Annual Day of Mindfulness

Annual Day of Mindfulness

 ‌Annual Day of MindfulnessThe Research Academy for University Learning is proud to sponsor and organize the Annual Day of Mindfulness at Montclair State University.

Fall 2014 - September 22, 2014

Supported and in collaboration with the following programs:

Equity and Diversity

Council for Faith and Spirituality

Office of Health Promotion

Contemplative Pedagogy and Practice Fellows

Schedule of Events:

Central location: Student Center ballrooms A & B

Goal of the Day: Spread awareness of what Mindfulness is, its benefits, and how to use mindfulness practices everyday for overall health and wellbeing.

Register here: https://msusurveys.montclair.edu/msusurvey/index.php?sid=57889&lang=en

8:30am – 9:00 am - Breakfast and Sign In


9:15am - Introduction: What is Mindfulness? with Special Guest Mark van Buren, author of Be Your Sh*tty Self: An Honest Approach to a More Peaceful Life (Bryce Cullen, 2013).

  • Speaker Bio: Mark Van Buren is a yoga and meditation instructor and the owner of Live Free Yoga Studio in Northern New Jersey. He has a bachelor's degree in religious studies and has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for over five years at Dharma Drum Retreat Center in New York State. He has attended numerous silent meditation retreats, ranging from one to ten days, and he even lived at the retreat center for a month.

    Although he explains how he is nowhere near "enlightened," his willingness to be aware of and open to all aspects of his life is an inspiration to seekers of all faiths. With his gentleness and humor, Mark is bound to make you examine your own life - just as it is - facing it with honesty and compassion.

10:00am-11:00am - Mindfulness in Higher Education, featuring Guest Speaker Shalom Gorewitz, Visual Artist and Professor of Video Art and New Media, Ramapo College.

  • Speaker Bio: Shalom Gorewitz was initiated in Maharaji Mahesh Yoga in 1967.  He also has formal training and many years of practice in Zen; Dynamic Meditation; Jewish Meditation; and Contemplative Pedagogy.  He was on the faculty of Makom, the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in NYC for seven years.  A professor of Video Art and New Media, at Ramapo College, he teaches a contemplative course for the Living Learning Center’s First Year Seminar program called the Color of Silence.  He has presented twice at annual conferences of Contemplative Practice in Higher Education.  Gorewitz is a pioneer video artist whose work has been included in three Whitney Biennials, the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, and other international exhibitions and collections.  He received an Asian Arts Council fellowship for a video project in Japan during 1991. Gorewitz had two Fulbright Grants to teach and make a documentary in Kumasi, Ghana.   He lives in NYC and Vermont with his partner, Rachel Hadas.


11:00am-12:00pm – Increasing Student Success Through Self-Awareness with Denise Rodak and Dr. David Lee Keiser, Student Center Room 419.


12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch break - Slow Food Movement and Mindful Eating Practices


1:00pm-2:00pm – Song and Drum from an Indigenous Perspective with Michael Lees, Student Center Ballroom

1:00pm-2:00pm - Art and Mindfulness with Shalom Gorewitz, Student Center Room 419

2:00pm-3:00pm - Nature Walk Mills Reservation, meeting at the Student Center Ballroom


4:00pm-5:15pm - Developing Equanimity Meditation Session - Student Center Room 419.

Concurrent activities (happening throughout the day in dedicated spaces):

  • Yogathon, 6:00am – 6:00pm - outside the Student Center on the Quad.
  • Sitting Spaces – quiet space reserved throughout the day in main location
  • Poet’s Corner – readings throughout the day in main location. Students may write, or bring, their own; we will also have our favorite poems to share.
  • Labyrinth Walk - Go to the Inspiration Station from 9:15am to 5:15am. Experience a quick mind-heart shift through powerful videos.
    It will be in the Center for Faith and Spirituality (Student Center Building SC112, behind the Montclairion Office).
    The Inspiration Station becomes the first step to full presence so you can create the life you love.
    It will be run by the Life Coaches at Thought In Motion and hosted by Equity and Diversity staff.

  • MSU Unplugged Social Media Experience on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/montclairstateresearchacademy and on Twitter @raulMSU or #wheresyourmindMSU.
  • Quote Bucket – Contribute favorite quotes, poems, messages, thoughts. These will be posted to social media and hung in the corner as well.
  • Send yourself a message.