• 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. 

  • Become a Health Coach

    Integrative Health and Wellbeing coaching, an emerging method of partnering with patients to achieve their overall goals, is practiced from a holistic perspective that views each person as intrinsically whole and the ultimate expert in his or her healing journey. Health coaching is being offered in a wide range of venues including hospitals, clinics, community health and fitness facilities, corporations, educational institutions, and private practices. If you're interested in becoming a health coach, information sessions will be held in January, and the application for Fall 2016 admission is due in March. 

    Read more about our Integrative Health & Wellbeing Coaching programs.

  • 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

Yogi on a beach at sunset

Anatomical considerations/understanding critical to executing safe/effective Hatha Yoga instruction. Overview of human gross anatomy/bodily systems essential to Hatha Yoga. First in sequence of three courses in University of Minnesota Yoga Teachers Education & Training Sequence. Students who complete sequence may be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

Upcoming Events

Kale and Green Vegetables Used in Cooking Class
Date/time:
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