Mind-Body Workshops & Events

These events promote student wellness, particularly mental and emotional health and resiliency. They are intended to help enhance your academic, occupational, and interpersonal functioning.

All events are free and held in Room 336, Student Center unless noted otherwise.

All GRCC students and employees are invited to attend. No prior registration is required. Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140.

You may also print the following 2019 offerings.

Upcoming Events

How to Feel Happier

  • Thursday, September 19, 2-3 p.m.

Some may think that happiness depends on life circumstances or on being born with a cheerful disposition, but research shows we can boost our own happiness. Using simple practices, we can increase our positive experiences and emotions, and even “rewire” our brains for greater happiness. In this session, we’ll identify several happiness habits and share tips for practice.

Facilitator: Emily Nisley, PhD, LP, LPC

Overcoming Depression

  • Monday, October 14, 1-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2-3 p.m.

Got the blues? This workshop will review strategies for coping with the things in life that upset you and give you grief. Learn productive ways to express your sadness, overcome your hurts, and live a happier life.

Facilitator: Andre Fields, PhD, LLP

Managing Anxiety: Strategies for In & Out of the Classroom

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

A recent national survey of community college counseling centers revealed anxiety as the number one presenting concern facing college students – in other words, you are not alone! Join us to learn the causes of anxiety, how to recognize symptoms, and apply strategies for soothing the anxious mind and body.

Facilitator: Andre Fields, PhD, LLP


Mindfulness Meditation

Meditation can reduce stress, improve attention and concentration, increase feelings of connectedness, and may strengthen the immune system and improve stress-related physical and mental health conditions.

Attend any of our biweekly meditation sessions in the Library or monthly sessions in White Hall to learn how to meditate or build on previous meditation experience (see schedules below). Our practice will be secular (non-religious).

Facilitator: Emily Nisley, PhD, LP, LPC

Mindfulness Meditation at the Library

Held bi-weekly on Mondays, from 12-12:30 p.m. in the Meditation & Prayer Room (Rm. 1)

Date Focus
Sept. 9 Focusing & quieting the mind with mindful breathing meditation.
Sept. 23 Body awareness & relaxation with body-scan meditation.
Oct. 7 Mindful eating meditation.
Oct. 21 Soothing distress with self-compassion meditation.
Nov. 4 Fostering connectedness through loving-kindness meditation.
Nov. 18 Meditation for cultivating gratitude.
Dec. 2 Mountain meditation: A guided visualization to promote calm, inner strength & stability in the midst of challenging circumstances & stress.


Mindfulness Meditation at White Hall

Held every third Wednesday of the Month, from 11:30 a.m.-noon in Reading Room (Rm 102)

Date Focus
Sept. 18 Based on participants' interests and needs.
Oct. 16 Based on participants' interests and needs.
Nov. 20 Based on participants' interests and needs.


Build Your Emotional Toolkit

Gather skills in all four topics to complete the set! Facilitated by Stacey Heisler, MA, NCC, LPC.

The Core Skills of Mindfulness

  • Wednesday, September 11, 1-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Mindfulness is a state of focused attention to whatever is occurring in the present moment, without judgment. When practicing mindfulness, you will become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and senses by learning various techniques including every day, simple activities. Each session will focus on a brief overview of the core components and benefits of mindfulness practices, and will include simple activities for all levels of mindfulness participation.

Distress Tolerance Skills: Responding More, Reacting Less

  • Thursday, October 3, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday, October 9, 11 am-noon

Life can be quite disappointing: things happen that are not in our control leaving us with strong emotional reactions that overpower our decision making in the short term and make the crisis even worse. Distress tolerance skills are essential for learning how to “react less, and respond more.” “Radical Acceptance” is a different way of responding to overwhelming situations that with practice, will build confidence and greater trust in yourself for managing life’s challenging experiences.

Managing Our Emotions in Healthier Ways: A Tool for Practicing Self-Care

  • Monday, October 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Learning to approach our emotions with curiosity and understanding can help us to accept emotions as important information or “data,” versus a negative aspect of ourselves to be rejected and discounted. In this workshop, we will introduce the Emotional/Reasonable/Wise Mind, and develop a plan for emotional wellness following the skill set of PLEASE Mastery.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: A Tool for Building Relationships

  • Monday, November 11, noon-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Learning to live among others is required for our basic survival, but learning how to be in relationship to others is essential for our own emotional wellness. In this workshop, we will learn an effective tool for greater interpersonal effectiveness by following the principles of DEAR MAN (Describe, Express, Assert, Reinforce, stay Mindful, Appear confident, and Negotiate). 


Questions? Email counseling@grcc.edu or call (616) 234-4130.