Zen Activities

Of course, you can start your day by snoozing the alarm six times, throw down a cup of coffee while you brush your teeth and racing to your tutorial. At least you'll be awake when class starts. But it's doubtful that this is the best way to start your day. 

The Well-Being Week offers a good moment to try to start your day 'zen'. Zen is an Eastern method to unwind and be yourself through meditation and friendly attention to yourself. It's some kind of mental gymnastics which helps you stop thinking and stressing about things for a second and to just be present in the moment. Every student needs that from time to time and every student can at least profit from a stress-free morning: a good start of your day will make you feel better for the rest of the day. That's why we started the day at Utrecht Science Park each morning with body, mind and soul exercises. Monday morning we even began the week with a yogakick-off in the Janskerk.

For the next Wellbeing Week in November, please keep an eye on this page

For an impression of the previous Wellbeing Week here is the agenda for 6th-10th May 2019:

 

 

To open the wellbeing week we would like to bring the sun salutation to as many students as possible. The sun salutation is a well-known yoga exercise in which traditionally, a morning greeting is made to the sun that brings its energy to the earth. Let that be a good starting point for a week in which you consciously deal with your energy and well-being. After the joint sun salutation you are welcome to attend the subsequent yoga class.

Yoga means unity, a balance between body and mind, one consciousness. Through dynamic and static exercises we seek a balance between tension and relaxation, strength and flexibility, wanting and being able. During class, attention is focused on attention and concentration on what you do the moment you do it. You are introduced to breath control which gives an introduction to meditation, if the breath is silent then the mind is silent. Yoga is connecting your own personal path and bringing it into harmony with the world around you.

Time:​ 11.00 - 12.00
​​Location: Janskerk, Janskerkhof
Language: Dutch and English
 

A morning greeting to your body and mind to start the day well. Because a good start is half the battle!
You learn to dwell on yourself instead of always being on your way. You learn to give loving and open attention to exactly where you are and how you are in this moment. You learn to allow relaxation, so that you begin to rest in yourself.

During these mornings we do body and consciousness exercises, breathing techniques and visualisations.
All students are cordially invited from Tuesday 7 May to Friday 10 May for this welcoming good morning gesture to themselves.

Time: 08:00 - 08:45 
Location: Bestuursgebouw, Van Lier en Eggink zaal
Language: Dutch

Tai Chi in the Botanical Gardens will recharge you and give you energy for the rest of the day! Everyone can participate in this lesson because the exercises are simple. They consist of gentle movements that you adjust to your breathing. You can participate in your normal clothes.

Time:​ 11.00 - 12.00
​​Location: Botannical Gardens, Uithof
Language: English

Meditation or mindfulness is a way to calm all the pressure in your head and body. That is not always easy, but practice makes perfect! On two evenings in Wellbeing Week and three sessions in the week thereafter, you can come to learn how to meditate and to practice. We do simple, accessible meditations from the mindfulness tradition. Every evening has a different theme and you are free to choose the number or times you want to be there. Those who have experience are also welcome to conclude the study day mindfully.

May 7: Aware of your body
May 9: Breath and focus
May 16: Use your senses
May 21: Dealing with thoughts
May 23: Meditate with pleasure

Time: 17:15 - 18:00
Location for all Meditation Lab dates: Martinus J. Langeveldgebouw, Zaal G230 
Language: English 

A morning greeting to your body and mind to start the day well. Because a good start is half the battle!
You learn to dwell on yourself instead of always being on your way. You learn to give loving and open attention to exactly where you are and how you are in this moment. You learn to allow relaxation, so that you begin to rest in yourself.

During these mornings we do body and consciousness exercises, breathing techniques and visualisations.
All students are cordially invited from Tuesday 7 May to Friday 10 May for this welcoming good morning gesture to themselves.

Time: 08:00 - 08:45 
Location: : Drift 27, Eetkamer zaal
Language: Dutch

Walking meditation as a daily means to restore balance in your life.

What a special place we have here - do you notice this during your daily walk from A to B? Or do you always look at the screen for something? Is the day going quickly with not enough time? Do you no longer feel in contact with yourself?

Meditation forms provide ways to alleviate these concerns. But sitting down for stillness meditation can be difficult during the day's speed. How can you restore attention to your attitude and experience and connect better with your deeper knowledge?

Many forms of meditation also seem to demand a longer period of time - thirty minutes, is that possible for you? Some days, maybe. In fact there is much to be gained through shorter daily practice with a specific technique.

I offer meditation instruction based in the buddhist philosophical and experiential tradition - not "wellness spirituality" - but a 2,500-year-old well-established practice to restore appreciation in life and feel the power of our full human experience.

What will I learn?

* Meditation forms for daily movement

* Listening to your body

* Discovering your rhythm

* Developing attention

* Experiencing your senses

During the 1.5 hour course I lead groups through a series of steps in which you discover and develop experience with meditation forms that you can use daily as you move through your day. From commuting to taking a walk in the park, you will find a way to reconnect with your own clarity and self-confidence as part of your daily life.

BIO: Susan is an American artist living in Utrecht since earning her Master’s in Fine Art at HKU in 2017, following a career in corporate banking in New York City. Her meditation path began in 1997 and she became a meditation teacher in 2006 after many years of practice and study in the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan buddhism.  She aspires to bring the wisdom of buddhist contemplative practices into the everyday lives of people through connections with art and nature.

Web page: www.susantylerjenkins.com/meditation

Time11.15 – 12.45
Location: Meet at Spar supermarket, Uithof
Language: English 

 

A morning greeting to your body and mind to start the day well. Because a good start is half the battle!
You learn to dwell on yourself instead of always being on your way. You learn to give loving and open attention to exactly where you are and how you are in this moment. You learn to allow relaxation, so that you begin to rest in yourself.

During these mornings we do body and consciousness exercises, breathing techniques and visualisations.
All students are cordially invited from Tuesday 7 May to Friday 10 May for this welcoming good morning gesture to themselves.

Time: 08:00 - 08:45 ​
Location: David de Wiedgebouw, zaal M 2.01
Language: Dutch

Yoga means unity, a balance between body and mind, one consciousness. Through dynamic and static exercises we seek a balance between tension and relaxation, strength and flexibility, wanting and being able. During class, attention is focused on attention and concentration on what you do the moment you do it. You are introduced to breath control which gives an introduction to meditation, if the breath is silent then the mind is silent. Yoga is connecting your own personal path and bringing it into harmony with the world around you.

Time: 11.00 - 12.00
Location: Moved inside (Olympos)
​Language​English
 

Tai Chi in Griftpark will recharge you and give you energy for the rest of the day! Everyone can participate in this lesson because the exercises are simple. They consist of gentle movements that you adjust to your breathing. You can participate in your normal clothes.

Time:15.00 - 16.00
​​Location: Moved inside (Parnassos)
Language: English

Meditation or mindfulness is a way to calm all the pressure in your head and body. That is not always easy, but practice makes perfect! On two evenings in Wellbeing Week and three sessions in the week thereafter, you can come to learn how to meditate and to practice. We do simple, accessible meditations from the mindfulness tradition. Every evening has a different theme and you are free to choose the number or times you want to be there. Those who have experience are also welcome to conclude the study day mindfully.

May 7: Aware of your body
May 9: Breath and focus

May 16: Use your senses
May 21: Dealing with thoughts
May 23: Meditate with pleasure

Time: 17:15 - 18:00
Location for all Meditation Lab dates: Martinus J. Langeveldgebouw, Zaal G230 
Language: English 

A morning greeting to your body and mind to start the day well. Because a good start is half the battle!
You learn to dwell on yourself instead of always being on your way. You learn to give loving and open attention to exactly where you are and how you are in this moment. You learn to allow relaxation, so that you begin to rest in yourself.

During these mornings we do body and consciousness exercises, breathing techniques and visualisations.
All students are cordially invited from Tuesday 7 May to Friday 10 May for this welcoming good morning gesture to themselves.

Time: 08:00 - 08:45 
Location: Drift 27, Eetkamer zaal
Language: Dutch

Introduction into mindfulness. In this workshop you will get to know mindfulness as a way to train your attention with the purpose of being more present and less lost in thought, which can cause unease or stress. We will introduce theory, practical application and present you with some examples of mindfulness exercises.

Time: 11.00 - 12.30
Location: Bestuursgebouw, Zaal 0.33 F
​Language​English and Dutch