• The Power of Conversation in a Digital Age

    As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from ourselves and each other? In this talk, Professor Sherry Turkle will ask us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have. You will learn how solitude and self-reflection are central to wellbeing, and why these practices are the foundations for conversation. Professor Turkle will also share how conversation and human interaction can lead to greater capacity for empathy, compassion, and living in more meaningful community with one another.

    Register for the lecture or the special lunch with Dr. Turkle.

  • Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture with Rudy Tanzi

    Super Brain and Super Genes: The Road to Radical Wellbeing

    Your brain and your genes are capable of incredible healing and constant reshaping. In his best-selling book, Super Brain, Dr. Rudy Tanzi explores how a new relationship with your brain can transform your life, and how self-awareness and conscious intention can help lead the brain beyond its present limitations. In best-seller Super Genes, he challenges the assumption that genes determine biological destiny, and proposes that they are our strongest allies for personal transformation. During this talk, Dr. Tanzi will explore how lifestyle choices optimize the genes and brain, and influence immunity, diet, aging, and chronic disorders.

    Learn more and register.

  • Center Receives Health Coaching Designation

    The National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches is delighted to announce that the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing has qualified to become an Approved Transition Program per the NCCHWC’s standards. As a result, health and wellness coaches who have met NCCHWC’s requirements and completed the Center's Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching Program will qualify to sit for the national exam to be launched in 2016. The NCCHWC is in a time of deep collaboration with health and wellness coach training programs that are working diligently towards creating a national standard which will help further professionalize and advance the field of health and wellness coaching. 

  • A Whole System, Whole Person Approach

    Integrative nursing advances the health and wellbeing of people, families and communities through caring, healing relationships.

    Learn more about the Integrative Nursing program

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

    Spend 8 weeks this winter, and learn new skills for responding to stress and improving your wellbeing through mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes begin in January in Burnsville, Plymouth, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, and registration is now open. Courses are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.

    Register for MBSR

With two decades of experience in healthcare innovation, the Center has played a pivotal role in improving the health and wellbeing of people, organizations and communities at the local, national and international levels. Our remarkable faculty, experts drawn from the University and the community, are committed to innovation, service and social change.

Aligned with the University's mission of education, research and service, the Center is a pioneer in forging new paths for interprofessional education and research - breaking down silos and disciplinary boundaries. Our diverse and multidisciplinary faculty strive to advance health and wellbeing around the world.

No matter where you are on your journey to increased wellbeing, we encourage you to discover, learn, engage and partner with us.

Recent News

Health Care Professional Speaking with Elderly Female PatientCenter Experts: How to Talk About Dying

Dying is an uncomfortable topic of conversation. No one wants to bring it up, not even our doctors. Unfortunately, this leads to miscommunication about how a person wants to die.

In fact, about 7 in 10 Americans would prefer to die at home, but only about a quarter of them actually do.

“There is a fundamental disconnect between what happens and what we want, and that stems from a lack of communication about dying,” said Frank Bennett, MDiv., senior fellow in the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing and former hospital chaplain and minister.

Read more on Health Talk.

Featured Course

Aromatherapy bottle

The Center For Spirituality & Healing's Aromatherapy course will provide students an overview of essential oil therapy and current aromatherapy practices in clinical settings. You will examine key safety and toxicity issues with the use of essential oils, and critique the scientific and historical evidence about the therapeutic qualities of six essential oils in common use by the public and in clinical settings.


Upcoming Events

Kale and Green Vegetables Used in Cooking Class
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 6:00pm to Monday, April 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

In this exciting three-night cooking demonstration course, led by Spoonriver Chef Brenda Langton and nutritionist Carolyn Denton, you will learn why food choices are important for your wellbeing, how to create innovative and he