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Wellness and Fitness Workshops

Our workshops are designed to assist you to learn about and engage multiple dimensions of wellness: including physical, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, occupational, social, and emotional.

Wellness Programs and Fitness Floor Workshops

During the Fall, Winter, and Spring academic quarters, we offer Wellness Workshops that are FREE for DePaul students, staff, faculty (members and non-members)and community members. Workshops include topics related to all seven dimensions of wellness, including nutrition, workout ideas and goal-setting, running efficiency clinics, mindfulness, and more. In addition, check out our DIY Workshops and our training programs in Self-Defense and CPR/AED. Participants are encouraged to register in advance due to limited space. Register at The Ray Membership Services desk, online or through The Ray at DePaul app. 

Fall Quarter Programs

DeStress and Self-Care Pre-Finals Workshop

Thursday, November 14, 1-4pm; Ray Atrium and Rm. 135
It's Brain Fuel Week!! This is your chance to take a moment to relax, breathe, and prepare yourself for Final Exams.​ Get a chair massage, make your own Aromatherapy spray bottle, put together a scented pinecone sachet bag, and grab a snack. We're here for you!
Drop in any time between 1 and 4 pm​; no pre-registration is required, but chair massage spots are first-come, first-served! FREE to DePaul Students only!

DIY Aromatherapy Spray Scents - DePaul Students

Thursday, November 14, 1 - 4 pm; During Fall Brain Fuel Week; FREE to DePaul Students Only​
Need a little relaxation in your life as you move toward final exams? Put together the essential oils of your choice to create your own aromatherapy spray bottle! Yo​u can decide on your favority combination of oils - for stress relief or to boost your energy or to just make you feel relaxed. This workshop is part of the Brain Fuel Week schedule and is free to all ​DePaul students. All materials are provided so please pre-register as supplies are limited!

Finals Prep Nap Room

Getting enough sleep to re-fuel your brain is a MUST as you prepare for Final Exams. If you need a mid-afternoon power nap or just some relaxing down time to do coloring or puzzles, we've got the spot for you!


Ray Nap Time - Reserve a cot for a 45 minute nap!

When? Monday-Wednesday, November 18 - 20​, 1-6pm.

How? You may reserve online* or in person at The Ray Membership Services Desk, or just walk in and see if there's a cot available. (*This is a unique Campus Recreation login, not Campus Connect login​. Start here to set up.)

Other options? Reduce your stress through coloring, puzzles, or just relaxing. Stop by Room 135 in the Ray during the hours above.

Who? The Nap Room is provided for DePaul students only; sorry Professor, you need to find somewhere else to hide from your students!​

Opt Outside - Exploration Walk to the Zoo - DePaul Students

Friday, September 20; 11 am - 12:30 pm; Meet at The Ray at 10:55 am and bring your walking shoes!
​Did you know that one of the best ways to clear your mind, stimulate your brain, and improve your fitness is to walk? Did you know that even spending 10 minutes outside, especially in natural areas among trees, has been found to improve your sense of well-being? Yep, we have the answer to all that! Grab a friend (or come alone to meet new ones) and join us for a 2.5 mile round trip walk to the Lincoln Park Zoo (free entry) and Lincoln Park Conservatory (also free!). You'll be so happy you did!

Free to DePaul students; All effort and participation is voluntary; Pre-registration not required but requested.

Midweek Meditation

Two Class Times to Choose From!!

Class 1: Wednesdays, Noon - 12:30 pm   Class 2: 12:30 - 1 pm
Both classes are held in The Ray Studio C; FREE and open to all DePaul Students, Faculty, and Staff;  No meditation experience or pre-registration necessary.

Tune out the noise and tune into your world. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul with this relaxing midweek break from the action. A facilitator from the Office of Religious Diversity will lead you in a guided relaxation and meditation exercise. Join us! You'll be glad you did! This program is only held during the academic quarter while academic classes are in session. This session is facilitated by the Office of Religious Diversity. See the Group Fitness schedule for additional days and times.

Weekly Fall Fitness Challenges

Challenge yourself - improve your health and self-esteem in the process!! Check out our Fitness Challenge Board on the RAY 2nd Floor to compete with yourself and others for fun and prizes!

New Equipment Wednesday Workshops

Wednesdays, Sept. 18 - October 9; 5:30 - 6:15 pm; FREE!
Yes! We have some new equipment in our 2nd Floor Strength Area. Check out the following Personal Trainer - led workshops to learn more about it and how to use to meet your fitness goals.
Wednesday, September 18: How to hit your entire body on the Functional Fitness Trainer
Wednesday September 25: New squat racks, but don’t know how to squat?
Wednesday, October 2: How to hit your entire body on the Functional Fitness Trainer 
Wednesday, October 9: New squat racks, but don’t know how to squat?