald, Gainesville FL (June 28, 2016)

Co-teaching of workshop “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” 4-H University. Teachers of mindfulness practices: S. Grunwald and K. Holton. Gainesville FL (July 27, 2016)

UF Mindfulness retreat. Teacher: Nancy Lasseter. Gainesville Retreat Center, Gainesville, FL (Nov. 19, 2016)

“What is mindfulness” ½ day workshop for staff of the UF hotel, S. Grunwald, Reitz Union, Gainesville, FL (Nov. 21, 2016)

UF Mindfulness information table, Windows to Wellness 2017 – Health and Wellness Fair for faculty and staff, Reitz Union (Jan. 25, 2017)

Mindfulness training practice session (1 hr.) by S. Grunwald, UF College of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) (Jan. 30, 2017)

UF Mindfulness Program presentation by S. Grunwald, UF Faculty Senate Steering Committee Meeting, Gainesville, FL (Feb. 2, 2017)

UF Mindfulness Program presentation by S. Grunwald, UF Faculty Senate Meeting, Gainesville, FL (Feb. 16, 2017)

Mindfulness guest lecture and practice session, S. Grunwald, graduate course “Nonprofit Leadership” (course instructor: Jennifer A. Jones), Gainesville, FL (Feb. 27, 2017)

Mindfulness practice session, K. Holton, retreat of the Mobile Outreach Clinic in the Department of Medicine, UF (Sherice Stewart) (March 9, 2017)

Talk “OneHealth, OneScience – Authentic and Mindful Scientific Integration Approaches”, S. Grunwald, One Health Talks “Mind Over Matter”, Emergent Pathogen Institute, Gainesville, FL (March 13, 2017). Recording: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/a7d5fb1ed67f4629b1068d51cab5da7d1d

Guest lectures and practice sessions “Mindfulness”, S. Grunwald, IDH 2930 Honors course Professional Development, March 13 and 27, 2017 (course teacher: Al Wysocki)

“Mindfulness, stress and anxiety reduction” practice session by A. Puig and S. Grunwald, UF Graduate Student Appreciation Week Wellness Day 2017, Reitz Union, Gainesville, FL (April 4, 2017)

Mindfulness meditation practice session, S. Grunwald, University of Florida, School of Natural Resources and Environment De-Stress Fest, Reitz Union, Gainesville, FL (April 11, 2017)

Workshop (2 hrs.) “Strategies for managing stress and mindfulness”, H. Radunovich and S. Grunwald, UF-IFAS Extension Symposium “A Time to Learn and Discover New Opportunities”, Gainesville, FL (April 19, 2017)

Workshop (2 hrs.) “Integration of Mindfulness in the Workplace”, S. Grunwald, Gainesville, FL (May 24, 2017)

Mindfulness and staying in the “green zone”, S. Grunwald, Wellness Wednesdays UF Health Wellness seminar, Gainesville, FL (Aug. 2, 2017). Seminar recording: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/2499d52dd4a34d6786cd5317d8074a851d

Mindfulness training session (2 hrs.) by S. Grunwald for first year medical students (CLG-1), UF Medical School, Organizer of CLG-1: I.M. Estores, UF Health Integrative Medicine Program. George T. Harrell M.D. Medical Education Bldg., Gainesville, FL (Oct. 4, 2017)

Mindfulness meditation session, S. Grunwald, and Yoga session, K. Holton, Wellness Administrative Retreat organized by Sheila Diuguid (UF HR) for faculty with administrative roles and Shands ACU Clinic Managers, Cypress Lodge, Lake Wauberg, Micanopy, FL (Oct. 5, 2017)

Workshop “Life Work Balance” (2 hrs.) by S. Grunwald, Women in Science Group, American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America International Conference, Tampa, FL (Oct. 22-25, 2017)

Mindfulness information table at the UF Benefits & Wellness Fair, Gainesville, FL (Oct. 26, 2017)

Mindfulness meditation / contemplation & join lunch to unplug, find silence in the storm of a busy campus, distress, and reenergize in the Reitz Union Reflection/Meditation room 3325, UF campus (Sept. 1, Oct. 13, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1, 2017)

Mindfulness introduction and practice session (1 hr.) by S. Grunwald, APhA-ASP Mental Health Awareness, University of Florida College of Pharmacy, UF Gainesville, FL (March 13, 2018)

Introduction to Mindfulness by C. Lewis, Florida Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference, Gainesville, FL (April 14, 2018)

Somatic meditation workshop (2 ½ hrs.) by S. Grunwald, Integrative Medicine Conference “Flow: Mind, Movement, Energy & Integrative Pain Management”, Gainesville, FL, Medical School UF (April 21, 2018)

Mindfulness training sessions (75 min.) by C. Lewis, E. Lennes, and S. Grunwald for third year medical students (CLG-3), UF Medical School, Organizer of CLG-3: I.M. Estores, UF Health Integrative Medicine Program. George T. Harrell M.D. Medical Education Bldg., Gainesville, FL (May 1-2, 2018)

UF Mindfulness Mini-retreat (1/2 day). Sessions: Yoga, gong bath meditation, Jyoti meditation, embodied meditation, Vipasssana practices, and natural awareness practice. Facilitators/teachers: Grunwald, K. Holton, N. Lasseter, and L. Ritz, Shambhala Meditation Center, Gainesville, FL (May 19, 2018)

Practices of Mindfulness teaching (1 hr.) by S. Grunwald, Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program, UF IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL (June 13-14, 2018)

UF Mindfulness weekly sessions (meditation and team meeting). Peabody Hall Rm 404 Mind-Body Room, Counseling and Wellness Center, UF. Facilitated by the UF Mindfulness team (Spring semester, every Monday, January 8 to April 24, 2018)

Facilitator of a metta meditation by S. Grunwald, International Peace Day UN, Gainesville, FL organized by the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding (Sept. 21, 2018)

Mindfulness training sessions (75 min.) by C. Lewis and S. Grunwald for first year medical students (CLG-1), UF Medical School, Organizer of CLG-1: I.M. Estores, UF Health Integrative Medicine Program. George T. Harrell M.D. Medical Education Bldg., Gainesville, FL (Oct. 3, 2018)

Mindfulness meditation session (1 hr.) by J. Snyder, educational workshop organized by the Resources & Education for Health Educated Asian Leaders for the UF chapter, Depot Park, Gainesville, FL (Oct. 25, 2018)

Mindfulness practice session (1 hr.) by S. Grunwald for residents (1 hr.), Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine (coordinator: Dr. David Hall), Gainesville, FL (Dec. 7, 2018)

Workshop 360° Mindfulness “Mindfulness is not one, but many” taught by members of the UF Mindfulness team. Peabody Hall Rm 404 Mind-Body Room, Counseling and Wellness Center, UF. Facilitated by the UF Mindfulness team (Fall semester, Aug. 22 to Dec. 5, 2018).

Past Trainings & Teachings - Selected Examples

UF Mindfulness Practice Sessions & Meetings

Practice and Space for Dialogue

The UF Mindfulness group meets regularly for a 25-30 min. meditation practice and 1/2 hour space for dialogue.

We welcome faculty and staff members as well as students interested in to co-create mindful campus culture to join the group.

Our group values mindfulness, heartfulness, openness, and bodyfulness.

Just drop-in and enjoy joint practice of mindfulness meditation; and become a partner to plan and offer teachings, mindfulness interventions, and action events that raise awareness of mindful education and research.

When?

Spring and summer 2018.

Every Monday.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Where?

Peabody Hall, Rm 404, Counseling and Wellness Center, UF Campus, Gainesville, FL.

Info and questions

For questions about the UF Mindfulness group contact Sabine Grunwald, Leader of UF Mindfulness.

Email: mindfulness@ad.ufl.edu

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Evidence-based skills training for coping with distress in everyday life

Teacher: Nancy Lasseter, EdS, LMHC, Wellness Education UF Health Integrative Medicine Program

January 31 to March 7, 2018.

6 week course plus a Day of Mindfulness at the Casa Micanopy. CEs available.

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UF HealthStreet Now Offers Community Yoga

Stop by to learn more about HealthStreet and join a free yoga class open to all Gainesville community members on Mondays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 2401 SW Archer Road. To sign up, please call (352) 294-4880.

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UF YOGA I

What: Free weekly yoga class for faculty, staff and graduate assistants. Bring their own mats and wear clothes that are comfortable for movement.

Where: Ustler Hall’s Atrium (second floor).

When: Fall semester 2016; Tuesdays 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Contacts: Kim Holton, Ph.D., mkholton@ufl.edu (352-273-1717).

UF Yoga II

The UF College of Medicine’s Holistic Medicine Interest Group is pleased to announce that there will be free yoga sessions Tuesday afternoons at 12pm in the Maren room in Communicore for all College of Medicine students and staff. This semester (Fall 2015) there will be two more sessions Tuesday November 24th and December 1st. Yoga will resume in the spring 2016. For more information or to ask about a specific date, please contact:

Christian Archer, MS1 MD-PhD Candidate, President of the Holistic Medicine Interest Group (carcher25@ufl.edu).

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What: This free class is open to all UF and UF Health faculty and staff and will held each Saturday for one hour with 15 minutes scheduled at the beginning and end for break down and setup of the room. Bring a yoga mat and block.

Where: Health’s Cancer Hospital, 1515 SW Archer Road, in Rooms 1204 & 1205. Free parking is available in the garage at 1329 SW 16th Street.

When: Fall semester 2016. Classes begin on Saturday, August 28, from 9:45 – 11:15 am at UF until end of Fall semester, except no classes on September 3 & 10.

Mindfulness Retreat

Time: Nov. 19, 2016 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm)

Location: Gainesville Retreat Center (GRC)

Address: GRC  1605 SE 51st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32641.

Driving directions

Teacher: Nancy Lasseter, EdS, LMHC.

Join Nancy at the beautiful Gainesville Retreat Center for quiet, relaxing day of mindfulness practices suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Come enjoy sitting and walking meditation, body scan, gratitude and qigong practices. Guided instructions will be provided. Reserve this time for yourself to unplug and recharge, to relax your body and mind, to uplift and renew your energy and spirit. Nancy Lasseter is a Wellness Educator with UF Health Integrative Medicine, a Psychotherapist in private practice, and a Qigong instructor who has been teaching mindfulness since 2005.

Bring comfortable clothing. If you prefer to sit on your own cushion please bring it along.

Registration. Registration is open to students, staff and faculty members at UF; and the general public. The registration fee covers lunch and light tea/coffee breaks. REGISTRATION CLOSED.

For questions about the retreat please contact mindfulness@ad.ufl.edu.

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Nancy Lasseter received a Masters and Specialist degree from the UF Counselor Ed. Dept. in 1984 and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1987. Ms. Lasseter has been an instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program in the Gainesville community since 2004 and at UF Health since 2006. As co-founder of the UF Health Arts in Medicine Contemplative Arts Program in 2009 and pioneering the UF Health Integrative Medicine Program in 2013, Nancy has offered stress reduction interventions to patients, families and staff, teaches Mindfulness in Medicine to UF Health med students, is contracted to teach mindfulness to case managers in the statewide Maternal and Infant Care program and the local Partnership for Strong Families program. She is a core member of the UF Mindfulness team.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat Weekend

Time: Nov. 5  (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) and Nov 6, 2016 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm). Two day retreat. 

Location: Wonderful Casa Micanopy

Address: 22259 NW 75th Avenue Rd., Micanopy, FL 32667.

Driving directions to the Casa

Teacher: Dr. Jan Snyder

Meditation uncovers our wisdom and sharpens our intelligence. In this workshop, we receive practical instructions and tools for bringing the clarity of mindfulness and awareness into every day life.  Daily challenges can become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action. Through the practice of meditation we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. We will engage in meditation and awareness practices, contemplative exercises, and self insight and discovery, all within a safe and gentle environment.

Bring comfortable clothing. If you prefer to sit on your own cushion please bring it along.

Registration is open to students, staff and faculty members at UF; and the general public. The registration fee covers lunch and light tea/coffee breaks. REGISTRATION FOR THIS RETREAT IS CLOSED.

For questions about the retreat please contact mindfulness@ad.ufl.edu.

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Teacher of the retreat, Jan M. Snyder, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in the private practice of psychotherapy since 1983.  She got her B.A summa cum laude in classics and psychology from Tufts University in 1977, followed by her M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) from Boston University.  She was a clinical fellow in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1981 until 1990, when she moved to Florida.  Since 1995, she has been a courtesy clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  She received certification as a Collaborative Divorce Coach and Child Advocate at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2008 and 2011, and is past president of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Gainesville.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association and a past president of the North Central Florida chapter of the Florida Psychological Association.

Dr. Snyder began meditation practice and study in 2004, and since then has focused on the integration of meditation and mindfulness practices into psychotherapy.  She is the coordinator of the local Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group, and has received certification within Shambhala as a Shambhala Guide and a teacher of  a series of meditation in everyday life classes.  Dr. Snyder is a member of the UF Mindfulness team and was a participant teacher at UF Mindfulness Day in September 2015.  She lives on 3 1/2 acres in SW Gainesville with her husband Steve, three standard poodles, many fish, her 19 chickens, and enjoys kayaking, swimming, biking and hiking, i.e. anything out in nature.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

Offered through the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine | UF Health Integrative Medicine Program

Time: Sept. 7 – Nov. 2, 2016; eight Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 

Location: Facilities Admin. Bldg., 1281 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL 32610. 

Teacher: Nancy Lasseter, EdS, LMHC. Wellness Educator UF Health Integrative Medicine Program.

Information about the course.

Let’s face it, life in this century is not easy. We’re bombarded with social media, work expectations, lists of things to do that don’t seem to get done, stress-related illness, environmental concerns, family and relationship issues,  and worries that keep us awake at night. We can all use some support in bringing ease into our daily lives.

The eight week fall session of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) offers the possibility of bringing greater peace and well being into your life. The course begins on September 7th  – November 2nd for 8 Wednesdays, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. See the attached flyer for details.

MBSR has been recognized worldwide for over 30 years  as a research-based working approach to a variety of health issues including anxiety, stress, depression, grief, fatigue, pain, chronic illness, eating disturbances, and sleep problems.

A little background info about me, as the MBSR instructor. I received both my Masters and a Specialist degree from the UF Counselor Education Department in 1984. With my nearly 30 years of work as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, past coordinator of Shands Contemplative Arts programs, current UF Health Integrative Medicine Wellness Educator,  and with years of mindfulness training and personal practice, I happily offer this course to you. I have taught MBSR since 2004 to  over 300 people.

This course will introduce you to time tested stress reduction skills that include sitting meditation, walking meditation, the body scan, yoga, qigong, and includes gratitude and kindness practices. You will be given homework and audio files to practice at home and work.

Registration for MBSR course.

4H Workshop “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life”

      • Seed workshop for teenagers.
      • July 27, 2016 (9:00 am to 12:00pm), UF campus, Reitz Union.
      • Organizers and Teachers (UF IFAS extension): Monika Brinkley and Shelley Swanson.
      • Teachers: Sabine Grunwald (Mindfulness sessions) and Kim Holton (Yoga).

“Mindfulness session” at the Dean’s retreat, College of the Arts

Taught by S. Grunwald, Infinity Hall, Gainesville FL (June 28, 2016)

Presentation at the conference Contemplative Practices for the 21st Century University Conference, Blacksburg, VA (March 10-12, 2016).

“Embracing mindfulness – breath-by-breath – at the University of Florida” by S. Grunwald, M. Ardelt, A. Puig, N.J. Lasseter, L.A. Ritz, N.F. (May) Dolen, F. Lewis, J. Snyder, T. Drake, T. Tannen, M. Murphy, A. Brown, K. Holton, E. Turner and A. S. Lindner.

Proceeding paper (2016)

The body scan is a mindfulness practice focusing attention on the different parts of the body—from the feet to the top of the head. It is designed to develop awareness of sensations by observing the body as it is, without judgement or trying to change it. Research suggests this practice can reduce stress, improve well-being and decrease aches and pains. It may also increase attentiveness to physical needs and sensations, which can lead to healthier decisions about eating, sleep and exercise.

The body scan is usually done lying down but can also be done sitting in a chair. Comfortable clothes and layers for warmth are recommended. Please bring a mat or towel. Some mats will be available.

Questions? Contact HRS Wellness at hrs-wellness@ufl.edu or phone (352)392.4626.

Help spread the word!  Download this flier.

Mindfulness Body Scan Meditations in April 2016

Kim Holton, Ph.D., Health Promotion Specialist, UF Human Resource Services

Friday, April 8
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Frazier Rogers Hall Room 122

Wednesday, April 13
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. Room 2161

Wednesday, April 20
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
College of the Arts Fine Arts Bldg. C Room 118

Monday, April 25
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Hough Hall Room 120

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Ride the mindfulness wave. Get trained in mindfulness and learn how to practice mindfulness. Open for students, faculty members, instructors, researchers, staff members and administrators.

UF mindfulness teachings (1-2 hours) will be offered by team members of UF Mindfulness on a rotational basis among the 16 colleges in 2016.  Teachers and instructors will learn how to integrate mindfulness into their classroom and/or online teachings. The benefits of mindful classrooms are manifold entailing cognitive, emotional and bodily benefits to learners and instructors. Students can learn how to enhance learning, productivity, health and well-being with mindfulness practices (e.g., reduce exam anxiety, enhance emotional resilience in stressful situations such as class presentations). Researchers may benefit from mindful communication, collaboration and listening to spark creativity and achieve the highest potential for successful proposal development, harmony in research teams, and authentic leadership.

Mindfulness Wave 2016 flyer

Mindfulness Wave

Feb. 9, 2016: Noon – 1 p.m., Levin College of Law, Rare Book Room  by Teresa Drake.

Feb. 19, 2016: 10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Warrington College of Business, MAT 103 by Jan Snyder.

Feb. 22, 2016: 10:40 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., College of Health and Human Performance, Florida Gymnasium (FLG) 0245 by Sabine Grunwald.

Feb. 23, 2016: 11:50 a.m. – 12:55 pm, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), Frazier Rogers Hall Rm 122 by Nancy Lasseter and Sabine Grunwald.

Feb. 24, 2016: 11 a.m. – noon, College of Education, 1331 Normal Hall by Ana Puig.

Feb. 26, 2016: 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “The power of mindfulness in creating space to address the challenges in a complexifying world”, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), McCarty Hall B Room 3096 by Sabine Grunwald.

March 11, 2016: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Facilities Administration building (FAB) education room by Jan Snyder (Facilities Administration Bldg Directions) [serves College of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine].

March 16, 2016: 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Dauer Hall Rm 219 by Sabine Grunwald and Monika Ardelt.

March 23, 2016: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., College of Arts, Fine Arts Building C (FAC)  Rm 118 by Ana Puig.

March 25, 2016: 11: 00 am – 12: 00 pm, Facilities Administration building (FAB) education room by Ferdinand Lewis (Facilities Administration Bldg Directions). [serves College of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine].

March 29, 2016: 2: 30 pm – 4: 00 pm, Facilities Administration building (FAB) education room by Ferdinand Lewis (Facilities Administration Bldg Directions). [serves College of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine].

April 13, 2016: 11:00 a.m. – 12 00 p.m., College of Design, Construction and Planning, Fine Arts Building C (FAC)  Rm 118 by Ana Puig.

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Teacher of the retreat, Jan M. Snyder, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in the private practice of psychotherapy since 1983.  She got her B.A summa cum laude in classics and psychology from Tufts University in 1977, followed by her M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) from Boston University.  She was a clinical fellow in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1981 until 1990, when she moved to Florida.  Since 1995, she has been a courtesy clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  She received certification as a Collaborative Divorce Coach and Child Advocate at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2008 and 2011, and is past president of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Gainesville.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association and a past president of the North Central Florida chapter of the Florida Psychological Association.

Dr. Snyder began meditation practice and study in 2004, and since then has focused on the integration of meditation and mindfulness practices into psychotherapy.  She is the coordinator of the local Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group, and has received certification within Shambhala as a Shambhala Guide and a teacher of  a series of meditation in everyday life classes.  Dr. Snyder has been involved with the UF Mindfulness project at the University of Florida, and was a participant teacher at UF Mindfulness Day in September 2015.  She lives on 3 1/2 acres in SW Gainesville with her husband Steve, two standard poodles, many fish, her two chickens Tina and Amy, and enjoys kayaking, swimming, biking and hiking, i.e. anything out in nature.

UF MINDFULNESS  RETREAT – Feb. 6-7, 2016

“In meditating properly, we’re strengthening aspects of the mind that are already there.  It’s like working out.  In developing mindfulness and awareness, the mind begins to feel its strength and its ability to simply be present.”—Turning the Mind into an Ally, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Meditation is a basic human practice which can be a support for many aspects of life.  It’s a simple training that can be of benefit for all of us at work, in school, in our relationships and our family, in sports or in business.  Meditation is a practice that helps us unclutter our minds; to do this, we use our natural, intrinsic tools of mindfulness and awareness.

This retreat offers an opportunity over a weekend for beginners and experienced meditators to practice meditation, and explore experiences of mindfulness and awareness together in the peaceful setting of the Gainesville Retreat Center.  Various meditation practices will be presented, along with experiential mindfulness exercises, dialogues and group discussions and gentle body movement. Each day, retreatants will be served a healthy vegetarian lunch, along with morning and afternoon refreshments.

This mindfulness retreat is sponsored by the UF Mindfulness Program (https://mindfulness.ufl.edu/). There are 30 seats available on a first-come first-served basis for students, staff and faculty members of the University of Florida. Remaining seats, if available, will be opened to others interested in the mindfulness retreat.

Registration fees for the 2-day retreat: Students: $45. UF faculty and staff members: $90. Others: $150. After we confirmed your seat in the retreat we will send you payment instructions.

Time: February 6 (9 am to 5 pm) and February 7 (9 am to 4 pm), 2016.

Location: Gainesville Retreat Center (GRC), 1551 SE 51st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32641.

Directions to the GRC: www.GainesvilleRetreatCenter.com.

Registration is closed.

Integrative Medicine

Teacher of “Tools for a mindful life” is Ms. Lasseter who has taught MBSR since 2004 and is a wellness instructor with UF Health Integrative Medicine as well as a licensed mental health counselor. She is also a member of the new UF Mindfulness project launched earlier in the fall.

All of the practices taught are designed to re-wire the brain for greater overall well-being and happiness. To learn more about the program and to complete an application,please click here.  For answers to questions about this series, please email hrs-wellness@ufl.edu.

Mindfulness 4-week training course: “Tools for a Mindful Life” 

UF-UF Health Wellness and UF Mindfulness have teamed up to once again host a four-week “Tools for a Mindful Life” series led by Nancy Lasseter, Ed.S., LMHC, for faculty and staff interested in exploring mindfulness practices.  The series is available at no cost to benefits-eligible employees.  Enrollment is limited to 16 participants with applications being accepted through Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Note: The course is booked out! (register to be put on the waiting list and secure a seat for the next 4-week training course).  

This four-week intensive will provide the opportunity to restore inner resources that are often ignored, neglected or unseen in order to live a more mindful life.  Mindfulness practices in the program are derived from the evidence-based eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness.

Participants will be asked to commit to attend all four sessions and to complete 20 minutes of formal mindfulness practices daily. Class instruction will include the mindful body scan, qigong meditative movement, mindful eating, and mindful sitting and walking—as well as mindful communications, including both compassion and gratitude practices.

“How Mindfulness Can Enhance Learning and Well-being”

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), Solutions Seminar, Straughn Center, Gainesville, FL (Jan. 28, 2016). Speaker: Sabine Grunwald.  

“Unlocking Creativity through Mindfulness”

The New Campus-wide UF Mindfulness Program to Enhance Teaching” at the CALS Teaching Enhancement Symposium 2015, Gainesville, FL (Aug. 18, 2015) 

Goals/Objectives of the session (75 min.): (1) Introduce participants to mindfulness practices and benefits; (2) Provide participants an overview of the new UF Mindful Campus Program; (3) Engage participants in an experiential session w/ 2 or more mindfulness practices and allow them to share experiences in dyads and with the group; and (4) Share personal experiences and opportunities to practice mindfulness. Instructors: Monika Ardelt, Sabine Grunwald, Nancy J. Lasseter, and Louis A. Ritz.

“Introduction to Mindfulness”

UF College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on December 1st, 2015 (12:15 to 2 pm), Gainesville, FL. Teacher: Nancy Lasseter.

“Good Life Class”

New pillar mindfulness unit in the IUF 1000 “What is the Good Life” general educ. class in one instructor led section. Instructor: F. Lewis (Fall 2015)