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.
The full Koru Mindfulness curriculum has three components: Koru Basic (4 classes), the introductory course; Koru 2.0 (4 classes), the advanced class; and Koru Retreat, a half-day silent mindfulness retreat.
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.
Cost: Minimum base donation of $40. We want this service to be available to everyone. If cost is a barrier, please contact us.
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.
Koru Basic will be held at SowFit Buffalo | 1292 Sheridan Dr, Buffalo, NY 14217
Dates: September 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 7-8:15 PM
To reap the full benefits of the course, you must commit to attending all four sessions. The course involves reading the accompanying textbook and practicing the skills you will learn in class at least 10 minutes a day.
For this course, you will be required to purchase a book: The Mindful Twenty-Something by Holly Rogers, MD. A limited number of copies will be available to borrow for a deposit, which will be returned to you after safe return of the book. You will also be required to purchase a Koru Mindfulness app for a small fee, which will be used to log your meditations and communicate with the instructor.