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Central Campus - Students, Faculty, and Staff
- Starting March 16, 2020, sessions have been suspended.
Students, please sign up using the Google form
Faculty and staff, to be added to the email reminder list, please contact Erin Trame at email@example.com and state if you wish to be added to the Central, North campus email list, or both.
North Campus - Students, Faculty, and Staff
- Wednesdays 12:00-12:30 in EECS 4122 - Being held Remotely. Please email Dmitry to be given access at, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesdays, 12-12:30, Being in Tune @ the Ark at 316 S. Main Street (between William and Liberty). Starting March 17, 2020, these sessions will be held remotely, Being in Tune by ZOOM: Join Zoom Meeting: https://tinyurl.com/BeingInTuneZoom Meeting ID: 926-864-236
- Thursday Nights - Ann Arbor open meditation from 7:30-8:30pm. Remote sessions held via Zoom, Meeting ID: 993 192 822 At phone number 312-626-6799 or https://zoom.us/j/993192822
- List of other Mindfulness sessions on UM campus, https://uhs.umich.edu/mindfulness
- List of other sessions around town, https://www.mindfulcityannarbor.org/
Reflection Rooms on Campus
Here is a link to find reflection rooms available to students, staff, and faculty on campus, https://trotter.umich.edu/article/reflection-rooms-campus
Students can sign up for Mindfulness@Umich on this form.
Take a moment to pause and “catch your breath” amid your busy and hectic schedule.
Who can attend?
Mindfulness@Umich is a program that is available to all University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff. The sessions are 30 minutes long, flexible, and free.
Who leads the sessions?
The sessions are led by a group of students and staff who have received training to lead the 30 minute sessions. They also have personal practices.
- Dmitry Berenson, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Heather Goetsch, Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
- Erin Trame, Coordinator and Academic Advisor, Newnan Academic Advising
What should I expect?
I signed up a long time ago, can I begin coming now?
No problem. The sessions are drop-in and are meant to be flexible.
I'll be a few minutes late. Will this be a problem?
Not at all. Stop by as soon as you can and stay as long as time allows. The sessions begin on time. If you have to enter late or leave a little early, we just ask that you do so quietly.
Are the sessions always in Angell Hall?
We almost always practice in Angell Hall, but when the weather is nice, we might have a session in the Law Commons Courtyard or in the Arb.
Is there anything that I need to know about the sessions?
The meditations are guided (which means there will be speaking throughout the meditation) and they last for 25 minutes. We typically sit in chairs, but you can choose to sit on the floor or bring a cushion to sit on. We often end the practice with a short metta or gratitude meditation. At the very end of the session, we'll spend a few minutes talking about issues that may have arisen in your meditation, recent research, or ways to practice outside of the session.
I signed up but I can't make it every week.
It's no problem to join in whenever your schedule allows. There is no pressure or expectation to come to every session.
Can I be removed from the weekly reminder list?
Absolutely. An email reminder comes from Mailchimp and you can remove yourself at any time.
We understand that your schedule may not always allow you to make it to a session. Please feel free to keep up with your practice by using the recordings below that have been created by our group leaders.
Additionally, we have found the following sites to be useful with their audio recordings of guided meditations.
Here’s what students have to say about the sessions
“This weekly meditation brings so much peace to my life and I wish I could attend more frequently! It has helped me slow down when so much at this university is competitive and fast paced. It's taught me about self-love and caring for your own body in a way that maximizes your potential.”
“For me, even a half hour away from some type of screen was really helpful. My main motivation to come to the sessions was to work on my test anxiety and stress related to grades. I think I made some progress with this and I hope to keep attending.”
“My life would not be the same if I hadn't gone to these meditation sessions. I would probably still be depressed and constantly overwhelmed if I weren't taught how to meditate by a great teacher.”
“The sessions are wonderful and provide a nice relaxing and comfortable environment, without adding the stress of attending every session or attending on time. The sessions leave me rejuvenated and wanting to come back!”
“These sessions are a wonderful resource for students at the University, and I feel so lucky to have access to them. These sessions have really helped me.”
“I have been so grateful for the mindfulness sessions on campus. My day is often so busy, that having the ability to access a quiet space–with guided meditation–feels like a constant gift on campus. The sessions always help me return to my day in a better frame of mind, and help me be more kind to myself. Even when I can't make it (which unfortunately is often), the weekly reminder emails often contain small words of wisdom or advice that help me take a moment to calm down.”
“I'm so grateful I began attending Denise's mindfulness sessions. Learning about meditation and contemplative practice has transformed my life in the most beautiful ways. Martha Travers' courses have also been life-changing. I am finally finding happiness in the present moment, and I feel more willpower to be present in my life than ever.”