Mindfulness

Mindfulness Overview

Mindfulness meditation is a technique of focus, calm and insight, and a skill that can be learned.

Spring 2017 Programming

Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction 

Mindfulness meditation is a technique of focus, calm and insight, and a skill that can be learned. Through this seven-week mindfulness training course, adapted to the university setting from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, participants will observe how stress unfolds in their lives, their responses to it, and how mindfulness practice can ameliorate it. Participants will learn and practice a variety of stress reduction techniques, including mindful movement incorporating gentle yoga postures. Alongside the meditation practice, the classes incorporate group discussions centering on the experiences working with mindfulness meditation practices. 

Participants can learn more about the program and receive registration and payment information for the seven-week course at the free introductory workshop. There is a $75 enrollment fee for the full course.  There is a minimum enrollment of 10 and a maximum enrollment of 20 people.  Participants will need to bring a mat or towel for the training program (not necessary for the introductory session). This program is limited to Columbia faculty and employees. 

Introduction to MTSR 
  • Date:  Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Manhattanville Campus, Studebaker Building, room 469, 622 W. 132nd St, New York, NY 10027
Seven-Week MTSR Training
  • Dates:  Tuesdays: February 14, February 21, February 28, March 7, March 21, March 28, April 4 (No class during Columbia spring break on March 14)
  • Time:  5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
  • Location:   Manhattanville Campus, Studebaker Building, room 469, 622 W. 132nd St, New York, NY 10027

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Mindful Meditation Alumni Group: Cultivating Your Practice

Intended to provide ongoing tools and support for Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction program graduates, this group will meet monthly during the spring semester. The sessions will include guided meditations (30-45 minutes) as well as open discussion and questions. 

Completion of Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction (or similar training) is required. This refresher course has an enrollment fee of $10 per class or $32 for all four classes. This program is limited to Columbia faculty employees. 

  • Dates: Mondays: January 23, February 27 March 20, and April 24 2017
  • Time:  5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room) Morningside Campus

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Mindfulness Experience 

Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, with an open curiosity, letting go of judgment.  It can be practiced during daily activities including walking, eating, and listening. With a “beginner’s mind” participants will start to explore mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques during this one-hour, interactive, lunch-time experiential workshop. 

This workshop is for people who have little to no experience with mindfulness practices, including those who are considering taking the Mindfulness Based Training for Stress Reduction program (see description above). To meet the goals of the workshop, please bring a brown-bag lunch or snack. This program is limited to Columbia faculty and employees.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • Time:  12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Medical Center Campus, Hammer Health Science Building, room 305

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Instructor for all Mindfulness Programing: Dr. Polly Wheat, retired Executive Director of the Student Health Service, Columbia University Medical Center.  Dr. Wheat trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1994.

Email worklife@columbia.edu for more information.


Last Updated: 
12/30/15