About the Serenity Center

Located in The Union, Warren 419, the Serenity Center is an inclusive sanctuary where all students and faculty can retreat, relax and regenerate. It offers an inspiring aesthetic filled with plants, sunlight, pillows, blankets, and student artwork. Tools for relaxation, mindfulness, sound-healing, restorative movement, art-making, and journaling are available in the space. Trauma-informed Weekly Wonder Workshops are provided, such as guided movement meditations and deep relaxation offerings. Serenity is proud to provide a safe sanctuary for people of diverse identities, including those of all ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, gender identities and presentations, religions, abilities, classes, and ages.

Serenity Center Events

What are presence, mindfulness and meditation?

Presence is intentional attentiveness in each given moment; being in the moment. For example, presence could be you silently watching the trees and noticing every detail.

Mindfulness builds on being present. It can help improve awareness and deepen intimacy with yourself, with others, and your environment. These practices can include meditation, yoga, prayer, breath-work, dance, artmaking, exploring a path within the woods, etc.  

Meditation is a mindfulness practice that can strengthen the muscle of “presence”. Some examples include sitting still on a meditation pillow and observing your thoughts, feeling your heartbeat and the temperature of your skin, or walking through the arboretum and intentionally listening to nature. 


The Serenity Center is open during The Union's hours of operations.

Have questions about meditation or the Serenity Center? Contact Dancer Heebner, Lead Coordinator and Meditation Guide, at heebnesp@jmu.edu.

You can also follow us on Instagram at @serenitycenterjmu.

Our Staff

Dancer Heebner (she/them)

Lead Coordinator and Meditation Guide


Jared Featherstone (he/him)

Meditation Guide


Mark Gabriele (he/him)

Meditation Guide


Christopher "CB" Brantley (he/him)

In-space Volunteer


Jackie Ebert (she/her)

In-space Volunteer


Aurora Phlegar (she/her)

In-space Volunteer

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