Carnegie Mellon University

Mindfulness Room

Located on the ground floor of West Wing, all Carnegie Mellon University community members have access to this space.  Please note that our Mindfulness Room is currently closed given our University wide transition to virtual teaching and programming. Typically, the Mindfulness Room is open 24 hours a day during the fall and spring semesters. This is a dedicated space on campus to simply rest, breathe, and relax with no agenda.

Some of the relaxation features of this room include plants, a soothing waterfall wall, yoga mats, meditation pillows,  and comfortable seating. We ask visitors to not bring homework or technology, and to just visit this room in a state of being present. This place is not be used for meetings or for work, but to recover and inspire yourself. It is not a reserve-able space.

The inspirational part of the room includes the books, the whiteboard walls, a craft corner for play, and a rotating wall art exhibit. There is a bookshelf filled with favorite books from professors and faculty members. We will continue to accept donations of inspirational books, magazines and posters throughout the venue’s lifespan. There are letters from alumni and upper classmen in big scrapbooks filled with stories of love, laughter, failure, and more. As you enter the space, white board walls are filled with notes from current students and members of the community, supporting and inspiring each other.

We host 2-3 weekly wellness events and programs in the space. On Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m., you are welcome to join us for pet therapy with our popular Paws To Relax program that partners with Animal Friends to bring in Therapets. On Thursday evenings, from 6-6:45 p.m., we host a guided meditation series that is open and free to all. We intentionally keep the room less programmed to honor the relaxation space. A bulletin board is located in the room advertising upcoming events, both in the Mindfulness Room and across campus. Programs to date have included meditation and mindfulness events, therapeutic writing, relaxation and essential oil workshops, community building activities, mid-term exams and finals' breaks, and animal therapy.

We are always seeking student leaders to join us on the Mindfulness Room team! Please visit the space to learn more about our weekly meeting time or contact Angie Lusk, Mindfulness Room advisor, for more details. 

We want this space to evolve over time so that it can continue to translate to our community’s needs.  We have included a suggestion box in the room so that individuals can leave comments.  Please visit this space and write about your experience.

We wish to thank the generous faculty and staff that have donated books of inspiration to this room. If you have a book(s) you wish to donate, please email Angie Lusk. We also would like to send a warm thank you to The Soothing Company for their donation of bean bags for our relaxation. 

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Our Mindfulness Room has made national news:

NBC News:  Mindfulness Meditation May Help Students Combat High Levels of Stress, Depression
Mindful:  A Place to Be Mindful
The New York Times:  Space to be Mindful