September 20, 2017

UF Mindfulness Day 2017

On Monday, Sept. 25, the University of Florida will host its third annual “UF Mindfulness Day” featuring a full day of lectures and activities designed to introduce mindfulness theory and practice to students, faculty and staff.  Two concurrent tracks of programming centered on the theme of “Mind and Culture” will be held in rooms 3315 and 3320 of the J. Wayne Reitz Student Union.

The day’s activities, which are free and open to the public, will culminate in a keynote presentation on “Body maps of attention: How a whole person approach may inform the neuroscience of mindfulness” by Dr. Glenn Hartelius, director of the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Integral and Transpersonal Psychology Program. Hartelius’ approach to attention aims to simplify complex skills such as meditation, sustained focus and leadership presence.

Invited guest teacher Gurudev Shri Amiriti (Yogi Amrit Desai) also will give a two-hour intensive on the Mindful Practice of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga.  Having founded the largest yoga and health centers in the country—the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania, Kripalu Yoga Center and the Amrit Yoga Institute—Desai has reached millions through his international trainings, workshops, seminars and conferences.

Throughout the day, a range of faculty, staff, student and community presenters will also lead sessions on a range of topics including mindfulness and political discourse, multicultural mindfulness, and east-west interactions, among others. Highlights include a presentation from UF Provost Joe Glover on “Mindfulness and campus culture” and a panel on peacemaking featuring members of the Alachua County Commission, the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuliding and UF faculty and students. To see a complete program (brief program | full program) of the day’s events, please visit the UF Mindfulness website.

Both novice and long-term mindfulness practitioners are invited to join the events, which are free and open to the public.  Participants are encouraged to bring any items to support their practice—such as a yoga mat, tarp, cushion or pillow—and a friend. 

The UF Mindfulness Project, launched in 2015, is an interdisciplinary campus-wide collaboration to infuse mindfulness practices into courses and curricula as well as to enhance current mindfulness offerings, develop new programs and trainings, and create spaces designed to cultivate a culture of mindfulness at the University of Florida. Organized by the UF Mindfulness Team, this year’s event includes contributions by the UF Center for Spirituality and Health, UF Human Resources, the UF student clubs of the World Peace Buddhist-Soka Gakkai International-USA and MOR Meditation, the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, and the Gainesville Retreat Center.

For more information about the UF Mindfulness Project, please visit  To get more involved, you can also join the Facebook group and/or follow the initiative on Twitter at @sacred_swamp.

Submitted by Sabine Grunwald, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences


UF Performing Arts Upcoming Events

Adam Strauss — The Mushroom Cure

Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 7:30pm

Squitieri Studio Theatre

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Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes, it’s psychedelic mushrooms. For Adam Strauss—comedian, storyteller, and OCD sufferer—it was the latter that piqued his interests. Inspired by a scientific study suggesting that hallucinogenic mushrooms can potentially treat the symptoms of his obsessive-compulsive disorder, he embarked on a self-described “program of vigilante psychopharmacology.”

In this one-man show, Strauss engages audiences with his moving and comical true story involving clandestine chemists, a brilliant psychologist love interest, and even a geriatric pug. Adam’s relentless pursuit of his unorthodox cure is at once hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending. The Mushroom Cure shows what a person will do to try to heal themselves.

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band

Wednesday, September 27, 7:30pm

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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Every young musician has their idols and influences, but very few get to collaborate with them. Three-time Grammy-award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’, who first saw Taj Mahal perform at a high school assembly, is one of the lucky ones.

TajMo is a historic collaboration between two generations of blues giants, converging their singular talents and sharing the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime night of music. Bringing out the best in each other, the pair merges their distinct voices, personalities, and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure.

Submitted by Nick Van Der Meer, UF Performing Arts


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