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SoulSearch Launches and SoulScape Returns: Retreat Applications Open
As part of the enhanced first-year experience at Syracuse University, the Office of Health Promotion launches new mindfulness programming for first-year and transfer students: SoulSearch. SoulSearch is a free, one-day personal development retreat that aims to provide a day of contemplation, inspiration and connection for students to experience a deeper understanding of their authentic selves, a rekindled sense of belonging and tools for practicing mindfulness.
“SoulSearch is a free all-inclusive one day retreat where we can take time to reflect, connect, and explore meaningful topics like mindfulness, authenticity and belonging. I am excited to join you in this journey of the soul,” says Gwyn Esty-Kendall, mental health graduate intern in the Office of Health Promotion.
Registration is required for the SoulSearch retreats and is filling up fast. First-year and transfer students can register for SoulSearch for the following dates: Oct. 20, Nov. 2, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 or Nov. 11. Round-trip transportation, meals and programming is all free to students.
The new SoulSearch retreat is modeled after the successful and popular SoulScape weekend retreat. This weekend retreat that supports returning students in finding meaning and purpose, is accepting applications until Sunday, Sept. 30, at 11:59 p.m. SoulScape welcomes returning undergraduate students from across the University to come together for a weekend of contemplation, inspiration and fellowship.
The fall 2018 retreat will take place Oct. 13 and 14 at the Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake. Round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations are all included in the weekend. There is no cost to students. Students can apply using this online application link.
During the SoulScape fall 2018 retreat, students will engage in conversations intended to help participants seek a higher expression of themselves and develop a deeper understanding of their life’s purpose. This year’s retreat will feature in-depth conversations around themes such as passion, gratitude and vulnerability. Also learn basics of meditation and yoga.
SoulScape applications are due by Sunday, Sept. 30, at 11:59 p.m. Applicants will be notified by Friday, Oct. 5, if they are selected for the SoulScape fall 2018 retreat. Until applicants are notified, they should tentatively save Oct. 13 to Oct. 14 for the retreat. For more information or questions, contact the Office of Health Promotion at email@example.com.
Additional mindfulness programming has been made possible by contributions through the Invest Syracuse initiative to enhance the student experience.