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Do you ever feel like your thoughts are racing a hundred miles a minute? Or that there’s just too much going on and you can’t find time to breathe? Feeling anxious and overwhelmed may even be affecting your schoolwork and grades. If this sounds familiar, mindfulness-based practices may be for you.

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being present and deliberately aware of our inner thoughts, feelings and surroundings. It originates from Buddhism but is secular in nature. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce stress, improve sleep, and improve cognitive functioning.

Variations of mindfulness meditation include:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an adaptation of the practice of mindfulness meditation to health contexts in order to alleviate stress, to foster awareness and relaxation, and to improve quality of life.
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy classes combine traditional cognitive therapy techniques and mindfulness practices to address depression and anxiety. 

U-M and the greater Ann Arbor community provide great mindfulness resources, listed below.

U-M Resources

If you're interested in starting a sitting group yourself and would like to consult with others who have done this, please email Dmitry Berenson and Frank Anderson <;>

For all mindfulness opportunities on campus, see Well-being Events on the Happening@Michigan calendar

Wolverine Wellness at UHS provides:

  • NEW! Drop-in mindfulness sessions on Monday mornings 9:00-9:30 AM, in room 0210 on the ground floor of UHS. This is an opportunity to start your week off with intention and boost your coping skills. For students, faculty and staff:
  • Mindfulness workshops for campus groups and offices. We can tailor a workshop to meet your specific needs and interests. To request a workshop, complete the online form at Request for Programs.
  • Wellness Coaching is a free 1:1 conversations for undergrads and graduate students to learn more about how to incorporate mindful strategies into your life.
  • Only have a minute? Incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine using these One-Minute Stress Strategies.

Newnan Advising Center offers free, drop-in mindfulness groups mindfulness practice, no experience necessary:

  • Central Campus  - For students, faculty and staff: Sessions are offered Monday and Thursdays, noon-12:30pm, in G243 Angell Hall. All are welcome. 
  • North Campus - For students, faculty and staff: Sessions are offered Mondays noon -12:30 PM in 4122 EECS. All are welcome.
  • For students, the Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success group is open to all students, not just those in LSA. Students, please sign up using the Google Form.
  • For faculty and staff, please email Erin Trame at to be added to the email reminder list.

On North Campus, free weekly drop-in mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga is offered by Paola Savvidou and all are welcome:

  • Tuesdays, 10-10:30am in 2038 Earl V. Moore
  • Thursdays, 12:30-1pm in 2032 Earl V. Moore

    RecSports Group-X classes include Guided Meditation and yoga. Available to students and employees for a fee. 

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) may offer free mindfulness opportunities for students (offerings vary by term). See Groups, Lunch Series and Workshop Opportunities.

    Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Program (MBCT) is for people struggling with anxiety and/or depression. It is an 8-week group format. There is a fee, and insurance may help pay (please check with your plan).

    • The Psychological Clinic's MBCT program is open to U-M students and the public. The program is led by Todd Favorite, PhD. For more information, see their website or call 734-764-3471.
    • Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry's MBCT program is open to established U-M Psychiatry patients who have a referral. The program is led by Tony King, PhD, licensed psychologist and certified MBCT teacher, and Jim Svensson, LMSW. For more information see their website or call 734-764-0231

    MHealthy offers meditation classes for a fee for faculty, staff, students, and the public.

    Ann Arbor Resources

    Ann Arbor Open Meditation offers drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions, open to all. Sessions are appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators.

    Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness offers classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for a fee.

    Transcendental Meditation offers a discount for full-time students to learn.

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes are offered by the following practitioners:

    Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Search the Community Providers Database using "mindfulness" as a search term.

    The following Buddhist groups have classes and/or drop-in meditation sessions:

    Still Mountain Meditation:  This new sangha offers weekly Sunday meditation sitting  at U-M Turner Senior Resource Center (2401 Plymouth Rd. Suite C) at 10 am, open to everyone.  It is walking distance from North Campus, so if any students who live there are looking for a place to sit on a regular basis, this is rather convenient.They also have Buddhist meditation classes for free, with donation. 

    Michigan Buddhist provides locations of mindfulness sessions in Ann Arbor as well as resources on Buddhism.

    Insight Meditation Ann Arbor offers meditation classes for all levels, donation recommended.

    Deep Springs offers introductory meditation classes for a fee.

    The Zen Buddhist Temple offers meditation courses at all levels for a fee.

    Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center offers mindfulness meditation classes. The free introductory class teaches mindfulness meditation from a secular perspective. All are welcome, and participation in the class does not assume or imply that one is Buddhist. It is led by two senior meditation instructors (John Madison, MA and Robin Olson, RN, MS, NP).

    JissoJi Zen Ann Arbor is a Zen meditation group in the tradition of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. All are welcome, no experience necessary. 


    You can try guided meditation with these recorded sessions

    See also:

    Resources for Stress and Mental Health

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