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Center for Spirituality & Healing

Jan 30, 2017 12:35PM

With more than two decades of experience in healthcare innovation, the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing has played a pivotal role in improving the health and wellbeing of people, organizations and communities.

The center offers a wide variety of academic courses in innovative program areas, including health coaching, food and health, nature-based therapies, yoga healing, Tibetan medicine, mindfulness, leadership and wellbeing, arts and healing, and integrative nursing.

Additionally, they offer a graduate certificate and graduate minor in integrative health and healing, and a master's degree in integrative health and wellbeing coaching.

Community classes offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs, including Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness in Motion, as well as Inspired Cooking for Healthy Lives, assisting thousands of people in understanding the importance of self-care and wellbeing.

Developed by renowned practitioner and author, Jon Kabat-Zinn, the practice of MBSR helps people consciously and methodically deal with stress, pain, illness and the demanding challenges of everyday life. The center offers eight-week classes throughout the year at a variety of locations.

Their Wellbeing Lecture Series regularly features renowned speakers from around the world addressing issues concerning gratitude, arts, food and wellbeing. At their next event on February 27, Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. will present How Gratitude Heals, Energizes and Transforms Lives. Emmons is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology as well as an author.

The center’s award-winning website, Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing,, helps visitors find tips, inspiration, set goals and learn from healthcare experts and people who have made positive change.

The center has forged strategic partnerships with other universities, corporations, healthcare systems and health plans to broaden their reach and offer customizable programs for companies and organizations who wish to bring wellbeing into the workplace.

Location: 420 Delaware St. S.E., Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-624-9459 or visit

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