Office of International Programs

Travel - Mindfulness Under the Stars

Mindfulness Under the Stars in Northern Maine

February 20-25, 2017

SBS 399 (3 credits)

EPC 584 (3 credits)  

CEU 4.5 credit course

                                                                                                                                                                              Photo by John T. Meader


The stars will ground our study on mindfulness in this SBS 3-credit course.  Participants will travel to the woods of Northern Maine on the edge of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to view some of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi.



Nancy Hathaway is an adjunct professor in mindfulness and 'night sky lover'  who has been studying and teaching mindfulness for over 30 years in hospitals, schools, prisons, colleges, with parents, families, teachers, physicians, nurses. She is the founder of Mindful Maine, is published by Shambhala. 



 The application deadline is Friday, December 9, 2016. A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, academic advisor, or school supervisor 
  • Official copy of USM academic transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee is $800. This fee includes accommodation, bus transportation, most meals, and learning activities. Three credits of tuition and fees are an additional cost.

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, some lunches and dinners, or other personal expenses. Three credits of undergraduate tuition is $759 plus $84 for the university unified fee. Three credits of graduate tuition is $1,140 plus $84 for the university unified fee. The cost of the course fee for those seeking CEU 4.5 credits is estimated to be around $600. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go toward the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be according to a payment plan.