Spiritual Wellness Resources

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Spiritual Wellness

Our spiritual life is an often-overlooked aspect of wellness, but our guiding beliefs, principles and values provide us with deeper meaning and purpose.

Spiritual Wellness

Arts in Medicine

Offerings include dance, art and writing workshops; book club; music performances and more. More information on Arts in Medicine offerings can be found on their website.

Arts in Medicine: Wellness Classes

Wellness classes are offered weekly, free of charge. Classes are appropriate for individuals of any skill level, and drop-ins are welcome. Classes include meditation, Qigong, and gentle yoga. Visit the calendar of classes for more details.

Sanctuary of Wisdom

Located on the second floor of the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital, the Sanctuary of Wisdom meditation room is designed for prayer and contemplation, inclusive of all religions and belief systems. It can be used by patients, visitors, faculty and staff. It is oval-shaped in keeping with the Eastern philosophy of meditation. Visit the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital website for hours of operation and to learn more.

Wilmot Gardens

Wilmot Gardens is located in the heart of the Southeast’s largest academic health center, providing a peaceful and verdant respite for patients, faculty, staff, and the public. In addition, the gardens are dedicated to advancing patient care, research and service through its vibrant and growing therapeutic horticulture program. The gardens are open to the public year-round and boast an unrivaled collection of camellias in North Central Florida. Learn more about Wilmot Gardens on their website.

Baughman Center

Located on UF Campus, the Baughman Center is open on weekdays for private contemplation. Learn more about the Baughman Center on the UF Performing Arts website.

Free Faculty & Staff Yoga

Yoga is offered every Tuesday from 12:15-1pm at Ustler Hall, in the atrium on the second floor. The class is appropriate for all levels and is led by Kim Holton.

Yoga is also offered every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 at the Cancer & Genetics Research Complex, Room 451. Sign up for the Yoga email list for updates on yoga classes offered for faculty and staff.

Mindfulness

We hear a lot of this buzzword lately, but what really does being “mindful” mean? UF Mindfulness discusses the benefits and research behind this beneficial way of living, as well as provides a community for resources and ways to help you with implementation. Visit the UF Mindfulness website to learn more.

Meditation Exercises

UF Health Integrative Medicine Program provides guided meditation and relaxation to promote inner healing and tranquility.

Happiness Hacks

We all wish to lead a happy life but we’ve been programmed to look for happiness in all the wrong places. What we think would make a big difference in our happiness actually doesn’t, and the things that would make a meaningful impact are often overlooked. This workshop will present twelve science-backed ways to improve your happiness today! Are you ready to be happier? Email GatorCare wellness manager Morgan Papworth at papwom@shands.ufl.edu to schedule.

The Purpose of Purpose

Did you know that defining and connecting to your purpose on a daily basis can improve your health, your work and your happiness? This workshop will explain the science behind purpose, help you craft your own purpose, and provide tangible ways to live ‘on purpose’ every day. This offering runs 90 minutes. A 60-minute version is available but requires participants to complete a worksheet prior to the live presentation. Email GatorCare wellness manager Morgan Papworth at papwom@shands.ufl.edu to schedule.