September 22, 2017

Registration Open for Mindfulness Meditation Course

Are you mind full, or mindful?

Our lives are often overly stimulated and harried. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindfulness meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life.

UMW faculty and staff are invited to take a 7-week course at the Fredericksburg Campus on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies in Trinkle B-39.  The course begins Oct. 3 and meets weekly through Nov. 21. There will be no class on Tuesday, Oct. 17, due to Fall Break.

This course is led by certified instructor Bill Brooks and will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

The course is $15 and registration is now open! Visit the Campus Recreation Registration Portal to sign up. Simply click “Log In” in the top right corner, then click the blue button that says “Sign in with your NET ID and Password,” and use your regular UMW CAS credentials to log in to your profile.

If you have questions about the Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course, email

Volunteers Needed for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is coming up in June! We are in need of volunteers for each day of the six sessions to assist with answering questions, parking and directing students and their guests to the right locations. Last year New Student Orientation was a great success because of the UMW faculty and staff who volunteered!

Are you interested in helping? If so, please this online form by Sunday, May 28. Within a week of completing the online form, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for specific shifts. You are welcome to send this information along to any UMW faculty or staff in your department. It’s more fun to volunteer with a friend!

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up, please contact Brittanie Haas at or JoAnna Raucci at Thank you in advance for supporting New Student Orientation!

Stay Active this Summer!

The Department of Campus Recreation is thrilled to offer a variety of programs to keep the Mary Washington community active, engaged, and productive this summer.

The Fitness Center and Goolrick pool will be open during peak times beginning May 16. Program offerings include a faculty/staff kickball league, a faculty/staff campus-wide walking challenge called “Mary Wash Moves,” personal training, private swim lessons, and a new group fitness class schedule. Details can be found on the Campus Recreation website.

If you have questions after viewing the website, please contact Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness Brittanie Haas at

Faculty/Staff Fitness Class Registration Open

Registration for private fitness classes is now open for UMW faculty, staff and their sponsored guests. Sessions run from March 20 – April 21:

  • YOGA – Mondays & Wednesdays – 12pm-12:50pm
  • EAGLE FIT – Tuesdays & Thursdays – 12pm-12:45pm
  • CIZE – Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1pm-1:45pm

More information and registration is available on the Campus Recreation website.

Please contact Brittanie Haas at with questions.


Mindfulness & Meditation Course Registration Open

Learn the practice of mindfulness in a 6-week course led by Bill Brooks, a certified meditation teacher through the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. This experience is only $15 and participants who attend five or more sessions will receive that money back in the form of a UMW bookstore gift card.

If you are interested, please register online soon. The group will meet on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Trinkle B-39, the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies. For questions about this course, please e-mail Brittanie Haas, assistant director of Campus Recreation, at

Staff Fitness Opportunity

While there are free group fitness classes at UMW, sometimes faculty and staff are looking for a private fitness opportunity to work out together. With Private Fitness Classes, you can work out consistently in a group of your peers while receiving personal attention from a seasoned instructor and genuine support from the group of people who are enrolled.

This program style runs for five straight weeks and meets twice each week, for a total of 10 workouts together. The cost is $75 per person and in order for a class to run, we must have 3 people register and pay.

The first session of Private Fitness Classes will be Jan. 30 – March 3. Registration is now open!

During this session, you can choose from 2 classes: Yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. or Body Sculpt on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

If you have questions, please contact Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness Brittanie Haas at

Fitness Opportunities at UMW

Campus Recreation is currently accepting registrations for the upcoming session of Small Group Yoga and Small Group Fitness Fusion that will run from Oct. 24 through Dec. 2 (excluding the week of Thanksgiving). These are not your typical group exercise classes, as this training program requires commitment via registration, the registered members are expected to show up to both weekly workouts, and it is limited to a small number of participants. Additionally, the instructor focuses on the needs and capabilities of your group, so no need to worry about your current fitness level. Read more about each of the small group programs below.


Small Group Yoga
Mondays & Wednesdays (Oct. 24 – Dec. 2), 12-12:45 p.m., Goolrick Studio 5
Cost: $130 for UMW Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni / $150 for Secondary Cardholders and Alumni +1’s
Description: Always wanted to learn the art of yoga? Would you like expert guidance and personalized attention? Would you like to start in a smaller class before moving on to a larger, more experienced practice? This program is for you! Get the attentive yoga practice you want in this unique small group yoga experience. Spend your Mondays and Wednesdays from October 24th – December 2nd progressing through yoga poses and mindfulness practices with your yoga instructor and small group of similarly-skilled people.
Register here! Registration closes Oct. 26, or when the group is full.


If you’re interested in learning about other Campus Recreation fitness and wellness programs like the Intro to Mindfulness and Meditation Course, group fitness classes, or upcoming events and programs, visit the Campus Recreation website