CSU, Chico News

Mindfulness Group Offers Day of Meditation

Date: 05-10-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Margaret DuFon
Department of English

The end of the semester can be a stressful time on campus for everyone, but especially students. The Mindful Campus, a group at California State University, Chico, is offering a day of meditation workshops Friday, May 13, at Selvester’s Café, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“Pause: Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind” will bring seven different leaders of various types of meditation to the campus to offer 50-minute sessions throughout the day. The sessions are free and open to the on-campus community and the public.

“Meditative practices have been used by people for millennia to focus their attention and center themselves,” said Peggy DuFon of The Mindful Campus. “In doing so, the body naturally calms down and the mind clears.”

Meditative and contemplative practices have roots in all the world religions as well as in indigenous spirituality. “In recent years, meditation has also become secularized; that is, it is practiced without any reference to religious beliefs. Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs and non-beliefs, there is a meditation practice for you,” said Dufon.

Time Slot

Teacher & Affiliation

Type of Meditation (Traditon)


David Philhour, CSU, Chico

Movement Meditation (Secular)


Marc Sorenson, Chico Sports Club

Whole Love Guided Meditation (Secular)


Amy Matilla, Heart of the Lotus Sangha

Vipassana Sitting Meditation (Buddhist)


Steve Flowers, MFT Enloe Medical Cntr.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Secular)


Keren Carter, Congregation Beth Israel

Neshama breath work &Jewish chanting (Jewish)


Sara Stanley, Chico Centering Prayer Group

Centering Prayer (Christian, i.e., Catholic & Protestant)


Victoria Tooker

Ananda Chico Meditation Center

Mantra-based meditation, readings, chanting and healing prayers (Yogic)


George McClendon

CSU, Chico, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Be Who You Are Sitting Meditation

(Interspiritual: drawing on both Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist and Catholic Benedictine monastic traditions)

The Mindful Campus program at California State University, Chico is funded by a Center for Learning and Teaching Impact Grant. For further information about the program, contact Margaret DuFon at mdufon@sbcglobal.net or 530-898-6151.