Meditation and Stress Reduction

Until further notice, all in-person student activities, with the exception of classes, associated coursework and intercollegiate athletics, are paused temporarily at Syracuse University. All religious and spiritual gatherings will be online only for this time period. Please see below for virtual worship and fellowship opportunities. Contact for more information.

Here at Syracuse University, there are a variety of opportunities to meditate on campus with others, and find ways to reduce stress. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meditation sessions.

Meditation at Hendricks 

Whether you are a beginner or you regularly enjoy this practice, join us in meditation. We meditate weekly, online and in-person.

All sessions are an hour long and are guided by an experienced practitioner.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Join on Zoom with this link!

Meeting ID: 954 9073 5522
Passcode: BMASUESF

  • Mondays at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom
  • Tuesdays at 9 a.m. on Zoom

  • Tuesdays at noon on Zoom

  • Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in person in the Main Chapel

  • Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom

  • Thursdays at 9 a.m. on Zoom

  • Fridays at noon on Zoom

Led by senior practitioners, Zen Center of Syracuse, and by experienced students. No experience necessary, all faith traditions welcome.

For more information, contact Buddhist Chaplain JoAnn Cooke by email at


Meditation with Lutheran Campus Ministry

Online Late-Night Guided Meditation with Lutheran Campus Ministry is open to all on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Instagram Live at @cusecampusconnect.

For more information, contact Lutheran Chaplain Rev. Gail Riina by phone or email at 315.251.4739 or


DeStress Monday

Hendricks Chapel and Healthy Monday at Syracuse University have teamed up to help you start your week off with some peace and relaxation. For more info on the two awesome programs below, check out DeStress Monday's website.

Join us for speical Healthy Monday Meditation sessions at 12 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel's Small Chapel. Each session begins with 15 minutes of instruction and time to settle in, followed by 30 minutes of quiet meditation and 15 minutes of debriefing and discussion.

Yoga Seeds is a free weekly yoga class offered to the SU community, co-sponsored with the Contemplative CollaborativeThe instructor, Cynthia Broccoli is a 200-hour certified Yoga instructor and a student of yoga for over 19 years. The class is open to anyone to try!

Sessions will be held from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Barnes Center at the Arch Meditation Room on: February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th, February 24th, March 2nd, March 9th, March 23rd, March 30th, April 13th, April 20th, April 27th.



The MindSpa is a space on campus initiated by the Contemplative Collaborative and run by the Office of Health Promotion. Students, staff and faculty are often fraught with stress, and rarely have an opportunity to just be themselves, as they are! This room provides a safe space. The MindSpa also has tools that can help anyone establish practices based in mindfulness.

The computer kiosk in the MindSpa has emWave Pro hardware with HeartMath software installed. The kiosk, which is touch-screen capable, is also stocked with guided meditation videos and links regarding stress reduction. The space is also equipped with a MUSE headset, which is a basic EEG with a free phone app component that helps beginners and experienced meditators alike!

Already have mindfulness practices as part of your routine? The MindSpa has round cushions for meditation, and yoga mats that you can use for personal practice!

Just looking to relax? Our Happy Light by Verilux will help keep keep the winter blues away, and the couch is a perfect place to sit and read in a quiet space. There are also supplies for coloring, puzzles and other relaxing activities.

Schedule a time to reduce stress now.