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Koru Basic Mindfulness Course

Koru Mindfulness

Would you like to worry less, sleep better, and enjoy life more?

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Ages 15-23 welcome! Koru Mindfulness is a practical introduction to mindfulness developed at Duke University. No prior experience with meditation is required.

What is Koru Mindfulness?

Koru is a mindfulness curriculum designed specifically to target the needs of young adults. The Koru curriculum was developed at Duke University Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) where it has become a very popular program. Koru has been empirically tested in a randomized, controlled trial and found to have significant benefits on sleep, perceived stress, mindfulness and self-compassion. Although Koru was initially designed for young adults, it is being taught to teenagers and older adults alike. Koru is taught in many universities and community settings across the country.

Koru is the only evidence-based mindfulness course designed to teach mindfulness skills to college and university students. Koru was developed by Duke University Counseling Center psychiatrists Holly Rogers and Margaret Maytan, and is described fully in their book Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives (2012). Detailed information about the program is available on the Koru web site at: www.korumindfulness.org.

Four Weekly 75-Minute Classes

Koru Basic is the introductory course and consists of four, 75-minute classes. Classes are small groups with a maximum of 12-14 students. Each class includes the following: short opening meditation, mind-body skill(s) and mindfulness meditation practice. Through this, individuals will learn how to...

  • More effectively manage stress through skills training.
  • Become more aware of thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their stress levels.
  • Build and sustain a meditation practice.

The course will run on four consecutive Mondays starting March 2, and then March 9 ,16 and 23, 2020 from 7:15 to 8:30.

The location will be:
Long Island Behavioral Medicine
1727 Veterans Memorial Highway - Suite 300
Islandia, NY 11749

Attendance at all four classes is strongly suggested to get the most out the experience. There are assigned readings from an accompanying book, which is provided for you at the first class. Mindfulness is best learned experientially; therefore, participants are expected to complete 10 minutes of mindful practice each day, a weekly mindful activity, and daily log entries on their experiences (using the Koru app or paper logs). The Koru App is free when you register for the course. There is a course evaluation in the last class.

Tuition and Registration

$295 for all 4 sessions, includes app and book used for course.

No tuition refunds after registration is confirmed. For more information and payment options, please contact us or call 631-543-8336 or 631-864-0880

Please register online for the course here:

March course

Teaching is active and feedback is given throughout the week (via app) to students. This helps students remain motivated and deal with frustrations that are bound to occur.

Why the program is called 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 people experience as they begin to develop a mindfulness practice for themselves.

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Classes at Your Site

Koru Basic is taught in small groups of 15-25 participants at your site!

Koru Basic is a four-session educational course which teaches mindfulness skills, including meditation, to emerging adults ages 16-24. Mindfulness has been shown to be a significant self-help tool to manage strong negative emotions and to deal more effectively with life’s challenges. It is now offered in many formats at most major college/university counseling centers across the country. Research supports the many benefits of mindfulness meditation as a growing trend in emotional self-care.

Two Plans Available

Institutional Koru Basic Tuition Plan A
Class of 15 at $250 per person = $3750

Save $49 per student*
Represents a 16% decrease per student over regular course tuition*

Institutional Koru Basic Tuition Plan B
Class of 25 at $150 per person = $3750

Save $149 per student
Represents a 49% decrease per student over regular course tuition*


*Koru Basic is co-taught by Dr. Barbara Fisher and Dr. Anthony Pantaleno, NYS Licensed Psychologists and Certified Koru Mindfulness Teachers. *The regular tuition for Koru Basic is $299.00

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