Did you always want to learn to meditate but never got around to it? This is your chance to get started with a new healthy habit! The 13th of February marks the start of a new beginners' course in meditation. By students for students — but UvA employees can join as well.

Once a week, for four weeks, you'll get more insight into how your mind works. Together with a few enthusiastic student meditators, you'll begin to overcome thought loops, downward spirals and an endlessly churning mind. You'll learn how to cultivate a more peaceful mind and be more present in your body. The emphasis of the course will be on giving clear and accessible instructions so everyone can make the practice their own.

Curious? Sign up for the Beginners' Meditation Course!

Date, time and location:

The course will be given on Monday evenings on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 13th, 17:15 - 18:45
  • Monday, February 20th, 17:15 - 18:45
  • Monday, February 27th, 17:15 - 18:45
  • Monday, March 6th, 17:15 - 18:45

All sessions will take place in-person at the Roeterseiland campus. We'll send you the exact rooms in advance. There will be a short tea break in the middle of the sessions. If you sign up, please make sure that you can attend all or most of the sessions, since the sessions build on top of each other and there are limited spots. Also make sure that you have the space in your life to dedicate 10-20 minutes daily to building a meditation practice.

Contents of the course

We will teach you the basics of breath meditation. After taking the beginners' course, you'll have learned techniques and concepts that enable you to practice meditation effectively on your own. Among other things we discuss concepts such as the monkey mind, mindfulness, kindness and intention.


The course is free for members; you can become a member for 10 euros. We need members to apply for money from the university, in order to cover our costs for all the activities we organise. Things like the daily guided meditations, the courses, the deepwork sessions and the death cafes.

You can become a member while signing up for the course.

Sign up


You will receive an email of confirmation three days before the course. Please sign up before Thursday 9th of February at 12PM, because we will see then if we have enough sign-ups to run the course or if we want to postpone it.


Do you have any questions? Or want to tell us something: [email protected]