Fall 2017 : Climbing as Mindfulness - COLA 1500-080

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Fall 2017 : Climbing as Mindfulness - COLA 1500-080


Tue. Aug 22, 2017 - Tue. Dec 5th, 2017 (16 weeks)
Every Tuesday from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM


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Climbing is one of many goal-driven activities that have 'flow' potential. The kinesthetic understanding of space through movement engages the body in the flow of the mind and vice versa, which has a meditative effect and contributes to heightened body/mind awareness without formal meditation. This course explores the notion of mindfulness in a more active context than traditional meditation, connecting it to other dimensions of goal-oriented daily life (such as academic life).

Note: This class will be held in an appropriate nearby location (bouldering Outdoor Rec Facility or other local climbing gyms). More details on the location TBA.

Anastasia Dakouri-Hild (
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 UVA first-year students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, all of whom are also assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see here