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.

Click here to register for FALL 2022 fitness classes!Happening Now!

Mondays 1:00-2:00pm Pilates (virtual paid class)
Tuesdays 5:30-6:15pm Got Balance? (virtual paid class)
Wednesdays 12:10-12:40pm Silent Meditation
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm Pilates (virtual paid class)
Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm Power Circuit Conditioning (virtual paid class)
Fridays 12:00-1:00pm Yoga (in person 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 programs:

In-Person Yoga - Fall

We are excited to be able to once again offer in person yoga classes! Join Emily for an all-levels yoga class. Emily is a student-centered teacher who loves to take requests and offers movements tailored specifically to supporting you in your body at any pace / level you’re bringing into class. Expect breath work, poses to un-do your work day tension (think shoulders, wrists, neck, etc!) and other relaxing poses.

When: weekly on Fridays (9/12-12/16)

 

Guided Forest Therapy Walks

Join us for a gentle, restorative walk in the Reed Canyon (or nearby Reed grounds depending on participants' accessibility needs). A forest therapy walk (which is related, though distinct from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or “forest bathing”), is more than a “nature walk” in the woods. It is a guided contemplative wellness practice that invites participants to slow down, become immersed in their senses, and to cultivate reciprocal, healing relationships to the more than human world. It is a research-based framework that has demonstrated a wide array of health and wellness benefits. The practice is adaptable and accessible to all participants regardless of ability, fitness level, or experience in the outdoors. Please contact Kristy (gonyerk@reed.edu) in advance if you have any accommodation concerns that could better facilitate your participation. Please come dressed comfortably for the weather, and with shoes that get along with potentially muddy terrain. (Tip- While hiking gear is unnecessary to participate, the Reed Backpack Co-op has boots and other gear that all staff, faculty and students can check out for free.) While participants are encouraged to try to stay for the full 90 min practice, opportunities will be provided for participants that need to leave earlier.

When: TBD

Ongoing: 

Meditation

Silent meditation takes place every Wednesday 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 2022)

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. 

Instructors and Class Descriptions:

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."

Pilates
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.

Got Balance? with Hilary Miller
Tuesdays 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

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.

Yoga with Emily Stewart-Ronnisch
Fridays noon-1:00 pm, Sports Center Dance Room

Join Emily for an all-levels yoga class. Emily is a student-centered teacher who loves to take requests and offers movements tailored specifically to supporting you in your body at any pace / level you’re bringing into class. Expect breath work, poses to un-do your work day tension (think shoulders, wrists, neck, etc!) and other relaxing poses. 

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.

Questions?
Contact Cory Chambers, chambersc@reed.edu 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 day...you'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

Feedback

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.