While honoring the traditional roots of meditation practices, our programs are shaped by this rich history as well as the research backed findings of mindfulness as a tool to alleviate suffering in our modern day lives. As our minds engage in reverberating thoughts of the past or future, we can often over stimulate our fight or flight response. By retraining the mind to build new neural pathways through the practice of being present minded, we can reduce stress and increase equanimity. Facilitated by a trained instructor, all offerings are beginner friendly with no experience or particular beliefs needed. Come join us! 

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How to Start and Stay Meditating

Are you new to meditation or are you struggling to develop a practice? Check out some helpful tips from previous Health & Wellness Meditation Intern Sean Reilly, and Psychology Professor Dr. Spencer Sherman, as they cover how meditation affects the sense of self, the power of practicing meditation in a community, and how to get over the uncomfortable start in becoming self aware. Much more is covered in this inspirational video, including a short guided meditation by Dr. Sherman.

Lessons on Mindfulness and a Guided Meditation with the Hsi Lai Temple

On February 8th, the Venerable Huicheng met with the UCSB community to talk about the role of meditation and mindfulness in daily life and elaborated on the practices and beliefs held by the monastics at his temple. Please feel free to watch this recording or listen to the audio if you are interested in the psychology behind meditation, how to use meditation and mindfulness to improve one’s health and wellness, and all of these topics from the perspective of the Venerable Huicheng.

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Body Scan for Bedtime

It can be hard to control the noises surrounding us before we go to bed, especially in college. To help ease you into sleep, check out our short 10-minute bedtime meditation. Download below if your browser does not support HTML5 audio.

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Body Scan Meditation

Mindfulness & Meditation Series

The ability to calm the chatter in our minds is a crucial skill for the modern student. Learn evidence-based skills in meditation, stress-management and mindfulness techniques developed specifically for college-age students. This workshop series will include free meditation app and complementary course book, The Mindful Twenty-Something, by Holly B. Rogers, MD. Students MUST commit to all 4 sessions in order to enroll.

Register here! 


Koru Class Series

Free Guided Any-Time Meditations

This one is for my fellow UCSB students! This short meditation includes references to your favorite study spaces and supplies. Whether you are grinding for a midterm, putting the finishing touches on a project or collaborating with your peers use this meditation to hit the cognitive reset button. Enjoy!

With the demands and responsibilities of daily life it is easy to get thrown off center. Being off balance warps the way we perceive the unfolding of our lives. This meditation uses targeted breathing and imagery to help reestablish our center bringing a sense of groundedness and balance.

Cooking is an age old practice. Across the gamut of human civilizations cooking plays an integral role in culture and family. Oftentimes cooking is accompanied by a feeling of being rushed and we miss out on the joy of the experience. This meditation helps us settle into the beautiful process of cooking while engaging all the senses. bon appétit.

Breathing happens all on its own, we don’t have to do anything. That being said, the process of breathing is often overlooked and goes unnoticed. This meditation breaks down the breath bringing nuance and understanding to the process of breathing. In just 5 short minutes you can experience for yourself the relaxing power of tuning into the most common of mindful anchors!

Heightened Stress Meditation

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious is valid. Factors such as school, work, politics, and quarantine can lead to heightened stress. Take this as an opportunity to give yourself five minutes. Relax any tense muscles, breathe, and show yourself compassion. 

Sleep Meditation

This meditation focuses on sleep and gratitude by honing in on individual parts of the body. Sleep is really important as a college student- it helps you regulate your emotional and physical wellbeing and it helps you get through the day. So let’s take a moment to take care of our body, and thank it for giving us the sleep we need. This meditation is best done laying in bed about to fall asleep, but it could also be done earlier on in your bedtime routine sitting in a comfortable place.  

Meditación en Español

Esta meditación es para esos días en los que puede encontrarse estresado y necesita un descanso. Disfrute de estos próximos dos minutos para tranquilizar su mente para continuar con su día o un momento para comenzar a relajarse para el final de su día.

Short Breath Meditation


Study Break


UC Santa Barbara's Self Guided Labyrinth Tour

Open to students, staff faculty, and the public. Specially designed to be ADA compliant & wheelchair accessible. The UCSB campus labyrinth is a place of calm that encourages meditation, reflection, and rejuvenation. The beautiful location of the labyrinth - on the bluff above the Pacific Ocean - invites an appreciation of nature in a very special way. There are sights, sounds, and scents of nature with tremendous restorative power.

Hours: It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Location: Located on the lagoon island via a path southeast of Manzanita Village, located on the southwest portion of the campus (see directions below with map).

History: Labyrinths are ancient symbols that have been used by various cultures and religions around the world for more than 4,000 years. Many of their patterns are based on spirals and circles mirrored in nature. Some people come to contemplate questions or to simply relax, while other come during time of grief or loss, seeking solace. Unlike a maze, it has a single path in full view that lead to the center and back out the same way. There are no tricks or trap. This powerful process of moving toward the center and back out can provide an opportunity for the traveler to move mindfully, focus intentionally, open the heart, and find their center. Today, labyrinths are being used worldwide as a way to gain self-awareness and insight by encouraging meditation, self-reflection, and stress reduction. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural blueprint for well-being.


  • Reflect: Before entering the labyrinth, think about what you are grateful for and any questions or problems you wish to receive guidance on.

  • Release: As you slowly walk the path to the center, let go of any unwanted thoughts, feelings, attitudes, etc. that no longer serve you. Notice where your mind wanders and be mindful of bringing it back to the present moment.

  • Receive: Once in the center, meditate/pray/be silent as you receive what is there for you.

  • Return: When ready, follow the path out of the labyrinth. You may feel a sense of renewal.

  • Remember: Once out of the labyrinth, take a full, deep breath and a moment to reflect on your experience. All of the walks benefits may not unfold to you immediately. Continue to be mindful as your answers may come with time.

There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth; honor your own pace and process. Please respect the experience of others as they walk the labyrinth.

Directions from Off-Campus:

  • Take the Los Carneros exit from the 101 and head towards the ocean side.

  • When Los Carneros ends in a "T" at El Colegio - turn left.

  • Once you are on campus, turn right on Ocean Road (by the event center)

  • There is public parking in Lot 23 (you will need to pay a fee).

  • Continue walking down Ocean Road after parking until you get to the walking path along the bluffs - turn left.

  • Follow the path and enjoy the walk. You will be going down some stairs and back up a small hill before getting to the labyrinth, which will be on your right.

Library Guide for Wellbeing

For FREE additional readings and resources on meditation, check out our UC Santa Barbara Library Well-being LibGuide. Here you can find curated books and more on this health topic that you can download and read on your computer or mobile device... FREE!

Here are some of just the many meditation books offered at our LibGuide!


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