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.

Below is a list of wellness classes offered for the Fall 2018 semester:

Neil Willey will offer an overview/orientation of the fitness equipment in the Buck Fitness Center from 11:30am to 12:30pm (September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4). Please register in advance nwilley@bowdoin.edu.

Fall Semester: Classes begin September 10, 2018 and end December 7, 2018. No classes during fall break (October 8 and 9) or Thanksgiving Break (November 21-23). For a handout of the class schedule above, click here.

Associate Director of Student Wellness Programs

Melissa Quinby '91
MSEd, Northwestern University

Melissa grew up in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and she graduated from Bowdoin in 1991.  After College she travelled to Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship.  She has lived and worked in Thailand and Australia.  Melissa earned her MSEd at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and in 2015 she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Ashaya Yoga in Portland, ME. As the Associate Director of Student Wellness Programs, Melissa shares her passion for mindfulness and wellness with the Bowdoin community.  She works closely with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to help facilitate and deliver thoughtful, educational, and inspired classes and workshops on topics ranging from anxiety to sleep health to self-compassion. Melissa continues to study, train, and deepen her personal yoga practice, wellness toolkit, and teaching skills with a diversity of excellent teachers. 

Contact Melissa at mquinby@bowdoin.edu