Holistic Wellness

What You Can Do


OASIS East & OASIS West:

These two spaces are a calming and soothing place for students to relax, talk, learn how to manage stress, enjoy the comfy couches, meditate, gaze at the fish tank, and check out all of the different ways to de-stress.



  • Location: 109 Bell Tower Residence Hall
  • Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm


  • Location: Duke Student Wellness Center, First Floor
  • Hours: 
    • Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    • Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 10:00pm


Extending along the side of the Student Wellness Center, this meditative garden is a calming spot for visitors to meander through a natural, living space, leaving cares and concerns behind. Relax. Rejuvenate. Repeat.

Duke has partnered with iGrad to offer an online financial literacy platform created to assist Duke students navigate life events that affect every day financial decisions. Learn how to create a spending plan, select the right bank, understand why your credit score matters, and most importantly, learn how to save for your future. To learn more and set up an account, click here.

How We Can Help

Health Coaching is a service offered by DuWell to all Duke Students. The purpose of Health Coaching is to assist students to understand how the different dimensions of wellness relate to one another. If one area of wellness is out of balance it can impact other areas. Health Coaching is a partnership with the student that allows them to identify areas to be brought back into balance and set an action plan to do so.

To make an appointment or learn more about health coaching send us an email.


A koru, the spiral shape of the unfurling fern frond, is the natural representation of the balance between perpetual growth and stability.  This symbol was chosen to represent the Mindfulness Meditation workshops CAPS offered a number years ago, and this has grown to a number of different workshops and retreats that offers skills in Mindfulness and Meditation, which offer the type of growth symbolized by the koru.

As our work in this area grows, with workshops offered by other departments here at Duke University and campuses across the country, Koru will also promote mindsets and life practices consistent with the concepts and skills taught in the various Koru classes.

Click below for the various offerings of Koru classes here at Duke this semester

Koru Basic:  Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Koru 2.0:  Advancing Mindfully

Koru Retreats:  Half Day Mindfulness Experience


Want to learn more about Koru? 
We asked some students who have gone through our Koru classes to talk about their experiences. Check out our videos to get their perspectives as well as learn a few techniques!

Getting Started!  Learning More About Koru Classes
Listen to students perspective on how they decided to check out the Koru classes, including some of the initial hesitations they had

Koru:  Surprises and Skills
Listen to students talk about the workshop, including things they were not expecting.   They also describe the skills they gained and how they have been useful to them.

Koru:  Changes and Lessons Learned
Listen to students discussing their experiences with Koru Mindfulness Meditation classes, including the changes they have noticed in their lives as a result of the workshop.  They also describe the lessons they have learned from their practice.

Koru Possibilities
Listen to students discuss the different possibilities they see for the application of what they learned in the Koru Mindfulness workshops.

Holistic Wellness Workshops

Group Health Coaching brings together multiple students to work together and understand how the six dimensions of wellness relate to one another. During an interactive presentation, students are able to identify and share which dimensions of wellness they feel the strongest in and where they see the opportunity for the most growth. This group environment allows students to hear first-hand from their peers on what worked and what didn't as it pertains to increasing their wellness.

Through this interactive presentation students are able to become mindful of their current sleep practices and are given the opportunity to explore various techniques that can be implemented into their bedtime regimen to improve sleep hygiene.

This workshop allows students to explore the connection between mind and body through Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of natural essential oils and herbal techniques for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood, cognitive function or health. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own Aromatherapy Room Spray.

Well Played is a series of creative play that supports the six dimensions of wellness through the use of toys and art.  Learn how playing can help decrease stress, engage the senses, and support your leadership skills!  Take a moment, use your imagination, and play with us!