Koru Mindfulness

“Great class. Perfect intro to mindfulness meditation.”

“I learned to take time to just be and not always analyze and judge.”

 “I didn’t think meditation was for me, but now I do!”

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Do You Want to Manage Stress and Lead a Healthier Life?

Join us for these fun and transformational classes.

KORU 2.0

Durham Arts Council Online

For people who have taken a Koru class and would like to go deeper,

And, for people with some meditation experience

who want the accountability and support of a group.

Mondays, April 5 – 26

5:30 – 6:45 pm


A portion of class fees will support the work of Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and Durham Arts Council

Registration for online classes is now live! We already have a great group signed up. Join us!


Save the Date!
March 9
Koru Mindfulness Reunion
The thing about meditation is_ You become more and more you. --2
Join us for a moment of calm
Do you sometimes feel you are practicing alone, in a vacuum?
Do you find yourself wanting to breathe a little more enthusiasm and joy into your practice?
Maybe you want to take the time to sit still and be quiet, but there doesn’t seem to be time for that.
Check in with others in your Koru Mindfulness community.
Tuesday, March 9
5:00 – 6:00 pm

Reserve your spot

How has your meditation practice been going? I know the feeling of getting into the rhythm of meditation (especially during the Koru mindfulness course), only to have it fall to the wayside when life gets busy. Luckily, there is a remedy for that. I will be offering an hour session for all previous Koru mindfulness practitioners (that’s you!) who are ready to reconnect with themselves, check in with their previous classmates, and have the opportunity to redevelop their consistent mindfulness practice.
In addition, you will have the option to use the Koru app, receiving periodic feedback from a mentor-teacher (me), as well as getting inspiration from other participants on the journey (your fellow mindfulness practitioners). Are you ready to reconnect?




a Durham Arts Council class, held online.

Mondays, January 25 – February 15, 2021  5:30 – 6:45 pm  

Join us for this 4-class series.


A portion of class fees will support the work of Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and Durham Arts Council

Beyond simply decreasing stress, this course offers an approach to increasing satisfaction in your daily life.


Koru Mindfulness Classes available virtually for your business or organization.

Online private and group classes available. Contact us.

The Open Wings School has presented classes and workshops at Duke University, The Nasher Museum, Moogfest, Durham Academy, Carolina Friends School, Essential Nutrition and many more!  Send organizational inquiries to esalexander1@icloud.com


I am able to settle in to the direct experience of the moment, casting away unproductive worries about the past and futureI am more able to create space between an emotional event and an instinctual reaction, increasing the probability I will proceed in a more skillful way that will benefit all involved.”  – Jonathan Cranford, PhD, biomedical engineering, took Koru as a doctoral student.

“Mindfulness has given me a tool to manage my stress. – Katherine Zhang, BA, English & Economics, took Koru her senior year.

Koru Mindfulness was developed locally, at Duke University, where the classes are extremely popular (and always filled to capacity). Hundreds of local undergrads and grad students have taken these 4 short classes and found it helped them feel more calm and less stressed. For a limited time, it is now being offered to the community at large, at the Durham Arts Council, for anyone who would like to bring more calm into their lives. Adults in their 20s or 30s will find it particularly relevant and accessible.

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KORU* MINDFULNESS is the only mindfulness-based program designed specifically for young adults, taking into account unique life challenges and needs of this age. It is scientifically proven to be effective to help manage stress, enrich lives, and bring deeper meaning. We learn specific skills that calm and focus our minds; and explore the practice of meditation.

Upcoming Durham Arts Council classes:

Koru Mindfulness (Basic class) Mondays, 530 – 645 pm, dates tbd

Koru Mindfulness (2.0) – REGISTER Mondays, 530 – 645 pm 

Registration for Fall Classes 2020 at durhamarts.org or email Janet Bell, Registrar, jbell@durhamarts.org.  919-560-2726 

Comments from past participants of Open Wings School Koru classes:

What was most meaningful to you? 

“I learned to take time to just be and not always analyze and judge.”

“Having a group to practice with and share the experience.”
“All of it – the weekly meetings are a wonderful anchor, the daily practice, how each class spent a significant time in meditation.”
“The care and compassion and love that Erica showed me. It helped me make take my meditation practice deeper, as I learned to be more compassionate and loving to myself.”
 Other comments: 

“Erica was a wonderful guide, and very easy-going.”  

“Great teacher. The way Erica embodies these principles is my inspiration.” 

 “I didn’t think meditation was for me, but now I do!”

Contact The Open Wings School: 


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