Cultivating Resilience in Challenging Times

Why resilience?

Thriving in the face of adversity requires a resilience that many of us either haven't acquired or honed. With the COVID-19 pandemic and national issues continuing to generate uncertainty, this course provides an opportunity for you to explore how elements of a mindfulness practice can help you and your family navigate life's challenges more successfully.


  • Strengthen focus and attention.
  • Feel more peaceful, centered, grounded, and resourced.
  • Develop capacity to be present with whatever experience arises, whether it be positive or negative, and learn to more thoroughly enjoy the “good times”.
  • Become more adept at naming and listening to your emotions, regulating emotions, and responding to the situation rather than reacting.
  • Detect habitual, limiting beliefs, consciously see alternative views and wider perspectives, and increase adaptability and flexibility.
  • Experience more compassion and love for oneself and others.
  • Improve attunement to self and others, allowing more support for self and others, and more connection with self and others.
Course Topics

Week 1

  • Introduction

Week 2

  • Our Lens

Week 3

  • Habitual Thinking

Week 4

  • Mindfulness Practices

Week 5

  • Responsible Responding

Week 6

  • Back to the Body

Week 7

  • Self Care

Week 8

  • Relationship, Interconnection

Week 9

  • Collective Trauma

Week 10

  • Mindfulness and Social Justice


  • 10-week course.
  • Meets for a one-hour session, with presentations, practices and discussions.
  • Supplemental videos and articles available for deeper consideration of in-class material.
  • Non-credit course for community members.
  • Registration Deadlines:
    • Monday, March 29 - Full in-person class participation
    • Wednesday, April 14 - Registration closes (previous classes viewed via recordings)



  • Wednesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2021
  • 5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
  • Participants also have access to recorded versions of each class.


Virtual Platform

  • Presented live via Zoom
  • Participants will have access to materials, videos of previous classes and more via a class Canvas site.



  • $75 per person


Who should take this course?

Nurturing resilience is important at any age and is an ongoing process. This course will be particularly helpful for :

  • Adults facing change.
  • Parents managing increased responsibilities.
  • Individuals looking to deepen their presence of mind and develop positive coping skills.
  • Couples and partners who want to face challenges better together.


Additional Information

  • Following registration, participants will receive viewing instructions and access to Canvas site to review class materials.
  • Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 14.
  • Missed classes will be available via recorded video.
  • Due to the nature of the program, refunds are not available after March 29 (when class materials are distributed).
  • For more information, contact



About the Facilitator

An instructor in the human development and family sciences program at OSU-Cascades, Lura Reed is passionate about the success of her students and excited to have community participate in her classes.

She has taught courses in group counseling procedures, developmental perspectives in counseling, early childhood environments, family studies, parent education, families and poverty, directed experience in early childhood, family, school, community collaboration, critical thinking in human development and family sciences, adolescent development, and a course called "How to Thrive."

Before joining OSU-Cascades in 2004, Lura taught at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology.