While Koru was specifically designed for young adults, our experience has shown us that Koru works great for adults of all ages.
We have found that the Koru model is a wonderful introduction to mindfulness for beginners, which doesn’t demand the same level of time, cost, and commitment that the longer mindfulness programs do. This likely makes it more accessible to a wide variety of folks.
Margarate Maytan, one of the co-founders of the Koru Mindfulness curriculum, shares her results from two Koru courses that had an age range of 38 to 70 years old.
The Koru model was not modified in any way for either course. The only difference between these two courses and the Duke student classes was that the older groups needed to take things a bit more slowly, especially with understanding how the logs work.
The participants in both courses responded with the same enthusiasm, willingness, and openness as our Duke students, as reflected in their comments at each check-in and on their evaluations. Their evaluations contained much of the same comments as the Duke students. They attended to their practice and their logs, read and were moved by the book, really enjoyed check-in, and they wanted more classes!
Here are some anonymous comments from the evaluations:
“Enjoyed class and discipline involved. I liked the brevity of class.”
“After efforts to meditate in the past (which I felt didn’t work) and giving up, I feel now I’m progressing in the practice of meditation.”
“I appreciated experiencing this with peers.”
“I will continue to strive to increase the percentage of each day for which I am present and mindful. Thank you for the class. It was a great step forward.”
“So glad I was able to be part of this group. It helped me in ways I never thought it would.”
“Felt safe in class. Classes relaxed me.”
“I enjoyed sharing and hearing about others’ progress, problems, etc. Helped me to think outside “my” box.”