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.

 

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Manage Your Stress

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Take Care of your Body

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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? Stop by the Duck Nest and ask us about the program.

Peer Wellness Advocates application is now open! The application will be open until January 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

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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 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)

Jan 22
Stress and Anxiety Management Workshop2:00 p.m.

Learn how to identify stress and anxiety triggers and work on personalized management techniques. All students are welcome to drop in to this free workshop.
January 8–March 11
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (041)

Learn how to identify stress and anxiety triggers and work on personalized management techniques. All students are welcome to drop in to this free workshop.

Jan 22
SNAP Drop-in Assistance4:30 p.m.

Stop by the Duck Nest to learn more about SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and get help with the application. Find out more about food security programs at UO too!
January 7–March 16
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (EMU 041)

Stop by the Duck Nest to learn more about SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and get help with the application. Find out more about food security programs at UO too!

Jan 23
Love Me, Love Me Not2:00 p.m.

Building healthy relationships is part of a great college experience. Whether they're friendships or romantic relationships, it is important to understand what a healthy...
January 23 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (041)

Building healthy relationships is part of a great college experience. Whether they're friendships or romantic relationships, it is important to understand what a healthy relationship looks like and how to recognize an unhealthy relationship. Every relationship will have times that are not so sunny and this can lead to disagreements. Arguments in a relationship are natural, what matters is how we bounce back from it. In this workshop we will identify characteristics of a healthy and unhealthy relationship, ways to better communicate, and how to increase our Emotional Intelligence (EI) skills for improving interactions, relationships, and conversations with others. The workshop will introduce participants to tools that facilitate our interpersonal interactions, improve our ability to empathetically navigate the social environment, and better handle conflicts with the people we love. This workshop is free and open to UO students, faculty, and staff. 

Jan 23
Rudra Meditation5:00 p.m.

Rudra Meditation is an open-eye form of meditation that uses breath to open and strengthen the energy centers in the body. It is a technique that can be used to help transform...
January 9–March 12
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (EMU 041)

Rudra Meditation is an open-eye form of meditation that uses breath to open and strengthen the energy centers in the body. It is a technique that can be used to help transform tension to build a strong foundation, clarity of mind, and an open heart.  Class will begin with an introduction to the technique, followed by meditation, and completed with a question and answer session. Led by Jenifer Wuite, meditation instructor

Jan 25
Dogs at the Duck Nest11:00 a.m.

Stop by the Duck Nest to pet some dogs and destress for the day. We love having the dogs come visit us and they love seeing you! PAAWS is a Eugene, Oregon based...
November 2 2019–February 22 2020
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest, Room 041

Stop by the Duck Nest to pet some dogs and destress for the day. We love having the dogs come visit us and they love seeing you!

PAAWS is a Eugene, Oregon based support and networking organization for teams registered or certified with a recognized therapy animal organization.

Jan 28
OM1:30 p.m.

Take a moment to connect with yourself during this communal meditation circle | Hosted by Arian Mobasser of Oregon Mindfulness (OM)
October 1 2019–March 10 2020
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)

Jan 30
Black Mental Health on College Campuses2:00 p.m.

Why don’t black people talk about mental health? What are the mental health needs of black college students? Where do I find the support I need as a black student on campus?...
January 30 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (041)

Why don’t black people talk about mental health? What are the mental health needs of black college students? Where do I find the support I need as a black student on campus? Culture - a person's beliefs, norms, values and language - plays a key role in every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. Mental illness doesn't discriminate but people do. People of color in the United States battle with microaggressions, cultural/religious/ language barriers, and negative stereotypes. Making asking for help even more challenging, additionally students of color often face historical and cultural barriers when trying to access mental health services. This workshop will examines clinical and emotional aspects of mental illness along with the myths and stigma, that surround mental health in black communities. The purpose of this workshop is to educate the community on black mental health challenges, history, and resources. This workshop is free and open to UO students, faculty, and staff.

Feb 11
Building Healthy Relationships in the Workplace2:00 p.m.

Attend this campus Wellness Ambassador led workshop for faculty and staff to learn about the dynamics of healthy workplaces and how to develop a productive and impactful team....
February 11 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Miller Room (EMU 107)

Attend this campus Wellness Ambassador led workshop for faculty and staff to learn about the dynamics of healthy workplaces and how to develop a productive and impactful team. This interactive workshop will discuss current research around organizational management, communication styles, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence whilst also providing an opportunity for participants to delve into how to understand and contribute to improving their own current workplace environment. 

Sponsored by the Duck Nest and Wellness Ambassador Program.

Register for the workshop here: https://uomytrack.pageuppeople.com/learning/2849

Feb 20
The Focus Group5:30 p.m.

Do you identify as a man? Why are guys so much less likely to access wellness resources than women? Come share ideas about how to make campus support services more...
January 16–February 20
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (EMU 041)

Do you identify as a man? Why are guys so much less likely to access wellness resources than women? Come share ideas about how to make campus support services more gender-inclusive. Pizza provided at every meeting.

Mar 10
Change and Ambiguity in the Workplace2:00 p.m.

This campus Wellness Ambassador led workshop for faculty and staff will explore types of change that occur within the workplace and help you explore how change is impacting you....
March 10 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Miller Room (EMU 107)

This campus Wellness Ambassador led workshop for faculty and staff will explore types of change that occur within the workplace and help you explore how change is impacting you. We’ll explore communication techniques to use in the workplace around change and give you tools to take back to your office to have dialogue with your colleagues and supervisors. 

Sponsored by the Duck Nest and the Wellness Ambassador Program.

Register at: https://uomytrack.pageuppeople.com/learning/2850

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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