Resilience Retreat

Students participate in outdoor Yoga. Photo by Will Martinez/Creative Services/George Mason University.

At Mason, we aim to be a model Well-Being University, where we help students, faculty, and staff build a life of vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement. The Office of Sustainability and collaborators such as the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and Housing and Residence Life’s Living Learning Communities host a Resilience Retreat.  Students, alumni, faculty, and staff members go together to an off-campus retreat center to learn tools, practices, and exercises to stay hopeful and resilience in the sustainability field.

At Mason, we define well-being as building a life of vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement.

This includes thriving across a range of domains (physical, career, social, community, psychological and financial) and being satisfied with one’s life while experiencing curiosity, hope, meaning and joy.

We will help build vitality through the development of positive relationships and physical well-being through:

  • Creating and sustaining positive relationships and social support networks
  • Treating one another with civility and respect
  • Demonstrating leadership abilities that promote well-being and positive change
  • Pursuing a balanced life of healthy nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate sleep

We will help develop purpose through values, and work engagement by:

  • Clarifying personal, professional, and community values
  • Pursuing and engaging in behaviors that are congruent with values
  • Striving for a life of purpose and meaning
  • Preparing to thrive and make meaningful contributions in future careers

We will help develop resilience through:

  • Increasing self-awareness through honest and continuous self-reflection
  • Increasing psychological flexibility
  • Recognizing and adapting to various situational demands that enable and promote values-driven behavior
  • Finding and fostering resiliency to overcome stress and adversity
  • Responding to stressful situations and managing stress in healthier ways

We will help develop engagement through:

  • Identifying, developing and applying strengths in daily activities
  • Opportunities for individuals to do what they are best at on a regular basis
  • Deepening one’s sense of belonging and connections with others
  • Finding opportunities to make connections with others in meaningful ways
  • Pursuing community service, service-learning, and collective action toward a common good as ways to contribute to others’ well-being