As members of the Advising & Student Services Community at Berkeley, we spend much of our time supporting the academic, socioemotional, and psychological wellbeing of the student populations we serve as well as our peers and colleagues in the course of our day-to-day work. Our work is vital to ensuring the continued flourishing of our students and colleagues, while also requiring that we give much of ourselves in service of their wellbeing. Approaching our work from a place of sustainability over time means different things for each of us, but taking time to nourish ourselves so that we are not continuously supporting others while running on empty ourselves is a universal need in this service-oriented profession.
In recognition of this need, the Advising Strategy + Training Program is working to create opportunities for our community to come together and fill up our own cups, in addition to curating resources for these kinds of offerings from across our campus. Below, you can explore several offerings and programs created to support our community. We are always looking for additional resources to include here, so email us with your ideas to be included on this page!
Join Liza Schlosser-Olroyd for a little breather - a Monday Mindfulness Moment - at 12:10 p.m. As we continue working through unprecedented times in many ways, developing a mindfulness practice is a nourishing way to fill our cups back up and cultivate resilience over time. This is a chance to come together and share a mindful moment with one another before we take on the rest of our week. Hope to see you there!
Mindfulness Mondays are offered as part of the the Be Well at Work program from University Health Services.
Join Liza Schlosser-Olroyd at 3:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month for a gentle, trauma-informed yoga practice designed to support your transition out of the work week and into a restorative weekend. Each session will focus on resetting our nervous systems, moving out of the hustle and grind of our weeks and into a more centered, grounded, and embodied space. This is a class for all bodies, and no experience with yoga is necessary to participate.
Please come to class five minutes early and have your yoga mat, a blanket or towel, and two yoga blocks (or big books, soup cans, etc.) available if these would be supportive for your practice. Wear comfortable clothes and come just as you are. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Sufi Meditation (Tamarkoz) with Michelle Ayazi
Every other Thursday this fall, Michelle Ayazi invites you to join her for a guided Sufi meditation session. Sufi meditation is a soothing and restorative heart-centered meditation practice. You will be warmly guided through mind relaxation exercises, deep breathing exercises, slow movement meditations, deep body relaxation, visualization/imagery, and heart-focused meditation. Movement is optional, no prior experience with meditation is necessary, and all are warmly welcome. These sessions will be held every other Thursday beginning August 25 from 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. See upcoming dates and register to join Michelle here!
The Be Well at Work program from University Health Services offers a variety of programming designed to support the wellbeing of staff at Berkeley, including workshops focused on elder care, health & wellness, stress management, parenting, and financial wellness. Learn more and check out upcoming offerings here