With a primary focus on health and wellbeing, the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has unique resources to offer the University and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore our resources for health professionals, the community, businesses, and students.
Courses for you to explore for the Fall 2020 semester
Our academic courses are open to current students at the University of Minnesota and students at other academic institutions, so you can earn credits while exploring health and wellbeing topics. Additionally, because many of our courses were designed to be offered online, you'll experience rich and engaging interactive learning opportunities. Learn more.


    "The instructors were very understanding in my Center courses and they truly practiced mindfulness themselves! They were the most supportive instructors that I have experienced here at the University."



    "I work for a non-profit with a mission to build healthier communities. I’m using what I’ve learned in my Center courses to help people explore diverse ways of building individual and community resilience."



    "As a future physician, I will apply some of the holistic practices that I have learned in Center coursesto my medical practices. The body is more than just the physical being, and there is more to medicine than pharmaceuticals."


    "CSPH courses are different because they rely much more heavily on reading and synthesizing information from research – these courses really support critical thinking. The approach is more 'how to think' about a subject, rather than 'what to think.'"


    "I am a practicing pharmacist, and taking an academic course at the Center gave me new tools to use to help my patients."



    Top Reasons for Enrollment

    • Academic credit
    • Personal development
    • Professional education
    • Mental health and wellbeing


    Academic Quality

    • 96% satisfied with course quality
    • 94% satisfied with academic rigor
    • 91% satisfied with academic instruction


    Students reported CSPH courses support them in addressing:

    • Stress: 75%
    • Anxiety: 58%
    • Depression: 35%
    • Insomnia: 17%
    • Other: 14%


$3M Transformational Learning; $4M Strategic Innovation; $4M Research and Discovery; $1M Growth and Sustainability; $12M Overall Goal


"I am excited to kick off the Wellbeing for All campaign for the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. The campaign comes at a time when we are poised to grow the Center in ways that will enable us to meet the increasing needs of those we serve."

-Center Director Mary Jo Kreitzer

Featured Events

Mindfulness Trends in the Workplace

earl e bakken center for spirituality & healing Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


For over 30 years now, a great deal of research has been conducted demonstrating the possible benefits of mindfulness meditation on one’s physical health and overall wellbeing.

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Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health: Part Two

Wellbeing series part 2 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Leah Prussia, DSW, LICSW, SEP, and Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni, MD will participate in a lively panel discussion to be held over the lunch hour.

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Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health: Part Three

Wellbeing series part 3 Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


For the third part of our series, the Center will host an online community gathering, which will feature select local, inspiring climate-focused organizations.

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