Discover Applicable Life Skills Through Mindfulness

Mindfulness Resources

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing our attention on our inner experience in the moment, which allows us to become more present in our lives and make conscious choices. A trainable skill that anyone can learn and develop, mindfulness is a simple, portable, powerful, and evidence-based way to:

  • Cope with stress and life challenges
  • Decrease anxiety, depression, and burnout
  • Improve sleep, mood, focus, and productivity
  • Enhance resilience, happiness, and quality of life

Hoos Well Mindfulness Programs

Based on feedback you've submitted regarding needs and interests for new programming, Hoos Well is launching two new mindfulness initiatives in 2020 to support your emotional wellbeing and help you thrive. These state-of-the-art, online programs can fit into your busy schedule and provide you resources that are applicable and useful, whether you're a mindfulness novice or a seasoned pro.

  • Mindfulness Challenge

    Begin your mindful journey with the Mindfulness Challenge, provided by Aetna®. Registration is Jan 15 - Feb 28, and the Challenge begins on Feb. 3. During each of the 4 weeks of the Challenge, you'll receive a new set of resources - including videos, work tips, articles, and guided mindfulness practices - that will introduce you to mindfulness and explore its connections to physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. The Challenge is open to all UVA employees and spouses, and UVA Health Plan participants can earn $25 in rewards. Spouses: please register via the Hoos Well portal.

    Employees: Register here (Netbadge required)
  • Mindfulness Seminar and Launch Event

    Join Hoos Well and UVA FEAP for a mindfulness seminar and launch event on Feb. 4. Stop by Leonard Sandridge Auditorium between 11:30am - 1:30pm to learn more and ask questions about the Mindfulness Challenge and an online mindfulness platform that Hoos Well will offer to all UVA employees and spouses, beginning Feb 24. From noon-1pm, Anna DeLong (FEAP) will present a reward-eligible seminar on "What is Mindfulness, and Why Should I Care?"

    View details and register
Mindfulness is about paying attention to present moment experience without judging. John Schorling, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Mindfulness Center at the University of Virginia.

UVA Mindfulness Resources

The online mindfulness resources offered by Hoos Well complement the high-quality, in-person classes and programs that our UVA partners offer across Grounds.

  • UVA Mindfulness Center

    The UVA Mindfulness Center was established 24 years ago as one of the first such centers in an academic institution in the country. The Mindfulness Center offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes, retreats, audiovisual resources, and a program for healthcare professionals. The 8-week MBSR course for Spring 2020 runs from February 17 – April 6.

    Learn more
  • UVA FEAP Mindfulness Services

    UVA's Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides on-site services, including 1-3 sessions of private or small group mindfulness coaching, guided mindfulness programs by phone or Zoom, onsite team guidance, hour-long seminars, a Mindfulness Toolkit, and classes that explore the link between mindfulness practice and developing resilience and compassion.

    Learn more and request an appointment
  • Drop-in classes by UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center

    UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) advances the study and application of human flourishing at UVA and at all levels of education. Experienced CSC instructors offer free, drop-in sessions every week in Clemons Library, Room 220. Topics include mindfulness meditation, stress reduction, yoga, and much more. Just drop in; no registration needed!

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  • Drop-in Classes by the Compassionate Care Initiative

    The UVA School of Nursing’s Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI) offers ongoing, weekly sessions on mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, yoga, and more in the Resilience Rooms on the 2nd floor of McLeod Hall. All drop-in sessions are free; no registration or previous experience required!

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