Events, Workshops, & Classes

We're here to support you as you work to create balance in your life. 

Programs and workshops are designed to help you gain practical skills you'll use now and after graduation. Our events are also listed on the university calendar for your convenience. 

Join us for drop-in activities, groups & workshops, and special events. Click the links on the left below to learn more.

Drop-in Activities

Registration is not required for drop-in activities.

Activity Description Day Time Location
Daily Recharge Drop into the “Breathing Space” at Thrive for a mid-day pause and guided meditation. For those who are new to meditation or those who use meditation as part of their everyday self-care practice. Students, faculty & staff welcome.

Monday - Friday

12:30 - 1:00 pm Thrive, HRC Room 238
Paws & Relax A therapy pet's primary function is to brighten someone's day. Come take a "paws" with us, meet others, and snuggle up with one of our many trained therapy animals.  Wednesday Noon - 3:00 pm Thrive,  HRC Room 243
Get Your Nature Fix

Science shows nature is good for memory, concentration, mood, and more. Come get your daily dose of nature in College Woods with Health & Wellness and Campus Rec—rain, snow, or sunshine. Students, faculty & staff welcome. 

Thursday 1/30, 2/27, 3/26, 4/30 1:00 - 2:00 pm Meet in HRC lobby
Napercise With guided relaxation techniques, a 20-minute power nap, light stretching, and aromatherapy, you'll leave feeling energized and ready to continue your day. Free sleep kits available. Held the first week of Be Well, Sleep Well month. Monday - Friday
3/2 - 3/6
1:00 - 2:00 pm HRC Studio 2

Groups & Workshops

Groups and workshops are designed for students only. Advanced registration is often required for these groups and workshops unless noted. Register at links below.

Workshop/Group Description Day Dates Times Registration Link

What's Cooking? Classes

Learn to make meals that are healthy, tasty, budget-friendly, and easy to prepare. Led by Nourish UNH peer educators. Wednesday


4:10 - 5:30 pm SIGN UP: WHAT'S COOKING

Yoga Nidra Workshop

Yoga Nidra, also called yogic sleep, is a powerful and simple way to meditate. Restore, revive and energize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This workshop will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Open to all abilities, no yoga experience needed. Friday


1:10 - 2:30 pm

Sign up: 2/14

SIGN UP: 4/3

SIGN UP: 5/1

Pause, Breathe, Be: 4-Week Group A free 4-week program to learn more about how mindfulness can reduce stress, impact academic success, and improve self-care. Must commit to all 4 weeks.  Tuesday 2/11 - 3/3 12:40 - 2:00 pm SIGN UP: 4-WEEK GROUP

Pause, Breathe, Be: Half-Day Retreat

A free half-day program to learn more about how mindfulness can reduce stress, impact academic success, and improve self-care. Sunday 


Noon - 4:00 pm

SIGN UP: 2/16

SIGN UP: 4/5

Pause, Breathe, Be: Online Spring Break Retreat This Spring Break Retreat, which can be accessed online through MyCourses, is an easy way to relieve stress, improve sleep and relaxation, and practice self-awareness. Each day will offer a new theme with an activity, a meditation, and a reflection designed to help you thrive throughout your week, the rest of the semester, and beyond. Register by 3/10.  Saturday - Saturday 3/14 - 3/21 Any SIGN UP: SPRING BREAK RETREAT

Special Events

The following events do not require tickets or registration. 

Spring 2020

Event Description Date Time Location
Pleasure Party

Join us for an arousing, sex-positive event with opportunities to learn about safer sex, sexual health, decision-making, identity, and the health benefits of sexual pleasure. This event has passed.

2/10 5:00 - 8:00 pm Thrive Kitchen, HRC Room 239
Live Free & Breathe Lecture: Personal Freedoms & the Right to Clean Air Nicotine and e-cigarette use pose continuing public health challenges, especially among youth and young adults.  Come voice your opinion and learn more about nicotine use or non-use and your rights. Join President and CEO of American Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Foundation, Cynthia Hallett, MPH for a rousing discussion on the right to breathe clean air versus the right to use nicotine. This event has passed. 2/12 6:30 - 8:00 pm Strafford Room, MUB
Condom & Lubrication Week

Safer sex is better sex. Using condoms correctly and consistently every time you have sex will reduce risk of STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancy--that way sex really is a stress reliever!

All this week (and anytime), come to our main facility at Health & Wellness or our location Thrive at HRC to get your supply of condoms AND lubrication. This event has passed.

2/10 - 2/14 Varies Health & Wellness, Thrive, and social media
Random Acts of Kindness Week

Giving and receiving kindness improves emotional wellness. Pay it forward, give yourself AND someone a dose of kindness. Notice how it feels to be kind. 

This event has passed. 

2/10 - 2/14 Varies Around campus & on social media
Eating Concerns Awareness Week

Eating Concerns Mentors provide on-campus activities designed to help raise awareness about eating concerns and disorders.

2/24 - 2/28 Varies Around campus
Be Well, Sleep Well Expo

March is Be Well, Sleep Well Month! Sleep helps your body and mind rest, repair, and restore the energy you need to do well in class and cope with stress. But Data shows sleep is the #2 health concern of UNH students. Take this month to learn how to get better Zzz’s!

Start out with our Sleep Expo for games, crafts, information tables, giveaways, and more.

3/3 11:00 am - 2:00 pm HRC Basketball Courts
Nutrition Expo

Join us for our annual Nutrition Expo! UNH organizations and local businesses offer nutrition information, free food, prizes, cooking demos, and entertainment.

3/26 11:00 am - 2:00 pm HRC Basketball Courts
Get Yourself Tested! Month

Let us help you prioritize your sexual health and learn about safer sex throughout the month of April. Get tested for STIs at Health & Wellness this month and get a free $5 gift card to a Durham coffee shop. This promotion is only available for current UNH students who have paid the health fee and ends April 30, 2020. Limit 1 per person

April Varies Health & Wellness
Get Yourself Tested! Clinic

Get screened and/or tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV without an appointment. Pricing for testing varies.

You will receive a $5 gift card to a Durham coffee shop. This promotion is only available for current UNH students who have paid the health fee and ends April 30, 2020. Limit 1 per person. 

4/16 2:00 - 4:00 pm Health & Wellness
Wellness & Woof-reshments

Take a mindful break in a café-like environment with refreshments, music, relaxing activities and Paws and Relax therapy animals.

4/29 Noon - 3:00 pm Thrive Kitchen & Classroom, HRC Room 239 & 243
Study & Self-Care at Thrive

Don’t deprive yourself of breaks, body movement and treats just because it’s finals week. Come study with H&W and Campus Rec at our sunny Thrive space instead! Varied spaces to suit your study style, study break activities, relaxation rooms, group exercise classes, and more.

5/6 - 5/8 (5/6 & 5/7) 11:00 am - 9:00 pm 
(5/8) 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thrive Suite, HRC 2nd floor