Arrive and Thrive Project

Brad WalchukUncategorized


This is a publicly fund project to help relief Mental Health issues at the university, it includes several workshops where you can participate:

  • COG (Cooperative Outdoor adventure Games): Take a quick break and activate by joining us for a mid-week adventure. You’ll work together to discover the secrets of the McMaster campus on foot and to clear your mind. No experience or skills required, just you and your runners.
    • Running on Wednesdays from 5:30pm until 6:30ish. We meet in the plaza area between Mills and MUSC. Our staff and volunteers will be wearing blue Arrive and Thrive t-shirts.
  • WIND (Walk In Nature Days): you can get outside and leave your worries behind, by getting into nature with others in a positive, mutually supportive environment. No experience or skills required, just you and your hiking/walking shoes.
    • Running on Saturday mornings starting at 10:30am and meets in DBAC by the business office (glassed in office by front entrance). The walk goes for about an hour or so and then we provide a pizza lunch.
  • Koru class: An evidence-based 4-week program, specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation and stress management touniversity students and young adults. The curriculum consists of mind-body skills, guided meditations and more, aimed at helping you open your mind and manage your stress.
    • A graduate student only Koru class is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 7th and goes for 4 weeks (time and location will be sent after pre-registration). Register:
  • Pause: is a 1:1 session with a counsellor which allows for individualized assessment and discussion of a student’s use of substances (alcohol, marijuana, or tobacco), reasons for use and motivation to change their use. If the student is ready to make a change, support, suggestions and referrals. An email will to us will start that process, and we hope to see the person at their convenience (yes, we plan to have evening and day time hours – possibly even weekends). Once we receive someone interested in Pause we will be in contact within a week (if not sooner).
  • Exploring Change: Do you have a habit that you are thinking about changing or would like to change? Using a variety of activities and a judgement-free approach, these 4 week groups focussed on partying (substance use), procrastination or perfectionism will help you figure out if you’re ready and how to make a change in your life.


All of our programming is confidential and in no way connected to either the student record or the health record unless the student requests it to be. For more information email or check their website: