Pitt hosts SKY Happiness Retreat April 2-4

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SKY Happiness Retreat (campushappiness.org) includes carefully designed fun activities and games to help you learn more about the mind and meditation. The Meditation Club at Pitt has previously organized six SKY retreats since 2016. 

The online retreat usually costs $95, the meditation is offering scholarships to selected students through funding from the student government board. If you would like to attend the retreat, please fill out the application by clicking the link below. Once you are accepted, we will notify you to register. Availability is first come, first serve, and requires attendance to all three sessions.  

Apply at http://tiny.cc/skypitt

Watch a video about the recent study on the SKY workshop conducted at Yale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlu3arLc0WE

CMCS offers virtual meditation sessions

During this time of uncertainty, it can be a challenge to manage stress and stay connected with others. In an effort to stay connected and facilitate self-care, CMCS Co-Director Dr. Carol Greco and her colleague (and CMCS member) Dr. Kelly Beck will be offering weekly virtual meditation sessions to anyone interested.

Monday meditations sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please note that that Monday evening sessions have a new Web address, and will continue into June.  The new address is:


Tuesday sessions have been discontinued at this time.

Please direct any questions about the Wednesday evening SKY Meditation for students (i.e. details and times) to Graham Dore at GAD40@pitt.edu.

Feel free to join if you are interested and available for a guided meditation and to connect with others. For additional help in joining a Zoom meeting, go to:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

2020 CMCS Mindfulness Fair is cancelled

At the direction of the University and in the interest of the safety and health of our community, the 2020 CMCS Mindfulness Fair is now cancelled for the spring.  We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the organizers of our Fair, especially lead organizer Bonnie Weiss, as well as all those who had so generously agreed to serve as speakers, session leaders, panelists, table hosts, and volunteers.  Together, this would have been a tremendous event, and it is our hope that the spirit of it will continue in our Pittsburgh community and inspire further compassion and understanding… especially during this fraught time.  We extend our thanks to everyone who was planning to attend, first for your enthusiasm and now for your understanding, and we hope to see you and work with you again at a later date.

Wishing you peace and health,
The Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies
University of Pittsburgh

5th Annual Mindfulness Fair on March 28th: Engaged Mindfulness for Change – Update

The Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies at the University of Pittsburgh is proud to present the 5th Annual Mindfulness Fair–Engaged Mindfulness for Change–on March 28th from 9:30am – 4pm at the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School.

Engaged Mindfulness encompasses the movement of mindfulness from practice into action for change in all areas of life, including personal growth, social equality, sustainability and global transformation. Our event will highlight the work of Pittsburgh area professionals and practitioners in various workshop, lecture and practice sessions.

Open a copy of the 2020 Mindfulness Fair Program, Schedule, and Map of events to find out more.

Returning by overwhelming request, Michelle King will keynote our event with a message of love and compassionate action for change.

Michelle King is a learning instigator & love activist. All of her intersectional identities and lived experiences are her “big data” which have deeply informed her practice. She is a lifelong learner and is joyfully in search of ways for us humans to learn to get out of our heads and into our hearts.

The event is free but registration is strongly suggested. you can register in advance at Eventbright. We look forward to seeing you!

Other highlights will include:

  • 20+ sessions in 5 tracks – Speaker, Workshop, Creative, Movement and Meditation
  • Interactive panel highlighting Engaged Mindfulness Work in Pittsburgh
  • Practice Room – short practices offered throughout the day, both led and personal
  • Family-centered activities such as Family Yoga, Mindful Art and Storytelling
  • 20+ information tables with Pittsburgh-based practice groups and non-profits
  • Food truck round-up from 12-3pm with for-purchase lunch options
  • NEW THIS YEAR – BOOK DRIVE! Please consider bringing along a book to support Books for Change. View the recommended booklist here.

Check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date answers or to ask a question!

Transportation and Parking: 

Oakland is experiencing a multitude of tricky construction projects at the moment, so please plan ahead and mindfully consider your transportation options.

Bus lines – 83 – Bedford Hill stops at VA Hospital which is right across from the Falk building. The 82 Lincoln-Center Ave stops one long block away at the corner of Aliquippa and Center Avenue.

Garage Options – The University’s OC lot is 2 long blocks away.  You may also consider the O’Hara Garage and Soldiers and Sailors Garage, which are both only about 1/3 mile away but have steep changes in elevation to reach the Falk School.  Attendees who register through Eventbright will receive additional parking updates a few days before the event.

Accessible parking – available on-site for pre-registered attendees. Contact lcn6@pitt.edu to save a spot.


Free coffee, tea and water will be available throughout day (bring your own drinking vessel!) and light snacks will be available in the morning. Food trucks will be on site from 12-3pm and open for attendees to purchase their own lunches. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and snacks as well!


On-Campus Meditation and Reflection Spaces at the University of Pittsburgh

Interested in meditating around campus? There are several places to meet  your schedule…

The Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies offers unguided, silent meditation space at 3520 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor in the Stoner Conference Room, Mondays and Fridays, 12pm—1pm (excluding university holidays).

Yoga U PGH offers semi-guided meditation, 3608 Forbes Ave. Walk-ins welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15—12:45. Door locks once session begins at 12:15. Go here for scheduling.

The William Pitt Union Reflection Room, 3959 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor, is open for silent reflection, meditation, and prayer during all WPU Building Hours.  An ablution station is also available near the restrooms.

Pitt Stress Free Zone offers walk-in services and regularly  scheduled classes at 3959 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor. All services are for Pitt students only. For the Stress Free Zone schedule, check out the September 2019 calendar.

Center for Integrated Medicine offers evening meditations at 580 S. Aiken Avenue, Suite 310. Sessions are scheduled on a monthly basis. Email greco@pitt.edu to RSVP or request more information.

All spaces are free and welcome everyone unless otherwise noted.

Day of Practice on Friday June 21

The Building Compassionate Learning Communities Project would like to invite you to a Day of Practice on Friday June 21, 2019.

This day of practice will include sitting practices, mindful walking, mindful eating, yoga, and mindful movement. We will provide space for conversations and opportunities to share experiences in personal practice and in bringing mindfulness into our learning communities. Facilitators for the day will include: Tina Raspanti, Michelle King, Leah Northrop, Stephanie Romero and Stephanie Confer.

For more information visit our Eventbrite page or our website!

4th Annual Mindfulness Fair March 23

The Fourth Annual Mindfulness Fair, sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Falk Laboratory School on the Pitt campus. Doors open for this free, all-ages event at 9:30a.m. and it runs through 4p.m. The theme this year is  “Mindfulness in Our Community: Listening, Learning, Helping.”

This year we will explore ways in which mindfulness – the conscious awareness of the moment- can help our community heal, find peace, and move us into action to make positive change.  Keynote speaker, Michelle King, fellow love activist, social change facilitator, and innovative mindfulness educator will be featured, along with breakout sessions, mindful movement activities, “all ages” activities, and a special panel of mindful action first responders who set the pace for positive change in our city after the events last year.

Our meditation room will feature a variety of meditation techniques led by local practitioners. Information tables highlighting the work of regional non-profit and campus organizations will also be available throughout the day.

Light refreshments and snacks will be available throughout the day.

We invite the greater Pittsburgh community to gather together to mindfully listen and learn from each other as we all find ways to help bring peace, healing, and change for all.

Download the 4th Mindfulness Fair program for a speaker listing and schedule.

For more information, and to register, go to our Eventbright page.



Mindfulness for Educators on February 19th

Please join us at Falk School for an evening focusing on self-compassion for educators.  As a group we will discuss empathy, compassion and wellness and supplement the discussion with practice, as always.  This session we will be joined by regional mindfulness expert and director of the Building Compassionate Learning Communities Project, Tina Raspanti.

Tina is lifelong learner and has 27 years in the education field. Tina is currently at Mt. Lebanon School district where she teaches psychology. She earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Center, has engaged in coursework, and holds several certifications related to mindfulness, compassion, and social emotional learning programming for both students and teachers.

Date: 02/19/2019 (Tue.)
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm EST

Sign up here.  Or contact Leah (lcn6@pitt.edu) with any questions!

Mindfulness for Educators event January 22nd

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies and the Pittsburgh Alliance for University Schools are hosting a Mindfulness for Educators evening.  This group brings together Pittsburgh area teachers who are practicing mindfulness, who are hoping to practice or who would like to introduce mindfulness to their students.

The event will take place Tuesday, January 22nd from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Falk School and will include a group practice, a chance to share, and professional resources.  Sign up now!