Meditation and Stress Reduction

Here at Syracuse University, there are a variety of opportunities to meditate on campus with others, and find ways to reduce stress.

Meditation at Hendricks 

Whether you are a beginner or you regularly enjoy this practice, join us in meditation. We meditate weekly in the Small Chapel, located at the lower level of Hendricks Chapel.

Current Schedule

  • Monday: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.; 12 - 1 p.m. and 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.; 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. and 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 - 2 p.m. at the Barnes Center and 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 12 - 1 p.m.

Student Sangha Meeting

  • Monday: 6 - 7 p.m. Meditation and Discussion.

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 (


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 Collaborative. Our instructor, Michele Gardener is an 800 hr certified Dharma Yoga teacher and a student of yoga for over 10 years. Classes are from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Ernie Davis Exercise Room.



The MindSpa (formerly called the Stress-Reduction Room) 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 such a safe space. The MindSpa also has tools that can help anyone establish practices based in mindfulness.

Our computer kiosk 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. We also have recently acquired 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.

If it’s your first time using the MindSpa, we’ll have someone run you through a quick orientation to get acquainted with all of our resources. After that, you’re welcome to reserve the space to use on your own!

Schedule a time to reduce stress now.