Students participate in a yoga class outside on campus.

Your health and well-being are essential to your success as part of this community. Student Services is here to help you find the health-related resources you need to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

Disability Services

The Institute recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. The Institute is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities as required by law.

Wellness, Movement and Fitness Opportunities

Current schedule for classes and workshops, including access links, are on the Wellness Programming Calendar. Note: login to Google with your Middlebury account to view.

Each semester, the Student Success Series features live and asynchronous opportunities to take a deep dive into topics around personal, academic and professional wellness. Attending workshops and classes is a productive way to spend an hour or two and will help students develop and practice healthy habits for success in graduate school and beyond. We encourage participation in multiple sessions and opportunities as schedules allow. This schedule is consistently updated throughout the semester, so please continue to check back for additional programming.

Fall 2021 Programming (all times in Pacific)

Type Title Dates More Info

Movement Class

Vinyasa Flow

Twice weekly September 13 - December 17 (times vary)

https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/student-life/health-wellness/fitne…

Movement Class

MixxedFit 

Twice weekly (start date TBA)

https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/student-life/health-wellness/fitne…

Group Space

Breathwork & Meditation

Tuesdays and Fridays October 5 - December 17

Facilitators of this space may change over the semester but will be mostly co-facilitated by Michelle Kaczynski and Carter Branley. For any questions or the Zoom link, email Michelle at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu

Student Success Workshop

Yoga for Mastering Stress with Adam Carney

Thursday, September 16, 12-1:30 pm

https://forms.gle/rgju9Y9sw3keUtVy8

Student Success Workshop

7-Day Challenge: Start Your Meditation Practice with Katie Dutcher

September 20-26, asynchronous

https://forms.gle/rgju9Y9sw3keUtVy8

Student Success Workshop

Renee Wells Workshop pt 1: Acknowledging and Unpacking the Dynamics of Harm

Thursday, September 30, 12-2 pm

https://forms.gle/rgju9Y9sw3keUtVy8

Student Success Workshop

Renee Wells Workshop pt 2: Common Language and Shared Goals: A Community Conversation about Culture Change

Thursday, October 21, 12-2 pm

https://forms.gle/rgju9Y9sw3keUtVy8

Student Success Workshop

Nearby Nature: Refresh Yourself by Tuning In to the World Around You with Katie Dutcher

Tuesday, November 2, 12-1 pm

https://forms.gle/rgju9Y9sw3keUtVy8

Student Success Workshop

Renee Wells Workshop pt 3: Responding to Harm: Fostering a Culture of Accountability within Communities

Thursday, November 11, 12-2 pm

https://forms.gle/rgju9Y9sw3keUtVy8

Middlebury College Offerings

Middlebury College has a number of online programs and self-guided resources that are available to all Middlebury students, including those at the Institute. 

  • Breathwork and Meditation Group Space
    This group space will be available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-10:30 PT virtually over Zoom. There will be an opportunity to practice breathwork for the first few minutes as students settle into the space, moving into some community building through an intentional sharing time (this part is very voluntary… so students don’t need to be worried if they want to keep their camera off or just listen), all followed with a 10-15 minute meditation practice. It will be very experiential and an opportunity for students to pause. All students have access to this group space—no need for them to have connected with Middlebury Counseling in the past/ current and there are NO intake forms they need to complete beforehand. 
  • Health Coaching 
    Health educators based in Vermont are excited to partner with students across Middlebury programs to support health and well-being. Health coaching involves supporting students as they set goals, name challenges, unearth values & strengths, and access intrinsic motivations to develop and sustain healthy behaviors and attitudes. Students can schedule up to two follow up appointments with a health educator for a total of three coaching sessions. Health coaching is never a replacement for medical care or mental health counseling and is not appropriate to address crisis or emergency situations. Check here for scheduling. 

  • 21-Day Sleep Challenge 
    A 21-day email-based resource to help you with tips and tricks to improve the quality of your sleep. Use this link to sign up. 

  • Weed Tolerance Break 
    A 21-day email-based resource with tools to help you take a break from cannabis in a reflective and supportive way. For more information about why taking a cannabis break can be useful, see this article. Use this link to sign up. 

Physical Wellbeing and Health

  • Information about programming or services that support physical wellbeing and health may be found here. Fall 2021 offerings: MixxedFit and Yoga classes, offered at least twice/week for free for students.
  • Visit our discounts page to learn about discounts for local gym and studio memberships.
  • Visit the Student Services Resources Guide for additional free wellness and fitness activities.

Mental Health Support and Services

WellConnect Student Assistance Program

The WellConnect Student Assistance Program is a confidential and voluntary counseling and resource referral service provided to students free of charge. Students are entitled to six free counseling sessions per incident/issue per year with a local, Monterey-based counselor. Learn more here.

Mindfulness for Stress Management

We offer a number of ways to cultivate a practice of mindfulness to help you unwind, de-stress, and improve your general health.

Health Insurance

Students enrolled in long- or short-term programs are required to have health insurance. To meet this requirement, you must ensure you have health insurance by the first day of each semester. Learn more about obtaining health insurance, review resources and helpful information to inform your plan selection, and learn about some California-specific options here.

Emergency Contact Information

Please review this important emergency contact information in case of illness or accident.