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 8 to select Spring 2018 classes.
  • Four Wellness Seminars (below) must be completed by first-years to select Fall 2018 classes in April. (Most other students must complete the requirement before selecting Spring 2018 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.

*Updated April 15, 2018*


Past Seminars 2017-18

Wednesday, September 13, 4-5pm, 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/3pwf4Dr9a1VuwpWl1

Thursday, September 14, 7:30-9:00pm, Smith Robbins Room, Roberts;
“Man Up” and Open Up: Athletics and Masculinity as Cultural Change Agents”

How can we use the transformative power of sport as a way to look at, and possibly change, our communities? How can we amplify the healthy voices within all genders, but especially men, to end sexual violence? Drawing from his experience as an athlete at Colby, co-founder of Mules Against Violence, and now as a coach and educator, Eric Barthold ‘12 sets out to answer these questions through dialogue. In this workshop, he sparks peer-to-peer conversations about masculinity and sexual violence and rethink how we can create social change at Colby and across the country.

Tuesday, September 26, 8:00pm, Page Commons;
“Confronting Ourselves: Promoting Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Inclusive Excellence through Community Building”

Dr. Derek Greenfield is a visionary speaker, consultant, and thought leader dedicated to inclusive excellence and positive change. With his dynamic and interactive approach, creative ideas, track record of success, and sense of humor, Dr. Greenfield has become a highly requested presenter across the globe. His powerful keynotes and workshops on issues such as diversity and inclusion, motivation, team building, student development, innovative pedagogy, and hip-hop culture have been featured at a wide range of conferences, companies, and colleges, including McDonald’s Corporation, NCAA, International Conference on Cultural Diversity, Hilton Hotels, MIT, Progress Energy and the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

Thursday, September 28, 4-5pm, 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/vXIVp8E1qP83FsXw1

Thursday, October 5, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“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. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Eileen.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Monday, October 9, 7:30pm, Given Auditorium;
“Food and Mood: A Complementary Stress Management Approach” with Alfonso Ortega, PhD, Colby Counseling Services

Participants will learn and understand how the foods we eat affect our emotional and mental well-being. Topics discussed will include: food as medicine, and the role of diet and brain function; exploring the evidence and research; and general eating guidelines to manage stress.

Wednesday, October 25, 7:30pm, Page Commons;
“From Friendship to Foreplay: Navigating the Minefield of the First Year Experience”

You want to make responsible choices, but you also want to make friends, find a place to belong and put yourself on a path to success. There are a ton of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make college so special, but it’s not going to be easy every step of the way. In From Friendship to Foreplay, Andrea will share positive messages about the emotional, spiritual, social and intellectual impact of relationships. In a society that emphasizes what we are lacking, come learn the vital strategies that will help you form not only healthy and happy relationships with others but also a healthy relationship with yourself.

Wednesday, November 1, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“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. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Emily.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Tuesday, November 7, 7-8pm, Rose Chapel;
“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/ZvS6t9ED1PBQqxof2.

Thursday, November 8, 8:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“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. Although students can read their own stories, they also have the option to remain anonymous.

Wednesday, November 15, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
“Don’t Be a Duck: Everyone Has Something” with Michelle Boucher

Michelle Boucher is a 2017 graduate of Colby whose college experiences taught her important lessons about vulnerability and empathy. A first generation college student from Maine who “had it all together” before Colby, she talks of her personal and mental health struggles and challenges throughout college and uses them to leverage an understanding that everybody struggles from time to time. Through stories, humor, and excerpts of some of the speeches she gave at Colby, she encourages a culture of empathy and urges her audience to remember that we should always treat others with kindness.

Monday, November 20, 7:30-9:30pm, Page Commons;
“Movies for Mental Health”

Movies for Mental Health is a workshop that focuses on empowering young adults, educators, health professionals and community members to gain a better understanding of mental health within their environment. Film will be used to engage students on the vital topic of mental health, inspiring and empowering them to tell their own stories and access resources available to them. There will be small group discussions and a panel at the end.

Monday, December 4, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“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. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Emily.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Wednesday, January 10, 7:30-8:30pm, 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 16, 7:30-9:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (documentary) aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.
From Chef Dan Barber, Blue Hill & Blue Hill at Stone Barns “How can you create a truly sustainable plate of food in the menu of the future? The answer kept pointing to food waste.”

Tuesday, January 16, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“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. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please reserve your spot at https://goo.gl/forms/EeoALINKmMDAPP3F2.

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Sustainability and Human Health: Personal Products” with Gail Carlson

Human wellness is related to a clean and safe environment, and not just the outdoor environment of lakes and forests and soils, but our homes, workplaces, the products we use, and our own bodies. One route of exposure to unsafe substances that impact our health is via personal care products. This Wellness Seminar will discuss key toxic chemicals ingredients, their health effects, and why they are allowed in our personal care products.

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“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. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please reserve your spot at https://goo.gl/forms/EeoALINKmMDAPP3F2.

Wednesday, February 14, 7:30pm, Page Teaching Kitchen;
“Small Group Cooking Class: Mousse”

Want to impress your friends with a great dessert? Learn the classic way to make both chocolate and strawberry mousse. All cooking classes are limited to 8 people, and classes fill quickly. Reservations can be made by emailing Executive Chef, Jim Lachance at james.lachance@cafebonappetit.com

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30pm, Page Teaching Kitchen;
“Small Group Cooking Class: Olive Oil Tasting and Primer”

Olive oil has many different flavor profiles. Come taste the difference between a first pressed olive oil, olive oil from California versus Italy, and the learn the processes that take place so an olive oil can be called Extra Virgin. Cooking with olive oil will also be discussed. All cooking classes are limited to 8 people, and classes fill quickly. Reservations can be made by emailing Executive Chef, Jim Lachance at james.lachance@cafebonappetit.com

Saturday, February 24, 7:30-9:00pm, Strider Theater;
“Sounds of Blackness: kiss my blAckneSS”

One of our biggest events of the year, Sounds of Blackness is a theatrical performance by Students Organized for Black and Latinx Unity for our Black History Month celebration. This year’s Sounds of Blackness is a celebration of Blackness written by SOBLU members with inspiration from the cult-classic “In Living Color.” Under the theme kiss my blAckneSS, we will be unapologetically celebrating Black identities from the entire African Diaspora with a series of truly authentic skits, dances, and performances. ***PLEASE NOTE: Attendance for Wellness credit is limited to 100 ticket holders. Tickets will be distributed via a SOBLU table in the Spa the week prior to the performance. Please specify that you need a Wellness ticket, as it will be required to record attendance when you swipe your ColbyCard.

Wednesday, February 28, 7:30pm, Page Teaching Kitchen;
“Small Group Cooking Class: Cheese Tasting”

Various cheeses from around the world will be sampled. Discussion will include how each cheese was made and ways to use it in cooking. All cooking classes are limited to 8 people, and classes fill quickly. Reservations can be made by emailing Executive Chef, Jim Lachance at james.lachance@cafebonappetit.com

Monday, March 5, 7:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Shabbat As a Model for Rest” with Rabbi Erica Asch

Learn about the Jewish practice of Shabbat and how it can help you find rest when you’re overly busy and stressed. This session will include a discussion of why rest is important, an understanding Shabbat observances and their lessons for people of all beliefs, and time for meditation. All are welcome; no previous knowledge of Judaism or Shabbat is expected.

Monday, March 12, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“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. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please reserve your spot at https://goo.gl/forms/EeoALINKmMDAPP3F2.

Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm, Lorimer Chapel;
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.

Thursday, March 15, 7:30-9:30pm, Strider Theater;
The Wonderful World of Dissocia”

Anthony Neilson’s colorful modern play sends its main character, Lisa Jones, on a journey to a curious land unlike any place else. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. CREDIT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOWING ONLY. As capacity is limited, attendees are strongly recommended to reserve a ticket through the Theater and Dance website, beginning 12/1/17. ***This performance graphically illustrates experiences of mental illness that may be emotionally challenging for viewers, including breaks from reality and hospitalization. Attendees are encouraged to take appropriate precautions to protect their well being.

Monday, March 19, 8:00pm, Page Commons;
A Complete Life

Active Minds is hosting Colleen Coffey to give a talk to the Colby community regarding mental health/mental illness. She will speak about her experiences with mental illness through her teens, and into adulthood. Colleen was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, disordered eating and obsessive compulsive disorder at a young age, and silently suffered panic attacks, extreme stress, and feelings of emptiness. While in graduate school, she found treatment and broke out of the cycle of anger, sadness, and anxiety. She learned that diagnoses don’t control one’s life, healthy coping skills exist, and everyone is good enough as him/herself. Colleen has become a widely-sought speaker, devoted to showing audiences that recovery is possible, stigma is useless, and everyone holds the power to transform communities.

Tuesday, March 20, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
Chronic Illness Narratives

There are many people in the Colby Community and in the rest of the world that suffer every day from invisible illnesses. You may know these people and not even realize what they are going through on a daily basis. Join the Chronic Illness Support Group to listen to our fellow community members as they share their stories and for a panel discussion on how you can help friends in need.

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“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. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please reserve your spot at https://goo.gl/forms/EeoALINKmMDAPP3F2.

Wednesday, April 4, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 119;
“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. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please reserve your spot at https://goo.gl/forms/EeoALINKmMDAPP3F2.

Thursday, April 5, 6:00-7:00pm, Lovejoy 100;
Navigating Healthy Relationships

How often do you pause to examine the relationships in your life? What makes a relationship healthy? In this one hour wellness seminar, members of SHOC will lead small-group discussions on four areas of relationships in college: friendships, roommates, dating culture, and hookup/party culture. Join us for dynamic discussions and time to reflect on how to strengthen the relationships in your life.

Monday, April 9, 7:00-8:30pm, Pugh Center;
Social Class Story Time

As a part of social class awareness week, come to Social Class Story Time! Listen to your fellow students share short narratives about their personal experiences with social class while gaining a wellness credit. There will also be small group discussions after the narrative reading.

Wednesday, April 11, 8:00-9:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
Failure and Resilience

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 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

Thursday, April 12, 7:00-8:30pm, Lovejoy 100;
Documentary: “Tough Guise 2”

Brought to you by MAV, “Tough Guise 2” is a film that documents the work of Jackson Katz, creator of the education program Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). It is an incredibly powerful and stirring demonstration of how media and the film industry foster a culture of unhealthy masculinity which has lead to the majority of the violence that occurs in the world. Important messages for people of all genders and backgrounds.

Saturday, April 14, 7:30-9:45pm, Keyes 105;
Movie Showing: Concussion

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be showing Concussion with Will Smith. This movie discusses the constantly evolving science around brain injury and professional football. Dr. Omalu is a neuropathologist who discovers abnormal brain tissue in the brain of a former athlete with grave behavioral changes. From there, he must fight an uphill battle to explain and defend his findings to the world.