Mindfulness Programs

Big Blue Stem, native Iowa prairie grassMindfulness meditation, an ancient practice for modern times, is the core of the programs. Being mindful is an ability we already have but often lose touch with. Meditation is the practice that supports us in integrating it into daily living in an accessible, sustainable way. Taught in a secular, non-religious manner, it speaks to the universal experience of being human. Programs are offered throughout the world in medical institutions, educational settings, businesses, the military, and correctional systems. Scientific research supports the benefits of mindfulness practice.

Change is in the wind, so please re-visit this website for updated information regarding future Mindfulness Programs. Here are some offerings available now:

Follow-up group – Tuning Into the Senses

If you have completed an 8-week MBSR or MBCT program with us and are looking for a Follow-up Group to support your practice or begin again, one of our teachers, Chris Klug, MA, is offering one online starting April 5 through another venue while our University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics programs are in transition. Please contact Chris at cklug.7384@yahoo.com.

LiveWELL Programs

The University of Iowa offers a variety of programs to UI employees that often integrate mindfulness practices:

*Programs are available for University of Iowa faculty and staff.

Mindfulness resources for difficult times

Videos to Learn More about Mindfulness

Mindfulness Programs staff explains:

Mindfulness Mid-Week Meditation – Now available on Zoom

“Mid-Week Meditations” are normally offered over the noon hour (12:10-12:50 p.m.) in the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Meditation Room (Level 12), organized by the UIHC Chaplains. Mindfulness meditation is offered on the fourth Wednesday (except November & December) by our staff. These are open to the public, patients and staff. Click here to join this meditation via Zoom.

Mindfulness programs

Our programs invite people to be active participants in caring for themselves, using their internal resources to cultivate health, happiness, and well-being in all kinds of circumstances. Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening as it’s happening in an open, non-judgmental, accepting, and compassionate way. This awareness supports us in not letting life pass us by while lost in anticipation of the possible future or memories of the past. Developing habits of responding wisely and skillfully to what is actually occurring is relevant when faced with healing from chronic stress and/or chronic health issues such as pain, physical illness, depression or anxiety, and also in the joys, responsibilities, and challenges of daily living.

Our programs, since 1996, are modeled after the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.