IAHV's mission is to create a stress-free, violence-free society through personal development programs and humanitarian initiatives. YesPlus programs teach students to thrive in life and lead with clarity of mind, resilience, purpose, and belongingness.
Here at Pitt
The Yesplus Meditation Club is a student-led organization whose mission is to provide students and the larger University of Pittsburgh community with tools, frameworks, and a community to build greater happiness and resilience, healthy lifestyles, positive relationships, and stronger purpose and confidence.
We are working to bring a YesPlus Retreat to Pitt because it integrates well-being, personal resilience, and authentic connection with success and leadership. This innovative life-skills training program combines empirically-validated breathing and meditation practices with interactive discussions and experiential processes so students gain valuable skills to better navigate the personal, social, and academic landscape and pressures of college.
The YesPlus Meditation Club at Pitt is planning to organize a YesPlus retreat for all students, staff, and faculty at University of Pittsburgh in October of 2017.
Students learn unique life skills in a fun and light environment that integrates practical wisdom and leadership principles with practices that foster a relaxed mind, an energized body, clarity, focus, and personal responsibility. We are partnering with the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to bring the YesPlus retreat program to Pitt.
The YesPlus retreat is facilitated by 1000-hr trained faculty from IAHV. The YesPlus retreat is a 15-20 hour intensive workshop that integrates somatic, emotional, cognitive, social, and action-oriented modalities:
1. Practices for Peace & Mental Clarity: Breathing and meditation allow students to connect with themselves, manage stress, increase personal resilience and capacity. The cornerstone of the YesPlus Retreat Workshop is the Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) practice, an empirically-validated powerful technique that research suggests: improves emotional regulation; increases mental focus and heightened awareness; reduces psychological and physiological markers of stress and reduces anxiety and depression among other benefits. More on SKY meditation: http://skymeditation.org/research
2. New Perspectives - Frameworks for Happiness and Success: YesPlus offers simple universal principles to help students navigate relationships, opportunities, and challenges throughout their lives.
3. Positive Community: YesPlus builds positive communities rooted in belonging, naturalness, and trust. Students learn to build authentic trusting relationships, find strength in vulnerability, better handle criticism and mistakes, and value co-operation and conflict resolution.
4. Service & Leadership: YesPlus views service as a readiness to take responsibility to improve the world around us. The programs build skills to address campus needs, including soft skills in leadership and teamwork. An in-class service project cultivates a service mindset and helps shape students’ sense of fulfillment, purpose, and meaning.
How You Can Help:
In order to bring this amazing event to Pitt's campus, we need your help!
Our primary expenses are tied to bringing an experienced and inspiring instructor to campus to lead our workshop. By covering the instructor expenses, we hope to drastically decrease or eliminate the attendee cost for the workshop. Please help us cover the following expenses:
IAHV Instructor Fee $1,250
Instructor Accomodation $750
Food & Miscellaneous $500
Anything raised above the amount needed to fund the workshop will be used to cover our general club expenses throughout the year.
The YesPlus Retreat has impacted over 7000 undergraduate and graduate students on 43 campuses across the country, with programs organized by inspired student leaders. In student surveys administered post-workshop:
93% of participants reported that their focus and concentration improved
90% of participants reported increased self-awareness of their emotional triggers
95% of participants reported being inspired to use the techniques learned
We believe YesPlus will impact the participants in these areas as well have a ripple-effect through the service module of the program. This will benefit the rest of the PITT/Pittsburgh community indirectly through the service initiatives taken up by the participants.
Thank you for your contribution!
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Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
A donation at this amount will pay for 1 day (of 5 total days) of training for one student. Thank you!