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Common Reading program to host March 11 virtual program on mindfulness

ISSUED: 15 February 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Common Reading program, Counseling Services, and the Shepherd University Foundation are sponsoring a virtual event titled “Walking to Listen: Mindfulness for All from the Individual to the Community” on Thursday, March 11, from noon-1 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Zoom.

Rhonda Jackson and Wendy Baracka, Shepherd counselors, and Dr. Christy Wenger, associate professor of English, have studied mindfulness for years and will share benefits, background, and practical approaches for incorporating mindfulness techniques into life and how the practice can help personally, professionally, and collectively.

The event will incorporate themes from this year’s Common Reading book, “Walking to Listen” by Andrew Forsthoefel, who discovered the power of mindfulness during his walk across the United States and often channeled mindfulness techniques to help him continue to put one foot in front of the other, even on the most challenging days. Being able to tune in to all that he was feeling and experiencing was critical to Forsthoefel’s successful journey—both the physical and the metaphorical one.

For a Zoom link to the event, email Shannon Holliday, Common Reading program coordinator, at

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