Graduate students often lead busy and sometimes stressful lives. It is important to find ways to appropriately manage stress and build healthy habits into your daily routine.

We offer students several ways to cultivate a practice of mindfulness to help you unwind, re-center and improve your general health. Mindfulness practice has been shown to help with self-care, cognitive function, and your relationships with those around you.

Fall 2019 Opportunities

Pop-Up Meditations (free)

Looking for some calm in your day? Students, staff and faculty are invited for a 20 minute silent meditation. Everyone is welcome; no experience required. Drop in, sit (or lay) down, and take some minutes to breathe together. 

October 22 and November 19: 12:15pm, McGowan Wellness Space (MG215)

Partnership with Monterey Bay Meditation Studio (MBMS)

Student Services has partnered with MBMS, which is located in Pacific Grove, to offer three free meditation sessions for MIIS students. For more information and to receive a 3-class pass, bring your student ID to the Office of Student Services. Learn more at

Mindfulness Courses at MIIS

Two mindfulness courses are being offered during the semester and can be taken for credit. 

Note: the curriculum and format for both these classes are the same; students from all programs are welcome to register for either class.

91188 CACS 8520 A, Mindfulness for Graduate Students (1 credit)
August 29 - October 10, Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm, McGowan Wellness Space (MG215)
Instructor: Katie Dutcher
See more or register via BannerWeb

90679 TIAG 8520 A, Mindfulness for Interpreters (1 credit)
August 30 - October 4, Fridays 12:00-1:50 pm, McGowan Wellness Space (MG215) 
Instructors: Julie Johnson & Marianne Rowe

Additional Mindfulness Resources

This mindfulness document provides helpful resources for self-study or for joining a mindfulness community, including:

  • Local meditation and mindfulness groups in Monterey County
  • Self-guided online meditations
  • “How-to” articles and videos

Middlebury Mindfulness Initiative

This site provides updated events and venues for mindfulness at or around campus, as well as information about mindfulness at Middlebury College.