Duck Nest

Duck Nest

A place to find your balance.

Welcome to college. Welcome to new friends, new memories, and some of the best years of your life. But wait—that’s not all. Welcome to midterms, late nights, dead weeks, and stress. But fear not—there’s a place you can go to get away, take a break, and maybe learn something too. Welcome to the Duck Nest.

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Promoting Self-Care and Balance

The Duck Nest helps you develop self-care and life-balance strategies related to stress, nutrition, physical activity, and general wellness. Our center is staffed by Peer Wellness Advocates that understand the challenges facing college students.

 

Manage Your Stress

Take Care of your Body

Learn from Other Students

Here for You
Drop by the Duck Nest for a quiet break between classes, attend our free workshops or yoga sessions, or take a meditation class. Everything we do is geared to helping you cultivate positive habits and healthy coping strategies for college life and beyond.


Peers Helping Peers
Peer Wellness Advocates are change agents in their communities, act as liaisons to campus health services, and create and implement student-driven health and wellness programs. Want to join us?

Get Involved

What We Offer
  • Meditation and relaxation
  • Yoga
  • Healthy eating on a budget
  • Aromatherapy
  • Therapy dogs
  • Mental well-being workshops
  • Wellness presentations

In partnership with:  

Duck Nest Fall Hours
  • 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED

Contact the Duck Nest
Erb Memorial Union, Room 041
(Ground level of EMU near campus copy)

Feb 23
Relaxation Yoga (for Students only)11:00 a.m.

Join us for a 45 minutes session of relaxation yoga in our space. We have the mats, all you need is yourself!
January 12–March 16
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest, Room 041

Join us for a 45 minutes session of relaxation yoga in our space. We have the mats, all you need is yourself!

Feb 23
Relaxation Yoga (for Faculty and Staff only)noon

Join us for a 45 minute session of relaxation yoga in our space. We have the mats, all you need is yourself!
January 12–March 16
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest, Room 041

Join us for a 45 minute session of relaxation yoga in our space. We have the mats, all you need is yourself!

Feb 26
Imposter Syndrome2:00 p.m.

Have you ever felt like you’re not “smart enough” for college or for a particular position on campus? Imposter syndrome is a common feeling among college...
February 26 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (041)

Have you ever felt like you’re not “smart enough” for college or for a particular position on campus? Imposter syndrome is a common feeling among college students. In this workshop, students will learn about how imposter syndrome works, strategies for increasing confidence, and ways to reduce self-doubt.

Feb 27
All Sizes Fit Art Galanoon

Art show with student submissions for the All Sizes Fit theme. Come view and support student art, celebrate our bodies, and enjoy snacks!
February 27 noon–6:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Crater Lake Room North (146)

Art show with student submissions for the All Sizes Fit theme. Come view and support student art, celebrate our bodies, and enjoy snacks!

Feb 27
OM1:00 p.m.

Take a moment to connect with yourself during this communal meditation circle | Hosted by Arian Mobasser of Oregon Mindfulness (OM)
October 25 2017–March 13 2018
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest, Room 041

Take a moment to connect with yourself during this communal meditation circle | Hosted by Arian Mobasser of Oregon Mindfulness (OM)

Feb 27
Sex Cafe5:30 p.m.

An open student group of female-identified and non-binary people with a mission of supporting sex positive experiences through open dialogue and self-reflection.
January 9–March 13
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest, 041

An open student group of female-identified and non-binary people with a mission of supporting sex positive experiences through open dialogue and self-reflection.

Feb 28
Stress Management Workshop2:00 p.m.

Learn personalized stress mangement techniques and how to identify the signs, symptoms, triggers, and underlying functions of stress. All students welcome to drop-in.
January 10–June 6
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (041)

Learn personalized stress mangement techniques and how to identify the signs, symptoms, triggers, and underlying functions of stress. All students welcome to drop-in.

Feb 28
Social Media and Body Acceptance3:30 p.m.

This free, drop in workshop for UO students will focus on exploring the ways in which social media can impact body image and offer strategies to promote body acceptance.
February 28 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (041)

This free, drop in workshop for UO students will focus on exploring the ways in which social media can impact body image and offer strategies to promote body acceptance.

Feb 28
Introduction to Meditation: Relax and Renew5:00 p.m.

Registration is now open for Relax and Renew, a six-week introduction to meditation class that is open to University of Oregon students, faculty, and staff. This winter's...
January 24–February 28
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest Room 041

Registration is now open for Relax and Renew, a six-week introduction to meditation class that is open to University of Oregon students, faculty, and staff.

This winter's class will take place on Wednesdays, January 24 through February 28, 2018. The class will be held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Duck Nest (on the ground floor of the EMU, room 041).

The instructor for the course is Jude Kehoe, LPN, who is also a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. She has taught meditation and practiced energy healing at University Health Center since 1998.

Participation fee:


Students: $15 for all six weeks
Faculty/staff: $25 for all six weeks


Advance sign-up is required and space is limited; call 541-346-2770 to reserve a spot.

Feb 28
Social Influences and Personal Relationships with Body Image Q&A 6:00 p.m.

Please join us in a Q&A style discussion about social influence on body ideals, body acceptance, holistic health, and our personal relationship with our body. We will be...
February 28 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Lillis Business Complex, 111

Please join us in a Q&A style discussion about social influence on body ideals, body acceptance, holistic health, and our personal relationship with our body. We will be hosting perspectives of multiple esteemed panelists from varying areas of expertise and perspective. We hope you will participate in a night of discussion and social change. 

 

River Aaland is the Site Coordinator at Ophelia’s Place (OP), where she has worked since 2011. In this position, River trains and supervises OP’s interns and volunteers, provides orientations to new girls, oversees the After and Out of School Program, and offers resources and support to girls and families. She also frequently presents to providers and university students on a variety of topics. River has expertise in issues of poverty, eating disorders, body positivity, Health at Every Size (HAES), anti-oppression work, youth advocacy, adolescent sexuality, and girls/women’s empowerment. She recently presented at OP’s professional conference, Stronger Than You Know, on creating body-positive zones for youth in a media saturated society.

Taryn Hand, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is the Registered Dietitian at the University of Oregon Health Center. She works with students with a wide range of concerns, from general nutrition questions to medical conditions and disordered eating. She uses concepts of mindful and intuitive eating to help students develop a healthy, balanced relationship with food and their bodies.

 

Christian Harrison, M.S. graduated with his Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2015. Currently working as a Community Director in University Housing at the University of Oregon. Christian facilitates workshops around transgender needs on campus and accessibility on campus. Christian has presented at The Association of Humanistic Sociology Conference regarding transgender student involvement on university campuses. Christian has also presented at the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Multicultural Institute around using Trauma Informed practices to support trans/gender diverse students. Christian hopes to start a PhD next year in Sociology focusing on trans and disability identity and the body.

Nichole Kelly, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department, as well as the Prevention Science Institute. Dr. Kelly’s research interests are in obesity, eating behaviors and body image. She has specific expertise in using experimental paradigms to determine what emotional and cognitive processes lead to overeating. Some of her most recent work also focuses on clarifying psychological and sociocultural factors associated with body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in young, ethnically diverse men.

Yasi Milani is a senior at the UO majoring in Human Physiology. She is the co-founder of Majesty Digital and co-director of the Women of Color Coalition where she works towards creating community and a voice for minority and marginalized communities. She has spent the past 3 years volunteering her time as a personal trainer helping women feel comfortable in their own bodies while addressing health and fitness holistically. Her work focuses on creating dialogue on disordered eating, body dissatisfaction, and the sociocultural impact of Eurocentric beauty standards in ethnically diverse women.

Connect with Us

Does your group want to learn more about stress management, relaxation, nutrition, sexual health, or suicide prevention? Are you putting on a tabling event and wanting the Duck Nest to be a part of it? Our team is available to present to your campus organization or living community.

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