Introduction to Mindfulness

A 5-Part Lunch and Learn
Discussion Series for the Ferris Community
Wednesday, January 29, February 12 and 26, March 19, and April 9
Facilitator: George Nagel (Humanities)
12-12:50 PM

In this 5-part series, we will briefly consider the current research that is relevant to each topic and discuss the practical aspects of integrating the information and practices into our lives.  All sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 12-12:50 PM in FLITE 405.   Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to FCTL at 231-591-3826 or

January 29 Mindfulness in Relationships
February 12 Mindfulness in Medicine and Health
February 26 Mindfulness in the Helping Professions (e.g., Counseling, Therapy, Social Work, etc.)
March 19 Mindfulness in Education (K-12 and Higher Education)
April 9 Mindfulness in the Workplace

About Dr. George Nagel:

Dr. Nagel has participated in a number of workshops and retreats that make him an idea facilitator for these sessions. For example, George has participated in the following:

  • Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Summer 2012, Smith College
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training, Summer 2013, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindfulness Retreat for Educators, Summer 2013, Brock University
  • 7-day Silent Retreat with Adyashanti, Fall 2013, Omega Institute
  • Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led, Silent Retreat, Fall 2013, Shambala Mountain Center
  • Vipassana Meditation Course 10-day Silent Retreat, Fall 2013, Illinois Vipassana Mediation Center
  • Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, January 2014, University of Massachusetts Medical School


In addition, George completed a Sabbatical in Fall 2013, during which time a portion of his work involved (a) identifying new contemplative and mindfulness practices for his classes, (b) developing a database on these and other practices and resources, and (c) evaluating data from previous classes in which such practices were used to assist students to achieve specific course outcomes.