Wellness Services

At Bowdoin, students are challenged to integrate all facets of themselves as they pursue their academic interests.

The programs below highlight the College’s commitment to developing a culture of self reflection, personal responsibility for physical health, comprehensive fitness opportunities and psychological and emotional balance. The health and happiness of each student are of paramount importance in the Bowdoin educational experience.

The Wellness Center offers an array of yoga, Tai Chi/Qigong, and meditation classes throughout the week. Seminars, workshops, and retreats are offered in the evenings and weekdays to educate students about a range of mind/body/spirit-oriented practices that include information about acupuncture, massage, reflexology, Chinese Medicine, and integrative medicine approaches to health and well-being.

Contact Lindsay Jacobs at ljacobs@bowdoin.edu for general information on Wellness programs.

Below is a list of wellness classes offered for the Spring 2020 semester:

New Student Reiki Clinic

We are thrilled to now offer a weekly student reiki clinic in addition to our many other wellness programs.

Students can reserve a 30-minute reiki session with our team of volunteer reiki practitioners between 4:00–6:00 PM on Sundays.

Reiki clinic is held in the garage of 24 College which we transform into a comfortable sanctuary of relaxation.

Students will complete a very brief intake form so that volunteers are able to work respectfully and possibly address any mental, physical, emotional stress. 

Register for your session here: https://bowdo.in/ReikiClinics.

Please be respectful and arrive a few minutes before the start of your session to settle in and make sure to cancel online if you are unable to make it so that another student can sign-up. 

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and deep relaxation that also promotes healing.  It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “LifeForce Energy” flows through us and is what causes us to feel alive.  If one’s “LifeForce Energy” is deficient we are more likely to get sick, have trouble sleeping, to feel overwhelmed, etc. Visit www.reiki.org for more information.

If you have any questions about Reiki, feel free to reach out to Kate Nicholson, assistant director of student wellness programs: knichols@bowdoin.edu.