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May 7, 2018
Ricka Robb Kohnstamm combines more than 25 years of professional service industry and strategic consulting expertise with a M.A. in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, one of the United States' premiere research universities. She offers individual and group coaching at her private practice, Align Whole Health, and enjoys speaking to groups about self-care as primary care.
March 27, 2018
The gonging of a Tibetan singing bowl signifies the start and end of staff meetings at The Waters in Oakdale. Before every shift, the health and wellbeing team comes together for huddles to talk about their intentions for the day and what they will focus on, starting perhaps with a guided imagery exercise or aromatherapy. Grounded and primed with information needed to provide excellent care, these nurse leaders head out to engage with residents.
March 13, 2018
Just 3 years ago, I had never practiced mindfulness, and the word “mindfulness” had likely never even passed my lips. Now, being mindful is an intention I have for all of the moments of my day. Mindfulness practices find their way into all parts of my life, all locations of my life, and they support me in being the person that I mean to be. - Jamie Edwards, School Social Worker in a local public school
March 6, 2018
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities are teaming up on a study to help these adults enhance their health and wellbeing so they can live their best lives. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study focuses on developing and testing a new educational program called Mindful Movement which aims to help adults ages 50 and up overcome barriers to exercise, and gain the skills and motivation to improve their wellbeing.
June 14, 2017
Gratitude is a wonderful word. It also can be a challenging practice, particularly when life presents challenges. It did not always come naturally for me. I was raised to say “thank you” and I learned that lesson well, yet my delivery was often perfunctory and distant, consistent with a comfortably numb life.
June 12, 2017
"For all of his many contributions to human health throughout the past 70 years, I cannot think of a more worthy person for the Center to be named in honor of than Earl Bakken. He is a man of paradox: an engineer who envisions a world of high-touch integrated healing, a leader who inspires others, but lets them go their own way, an introvert who will happily stand on a convention floor for 12 hours at a time, talking to other dreamers and prospective adopters of his ideas." - Bill George, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic
January 20, 2017
Amazing innovations in photography are coming along faster than most of us, even the pros, can keep up with.
December 29, 2016
Kristin Neff, PhD, one of the world’s leading experts in the field of self-compassion, visited the Center for Spirituality & Healing as a Wellbeing Lecture Series speaker in 2014. Her innovative work — encompassing more than a decade’s worth of research and measurement — aligned closely with the Center’s focus on wellbeing, and also with its flourishing mindfulness program.
December 12, 2016
During her years as a hospitalist, Kate (Venable) Shafto, M.D., noticed her health waning. It was never anything drastic, but the signs were there. So, she adjusted her lifestyle and implemented changes like clean eating and practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Spirituality & Healing. Soon, she noticed that those choices melded into her care and teaching, too.

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