Community Education

The Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department is pleased to offer a variety of community education classes, open to the public. Some classes need to have a minimum number of students enrolled for the class to run (specified by course).

Register for classes online, in person at the reception desk in the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center, or over the phone by calling 801.832.2862 to register with a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover card.

Current and Upcoming Classes

Adventure Photography and Filmmaking (Virtual Workshop)

This is a 6-week virtual workshop covering:

  • Photographic technique
  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Post production
  • Videography
  • Video editing
  • Digital storytelling

The workshop will incorporate slide-illustrated Zoom lectures, group discussions, and ample feedback on everyone's creative efforts.

Dates: March 16–April 20, Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Instructor: Jonathan Duncan, adjunct professor of adventure media and photography (view his work)

Registration fee: $140


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is an 8-week evidence-based program that teaches participants the principles of mindfulness and how to apply these principles to deal more effectively with stress and the demands of daily life. Often described as moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, mindfulness offers us a lens through which to experience our lives in a more present, alert, and gentle way.

Participants will be instructed on a variety of mindfulness practices, including sitting meditation, body scan, and gentle yoga. Mindfulness practice helps us relate directly to what we are feeling in our bodies, hearts and minds with gentleness, curiosity and compassionate awareness. All that we encounter in our lives—the stress, the pain, the pressures of daily life, and even the joy—can be experienced through this lens of mindfulness. As a result, we may feel many positive benefits and a general sense of wellbeing and balance.  

The first half of each class will include an extended period of practice, incorporating different forms of guided meditation as well as gentle, mindful movement. The second half of each class is dedicated to group discussion (inquiry)—exploring participants’ direct experiences with the formal and informal practices being taught during each class as well as their experiences from daily home practice (45–60 minutes). Each week’s practices build upon each of the previous weeks’ lessons.

In addition to the 8 weeks of classes, the Saturday, February 19, practice is a full day of (mostly silent) practice offers participants an opportunity to take a deeper dive in to the many facets of mindfulness and is widely regarded as a day of profound self-reflection and transformation.

Spring 2022

  • January 24–March 21: Mondays, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • March 5 or 12: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Location: HWAC 206

Instructor: This course is taught by a trained and certified MBSR teacher, Kim Dastrup. She received her training through the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. Kim also teaches HPW-220: Yoga for Wellness at Westminster College.

Registration fee: $250

Maximum participants: 18


Aerobics Fitness Classes

Join Jacki Sorensen’s aerobic fitness classes, which combine stretching, flexibility, core work, weight training, and aerobic exercise. Jacki’s approach uses upbeat and motivating music, and you can participate at your level of experience. Enjoy Jacki’s safe, effective, get-it-all-together approach to fitness.

Spring 2022

  • January 5–May 25: Monday/Wednesdays, 10–11:00 a.m. (Payne Gym)
    • No class January 17
  • January 8–May 28: Saturdays, 9–10:00 a.m. (HWAC Studio)

Registration Fees

  • 1 class/week: $105
  • 2 classes/week: $200
  • 3 classes/week: $285