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The Wellness Center

General Info
Student Wellbeing

Contact:  (713) 348-3311 or wellbeing@rice.edu; Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
Business Hours:  Monday - Friday (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM); closed weekends and University holidays
Located:  Gibbs Wellness Center (next door to the Recreation Center)

Counseling Center

Contact: 713-348-4867 (24 hours) Get emergency information
Business Hours: Monday - Friday (9:00am-5:00pm), closed weekends and University holidays.
Located: Rich Health Service Center( next to the Brown Masters House) and Gibbs Wellness Center

Let's Talk

We're here to help. Click here for more information on how to make an appointment with someone from the Rice Counseling Center.

For answers to common questions and concerns about going to the Counseling Center, check out the Counseling Center FAQs.

Nirvana logoFeeling a little overwhelmed?

Take 20 minutes to focus on your well-being and reap the benefits! These guided imagery sessions may help decrease tension and increase concentration. Regular relaxation sessions can yield long-term health benefits and reduce symptoms caused by stress and anxiety. Just close your eyes...listen...relax. 

Spring 2013 Sessions:  

January 22nd - April 25th in the Rice Memorial Chapel* 

*Barring bad weather, we will be in the Hindman Garden (adjacent to the Chapel) on Feb. 6, 13, March 19, and April 23. 

  Regular Nirvana Sessions

   Evening Nirvana on Tuesdays, 5:00 - 5:20 PM
   Noontime Nirvana on Wednesdays, 12:30 - 12:50 PM  
   Afternoon Nirvana on Thursdays, 3:30 - 3:50 PM 
    Nirvana on Tour!
  (All Sessions held from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM) 

   January 30 - McMurtry College
   February 11 - Martel College
   February 13 - Duncan College
   February 18 - Sid Richardson College
   March 5 - Lovett College
   March 6 - Wiess College
   March 14 - Jones College
   April 4 - Brown College
   April 8 - Will Rice College
   April 10 - Hanszen College
April 16 - Baker College








 What Should I Expect? 

When you enter, you will be greeted by a Nirvana Facilitator who will ask you to sign in.  You are free to sit wherever you fee comfortable.  A limited number of zafu cushions are available if you would like to sit or lay on the floor.  Feel free to bring your own pillow or mat if you choose.  Sometimes the room can be cool, so you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.  Once everyone is seated, the Facilitator will play a guided imagery CD.  All you need to do is listen and relax!  During the Noontime sessions on Wednesdays, a mindfulness-meditation teacher will guide participants through the meditation process.   If you prefer a live person to an audio CD, then you should check out these sessions!

Join the Club!   

Are you eager to incorporate The Nirvana Sessions into your routine?  Would you like reminders to help hold you accountable to your goal?  Enroll in Club Nirvana!  You will receive a weekly reminder to join us, as well as the latest news or research regarding the mind-body connection.  You can subscribe yourself here.

 Reading and Resources: 

  The Relaxation Response 
  American Psychological Association - Topics on Stress
 Meditation and Imaging