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.


Family + Friends Edition 

Durham Arts Council 

Register now!

Tuesdays, March 14 – April 11, 2023 (skipping April 4)

6 – 7:15 pm 

Join us for this in person 4-class series.

Registration for DAC classes is now live. Join us!

Email Janet Bell at jbell@durhamarts.org for more info.

Masks are currently optional in the Durham Arts Council building.

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

NEW! KORU Mindfulness for friends and family:

Take class with someone you love and build a habit of practicing together.

We discuss how to integrate these practices into your family life or within a group of friends.

Special discount for people from the same household who sign up together. More info here.


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.

 Date TBD

6 – 7:15 pm

Registration for Winter Classes 2023 at durhamarts.org or email Janet Bell, Registrar, jbell@durhamarts.org.  919-560-2726 

“I really liked how the class seemed to bond us all. I really liked the community of my classmates and knowing that we were all working on the same journey together.”


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 – Friends + Family –  Tuesdays, 6 – 7:15 pm, March 14 – April 11, 2023 (skipping April 4)

Koru Mindfulness (2.0) – TBD

Registration for Winter/Spring Classes 2023 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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