Rhode Island College’s Programming and Events Board is hosting a Destress Fest in the month of November. The Destress Fest contains several events on both Wednesday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 19 to give students a fun way to decompress and reset.
Several of the events will contain passive programming. Passive programming is an assortment of self-directed activities that does not require directions from the staff.
These passive events will go from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17, then 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Ballroom. On Nov. 17, RIC’s counseling center will have a table from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to provide information on the services they offer.
A yoga event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 will also take place in the Ballroom. At the Yoga event, there will be a raffle for a gift basket that students who attend can enter to win. One of the items in the raffle prize includes a multiple class pass to Iyengar Yoga Source. The final Destress Fest event will take place off-campus at Skyzone from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A number of DIY activities will be present. Some of the activities include bath bomb-making, creating your own zen garden, embroidery, crafting essential oil lava bead bracelets, massage chairs, air plants and slime making.
Sage Mueller, president of Student Programming and Events, told The Anchor, “Our main objective was to give our classmates the opportunity [to] relax, unwind and have a blast. However, as we were in the process of planning these events, it dawned on us that a one-off fest will probably have [a] little lasting impact on levels of chronic stress.”
Mueller continued, “That is why we decided to use this week of events as a chance to also help connect our classmates with long-term support on and off-campus, including RIC’s counseling center and a local sliding scale yoga studio, Iyengar Yoga. Now, our fest will not only be full of fun but sprinkled with resources as well.”