Special Events

The UF Mindfulness team organized and participated in various special events at the UF campus and in the regional community.

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UF Mindfulness Day 2019
"Mindfulness and Social Change"

April 1, 2019 (8:20 am to 7:00 pm).

J. Wayne Reitz Union (Rooms 3315, 3320, and 2365) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

A whole day event with parallel sessions focused on the intersection of mindfulness and social change: Keynote talks; panel discussion; mindfulness meditation, yoga, and compassion practices; various topical talks, workshop, and love in action walk. The event is open to UF students, faculty, and staff as well as the public community.

Organized and sponsored by the interdisciplinary UF Mindfulness team. Co-Sponsors: UF Center for Spirituality and Health; Create Student Club; MOR Student Club; and GatorWell.

No pre-registration is required for the  UF Mindfulness  Day 2019;

donations are graciously accepted.

Day of Peace 2019
Greater Gainesville International Festival - UN International Day of Peace

The UF Mindfulness team participated in the celebration of world peace (9/21) with a communal meditation. 

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Day of Peace 2018
Greater Gainesville International Festival - UN International Day of Peace

The UF Mindfulness team participated in the celebration of world peace (9/21) with  "What is Peace: Poem and Moment of Silence". 

UF Mindfulness Day 2017
"Mind and Culture"

Sept. 25, 2017 (8:20 am to 6:30 pm).

J. Wayne Reitz Union (Rooms 3315 and 3320) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

A whole day of mindfulness! The event is open to UF students, staff and faculty members and to the general public. All sessions are offered free of charge. The UF Mindfulness Day offers experiential sessions, presentations, conversations, workshops and more focused on mindfulness. This year’s topic is “Mind and Culture” with topical sessions that touch on mindfulness and political discourse, cultural digital paranoia and mania – mindfulness and social media, multicultural mindfulness and compassion, socially-engaged mindfulness, self-transformation, gratitude and love, how letting go sets you free, mindful parenting, awakened living, embodied meditation, and yoga.

Organized and Sponsored by the interdisciplinary UF Mindfulness team. Contributions by the UF Center for Spirituality and Health, UFHR, World Peace Buddhist-Soka Gakkai International-USA UF student club, MOR Meditation UF student club, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, and the Gainesville Retreat Center.

No pre-registration is required for the  UF Mindfulness  Day 2017;

donations are graciously accepted.

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Day of Peace 2017
Greater Gainesville International Festival - UN International Day of Peace

In celebration of our common humanity, we join with citizens from all around the world on Sept. 21, 2017 (3-7 pm) for International Peace Day. The festivities will include a march and rally, food trucks, music, international flag ceremony, meditation, local and international speakers, kid-friendly activities, and more.

UF Mindfulness Day 2016
"Integrating Mindfulness in Life"

Sept. 26, 2016 (8:45 am to 6:00 pm).

UF Smathers Library Room 100, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Join any of the practice sessions focused on mindfulness and contemplation, performances and talks at the UF Mindfulness Day. They are free and open to everybody at UF and the general public. Share mindful moments with others. Enrich your learning, teaching, and research experiences through mindfulness. Bring your yoga mat, tarp, cushion/pillow; a friend; and a smile. This year’s theme features how we can bring mindfulness into our daily life and enhance well-being, learning performance, health, neural functioning and gain emotional and cognitive benefits. Mindfulness is a life skill allowing you to realize your dreams and live life to the fullest.

Organized and Sponsored by the interdisciplinary UF Mindfulness team and Co-sponsored by the UF Center for Spirituality and Health.

No pre-registration is required for the  UF Mindfulness  Day 2016;

donations are graciously accepted.

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Victory over Violence (VOV), Exhibition and Campaign, Sept. 2016

VOV is a movement and growing network of global citizens committed to building the culture of peace through dialogue and action. The vision is to inspire people, especially young people, to identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives, homes, schools, and local communities through awareness, introspection, individual empowerment and a creative commitment to dialogue and action. Specifically bullying and other forms of emotional and psychological violence in higher education and schools have debilitating effects that limit growth and professional success. 

Katsutoshi ("Toshi") Mizuta, Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, brought the VOV exhibit to campus to engage students and faculty in raising awareness of the effects of violence that may scar and traumatize people, especially students.  

Day of Peace 2016
"Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World" - UN International Day of Peace

UF Mindfulness invites you to the International Peace Day celebration on Sept. 21  at the UF Plaza Americas/corridor close to Library West, UF campus. Celebrations include a flag ceremony with flags from many different countries, meditation sit for peace, and live music. 

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UF Mindfulness Day 2015 -
Inaugural UF Mindfulness 

Sept. 28, 2015 (8:20 am to 6:00 pm).

UF Smathers Library Room 100, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Kick-start of  UF Mindfulness project. Training and practicing sessions, performances and talks will offer a rich program on mindfulness. If you are a novice or long-term mindfulness practitioner come and join the sessions which are free for everybody at UF and the general public. Share mindful moments and your contemplative experiences with others. Enrich your learning, teaching, and research experiences through mindfulness.

Organized and Sponsored by the interdisciplinary UF Mindfulness team.