Live Meditation with George Mumford — Q&A Moderated by UVA Head Wrestling Coach Steve Garland



Live Meditation with George Mumford — Q&A Moderated by UVA Head Wrestling Coach Steve Garland




Co-sponsored by Virtual Meditation on the Lawn and UVA Athletics!
Together with UVA Athletics, we are pleased to announce that George Mumford—internationally renowned speaker, teacher, coach, and author of The Mindful Athlete: The Secret to Pure Performance—will join us live on April 14 for an extended 30-minute edition of Virtual Meditation on the Lawn. Mumford will lead a 15-minute meditation followed by an audience Q&A period moderated by UVA head wrestling coach Steve Garland.

SAVE THE DATE: April 14, 2021
11:00-11:30am ET
Online via Zoom webinar
Free and open to the public

George Mumford is an expert on mindfulness and performance. Since 1989, he’s been honing
his gentle, but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques with people from locker rooms to board rooms and from Yale to jail.

Michael Jordan credits Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership, helping the Bulls to six NBA championships. Mumford has also worked with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and countless other NBA players, Olympians, executives, and artists.

Mumford’s book The Mindful Athlete is both memoir and instruction guide. He believes everyone has a masterpiece within, which he can show you how to access. While at the University of Massachusetts—where he roomed with future Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving—injuries forced Mumford out of basketball and eventually into an addiction to pain medication and drugs. With the help of meditation and mindfulness, he got clean and made it his mission to teach and work with others.  

Learn more about George Mumford.

Former Cavalier All-American Steve Garland is serving in his 15th season as head wrestling coach at Virginia. A master motivator, recruiter and coach, Garland has worked diligently to push the Cavaliers among the nation’s elite. The results of Garland’s perseverance are evident.

In Garland’s first 14 seasons at Virginia, the Cavaliers earned 13 All-America honors and 19 ACC individual titles while qualifying 82 to the NCAA Championships and recording Top-25 team finishes at NCAAs in seven of the last 10 years the event was competed. He also led the Cavaliers to two ACC Championships, claiming the title in 2010 and 2015.
A practitioner of mindfulness himself, Garland participated in the May, 2020 Virtual Meditation on the Lawn event where he shared a five-step strategy he personally uses and teaches his wrestlers for cultivating resilience and motivation particularly during times of struggle. He called this strategy TACOS, an acronym for Thanksgiving, Acknowledgment, Commitment, Others, and Self.

Learn more about Steve Garland.

This event is part of a special monthly series of Virtual Meditation on the Lawn offered by the Contemplative Sciences Center and our UVA partners during the spring semester. Each month a special guest from among the world’s leading meditation teachers will facilitate a 15-minute meditation followed by a Q&A. These events will run 11–11:30am ET. Please stay tuned for additional announcements and registration information regarding upcoming events in this series.

Special guest presentations of Virtual Meditation on the Lawn are sponsored by private philanthropy. Please consider making a gift today to support events in this series.