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

Mastering the Art of Adventure Photography (Virtual Workshop)

This workshop will introduce participants to the skills and techniques used to create professional quality images of their adventures in the natural world. Topics include:

  • Exposure control and light metering
  • The principles of visual communication
  • The qualities of natural light
  • Advanced digital techniques
  • Post processing
  • The philosophy and tradition of the artist in nature

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

Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 23–Oct. 28, 2021, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

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

Registration Fee: $120

Register for Mastering the Art of Adventure Photography

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 

MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is an eight-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 to 60 minutes). Each week’s practices build upon each of the previous weeks’ lessons. In addition to the 8 weeks of classes, participants are encouraged to attend an all-day practice on Saturday, November 6th from 9 am – 4 pm.  This 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.

Dates: Mondays, 6–8 p.m., Sept. 20th–Nov. 15th (no class on 10/18) and Saturday, Nov. 6th from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 

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

Registration Fee: $199

Register for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction