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Looking for ways to manage stress and get back in tune
with your mind and body? Join Project Jumpstart
for a mindfulness weekend that is sure to invigorate and inspire.

If you're planning to participate in the workshop on Saturday morning
(see below for info), please sign up in the Career Portal
If you’re not a student, or aren't in the Jacobs School and would like to
participate, please send a note to




Friday, October 11 | 7-8pm
Recital Hall

Presented in collaboration with the Jacobs Center for Electronic and Computer Music, this concert kicks off our Mindfulness Weekend by encouraging listeners to take stock of their listening practices, to meditate on new and different qualities of sound, and to relax after a busy week in preparation for Saturday’s mindfulness workshop. Featuring Mongolian throat-singing, handmade ocarinas, and more, this concert is designed to open your ears, pique your curiosity, and melt away your stress and worries. The concert will be introduced by mindfulness guru, Frank Diaz! 



Saturday, October 12 | 10am-2pm
Musical Arts Center, MC070

Saturday’s workshop is designed to introduce you to a variety of practices that incorporate mindfulness and focus on relaxation and freedom in both mind and body.

We’ll start our session with a talk from Frank Diaz and Marty Ashby on practicing mindfulness, then go on to 40-minute sessions each of

  • Yoga with Shelley Taylor
  • T’ai Chi with Madeleine Gonin
  • 12:00-12:30 | Break
  • Feldenkrais with Rachel Eban
  • Reiki and other modalities with Marty Ashby

All students are welcome, and no previous experience with these practices is necessary! Yoga mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well.

If you're planning to participate in the workshop on Saturday morning
(see below for info), please sign up in the Career Portal
If you’re not a student, or aren't in the Jacobs School and would like to
participate, please send a note to


Frank M. Diaz
(see full bio here) is associate professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and an active scholar and teacher in the field of contemplative science. He is also affiliate faculty for IU’s Cognitive Science program. Frank teaches courses on mindfulness in education and the arts, and has served as an invited presenter and teacher on the topic for numerous academic, civic, and religious institutions throughout the country. He is also Founder and Director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Pedagogy (MBWP), where he collaborates with an international group of artists, educators, and scholars on disseminating research and best practices on the art of mindful living, teaching, and performance. Frank’s research on mindfulness has been published in top-tier music education and music psychology journals, and has been featured on NPR, the Huffington Post, and other local and national media outlets.

Shelley Taylor (see full bio here) has over 30 years of professional experience as a yoga instructor. She has taught in a variety of settings; in schools, non-profit organizations, retreats, and yoga studios across the community, and at Indiana University. Since 2006, she has served as an adjunct yoga faculty member at the IU Kinesiology department. A graduate of the JSoM, she enjoys leading master classes and individual sessions in mind/body for JSoM faculty and students. Shelley facilitates a style of yoga that is accessible to everyone at all levels and creates an atmosphere that provides a safe space for awareness, discovery, and restoration of mind, body, and spirit. In addition to yoga, she has certification in reiki, essential oils, birth support, and feng shui. Shelley received her bachelors and master’s degrees in cello performance from the Jacobs School of Music.

Madeleine Gonin enrolled in her first T’ai Chi Ch’uan course here at IU in 1997. She was certified in T'ai Chi Ch'uan in 2002 through New School T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Bloomington, IN) and in 2004 through Grandmaster William C.C. Chen (New York). She trains regularly at Grandmaster Chen’s school in New York and has taken groups of students there for intensive training during Spring Break, since 2002. Madeleine has taught all five T’ai Chi Ch’uan courses that have been offered at IU in the past. She has taught Tai Chi classes at the YMCA since 2004. Madeleine enjoys introducing students to the slow, flowing Tai Chi movements that can help improve strength, agility, and balance, while calming and focusing the mind. Madeleine completed her Ph.D. in Motor Learning in 2016, and works for IU’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.

Rachel Eban is a Licensed Physical Therapist and a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She received her professional training in Israel, where she worked as a rehabilitation physical therapist for wounded veterans and was the official therapist for the Israel Soccer Association. In Bloomington she worked at IU Health Sports and Rehabilitation Clinic for twenty years. She now devotes her time to private practice. In addition to the Feldenkrais Method (which is designed to improve human functioning by increasing self-awareness through guided movement), Rachel is a certified Cranio-Sacral therapist and a practitioner of the “Bones for Life” method for prevention of Osteoporosis. She has also specialised in Myfascial Release, Integrated Manual Therapy and more.

Advanced Reiki Practitioner, Marty Ashby (see full bio here) is a musician and producer of a wide variety of Jazz music and educational events. He has been performing as a guitarist since age eight and has been fortunate to perform around the world with many of his musical mentors. As a Jazz presenter he has produced more than 3000 concerts in multiple markets in both festival and concert hall settings. Marty has produced and/or performed on over 75 recordings including five GRAMMY® Award winners and six additional nominations. In 1987 he developed MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG). MCG is a multi-disciplined center for arts and learning in Pittsburgh, PA that complements traditional humanities education with studio-based art and performance programs that serve as a catalyst to academic achievement. Marty has been the Executive Producer for MCG Jazz ever since and continues to work as an advocate for Jazz at local and national levels.

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