Welcome to the Wellness Program! This schedule (seminar details below) will be updated throughout the year. For more information, or if you have suggestions for a workshop or event that might be credit-worthy, please contact Katie.Sawyer@colby.edu.
  • See Wellness Requirement Policy for full requirement details and deadlines.
  • Sexual Violence Prevention training must be completed by November 7 to select Spring 2019 classes.
  • Four Wellness Seminars (below) must be completed by first-years to select Fall 2019 classes in April. (Most other students must complete the requirement before selecting Spring 2019 classes in November.)
  • To receive credit, your ID card must be scanned at the end of the seminar; for smaller workshops only, you must sign the attendance sheet.
  • If a seminar you attend is not applied to your Distribution Checklist, please contact Valerie Sirois, Associate Registrar within one week of the event.

Cyber Hygiene: ThinkSecure (Ongoing online course), September 8, 2018 – March 31, 2019
This self-paced online course provides crucial tips for online security for your academic and personal lives, including use of strong passwords, recognizing scams and viruses, being watchful about links and emails, staying smart with your information storage, and taking proactive steps for protection. Identity theft is devastating — make this long-term investment in your future mental health! Course length is approximately 1 hour and must be fully completed before credit is awarded. Verifications of completion will be automatically uploaded to Distribution Checklists weekly. To gain access to this program, please fill out this Google form https://goo.gl/forms/RhtiTlaHNqYBegdc2. You will receive an email confirmation that includes the log-in for the program.

Various dates (see below);
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Available dates in 2018 are September 17, October 2, November 7, December 4. Available dates in 2019 are January 10, February 7, March 4, April 3, April 9. Space in these sessions is limited to 20 people, please reserve your spot at: Sex Ed 101 seminar registration.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Page Commons;
Up in Smoke: Considerations for Marijuana Use hosted by Katie Sawyer, LCPC, LADC, CCS

It is sometimes said that marijuana is not addictive. The truth is that marijuana is both safer than some drugs and has potential for misuse that can lead to real harm in the life of the user. Through information sharing, the viewing of a short documentary, and group discussion, this seminar will offer insight into times when well-intentioned marijuana use goes all wrong.

Monday, April 1, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Thriving Under Pressure” with Amy Baltzell, Ed.D.

In this workshop Amy Baltzell, Ed.D., a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, will share ways of understanding and coping more effectively with stress just in time for the last push of the semester.

Wednesday, April 10, 8:00pm-9:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
Failure and Resistance

Everybody fails – sometimes spectacularly – but what you choose to do in response to adversity has powerful influence over what happens next. Our Colby Community staff and faculty panelists will share true stories about their own personal failures and fiascos, along with thoughtful explanations of how they’ve developed and implemented successful strategies to move ahead with their lives. Viewing failure as feedback rather than fate is critical to learning from it. Sponsored by the Dean of Studies Office


Past Seminars 2018-19

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Making Pizza Dough

Think making pizza dough is hard? It is really very easy once you know the trick. It isn’t just pizza dough – you can make calzones, garlic knots and more once you master the dough. Classes are limited to 10 students. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/pm65eVneHbaMVRQq2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Monday, September 17th, 7:30-9:00pm, Strider Theater;
“Methtacular!

Methtacular! is the brutally honest story of writer/performer Steven Strafford’s three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Remarkably, the account of his exploits manages to be simultaneously hilarious and devastating. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this heartfelt, fun, and searingly honest memoir directly from someone who’s been through the worst and came out the other side…with jazz hands. This performance includes an audience talkback with Steven after the performance. CONTENT ADVISORY: Methtacular! contains frank and explicit language regarding drug use, domestic violence, and gay sex. Space is limited. Please reserve your free ticket https://www.eventbrite.com/e/methtacular-tickets-49140122429.

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Cooking with Potatoes

Who knew a potato could ever taste so good? Potatoes are so much more than mashed, learn how they are found in so many different cuisines as we celebrate the amazing potato! Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/FbB4ThUe10pPHRDX2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Wednesday, September 26, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Cooking with Honey

We are about to let you in on a secret: honey is every cook’s best friend! Join this class to learn they many ways to use honey in the kitchen. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/kjnr78xXnKlX1sYu1. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Thursday, September 27, 4:00-5:00pm, meet in Pulver
“Explore Your Local Woods” with Colby’s Director of Outdoor Education, Ryan Linehan

We will explore the local trails right outside your residence halls. Students will gain knowledge of the local trail systems and receive a packet of information unlocking a wide variety of local day hikes you can enjoy all year long. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/XpUd5OovAgYWjUZb2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Wednesday, October 3, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Soups You Can Make in the Dorm

Learn how easy it is to make soup from scratch using simple ingredients. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/ENX6yECqsXEbiVUu2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Thursday October 4, 7:30pm, Page Commons;
“Crazy Love: From the Ivy League to A Gun at My Head

A year after graduating from Harvard, Leslie Morgan Steiner met and married a man who beat her. Come learn the truth about relationship abuse myths and misconceptions from a woman who’s been there. **Program contains accounts of intimate partner violence. Audience discretion advised.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Thursday, October 4, 4:00-5:00pm, meet in Pulver
“Explore Your Local Woods” with Colby’s Director of Outdoor Education, Ryan Linehan

We will explore the local trails right outside your residence halls. Students will gain knowledge of the local trail systems and receive a packet of information unlocking a wide variety of local day hikes you can enjoy all year long. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/XpUd5OovAgYWjUZb2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Wednesday, October 10, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Cheese Making

Learn how to make cheese – it’s easier than you think!. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/P5vsbFn9S03AhdaR2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Monday, October 22, 8:00-9:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Failure and Resilience: Student Perspectives”

Everybody fails – sometimes spectacularly – but what you choose to do in response to adversity has powerful influence over what happens next. Our distinguished Colby Community student panelists will share true stories about their own personal failures and fiascos, along with thoughtful explanations of how they’ve developed and implemented successful strategies to move ahead with their lives. Viewing failure as feedback rather than fate is critical to learning from it. Sponsored by the Dean of Studies Office.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Tuesday, October 23, 7:00-8:00pm, ;
“Introduction to Meditation” with Jing Ye

Meditation has been proven to enhance relaxation and overall well being. This experiential workshop will introduce basic technique and provide the opportunity to begin a practice of mindfulness. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at: https://goo.gl/forms/EZ3ctad1awfaKvLZ2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Wednesday, October 24, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Salsas and Dips From Around the World

Impress your friends with sauces you create – pico de gallo, harissa, chimichurri, and sofrito. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/GRtcPS5gUfuZUbG03. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Thursday, October 25, 7:30-9:30pm, Given Auditorium;
“Film Screening of “Andy Irons: Kissed by God”

The Surf Club, in collaboration with Outdoor Education, Active Minds, and the Outing Club, is hosting a film screening of “Andy Irons: Kissed by God,” a Teton Gravity Research production. This documentary follows the life of one of the world’s best competitive surfers who struggled with substance abuse and bipolar disorder throughout his career. The movie tells a unique and important narrative about these issues that isn’t usually told through the lens of action sports films. Doors will open at 7:00pm and the film will begin at 7:30 in Given Auditorium. Gear will be raffled off before the film begins!

Friday, October 26, 6:30-8:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Carmen Mojica”

Carmen Mojica is an Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. She is a midwife, writer, and reproductive health activist. The focus of her work is on the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora, specifically discussing the Afro-Latina identity. She utilizes her experience as a midwife to raise awareness on maternal and infant health for women, highlighting the disparities in the healthcare system in the United States for women of color. Program sponsored by SOBLU.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Tuesday, October 30, 7:00-8:00pm, ;
“Introduction to Meditation” with Jing Ye

Meditation has been proven to enhance relaxation and overall well being. This experiential workshop will introduce basic technique and provide the opportunity to begin a practice of mindfulness. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at: https://goo.gl/forms/EZ3ctad1awfaKvLZ2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Wednesday, October 31, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Make Your Own Halloween Treats

Make some fun Halloween treats that you can share. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/iPf6FAOCd20uUcdD2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Saturday, November 3, 7:00-8:30pm, Strider Theater;
“Latinidad: Caught Between Two Worlds by Carlos Perez”

In honor of Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month Latinidad is a production put on by Students Organized for Black and Latinx Unity. This year, the production will be “Caught Between Two Worlds” by Carlos Perez. This play focuses on the struggles of Andrea, a mixed teen, who deals with the plight of colorism in society. Advance tickets required via the SOBLU table in the Spa the week of October 29th. Please indicate that you will be attending for Wellness Credit.

Tuesday, November 6, 7:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Beyond Consent: The Science of Yes and No with Emily Nagoski, PhD”

“Yes means yes,” “no means no,” “consent is like tea,” and “Nah to the ah to the, no, no, no!” – is consent really that simple? Sometimes it is… and sometimes there’s more to it. This talk is about the art and science of sexual pleasure and communication – connecting with your own sexuality and/or with a partner’s sexuality in a way that maximizes pleasure and agency.

Sunday, November 11, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Colby Museum
Find Yourself through Art

Join the Museum’s wellness program as we deeply explore our inspirational galleries, identifying how artists used art to express themselves, their feelings and how they responded to the world around them. Following the exploration there will be a self portrait exercise in our interactive space, the Mirken Education Center. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/zk9Lts2usUQlbyrB2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Tuesday, December 4, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Parker Reed Room in SSW Alumni Center;
“Allow Notifications? The Subtle Art of Finding Smartphone/Life Balance with Donna Freitas”

Do you struggle with Social Media/Life balance? With Smartphone/Life balance for that matter? Don’t we all? Especially when we are trying to study for exams? Join us for a conversation about Donna Freitas’s research about college students’ struggles to find balance in how they use social media and their smartphones–especially when it comes to exam and paper-writing time. We’ll talk about her findings, and how other college students around the country might have exactly the kind of study tips you need for putting down that phone (even just for a bit) in order to prepare yourself for the exams you have that are around the corner. We’ll talk about the idea of smartphone-life balance, and why it seems harder for some people than others to achieve, and discuss efforts you might make to head in that direction.

Thursday, December 6, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Colby Museum
Painting your Emotions

What do colors say about you? Can colors say what you are feeling? Come to the Museum during this wellness program and explore our galleries for inspiration then return to our interactive space, Mirken Education Center to tap into your emotions through a relaxing watercolor painting exercise. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/LMrs6EDsZwbFRnrZ2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Wednesday, January 9, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“AIDS, Love & Staying Alive” with Scott Fried

Internationally celebrated HIV/AIDS educator, motivational speaker and annual guest lecturer at Colby College, Scott Fried, will change the way you think about your life. Come hear his story as he celebrates his 30th year of living with HIV and be inspired by some of the many lessons he has learned along the way. Some topics include living a life of contradiction, the power of authenticity and vulnerability, the value of unhappiness, the wisdom of gratitude and the qualities of mercy. In addition, you’ll learn about safer sex and consent on campus, as well as new HIV/AIDS information like TasP, PEP and PrEP. In the words of one Colby student, “I cannot even begin to tell you how you moved and touched my soul.” You’ll thank yourself for coming.

Tuesday, January 15, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Garrison Foster, 2nd Floor;
“Garrison Foster Open House: Get Your Passport to Wellness”

Colby SGA invites you to drop by the second floor of Garrison Foster to meet the staff of the Health Center and Counseling Services. Grab a snack and learn more about the services available to you! Students who visit all 9 stations in the Open House will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to the Colby Bookstore. First year students may also swipe their ColbyCard for Wellness credit.

Tuesday, February 19, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Page Commons;
Mental Health Narratives

Sponsored by SHOC, Mental Health Narratives features the reading of anonymous stories written by Colby students about their experiences with mental illness. Each year, Colby students are asked to submit their stories related to mental health. Narratives will be read by the authors themselves or anonymously, and presented both live and in video. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss mental health on campus. This event will be held twice (see Wednesday, February 20th) to allow as many of the Colby community as possible to hear the voices of our peers.

Wednesday, February 20, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Page Commons;
Mental Health Narratives

Sponsored by SHOC, Mental Health Narratives features the reading of anonymous stories written by Colby students about their experiences with mental illness. Each year, Colby students are asked to submit their stories related to mental health. Narratives will be read by the authors themselves or anonymously, and presented both live and in video. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss mental health on campus. This event will be held twice (see Tuesday, February 19th) to allow as many of the Colby community as possible to hear the voices of our peers.

Sunday, February 24, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Given Auditorium;
RenMentality

Renaissance Men will explore sacred and secular compositions by those who suffered with mental and behavioral disorders, including works by Schumann, Beethoven, Ives, Monteverdi, and Mussorgsky. American composer Jay Mobley will premiere a major work for tenor|bass voices based on written testimonials from those in moments of crisis. A one-act musical play, each scene will be introduced with a song from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York album featuring the songs of Kurt Cobain, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. Renaissance Men partnered with National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts to interview people affected by mental health issues in some way – those with lived experience as well as their family and friends. Their testimony will be the inspiration for Jay Mobley’s composition. All attendees must reserve a free ticket in advance at www.eventbrite.com/e/renaissance-men-renmentality-at-colby-college-a-wellness-seminar-event-tickets-54554729665.

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Mindfulness Meditation 101 with Real Life Applications” with Amy Baltzell, Ed.D.

In this workshop, Amy Baltzell, Ed.D., a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, will introduce you to some of the basics of how to start a meditation practice. You will get a chance to meditate and engage in discussion about how a mindful approach can directly help with performance.

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Page Commons;
Prevention Starts With All: The Chris Herren Story

In this very personal presentation, Chris will share his recovery journey in a brutally honest format with just a microphone. The event will start with a 5-minute film introducing Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA which began to unravel by making a few bad decisions. From growing up in Fall River, MA to playing Division 1 basketball and in the NBA, he will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Additionally, he will relate his story to the audience addressing themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug use, vaping and the responsibility of prevention starting with us all. To conclude the event Chris will field questions from the audience.

Saturday, March 2, 1:00-2:00pm, Diamond 122;
Together: Changing the Culture and Changing the Conversation around Sexual Violence

During her senior year at Bowdoin College, filmmaker Ali Ragan (’16) created Together, a documentary film that shares stories about sexual violence and its aftermath. Students at Bowdoin submitted anonymous, written stories about their own experiences, and in the film, actors tell these stories in the context of a day in the life of a Bowdoin student. The film aims to shift the way we think and talk about sexual violence by focusing on the validity of each story rather than blame and punishment or what is legal and illegal. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by facilitated conversations with the filmmaker. For more information about the film, please visit Together (documentary film link).

Wednesday, March 6, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
Film Screening – All of Me: A Documentary Film on Eating Disorders

In honor of Eating Disorders Awareness week, Counseling Services invites you to support those who silently suffer from these diseases. The film focuses on the journeys of women and men who have been struggling with eating disorders. Topics of body image, lack of connection to one’s self, and the struggle to find self-acceptance and compassion are addressed.

CANCELLED – Saturday, March 16th, 7:00-9:00pm, Strider Theater;
Sounds of Blackness

Sounds of Blackness is SOBLU’s annual production in honor of Black History Month. Focusing on the black identity, we delve into the life of three black students here at Colby. A number of ticketed seats will be held for those needing Wellness Credit. If you are planning to attend, please secure your free ticket from SOBLU’s table in the Spa on March 11th from 11-2.

Saturday, March 9, 2:00-3:30pm, Mirken Education Center, Colby Art Museum
Self Discovery Through Art

After a brief exploration of the Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness participants will use the exhibition as inspiration to find their self-purpose through a self portraiture activity in the Mirken Education Center. The Museum will act as a space for individuals to explore a mosaic of identities; to allow deeper questions about meaning and purpose as well as inspirations to creating. The drawing activity will gear participants to create a space to witness their inner process. While creating participants will separate from their minds: how they think they should be and create from the hearts – where they allow their truths to arise. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/IlTQKJM5ioatIj9Y2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Monday, March 11, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Real Courage: Self-Compassion 101” with Amy Baltzell, Ed.D.

In this workshop, Amy Baltzell, Ed.D., a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, will introduce you to the idea of self-compassion. Everyone suffers in some way. Learning to turn toward your own suffering and learning to give yourself what you need is the essence of being self-compassionate. In discussion we will consider how being self-compassionate can be a prompt for courageous living.