New Summer I Course – Mindful Wilderness Experience: Leading Change From Within

I am pleased to announce an exciting new Summer I course, description below and attached. There are only 15 slots available and time is short, so please pass on to your advisees as soon as possible. Thanks!


Summer 2016 Mindful Wilderness Experience:

Leading Change from Within


Discover your authentic self.  Become a leader from within to effectively inspire change & address society’s greatest challenges. Experience the power of presence. Explore the fundamentals of sustainability and resilience. Learn how to achieve systemic change through mindfulness and ecological principles of biomimicry.


During pre-trip online sessions, learn leadership skills & mindfulness skills adapted from Koru Basic, the research-proven mindfulness program for college students. Then join a seven-day small-group wilderness experience at a base camp near Aspen, CO. On the first day, visit the world-renowned Rocky Mountain Institute & the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies to learn about sustainability & resilience. Then immerse in teachings on leadership & ecological principles, hiking & nature sensing, and Koru mindfulness retreats—preparation for an optional 1-3 night solo experience with deeper reflection.


Required online pre-trip sessions: 2 – 4:20 PM CST, Monday May 16th, Friday May 20th, Friday May 27th, & Thursday June 2nd. Trip runs June 4-11th and costs $630 without travel to Aspen. Course credit & financial aid are available at University of Illinois. For more information & registration, please visit Camping equipment available if needed.




Barbara S. Minsker
Professor and Arthur and Virginia Nauman Faculty Scholar

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering &  National Center for Supercomputing Applications

University of Illinois

3110 NCSA, MC-257

1205 W. Clark St.
Urbana, IL 61801 USA
217-265-5293 (office)
217-974-0263 (cell)

217-333-9464 (fax)