Koru is a mindfulness curriculum designed specifically to target the developmental needs and interests of young adults, though it is appropriate for other age groups. Koru was developed at the student counseling center at Duke University where it has become a very popular program and has spread across over 100 institutions. Koru has been empirically tested in a randomized, controlled trial and found to have significant benefits on sleep, perceived stress, mindfulness, and self-compassion.
Accessible Academics has trained staff qualified to teach Koru Mindfulness. We will post upcoming Koru Mindfulness workshops offered to the general public on this page. Koru Mindfulness is also a workshop series offered to the students receiving services through our program.
What is Koru?
“Koru” is the New Zealand Māori word for the spiral shape of the unfurling fern frond. The word literally means “looped” or “spiraled”, but the shape symbolizes harmony or balanced growth, representing layered growth around a stable center. We love the beautiful shape of the koru found in nature and feel it reflects perfectly the kind of growth that you will experience as you begin to develop a mindfulness practice for yourself.
Contact us if you would like us to deliver Koru Mindfulness to your organization, company, or school program.
Minimum base donation of $40. We want this service to be available to everyone. If cost is a barrier, please contact us.
Koru Basic Information & Registration
All Koru classes are currently being held remotely by Zoom. Registered participants will have access to the course via a free Zoom account. Koru Basic is a 4-week class that will introduce you to the concepts of mindfulness and meditation. Classes are held for 75 minutes once a week for four weeks. In a small class of no more than 10 people, you will explore what mindfulness and meditation is through readings and discussion, practice, and sharing of your experiences. Students will be required to read the accompanying text book, The Mindful Twenty-Something by Holly Rogers, MD., and to meditate 10 minutes a day.
Koru Basic – March Class
Class Dates: Wednesday March 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.
Koru Basic Required Materials:
For this course, you will be required to purchase a book: The Mindful Twenty-Something by Holly Rogers, MD. You will also be required to purchase a Koru Mindfulness app for $3.99. The fee can be waived based on financial need. The app is used to log your meditations and communicate with the instructor.
Koru 2.0 Information & Registration
You must have completed Koru Basic before beginning this class. This is a four-week class that follows a similar format to Koru Basic. However, this class goes into more depth than Koru Basic and includes new meditations, chair yoga, and a 75 minute silent retreat.Your homework will be to read chapters in the book Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg and meditate at least 15 minutes per day. All Koru classes are currently being held remotely by Zoom. Registered participants will have access to the course via a free Zoom account.
Koru 2.0 January 2021 Class
Class Dates: Dates forthcoming
Koru 2.0 Required Materials:
You should already have the Koru App, so you will just log into your account once you register for the course. You will be required to purchase the book Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg.