Wellness Outreach Services

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

Our programs 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 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 Kate Nicholson at knichols@bowdoin.edu for general information on Wellness programs.

Wellness Wheel

WELLNESS WHEEL (image created by Nothando Khumalo '23)

PHYSICAL - recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy nutrition, sleep and rest
SOCIAL - developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system
SPIRITUAL - exploring and expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
INTELLECTUAL - recognizing creative abilities and developing knowledge and skills 
SEXUAL - growing awareness around sexuality including positive and respectful terms and boundaries
EMOTIONAL - coping effectively with life and having satisfying relationships
ENVIRONMENTAL - ability to appreciate and be responsible towards one's surroundings, nature and community 
FINANCIAL - exploring one's relationship to money and growing skills to manage finances confidently 
Fireside Chat

Wellness Outreach Services - Fall 2021:

Wednesdays  (7:30-8:30 PM)  September 22, 29, October 6
Casual community conversation around mental health & well-being on campus this year.  Fireside chats will be facilitated by a rotation of our counseling & wellness staff.  S'mores + cider provided!  Meet at Bowdoin Outing Club
Bradbury Mountain


Fridays (4:30 - 7:00 PM) September 17, 24, October 1

Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal (near Freeport)

An amazing opportunity to practice Qi Gong on the summit of Bradbury Mountain. Qi Gong is an ancient gentle movement practice that focuses on balancing and harmonizing one's vital life energy for optimal health and wellbeing. To practice Qi Gong outdoors is an opportunity to connect to the natural patterns and rhythms of nature while receiving the grounding, nurturing energy of the earth. This healing, mindful movement practice is suitable for all levels and no special equipment is needed. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate.
WHAT TO BRING: Weather-appropriate clothing (layers!), appropriate hiking footwear/sneakers, water bottle, face covering.
MEET AT POLAR BEAR STATUE 4:20 PM (depart by 4:30 sharp)

Plant Medicine

Sunday (Time TBA), September 26

Milkweed Farm is a local, biodynamic, organic women-run farm here in Brunswick.  Lucretia Woodruff, farmer & herbalist, will share how she harvests plants in different seasons for healing salves, tintures and teas for healthy bodies and minds. 

“Care of the soil and care of the soul are not separate things.”  ~Satish Kumar

Mindfulness Over Matter


Mindfulness Over Matter Student Group

Tuesdays 9:00 - 10:00 PM

Yoga or Meditation Room, BUCK 301



Ben Brown & Paul Russo '23

THURSDAYS 8:30-9:30 PM

24 College Living Room

Sessions are half mindful freewriting and half peer support to make mindfulness easy, engaging, and communal. Open to all students.



Eduardo Pazos Palma & Kate Nicholson

WEDNESDAYS 10:00 - 10:30

30 College Great Room

A short & sweet opportunity to pause and reset in the middle of your week.  We are working our way through a guided meditation series on acceptance.  Drop-in anytime.  15 min. meditation followed by tea & social connection if you'd like to linger.  Bring your own travel mug or use one of ours.  *this session is for students

Meditation Zen


Eduardo Pazos Palma & Kate Nicholson

MONDAYS 9:30 -10:00 AM

30 College Great Room

Start your week with a simple 15 min. guided meditation followed by option to stay for tea and fellowship. Bring travel mug to take tea with if you'd like. Various chairs, cushions and floor options for personal comfort level. Beginners welcome.

Well Chats
An opportunity to meet virtually or in-person and talk about how things are going for you.  Despite appearances, most college students do not feel like they have it together and are thriving.  College is hard.  Pandemics and layers of other life stressors can make it feel unmanageable.  You are not alone and there is nothing wrong with you. Whether you'd like a personal health coaching session to help you prioritize your health & well-being or just interested in a non-judgmental person to talk with- 'well chats' are here to help you feel connected and supported.  Kate Nicholson is a holistic health coach & assistant director of student wellness programs.  Email Kate to set up a time to connect via Zoom or in-person:  knichols@bowdoin.edu.
Or sign up directly here.