The Art of Thriving As a Grad Student Drop-In Group

Practical Meditative Tools To Improve Life Experience

Life says to us "I have a place for you. It is here, now..."

In this group, we will ground ourselves in seeing, hearing, breath, and heartbeat through sitting and walking meditation and breathing practices that enhance vagal tone. Our vagus nerve (the largest nerve in our body) integrates heart, brain, digestion, and immune response. Improving our vagal tone, through Heart Rhythm Meditation and other practices we will learn, enhances our resilience under stress. A thriving, balanced nervous system enhances all life experiences; our emotions, learning, creativity, responses to attractions and aversions, choices in work and play.

In this group, you will:

  • Learn on-the-spot practices to support well-being & deal with stress.
  • Deepen ease within your nervous system.
  • Expand your capacity for meeting what life brings.
  • Cultivate an internal home base from which to navigate challenges, thrive, and explore.
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Wednesday, 4-5 pm

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January 26
February 16
March 9
April 6
April 27

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Bonnie Colby
Lori Harger

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How to Join

  • This group meets for five sessions this semester: Jan 26, Feb 16, March 9, April 6 & April 27. No enrollment is required. Just drop in on Zoom here. Or enter the following Zoom meeting information: 
    • Meeting ID: 4804391560
    • Password: 874484
  • This group is free.
  • Facilitators: Bonnie Colby ( and Lori Harger
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About the Group Facilitators

Dr. Bonnie Colby has taught meditation classes over 18 years with the UA Honors College, Campus Health, Tucson Community Meditation Center and the broader public. She focuses on meditative practices that aid nervous system regulation, is certified in Dr. Porge’s Safe & Sound Protocol to assist nervous system balance, and designs her classes to meet trauma-informed meditation guidelines. Bonnie serves as teacher, mentor and retreat guide in the Institute of Applied Meditation, an international non-profit organization.

Lori Harger is a psychiatric nurse practitioner practicing holistic mental health care. She discovered a love for meditation nearly 30 years ago and regularly pursues advanced training with the Institute for Applied Meditation. Heart Rhythm Meditation skills are central to her work in supporting patients, collaborating with colleagues, and caring for herself. She is passionate about applying heart-centered solutions to the problems we face at the individual and collective level. 

What to Expect

This drop-in group is open to UA grad students and any partners, housemates, family, and friends they invite.