Find Your Free Mindfulness Activity

Weekly sessions at Duke Student Wellness Center are open to employees

Paint Night is a new addition to the Student Wellness Center mindfulness activities. Photo courtesy of the Student Wellness Center.
Paint Night is a new addition to the Student Wellness Center mindfulness activities. Photo courtesy of the Student Wellness Center.

Relax and recharge with Duke Student Wellness Center’s weekly activities throughout the fall. 

The center offers meditation, yoga, tai chi, knitting and tea tasting classes each week. New additions this semester include learning close-up magic, painting, note writing and gardening. 

Activities, which are scheduled through Dec. 10, are free and open to students, staff and faculty. All skill levels are welcome. 

Justin Sharpe, associate director of the Student Wellness Center, said every class is rooted in mindfulness to help manage stress and reduce anxiety. 

“We provide a wide variety of activities because not everyone’s definition of wellness means practicing yoga or going to the gym,” he said. “It could also mean painting or learning how to knit.”

  • Guided Meditation: Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-12:50 p.m. Room 148. 
  • Kindness Grams: Tuesdays from 12-12:50 p.m. Room 129 (Oasis West). Write a note to a friend or colleague, attach a treat and the Student Wellness Center will deliver it on campus. Materials provided.
  • Yoga: Mondays from 4-4:50 p.m.; Tuesdays from 3-3:50 p.m.; and Wednesdays from 11-11:50 a.m. Room 148. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats. 
  • Tai Chi: Tuesdays from 4-4:50 p.m. Room 148.
  • Knitting Group: Wednesdays from 6:30-7:20 p.m. Room 129 (Oasis West). Materials are provided. 
  • Sleight of Hand: Mondays from 5-5:50 p.m. Room 129 (Oasis West). Learn sleight of hand techniques and close-up magic. 
  • Tea Tastings: Sundays and Thursdays from 5-5:50 p.m. Room 129 (Oasis West). A variety of teas and herbs will be provided for participants to create their own tea bags. Traditional tea sets will be available to brew and drink.
  • Flower Power: Thursdays from 5-5:50 p.m. Room 144. Create moments of relaxation by crafting, gardening and flower arranging. Materials provided. 
  • Paint Night: Every other Wednesday from 5:30-7:20 p.m. Room 148. Materials provided. 

See the full schedule here

If you’re interested in leading your own mindfulness activity at the Student Wellness Center, get in touch with Justin Sharpe at justin.sharpe@duke.edu

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