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Courses & Trainings

Teachers of the UF Mindfulness taught a variety of mindfulness-oriented courses and training sessions at UF. 

Training in Mindfulness

December 2, 2020.

Online (Zoom).

Teacher: Sabine Grunwald.

Mindfulness training of student UF AWARE Ambassadors. The distinction between attention and awareness in mindfulness practice is important to reduce reactivity and enhance emotion regulation, relaxation, and well-being even in face of stress and pressure.  Students trained in mindfulness enhance resilience and satisfaction in particular in high-stress and competitive work and study environments. Besides technical and scientific competencies, personal resources  as well as emotional and mental health are saliently critical to build successful careers. Mindfulness is a life skill to center oneself in an uncertain world with sometimes challenging circumstances.

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Training sessions - mindful communication:

  1. The key to mindful presence: Awake body, tender heart, and open your mind.

  2. Deepening mindfulness: Listen to yourself (your internal and external words).

  3. Deepening mindfulness: Listen to others.

  4. Come from curiosity and care.

  5. Becoming embodied and relational awareness.

  6. Skillful mindful communication.

6-Week Mindful Communication Training

July 11 to August 15, 2019.

This  professional development training was provided to staff of the UF Library. 

Teacher: Sabine Grunwald.

​This training program focuses on mindfulness to enhance your ability to listen, sharpen attention and presencing skills, and respond mindfully in conversations.

Program overview: Multi-tasking, overloaded schedules, and high demands at the workplace often keep us incredibly busy and stressed. It seems paradoxical to meet both the demands and goals of our work and personal life. Being mindfulness not only avoids burnout and exhaustion, but also enhances well-being, health, and emotional resilience to stay centered to the tasks at hand. Mindfulness allows us to “stay in the green zone” and reduces stress through deliberately paying attention to what is happening around you and within you (in your body, heart, and mind) in the present moment.

Mindful communication is more than a mere exchange of objective information and running on auto pilot with our minds wandering off, and a chattering mind drifting into stories and judgement. Bringing presence to communication is a powerful mindfulness practice that allows to enhance relational awareness and embody experiences from a center of care and curiosity. Mindful communication allows to get down to what matters in both―you and others. In this short training program, we  explore mindful communication and various mindfulness practices. Individual, dyad, and small group exercises give ample opportunity to learn how to communicate mindfully.

6-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR has been recognized worldwide for over 30 years as a research-based working approach to a variety of health issues including anxiety, stress, depression, grief, fatigue, pain, chronic illness, eating disturbances, and sleep problems.

This 6-week course is appropriate for anyone coping with life-s daily or extraordinary stressful conditions. The MBSR short course is offered as part of UFHealth Integrative Medicine Program, Shands Arts in Medicine. Similar MBSR courses were offered also by Nancy in previous years. 

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Mindfulness Training

The nuts-and-bolts of mindfulness meditation were taught in this 1 hr. training.  Q&A about difficulties to stay present and practice mindfulness were discussed.  

Mindful Body Scan Meditations

The body scan is a mindfulness practice focusing attention on the different parts of the body—from the feet to the top of the head. It is designed to develop awareness of sensations by observing the body as it is, without judgement or trying to change it. Research suggests this practice can reduce stress, improve well-being and decrease aches and pains. It may also increase attentiveness to physical needs and sensations, which can lead to healthier decisions about eating, sleep and exercise.

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Creative Working

Unlocking Creativity Through Mindfulness

​The new campus-wide UF Mindfulness Program and vision for teaching and education was presented in this training.

Training sessions included:

  1. Introduce participants to mindfulness practices and benefits.

  2. Provide participants an overview of the new UF Mindful Campus Program.

  3. Engage participants in an experiential session w/ 2 or more mindfulness practices and allow them to share experiences in dyads and with the group.

  4. Share personal experiences and opportunities to practice mindfulness. 

Mindfulness Wave

UF Mindfulness core team members taught various mindfulness training sessions in 2015 and 2016 across the UF campus. 

"Ride on the mindfulness wave."

Mindfulness training  for students, faculty members, instructors, researchers, staff members, and administrators in 16 colleges at UF. Each session is about 2 hrs. Teachers and instructors will learn how to integrate mindfulness into their classroom and/or online teachings. The benefits of mindful classrooms are manifold entailing cognitive, emotional and bodily benefits to learners and instructors. Students can learn how to enhance learning, productivity, health and well-being with mindfulness practices (e.g., reduce exam anxiety, enhance emotional resilience in stressful situations, such as class presentations). Researchers may benefit from mindful communication, collaboration and listening to spark creativity and achieve the highest potential for successful proposal development, harmony in research teams, and authentic leadership.

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