Mindfulness at F&M

Mindfulness at F&M is a program that works with students, faculty, and professional staff to promote well-being, compassion and a renewed sense of awareness across campus.

MIND: A Mindfulness Experience

Class of 2028 Pre-Arrival Program

Mindfulness in Next Diplomats (MIND) is a pre-arrival program taking place August 20-22, prior to new student orientation on August 23. Learn more about this exciting opportunity to arrive on campus early and make new friends as you learn ways to bring mindfulness into your everyday life as an F&M student, Lancastrian, and young adult.

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Appreciation for the Fullness of Each Moment We Are Alive

Mindfulness is grounded in an ancient Buddhist practice dating back thousands of years, “but has a profound relevance for our present-day lives. It has to do with examining who we are....and with cultivating some appreciation for the fullness of each moment we are alive.” Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally (Kabat-Zinn, 1994).

In recognizing the benefits that cultivating a mindfulness practice can bring, Mindfulness at F&M offers workshops and opportunities to the campus community, including Mindful U, a four-week workshop during which students can learn about mindfulness and develop a practice to help them manage stress and be present in their daily lives, and mindfulness day trips and overnight retreats, during which we travel and connect with one another while learning and engaging in a variety of mindfulness practices.

Past trips visited:

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Hershey Gardens
  • The National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Wolf Sanctuary of PA
  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo

On-campus programming includes:

  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Nature walks
  • Speakers
  • Mindful meals
  • Mindfulness book club
  • Movie nights
  • Monday Mindfulness tips

Mindfulness at F&M was made possible thanks to the
generosity of Tony Kreisel '66 and Dr. Kimberly Faris.

Yoga in Weis House-Mindfulness


Mindfulness at F&M

December 12, 2023

The Best Winter Break Books

What do F&M faculty members and staff read to unwind? As students close out the semester, we’ve rounded up recommendations for the top winter break reads.

September 26, 2023

Students Stargaze at Cherry Springs Retreat

Students attended a recent weekend retreat to Cherry Springs State Park for two nights of stargazing in September. Night sky enthusiasts flock to the park for its spectacular views of the Milky Way.

July 5, 2023

Students Build Mindfulness on Camino de Santiago

Students overcome challenge and achieve mindfulness on the Camino de Santiago. Join their transformative journey of self-discovery and personal growth.