Activities in the Student Wellness Center

Wellness Tree


DuWell directly engages students through a variety of wellness experiences across campus in an effort to reduce stress and anxiety and emphasize self-care. We strive to deliver programming and events that are holistically inclusive and serve the diverse Duke community. Some examples include Koru Mindfulness, health coaching, knitting groups, and tea ceremonies all of which strategically help to develop the skills needed to reduce stress and anxiety.

Moments of Mindfulness

It's Your Move! promotes a shared responsibility of embracing, supporting, and fostering the Duke community by creating change, getting trained and finding support. Students come to Duke with unique experiences and backgrounds under the assumption that Duke will be a place where they will be accepted, thrive, and rely on others for support. The diversity among all members of our community is what makes Duke great. We all benefit and learn from the differences we bring regarding culture, experiences and walks of life.

It’s Your Move! asks, “What will you do to make Duke a better place?”
It’s Your Move! says, “I will act to make Duke a place that embraces diversity, provides support for my peers, and does not accept intolerant and destructive acts.”
It’s Your Move! - so take it.

Learn how to make a difference!
The It’s Your Move! campaign unites and collaborates with many organizations, centers, and individuals on campus to create a healthy, diverse community that is proud of its culture of shared engagement. To participate in this goal, you can attend one of the following trainings already available on campus to acquire skills and knowledge to do your part.

The Intermission series was created by one of our Wellness Interns to give students a chance to become a part of an inclusive community while learning or improving upon a skill that promotes wellness through mindful activity. 


The current series is focusing on knitting. Join other students and learn how to knit or improve on your knitting skills. All materials are provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own yarn and knitting needles. No prior experience necessary!

  • WHEN: Every Wednesday, unless classes are not being held
  • TIME: 7:00 - 8:00pm
  • WHERE: Oasis West | 1st Floor | Student Wellness Center
  • QUESTIONS: natalie.benderly@duke.edu

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.

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.


Oasis East 

  • Location: 109 Bell Tower Residence Hall
  • Hours:
    • Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    • Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    • Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    • Wednesday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
    • Thursday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    • Friday: Closed
    • Saturday: Closed

Oasis West 

  • Location: Duke Student Wellness Center, First Floor
  • Hours: 
    • Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    • Monday: 8:30am - 10:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:30am - 10:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am - 10:00pm
    • Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Saturday: Closed


We have teamed up with Duke's meditation community to offer one-hour guided meditations each week. Guidance will begin at 11:00am every Tuesday, but feel free to join for part or all of the session. Sessions take place in DuWell on the first floor of the Student Wellness Center.

Open to all Duke Students, faculty, and staff.

True Blue is a program presented during Orientation Week and is required for all first-year students to attend.

The program provides information about substance use, sexual assault, sexual health, stress management, sleep, nutrition and healthy choices that allow students to make the best of their experience at Duke.

If you are interested in performing in True Blue or have questions about the program, send us an email!


Our rotating art gallery features the work of Duke Students and their interpretation of wellness through various mediums. 

Would you like your artwork displayed? Have a friend you would like to nominate? Email us!

This weekly listserv helps keep you informed about Wellness related events on campus, and also serves as a space to publicize your group or department's Wellness related events.

Want to subscribe or advertise your wellness event our our list? Email us!

Do you enjoy writing? We are always looking for students to share their wellness experiences and stories through our blog.

Email us!

Coming Soon!

Relax, restore, and energize your physical and mental well-being by coming together to create rhythm, a universal language that allows us to connect with ourselves and others. Through this experience you will begin to encounter how drumming induces relaxation and feelings of well-being, while releasing stress.