Human Resources

Wellness at Reed

The Wellness Committee serves the Reed community by providing holistic wellness programs to the Staff and Faculty, with the goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle and increasing overall fulfillment. We create and promote programs that relate to physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

Register for Fall 2021 fitness classes!Happening Now!

Mondays 1:00-2:00pm Pilates (virtual paid class)
Mondays 5:30-6:15pm Got Balance? (virtual paid class)
Tuesdays Noon-1:00pm Yoga (virtual paid class)
Tuesdays 12:10-12:40pm Silent Meditation
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm Pilates (virtual paid class)
Thursdays (some) 12:05-12:50pm Writing Break
Thursday 5:30-6:30pm Power Circuit Conditioning (virtual paid class)
Always Any time Walk on a Whim


Wellness programs are open to all Reed employees and frequently their partners. Fitness programs are intended to be inclusive of and welcoming to all fitness levels, previous experience, and body types. Our programs are constantly expanding and changing, so please contact the committee members with any comments or suggestions. Join the faculty/staff wellness Google Group to get regular updates on wellness events, programs and opportunities.

New for 2021:

Produce Swap - calling all green thumbs!

The Wellness Committee invites all green thumbs to a biweekly meeting in the quad to exchange homegrown produce at no cost to the Reed community. Ideally, we would trade or give away produce to anyone interested, while meeting others that share a love for gardening. This group is open for anyone to participate and is eager for ideas and feedback. Once we get some feedback a date and time can be established for our first get together. Looking forward to sharing good health with all of you!

Please contact Adam Mortensen (Phys Plant and wellness committee member) with any questions or suggestions.

Writing Break 

Anyone can benefit from creative writing. In each stand-alone session, we write to prompts, read our freshly written work aloud, and give each other supportive feedback according to the Amherst Writers and Artists method (no experience in the AWA method is necessary). We write to release, to create, to explore, and most of all, we write without pressure. It's perfectly OK if the writing done in session never leaves the notebook. We write to exorcise our stress and nurture our creative resilience. All writing levels, abilities, genres, etc. are welcome. Be prepared with something to write with, whether that is pen & paper, or a text application on a device. Questions? Contact Sarah Sharp. (Sarah is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone and With Others, by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.) 

Fall sessions will meet on Zoom. Log in to the Events page with your Reed authentication to get the Zoom link, or email Sarah Sharp.

Thursdays 12:05 - 12:50 pm on the following dates:
Fall Semester 2021
  • Sep 9, 2021 (2nd week of classes)
  • Sep 16, 2021 (3rd week of classes)
  • Sep 23, 2021 (4th week of classes)
  • Sep 30, 2021 (5th week of classes)
Spring Semester 2022
  • Feb 3, 2022 (1st week of classes)
  • Feb 10, 2022 (2nd week of classes)
  • Feb 17 (3rd week of classes)
  • Feb 24 (4th week of classes)




Silent meditation takes place every Tuesday during the lunch hour under the direction of Alan Shusterman. Participation is open to all members of the Reed community and their guests. Come join us for a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of cutting-edge academic inquiry. More information for beginners and experienced meditators alike is available at Reed's meditation blog.

New to meditation? Want more information about our session? Contact Alan.

Wellness & Fitness classes (Fall 2021)

For a reduced rate, all faculty, staff, and their partners are welcome to sign up for wellness and fitness classes, sponsored by the Wellness Committee. (Partners are required to sign a liability waiver.) The variety of classes include everything from relaxation and stress reduction to toning, balance, and cardio workout. 

Register for Fall 2021 fitness classes!Fall 2021 classes run from September 7th through December 16th and are offered remotely over Zoom. You can attend live and/or watch the recording later. Cost is $120 for the entire semester. Once you register, you will be added to the calendar with links to the classes. There will be no classes on holidays: Thursday, November 25th (Thanksgiving)

Instructors and Class Descriptions:

Got Balance? with Hilary Miller
Mondays 5:30-6:15pm

Hilary has worked in Portland in social service for over 20 years—in the criminal justice field, and for the past 16 years as a mentor for Friends of Children, serving our community's most vulnerable youth as they work to overcome barriers to their success. Teaching kickboxing, boot camp and circuit classes at several Portland gyms for the past decade has been Hilary's hobby. She also is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. In addition to helping others with their wellness goals, she loves spending time with her daughter and boxer dog. 

Got Balance?
This class will include various standing balance work and core strength training. Some of the exercises will use light dumbbells. We'll also spend about 15 minutes on the mat for floor ab work and stabilization exercises.

"My first class was fantastic! It was incredibly challenging, but Hilary had a really positive approach and offered modifications."  — Jennifer Corpus, professor of psychology

Pilates with Vicki Ratzlaff
Mondays and Wednesdays 1-2pm

Vicki's full studio training certification was completed in 2005 through Momentum Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been in the fitness instruction profession for over 20 years in the Portland area. She started out with Step Aerobic programs, added Stationary Cycling, personal trainer programs, dance programs, and taught Yoga through Yogafit International. As a Yoga instructor she fell in love with the core, strength, and balance challenge through the movement that Pilates teaches. After her Pilates certification was completed, she became an instructor and teaches at Sellwood Pilates for over 15 years. Vicki finds Pilates to be the most complete and comprehensive program in keeping your body moving. For over 20 years she has taught and helped men and women of all ages and levels to reach their goals for better balance, flexibility, posture, and mobility using the Pilates method. Each one is "strengthened from the center out."

Joseph Pilates developed his method of physical and mental conditioning utilizing a series of mat exercises to dramatically improve strength, flexibility, coordination, posture, and muscle tone. Pilates is more than just an exercise program; it is a system that works the mind and body together. It is the original “core training” method. In Pilates, your body’s center, or core, is referred to as the “Powerhouse," and includes all of your abdominal, back, and buttocks muscles, and inner and outer thighs. It teaches a comprehensive way of body conditioning that integrates the upper and lower musculature, building a balanced body and deeply strong core. Adaptable to any level of fitness, age, or physical ability, it challenges and supports students through a systematic and progressive system of exercises, creating whole body strength and vitality. The benefits of a consistent Pilates practice will stay with you for a lifetime. Regardless of your physical ability, the Pilates method will provide you with tangible results: deep core strength, long and lean muscular toning, back pain relief, injury prevention, improved posture, increased stamina and energy, flexibility and mobility, long term functionality.

Yoga with Erin Nova
Tuesdays noon to 1:00 pm

Erin is from from Lafayette, Louisiana, and lives and works in Northeast Portland and beyond. She is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and specialist in women’s fitness, balance, and flexibility. Coming from a track running background, she turned to yoga in college when she broke her leg running. She loves teaching and training in groups or one-on-one, focusing on how breathing deeply and well can change the way you feel and live. Erin believes that if you can breathe and move, you can do yoga and get stronger than you ever imagined!

Hatha/Hatha Flow
The yogasanas (poses) move the spine in all directions giving greater flexibility and strength to the anatomical core. In this class we will focus on moving the spine and limbs in synchronization with the breath, and sometimes with the accompaniment of music. In addition, basic pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) will be taught to aid the flow of energy and help the mind focus. Students will learn a variety of standing and seated poses in a sequence that ultimately leads to stillness at the end of class. In this stillness one can realize the essence of yoga. This class is for all levels with pose modifications for beginners and variations for more seasoned students. 

Power Circuit Conditioning with Hilary Miller
Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm

Hilary has worked in Portland in social service for over 20 years—in the criminal justice field, and for the past 18 years as a mentor for Friends of Children, serving our community's most vulnerable youth as they work to overcome barriers to their success. Teaching kickboxing, boot camp and circuit classes at several Portland gyms for the past decade has been Hilary's hobby. She also is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. In addition to helping others with their wellness goals, she loves spending time with her daughter and boxer dog. 

Circuit Conditioning
A calorie blasting, total body workout for all fitness levels. Build cardio and muscular endurance, core strength and agility while working through a mix of circuit intervals using weights, steps, mats, and cardio drills. 

15 weeks from Tuesday, September 7th through Thursday, December 16th

How much?
You pay only $120 for access to all classes, either live or recorded, for the summer term.

How to Register?
Please click HERE to fill out the on-line registration form. After enrolling, you have two ways to pay: 

  • Send your check made out to Reed to the business office with the memo line “2021 Fall Fitness Wellness Committee."
  • Complete the Payroll Deduction Authorization Form, with the specific amount to be deducted over a specified number of pay periods, and submit to Dawn in the business office or over email to

Access Questions?
* All the classes accommodate different levels of experience and skill.
* We all have busy schedules. It's fine to arrive late to the classes and leave early.
* Locker room option (when at the Sports Center): Use the private changing rooms and shower facility on the top floor of the Sports Center, next to the Dance Studio.

Contact Taylor Smith of the wellness committee, You may take one trial class before registering, contact Taylor if interested. Also, please keep in mind that we do not allow participants to roll over unused classes to the following semester, except in cases of long term injury or illness. If you do not see a package that is right for you, or if you are signing up well into the term or wish to add more classes, please contact Taylor and she will work with you to personalize your own class package.


Walk on a Whim!

Interested in increasing activity? Looking for someone to go on a socially-distanced walk with? Don your mask and join together for motivation towards increased movement and health! We've created an email list to help individuals find others to walk with — for company, for motivation, for accountability, for whatever your reason! Everyone is welcome! Contact Anne Ha with any questions or to sign up!

Tobacco Cessation Programs

Reed employees have access to multiple resources to help quit tobacco. Click on the links below to find out more.

Previous Opportunities:

5K FUNd Run/Walk

Stay tuned for more information when available!

Bike Challenge

Stay tuned for more information when available!

Buddhist Chanting Club

Recharge your spiritual batteries. Chanting for 30 minutes, followed by a short reading. Open to all. Drop in for as little or as long as you like.

More No-Cost Activities

Many of these are unfortunately on hold due to COVID, but some'll once more be able to check out the Sports Center for rock climbing classes, swimming and other sports/exercise facilities, and extensive equipment and expertise on hiking, paddleboarding, skiing, camping, and other Northwest outdoor pursuits! In addition, we expect community activities such as Noonball and Lunchrunners to resume.

Wellness articles and resources


If you have feedback on Wellness Committee programs, contact the Wellness Committee. To stay up to date on events and offerings, join the faculty/staff wellness event email list.