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Emotional Intelligence Workshop

IntellectualWednesday, November 16th, 2016 • 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Benson Center 409

Studies have shown that emotional intelligence has a much greater impact on personal success than a person’s IQ. During this workshop, learn more about your Emotional Intelligence, the ability to be aware of one’s emotions to facilitate effective thinking, action and relationships. You will explore the capacities that define an emotionally intelligent leader and learn how to apply emotional information to guide your thinking and behaviors.

Participants will investigate emotional intelligence theory and practice as a means for professional success. Participants will learn best practices in feeling, thinking, and behaving in an emotionally intelligent manner. Participants will gain skills to apply emotional intelligence strategies to group/organization settings.

To register and more information >>>

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November 14th, 21st, December 5th and 12th, 2- 6pm, ZSR 477

CoCo.BannerZSR librarians are available to help with every aspect of your research project! The Bridge will be on hand to assist with any computer or information technology issues you may be facing!

At our drop-in research workshops, ZSR librarians are available to help with every aspect of your research project – from selecting a topic, to finding resources, to setting up Zotero or citing tricky sources. Delicious winter bevvies and snacks will be available to help keep you fueled!

In honor of Intellectual Wellbeing month, our friends from WFU Thrive will be on hand to provide brain-stimulating snacks and activities to keep you focused and relaxed!

More information on the PDC HERE!

THRIVE  will provide brain-stimulating treats and activities to keep you focused and relaxed!


Serenity Toolbox: Learn to build your personal space of peace and reflection

EmotionalWednesday, October 12th, 2016 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location:Reynolda Hall, Autumn Room

Learn how to promote your own emotional well being through intentional placement of objects that give purpose to ordinary spaces. This class provides a basic understanding of how you can use natural elements; techniques of Feng shui and soundscapes to create your own personal island of peace.

During this experience participants will learn: To establish an environment of retreat in your home or office to nurture your personal introspection and peaceful well being. To understand basic purposes of natural elements and how to blend other life forces and techniques to provide harmony and balance to your personal space. To understand basic principles of Feng shui that promote an understanding of location, direction and purpose to harness positive energy in a home or other space.

As a result of this workshop, participants will learn how they can take a designated space and create a warm and inviting personal retreat to restore personal balance and well being.

Each participant will be provided a “serenity toolbox” full of information of how to build their environment to promote personal well being.

To register and more information >>> 

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October 10 – 14


Nearly one in every five people, or 42.5 million American adults, has a diagnosable mental health condition. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America nearly 80% of college students frequently or sometimes experience daily stress.

Often our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even family members are suffering emotionally and don’t recognize the symptoms or won’t ask for help. This is why knowing the signs of stress are so important for every Deacon student, faculty, and staff member.


Wake Forest University has partnered on a national campaign to promote mental health awareness.

You may need to seek support if you notice any of the following:

1. Agitation: uncharacteristically angry, anxious, agitated or moody

2. Hopelessness: seems overcome with hopelessness or overwhelmed by their circumstances

3. Withdrawal: isolate themselves from other people

4. Personality change: sudden or gradual change of the way someone behaves

5. Self-neglect: stop taking care of themselves or engage in risky behavior

Join the Office of Wellbeing & the University Counseling Center – free, private mental health screenings.

Stress Relief Activities:

Monday, October 10: “One Screen for Ice Cream” Manchester, 12pm- 2pm
Get a brief mental health screening for a cup of ice cream!

Tuesday, October 11: “Physical Distress” Manchester Plaza, 12pm- 2pm
Inflatable fun and enjoy a sweet or buttery popcorn treat!

Wednesday, October 12: “Art Therapy” Manchester,12pm-2pm
Create an original art masterpiece and have a cup of ice cream!

Thursday, October 13:  “Comfort Friends” Davis Field, 12pm- 2pm
Come pet small farm animals and enjoy a sweet or buttery popcorn treat!

Friday, October 14: “Pulse Pause” Manchester Plaza, 12pm-2pm
Chair massage and ice cream!

Words With Friends: Learning to Communicate Across Difference
(Student Workshop) 

September 28 from 6-7 pm in Benson 410

Come out to our Words with Friends workshop about finding your own communication style, as well as learning to interact with others in order to build a stronger community. This event will be partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This event will be focused on developing communication styles specifically for students. Registration form for students is provided in the link “Words with Friends” above! 



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Arrive & Thrive | September 22

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Manchester Plaza – Rain Location 401 Benson Center

Check out Arrive & Thrive 2015

“Arrive and Thrive” will feature dozens of fun and thought-provoking activities designed to inform and inspire the campus community about how to lead healthier, more balanced lives!



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taught by, Celina Alexander,

Assistant Director, Intercultural Center

Come and learn some new moves!

All experience levels welcomed!

Sponsored by the Intercultural Center and the Office of Wellbeing.

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Emotional Wellbeing: 3 Ways to De-stress using Meditation, Self Massage and Essential Oils  Emotional_website

Thursday, April 7th, 201612:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Benson Center 409

From the Life Forces of Introspective Healing workshop series, the 3D course provides three ways to de-stress in 30 minutes. Using meditation, self-massage and essential oil techniques, you will learn how to create your own time for rejuvenation. This mini-session provides an entry level understanding of ways to de-stress quickly and effectively from wherever you are and often when you need it the most.

From the Life Forces of Introspective Healing workshop series, the 3D course provides three ways to de-stress in 30 minutes. Using meditation, self-massage and essential oil techniques, you will learn how to create your own time for rejuvenation. This mini-session provides an entry level understanding of ways to de-stress quickly and effectively from wherever you are and often when you need it the most.

Through this healing experience, participants will:

  • Understand three types of meditation that settle the mind and calm the spirit.
  • Understand three self-massage techniques to utilize for relaxing tired muscles where stress resides.
  • Understand three essential oils for relaxing and calming that have distinct healing properties.

To register and more information >>>

Novant Health Breast Center Mobile Mammography

Tuesday, April 5th, 201611:30am – 11:45am

Thrive LogoThe Novant Health Breast Center Mobile Mammography Unit is a 38-ft. multi-functional coach that offers cutting-edge screening mammography services out in the community. The purpose of the program is to greatly increase access to mammography screening for women throughout the community.


  • Digital mammography technology
  • All-female technologists
  • Check-in and registration area
  • Private changing room with separate clinical exam room
  • Privacy and comfort of a traditional screening center with the convenience of a fully functioning mobile unit

To register and more information  >>>

The Practice of Mindfulness and Emotional Wellbeing Series   


This four session class offers a structured exploration of tending and befriending emotions through mindfulness practices. Team-taught by faculty in neurobiology and the humanities with extensive background in the practice and study of meditation, each session will combine a 30 minute mindfulness practice with a short lecture on topics in the intersection of emotions and mindfulness,  and a discussion and reflection segment.
It is recommended that participants commit to attend all four sessions to receive the full benefit of shared practice, reflection, and mini lectures.

Location: Benson Center 409
Facilitated by: Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus and Dr. Fadel Zeidan

Tuesday, April 5th, 20162:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 12th, 20162:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 19th, 20162:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 26th, 20162:00 PM – 3:00 PM

To register and more information >>>

What You Need to Know About Advanced Medical Directives     

 MedicalTuesday, March 22 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Class Location: Benson 409
Facilitated by: Professor Kate Mewhinney, Malika Roman Isler, Hannah McKay


In collaboration with Thrive, the Elder Law Clinic will be offering a free program about advance directives for faculty and staff. The presenter will be Prof. Kate Mewhinney, managing attorney of the Elder Law Clinic. After the presentation there will be Elder Law Clinic students available to help participants fill out advance directive forms.


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Monday, March 21 • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Class Location: Davis Chapel
Facilitated by: Josho Pat Phelan


No registration required


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Monday, February 29 • 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Class Location: Interfaith Meditation Room, Room 23 Reynolda Hall


Discover peace and happiness within your mind
Our classes are for everyone, regardless of background or belief, and are designed as a practical introduction to meditation and practice.

No registration required


Spiritual Wellbeing: Spirituality and Social Unrest

Tuesday, February 16 • 12:00pm – 1:00pmSpiritual
Class Location: Benson 409
Facilitated by: K. Monet Rice-Jalloh


Have you been wondering what part your spirituality and religious convictions play in the myriad social awakenings? Do you ponder whether you should become involved, be vocal, or elevate to a higher vibration?  Do you have questions as to whether your religious convictions or spiritual practice support advocacy? Do you wonder whether becoming entangled in discord will remove your rest and cloud you with negativity? If you have answered yes to any of this, or answered a solid no, then this workshop is for you! While this workshop is open to everyone, the plumb-line of the conversation will be rooted in Christology and its influence on various religions and practices as spirituality pertains to social un-rest.

For more information and to register  >>>

 Spiritual Wellbeing: Interfaith Dialogue

Spiritual Tuesday, February 9 • 6:00pm – 7:00pm and
Thursday, February 18  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Class Location: Reynolda Hall 301
Facilitated by: 
Virginia Christman

An enemy is one whose story we have not heard. – Gene Knudsen Hoffman

In a world where we spend the most time with people in our own race, our own religion, our own family, our own culture, our own organization… how do we get past the awkward, uncomfortable, and frustrating phase of being strangers–especially when our paths don’t naturally cross?  Join us for an hour of skill-building and practice in listening and storytelling across differing faith and cultural backgrounds.

For more information and to register >>> 

Interfaith and Introspection

Tuesday February 9  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Benson Center 2nd floor area outside of Benson food court.

Interactive booth that will engage you in a quick 5 minute activity poll that is related to the workshop!
Three posters (or computers) on table.  One question on each poster (or computer screen).

What word(s) come to mind when you hear the word “God”?
What word(s) come to mind when you hear the word “religion”?
What word(s) come to mind when you hear the words “interfaith dialogue”?

No registration required

Sources, [citations] & COCO

CoCo.BannerZSR librarians are available to help with every aspect of your research project! The Bridge will be on hand to assist with any computer or information technology issues you may be facing!

THRIVE  will provide brain-stimulating treats and activities to keep you focused and relaxed!

Monday, November 16th 2:00-6:00 pm
Monday, November 23rd 2:00-6:00 pm
Monday, November 30th 2:00-6:00 pm

Mandelbaum Reading Room, ZSR Library

 Project Management for Professionals – Lunch & LearnProject Management

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Project Management for Professionals workshop will provide helpful strategies that will help you navigate your workload more efficiently. Learn how to determine and achieve your goals and actively develop plans to increase productivity and flow to reduce the stress of your workload, understand the components of a workable “To-Do” list, and avoid common pitfalls related to time management.

Class Location: Room 204, ZSR Library
Register Now>>>

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 12-2pm October 6th 2nd Floor Benson | 1-3pm October 14th ZSR atrium

Thrive wants to highlight your financial wellbeing through improving your financial literacy as well as managing your financial loans during your time as a student! The Office of Wellbeing is co-sponsoring Money@WFU with the Office of Financial Aid, Office of Career and Professional Development, and ZSR Library to provide you with an opportunity to engage us in person / via Twitter @WFUThrive to ask us questions about financial aid, financial literacy, and other opportunities to build those fiscal muscles. Come see us or tweet us!

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October 13 – November 12

Learn to manage your body and mind by applying the practice and principles of yoga to your everyday life. Reduce stress, increase focus, achieve peace of mind, and learn the tools you need to manage every life situation with calm equanimity and compassion towards self and others. This five week course is designed to expose students, faculty, and staff to both the fundamentals of yoga practice and the principles of yoga philosophy that will allow you to navigate even stressful or unpleasant situations with balance and wisdom.

Book needed for class: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali -by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Sign up today for your five week session, and learn what the Yoga Buzz is all about!

Class Location: Reynolds Gym – 201 Lower Gym

Towards a Mindful Campus

Towards a Mindful Campus

George Mason Scholar Visit
to Wake Forest University

October 26 – 27

Unpacking Language – An Academic Primer in Practice
Monday, October 26th, 201512:30 pm – 1:45 pm
This cross-disciplinary panel discussion will bridge the basic sciences, social sciences, and humanities to unpack language and implications of concepts like mindfulness, contemplation, meditation, and wellbeing.  Join scholars from Wake Forest University, Wake Forest School of Medicine, and . . .
Location: Benson Center 410

Mindfulness and Building Personal Wellbeing
Tuesday, October 27th, 201512:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Campus life and all of its demands – for faculty, staff, and students – can quickly erode personal health, mental clarity, and emotional enthusiasm.   But there are remedies that will build resilience in the face of these demands.  Mindfulness practices can be a . . .
Location: Benson Center 401 A

Wellbeing and Mindfulness: Academic Classroom Applications
Tuesday, October 27th, 20153:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This session will begin with a report on progress at George Mason University over the last six years in creating pathways and structures for wellbeing, consciousness studies, and mindfulness to be included in curricular programs. Among the programs are a 15-credit minor, an . . .
Location: Benson Center 401 A