Carnegie Mellon University

Mind, Body & Spirit Retreats

We encourage CMU community members to explore opportunities to rest, rejuvenate and connect with each other. Each academic year, we host a variety of Mind, Body, and Spirit workshops, programs, and retreats. We are continuously changing up the focus, format and content to appeal to a wide audience. Please see below for some recorded sessions we have offered in the past. 

The Power of Rest

This is a six week restorative series entitled The Power of Rest, led by Eliza Bishop ('02). What’s the secret behind having a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life? It’s not such a mystery - it’s built of daily habits, choices, and a clear connection to the purpose in one's heart. So first we need to connect with who we are and who we are not. In this six week series, we will learn how to offer self-compassion in this time of uncertainty and challenge. We will practice resting an overactive mind and learn to be, so that we can create healthy boundaries in our lives that allow us to fully show up. There will be bite sized tips to integrate into daily life, exercises that support moving through fear, anxiety, and loneliness to reclaim power, peace, and joy. Everybody is welcome - from your desk at work, to your couch at home - join in! While it is not a requirement to view all six sessions, we believe consistent attendance will offer the most benefit. For this series, bring a notebook and a pen to the computer and show up fully for yourself - that's it! Current CMU community members can watch the recorded sessions here.

Managing Chronic Pain to Reclaim your Life

Session 1 is all about how to shift your mindset, so that you are in the driver's seat and know how to approach and work with your chronic pain. Session 2 is focused on practical steps to relief and application. The input of those attending informs this session - meaning we can focus on back pain, head, neck, and shoulder discomfort, or other chronic pain points. So that we can integrate the words of B.K.S. Iyengar, "Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice." Current CMU community members can watch the recorded sessions here.

If you are interested in more information or would like to volunteer at an upcoming retreat, please email Angie Lusk.