CLUB LIFE: Promoting and Teaching Mindfulness

The student-run Meditation Group aims to introduce more members of the Haverford community to meditation and to help foster their practices.

What: Meditation Group aims to provide a calm, inviting place on campus for students to relax. All levels of experience are welcome, and the club is open to anyone who simply wants to step away from hectic everyday life and enjoy quiet time. The group practices a mode of meditation that acknowledges the complexities of the Eastern history of Buddhist techniques alongside more secular and medical Western style.

Who: Maddie Arnold-Scerbo ’18, who joined the club her freshman year, is currently its leader. “I believe everyone should make a point to incorporate stillness into their lives,” she says, “and our group provides a platform for that. Our main goal is to introduce more members of our community to meditation and to foster their practices.” The club hosts introductory workshops and other events aimed at supporting and promoting mindfulness and meditation on campus.

When: Meditation Group has weekly meetings every Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Whitehead Campus Center room 207.

Did you know: Earlier this year, Haverford alum and mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn ’64 visited campus and gave a series of workshops on mindfulness. Kabat-Zinn is known for developing the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction strategy and training program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Get involved: Email Arnold-Scerbo at to join the mailing list.

-Jenny Ahn ’17

Photo of Maddie Arnold-Scerbo by Caleb Eckert ’17.