Group spaces are returning for J-term! All groups will be remote, via Zoom, and many will be drop-in style.  Group sessions are open to on-campus, remote, and MIIS students. There is no charge for participation.

For questions and to request the link to join sessions, please contact the counselor noted below, for each group.

A Calming Squiggle

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am-noon, EST
Starting January 19 and running through February 11
Open to on-campus, remote, and MIIS students at no cost
RSVP to Hollis Easter (heaster@middlebury.edu)

Ever feel like you just need to put your brain in “park” for a few minutes? Structured activities that take our full concentration can often help, and it doesn’t take very long to notice a difference. Join us for classes on structured doodling: a creative focus that can be done anywhere, with minimal materials, in just a few minutes. We’ll draw together and, if students wish, admire each other’s drawings.

This is a drop-in format; to register and for the Zoom link, please email Hollis Easter (heaster@middlebury.edu).

Body-Focused Relaxation

Tuesdays and Fridays, 1pm-1:30pm, EST
Starting January 19 and running through February 11
Open to on-campus, remote, and MIIS students at no cost
RSVP to Hollis Easter (heaster@middlebury.edu)

Stress and anxiety can really take a toll on the body. Simple practices like moving meditation, self-massage, and gentle stretching can release some of the tension we’re feeling. In these drop-in sessions, we’ll explore body-oriented techniques for helping to center and calm our bodies and minds, including techniques from tai chi chuan, progressive muscle relaxation, self-massage, and more. To register and for the Zoom link, please email Hollis Easter (heaster@middlebury.edu).

Sorting Out Sleep

Thursdays, 1pm-2pm EST
Starting January 21 and running throughout February 11
Open to on-campus, remote, and MIIS students at no cost
RSVP to Hollis Easter (heaster@middlebury.edu)

Having trouble sleeping lately? You’re not alone. Join us for a 4-week class on evidence-based practices for improving the quality and quantity of your sleep, including tailoring your sleep environment and tuning your habits to support getting some rest.

Workshops are open to all and free of charge; each meeting will build on the previous ones, so students are encouraged to attend all four. To register and for the Zoom link, please email Hollis Easter (heaster@middlebury.edu).

Coping with the Winter Blues

January 21 and 28, 5-6pm EST
February 4 and 11, 3-4pm EST
Open to on-campus, remote, and MIIS students at no cost
RSVP to Ryan Monteith (rmonteith@middlebury.edu)

A weekly drop-in space to explore the impacts of seasonal changes on mood and behavior. Weeks one and three will examine causes and risk factors, and weeks two and four will focus on coping and resilience.

To register and for the Zoom link, please email Ryan Monteith (rmonteith@middlebury.edu).

Well-being and Self-care

Fridays 3-4 pm EST
Starting 1/22 and running through 2/12
Open to on-campus, remote, and MIIS students at no cost

This 4 week drop-in series will explore the elements of well-being and help you to identify and assess your own self-care needs.

To register and for the Zoom link, please email Sue Ersoy (iersoy@middlebury.edu).

Exploratory Writing

Friday, February 3 and Friday, February 10 at 2:30-3:30 pm EST
Open to on-campus, remote, and MIIS students at no cost
RSVP to Rachael Townsend: rtownsend@middlebury.edu for the Zoom link

This is a drop-in workshop to explore personal and creative writing as a tool for reflection, introspection, and connection.

To register and for the Zoom link, please email Rachael Townsend (rtownsend@middlebury.edu).