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 2020 Opportunities

Mindfulness Courses at MIIS

Mindfulness meditation can be incredibly helpful in enabling you to work more skillfully with the stresses of life, especially now! MIIS offers two opportunities to learn and practice mindfulness: Mindfulness for Graduate Students (CACS 8520) & Mindfulness for Interpreters (TIAG 8520). 

Both of these 1-unit, half-semester courses offer an introduction to mindfulness meditation, and no matter what program you’re in, you are welcome to see these as essentially two sections of the same course, open to students in all programs. 

Past students have appreciated an enhanced ability to focus, to be at once alert and relaxed, and to handle internal distractors like anxiety and self-criticism. These courses are not about performing, but simply experiencing. There are no tests, and the grade is a simple participation-based pass/no pass. We welcome you to support and nourish yourself by gaining a foundation in mindful awareness!

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 27 - October 1, 2020, Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm
Instructor: Katie Dutcher

90679 TIAG 8520 A, Mindfulness for Interpreters (1 credit)
August 28 - October 2, 2020, Fridays 12:00-1:50 pm
Instructor: Julie Johnson

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.