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Workshops and Events

Wellness Series

Student Health and Counseling offers a wellness series called Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds as part the GOLD leadership program.  These workshops mainly focus on managing stress in college and cover a variety of related topics, including nutrition, meditation, yoga, healthy relationships, and more.

Recognition, Insight, Openness

RIO, or Recognition, Insight, Openness, is a 3-week skills building workshop series offered to students who have had an initial triage session with Counseling Services.  Visit the RIO page for more information as well as specific dates/times of available sessions.

Living Optimally Through Understanding and Support

LOTUS is a walk-in support group facilitated by AOD Program Coordinator Sarah Covell.  This group is for students who have been impacted by parental substance use.  The group meets Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., in
Sturges 211.

Take a Meditation Break

This NEW weekly program is held on Mondays 3-3:30 pm in Milne 213.  It is an opportunity to recharge, reduce stress, and enhance well-being, sponsored by both the Department of Student Health and Counseling and by the Geneseo Interfaith Service Project (GISP).  The emphasis is on creating a sense of restorative silence in a relaxed, quiet atmosphere using a circle of chairs. Dr. Lars Mazzola, Geneseo Yoga Club Instructor, guides the meditation theme each week.

Noontime Yoga Basics

Noontime Yoga Basics is a FREE weekly yoga class open to the entire Geneseo campus community, including students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Beth Cholette, a licensed psychologist in Counseling Services and also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200). As a certified Yoga for All instructor, she leads a one-hour session that is appropriate for everyone, including those brand new to yoga. (If you have questions or wish to be added to our yoga emailing list, contact Health Promotion Coordinator, Dana Minton instructor Beth Cholette.)

Classroom Self-Care Programs

As noted above, psychologist Dr. Beth Cholette is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT).  She can bring instruction on general self-care, breathing, mindfulness, meditation, and/or yoga to your classroom.  If you are a student, share her information on Classroom Programs with your professors and encourage them to contact Beth ( to arrange a class visit.

Therapy Dog Thursdays

Therapy Dog Thursdays is available time with our departmental therapy dog, Sophie.  Sophie (owned by AOD Program Coordinator Sarah Covell) visits 'Daga South 203 most Thursdays between 3 and 4 pm.  Drop by to pet, cuddle, and take pictures with Sophie!

Student Wellness Expo and Fitness Challenge!

Our Health Promotion office offers two major all-campus events every year, a Student Wellness Expo every fall and the campus-wide Fitness Challenge every spring.  The Wellness Expo is designed to connect students to wellness resources both on campus and in the community. The Fitness Challenge encourages people to kick-start their spring with any increase in physical activity.  Participation can be individually or on a team at various fitness levels.