Join a community that supports your mindfulness practice. There are opportunities to connect whether you are a faculty, staff, or student on campus and in the community. Interested in starting a community of support or have a group you want to add to the list? Email us!

Communities of Support

These peer-led groups for faculty and staff who looking for support around a variety mindfulness practices.
Note: Participation in Communities of Support should not interfere with regular work responsibilities.

GVSU Interfaith Friendship Groups
Offers an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to enter safe and engaging spaces to meet people of different faith traditions or worldviews while enjoying some of your favorite activities.

Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice is group of individuals from all GVSU employee groups who share and implement the best practices in a particular topic area.

Mindfulness in Higher Education
The Mindfulness in Higher Education Community of Support (COS) is a place to explore mindfulness as it applies to higher education, pedagogy, classroom implementation and the ongoing development of a personal practice. Meeting at either the Allendale or Health campuses, the Mindfulness COS offers a space for GVSU faculty and staff to learn about the role of mindfulness in higher education and how a personal practice may enhance health and well-being in ways that influence our professional life. Join us this Fall semester as we explore, share and practice together. The Koru Mindfulness program, and corresponding book, "The Mindful Twenty Something" by Holly Rogers, will be used as a guide for meeting, topics, discussion and practice. Koru offers an evidence based curriculum and resources for mindfulness specific to the higher education community. 

*This program is only for faculty and staff. No prior knowledge of Koru is required. Gatherings rotate from Grand Rapids to Allendale and meet during the lunch hour from 12-1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.

**Participants are encouraged to attend the session at the campus that works best for them. Attending sessions at both campuses would be a duplicate as the sessions mirror one another. Dr. Heather Wallace will be facilitating in GR and Dr. Karen Gipson will facilitate in Allendale. 

Register on Sprout.

Positive Organizations
The mission of Positive Organizations (PO), a GVSU Community of Practice is to offer unique and enriching opportunities that inspire and support employees in their quest to thrive at Grand Valley State University. The group is open to all GVSU employees and offers opportunities to explore, share and develop ideas and best practices that produce a work environment where individuals thrive and the organization exceeds expectations.

Registration for upcoming events is available via Sprout.

Student Organizations

There are student organization across campus to support engagement in various mindfulness practice.

Community Service and Learning Center organizes the annual Make a Difference Day, a national day of service that encourages student to volunteer in their community.

Meditation and Mindfulness strives to create a friendly atmosphere where all can feel welcome, beginners and long-term practitioners alike! We strive for this so that we may not only promote the practice, but to support one another in the practice, to build a community of like-minded individuals to share in meditation together.

Writer's Club is a group of talented and dedicated student writers at Grand Valley State University. They meet weekly to offer their work for consideration, discussion, and peer evaluation.

Get Better Every day Club is a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to make an impact on two different levels: within oneself and throughout the community. They accomplish this by first setting goals to accomplish each day to get better, and also volunteer time to help the community get better.

Community Opportunities

Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness offers a variety of opportunities to learn mindfulness and practice with trained professionals at various levels and for various age groups.  Groups include Mindful Eating, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, and Mindful Parenting.

The AG Collaborative consists of two highly trained leadership consultants Abbey and Greg who offer workshops and customized programs as well as coaching in leadership and mindfulness.

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