Koru Mindfulness

Mason students, staff, and faculty, enjoy a four-week introduction to mindfulness and meditation through Koru Mindfulness. This evidence-based curriculum teaches mindfulness, meditation, and stress management in ways you can integrate into your busy life. Studies suggest that Koru training leads to significant well-being benefits, such as better sleep, less perceived stress, and more self-compassion.

Our next Koru Basic session will take place online via Zoom in June 2023:

  • June 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Register here. Please note that this June session is full, but you can still register and be added to the waiting list.

Our center will cover the costs of the app and book for Mason students, staff, and faculty who participate.

If you have completed Koru Basic and want to deepen your practice, contact Katie Clare at kclare@gmu.edu to learn about the summer 2023 Koru 2.0 offerings.

While Koru is designed with young adults in mind, the benefits are not limited to young adults, so you’re encouraged to sign up for Koru Basic regardless of your age. Koru sessions are open to all Mason students, staff, and faculty.

Koru Mindfulness was developed over the course of 10 years by practitioners at Duke University. The Koru curriculum has three components:

KORU BASIC: A four-week introduction to mindfulness and meditation.

KORU 2.0: A four-week “advanced” class for students who have completed Koru Basic.

KORU RETREAT: A half-day silent retreat.

Testimonials from people in previous cohorts:

“I appreciated the opportunity to jumpstart my mindfulness practice again and the ability to meet others with a similar interest.”

“I appreciated the safe space for learning created by the teacher.”

“I enjoyed hearing the experiences of others. I also enjoyed trying different techniques and realizing that I didn’t have to like them all.”

“I enjoyed being led in the meditations by the teacher and then having insightful explanations and discussions of them.”

“The access to the app was great. I liked that it allowed me to have several choices and that it created a sense of accountability because I knew the teacher would be reviewing and responding to my entries.”

“As a result of the class, I feel I am better able to handle stressful situations and overall be more present in life.”

“I found myself making a conscious effort to set aside time each day to practice the techniques because I noticed I had a better attitude about returning to my desk to tackle assignments.”