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Elements of Wellness at Vanderbilt University


 Life Phase Series  |  Mind Body Wellness  



Life Phase Series

Life Phase Series are presentations offered bi-monthly on a variety of topics to support well being to the Vanderbilt community. Topics range from gardening to financial management.


Fall Gardening with the Experts   
Tuesday, September 17, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
Join Danny McKissack and Laura Barker of Vanderbilt Plant Operations – Grounds Maintenance for Fall Gardening with the Experts. Learn how to start late vegetable and flower gardens, as well as receive information on seeds, transplanting, and growing recommendations. Make this fall gardening season the best ever using tips from the experts! Come dressed comfortably and casual; you will have a chance to plant cool weather vegetable and flowering plants.
Mr. McKissack, Facilities and Services – Grounds Manager and a 39-year Vanderbilt employee, has spent the past 16 years supervising staff, with responsibilities for all grounds care for both the University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He engages in new approaches to grounds care as demonstrated by his use of composting, sustainability and electric grounds equipment. Mr. McKissack received Vanderbilt University’s 2017 Commodore Award for his integral role in the Plant Operations management staff, going above and beyond the call of duty on multiple occasions to ensure that Vanderbilt’s 330-acre campus is not only safe, but also beautiful and inviting. Mrs. Barker, Horticultural Specialist, has been at Vanderbilt for almost nine years. She completed a plant and soil science degree from University of Illinois and has been working in the horticulture industry over 17 years. Mrs. Barker’s interests include reading, cooking, and vertical gardening.
This Life Phase Series session is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and the Vanderbilt University Plant Operations – Grounds Maintenance Department. It is open to the Vanderbilt community. Contact: Marilyn C. Holmes at or (615) 343-2638

Mind Body Wellness

The mind-body connection is a well-researched topic that points to the relationship between mental and physical health. The Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center (Rec) offers several group fitness classes to cultivate this aspect of wellness, including:

Click here for the Group Fitness Calendar with class description, days & times. 

  • Yoga
    • Intro to Yoga
    • Yoga
    • Gentle Yoga
    • Hatha Yoga
    • Vinyasa Yoga
    • Ashtanga Yoga
    • Iyengar Yoga
    • Yoga Bands and Roller
  • Meditation
  • Beginner Meditation