Toward a Mindful Campus


Research on mindfulness suggests that meditation

builds resilience, boosts emotional intelligence,

enhances creativity, improves your relationships,

and helps you focus (Harvard Business Review, 2015).


What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
 Psychology Today

Mindfulness Resources

Wake Forest University Counseling Center – Mindfulness information and resources

The Free Mindfulness Project is home to a growing collection of free-to-download mindfulness meditation exercises.


10 Ways to Practice Mindfulness WFU Deacon-Lotus_web


  1. Put your phone down
  2. Focus on your breathing
  3. Try something new
  4. Be creative: write, draw, or color
  5. Be still. Listen
  6. Do an ordinary activity slowly
  7. Relax and reflect.
  8. Do one thing at a time
  9. Observe a natural space
  10. Visualize something peaceful

The Practice of Mindfulness and Emotional Wellbeing Series   Emotional_website

This four session class offers a structured exploration of tending and befriending emotions through mindfulness practice. 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



George Mason Scholar Visit to Wake Forest UniversityTowards a Mindful Campus


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 George Mason University as they share insights into research and practice insights. READ MORE Register »
Location: Benson Center 410

Student Training as Peer Advisors for Wellbeing
Monday, October 26th, 20153:30pm – 5:00pm
Student-to-student mentoring, advising, and informal teaching are powerful ways to build capacity for wellbeing on campus. This session will review some of the practices and results at George Mason University in these peer-support approaches. READ MORE Register »
Location: Reynolda Hall, Autumn Room

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 centerpiece among one’s personal approaches to enhance wellbeing. READ MORE Register »
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 optional pathway through Gen Ed requirements which focuses on wellbeing, and the offering of specialized faculty learning communities. READ MORE Register »
Location: Benson Center 401 A

Naropa Visit to Wake Forest University

Mindful Awareness and Leadership Development
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 • 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Tibetan Buddhism offers a paradigm for leadership inspired by the sacred feminine that flourishes in the face of change and fosters community through dialogue.  This keynote draws from the dakini tradition of Tibet as well as cutting-edge organizational development literature to suggest fresh approaches to leadership development. READMORE Register »
Location: Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Auditorium

Holistic Learning in a Mindfulness Framework
Friday, November 6th, 2015 • 10:00am – 12:00pm
This workshop offers an introduction to mindfulness and contemplative learning for teachers and students. We will explore basic paradigms and skills that can enhance holistic learning. READMORE Register »
Location: DeTamble Hall

Research in Contemplative Studies, Mindfulness, and Well-being: A Round-table Discussion
Friday, November 6th, 2015 • 11:00am – 12:00pm
Judith Simmer-Brown and Invited WFU Faculty
This round-table presents current trends and challenges in contemplative studies with an emphasis on mindfulness and well-being, and their transfer into a variety of communities and across disciplines. READMORE Register »
Location: Benson Center 401 A

The Wisdom of the Senses: Mindful Arts in Education
Friday, November 6th, 2015 • 3:30pm – 5:00pm
A hands on creative arts workshop applying Buddhist principles. The instructors will demonstrate the power of mindful embodiment to explore transcendent paths towards artistic learning within all disciplines. READMORE Register »
Location: Scales Fine Arts Center, Room D101