Koru Mindfulness

Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students and other young adults. The non-credit course offers an evidence-based introduction to mindfulness and meditation skills which can be helpful for students who are feeling stressed and pressured, or who just want to get more satisfaction from their college experiences.

A Koru (Māori for “loop”) is a spiral-shaped fern frond symbolic for balanced growth and stability.

Koru is 4 sessions, 75 minutes each which includes a check-in, research and information about each skill, time to practice skills, and discussion about the experience. There will be 10 minutes of assigned practice outside of meeting times as well.

During interim there will be 2 sections of Koru Mindfulness:

  • Section 1: Mondays, Jan 6, 13, & 27 and Tuesday, Jan 21 from 3:30pm-4:45pm.  Use your St. Olaf email address when registering. To register for this section 1 of Koru, click HERE (section 1) *closed now.
  • Section 2: Thursdays, Jan 9, 16, & 23 and Tuesday, Jan 28 from 3:30pm-4:45pm. Use your St. Olaf email address when registering. To register for this section 2 of Koru, click HERE (section 2) *closed now.

History and Research about Koru:

Koru was initially developed and then further refined over 10 years by Holly Rogers, MD; Margaret Maytan, MD; and Libby Webb, LCSW, all of whom work (or have worked) at the counseling center at Duke University, so they understand college students and their experiences. Please visit the Koru Mindfulness website for more information.

There have been thousands of studies on the effects of mindfulness and meditation. One randomized, controlled study, looked at the effects of the Koru program itself. Findings include medium to large effect sizes on 4 metrics: mindfulness, self-compassion, perceived stress, and sleep.