Mental Health Day – „Going the Mindful Way“ @ Jam Music Lab University
Apr 14 um 10:00 – 18:00

Open to students and teachers at Austrian music universities. Participation is free of charge.

Mental health is the essence of our activity in this world. The less distraction happens through an unsteady mind, the easier it becomes to master a study or to learn an instrument. Our life is becoming more and more hectic, the stimuli are becoming more and more intense and uncontrollable. This requires a healthy approach to external circumstances, which we are often unable to change.

Mindfulness is a way to gain resilience in order to better cope with the increasingly complex demands of life, studies and the music business.

At the Mental Health Day we would like to set gentle impulses, present scientific findings as well as focus on our personal inner life. This might give rise to ideas that can be helpful in your studies and career as an artist.


10:00 WELCOME – Univ.-Prof. Peter Gabis

10:15 WORKSHOP „Mental health and mindfulness in everyday life at the university
Prof. Dr. Mike Sandbothe

11:45 Lunch break

13:00 WORKSHOP „Music beyond shame“
Thomas Rückert

16:00 Afternoon break

16:30 LECTURE „Mindfulness in Music Business“ (Lecture)
Richard „Wolfie“ Wolf

17:30 PODIUM DISCUSSION with the speakers and questions from the audience
Moderation: Prof. Peter Gabis

10:15 – 11:45

Workshop: Mindfulness practice in everyday university life

Prof. Dr. Mike Sandbothe (Jena/Erfurt)

When people talk about „mindfulness“ today, they usually associate it with the idea of individual mindfulness exercises that are performed on the yoga mat or meditation cushion and that, when applied daily, enable a meta-conscious approach to one’s own consciousness. The workshop introduces the experience of individual mindfulness practice through selected practices (e.g. Breathing Space Exercise, Body Scan, Mindful Movement Exercises) and provides space for sharing experiences. In addition, a concern of the event is to open the horizon also for social, systemic and ecological mindfulness practices. These can contribute in an effective way to making change potentials in institutional structures perceptible, which have an impact on mental health in everyday university life.

The workshop will demonstrate how all four types of mindfulness practices (individual, social, systemic, and ecological) are important for establishing mindfulness in higher education. In doing so, he draws on concrete experiences gathered in the framework of the supra-regional cooperation platform Mindful Universities with multidimensional training programs for students, teachers, staff and leaders at universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Prof. Dr. Mike Sandbothe is founder of the cross-regional cooperation platform Mindful Universities, managing director of Mindful Digital and member of the Mindful Universities Research Lab.

As Professor of Culture and Media and Director of the Institute for Innovative Health Technologies, he works at the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena. From 2015 to 2019, he led the Thuringian model project Mindful Universities in the Digital Society and the AOK-PLUS innovation project Healthy Teaching and Learning (GLL) at Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena.

He has been working on the transfer of project results at the European level within the Erasmus+ program Training in Embodied Critical Thinking (TECT) since 2020. The certified MBSR trainer and Mindful University Lecturer is co-editor of the book series Mindfulness Education Media.

13:00 – 16:00

Workshop: Music beyond shame

Thomas Rückert (Cologne)

Whether you are a musician or a student of music, you know the feeling of shame or even fear and panic when you make a mistake while playing music. Does the experience of being on stage create a feeling of joy or security, or is the very idea of it a trigger for stress and discomfort? Is it possible to move in music without stress or anxiety, or does one feel constantly on guard not to make mistakes?

If making music is stressful, then perhaps it’s time to let go of early trained beliefs and behavior patterns that sabotage the heart’s desire to express itself in music. This practical workshop would like to give helpful suggestions and impulses for this.

Thomas Rückert has been a music teacher and freelance musician for over 25 years. He worked with Lee Konitz, Mark Murphy, Kevin Mahogany, Tony Lakatos, Adam Nussbaum, Randy Brecker, Ack van Rooyen, Jay Anderson, Thomas Morgan and John Goldsby.

In addition, he completed two trainings in Orgodynamics and Somatic Experience by Peter Levine, which teach methods for overcoming trauma. They inspired him to develop numerous techniques to release shame and fear within us while making music, and to increase confidence, aliveness, and joy. He applies this approach in his teaching work as a lecturer for jazz piano at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, the Bergische University in Wuppertal and the Institute of Music in Osnabrück.


16:30 – 17:30

Online Lecture: „Mindfulness in Music Business“

Richard „Wolfie“ Wolf (Los Angeles)

Emmy-Award winning composer, multi-platinum music producer, USC mindfulness teacher and author Richard „Wolfie“ Wolf invites us to take a deep look at the special relationship between the worlds of music, meditation and mindfulness. He shows how these connections can help musicians, students and music fans alike fend off the “Four Horseman of the Musical Apocalypse”: anxiety, depression, addiction and suicide.

In his Podcast „Wolf in Tune“ he interviews artists, musicians, music executives, and mindfulness experts to discuss helpful coping mechanisms for high-stress lifestyles. In this Lecture he gives us a compressed and very vivid insight in how music can be a bridge to a more expansive awareness and a more harmonious way of life.

Richard “Wolfie” Wolf is an Emmy Award ™ winning composer, multi-Platinum RIAA awarded record producer and songwriter, teacher and noted author.

As a songwriter/ producer/remixer Wolf worked on some of the seminal projects that were the first to fuse Hip-Hop with R&B/Pop on recordings with Prince, Bell Biv Devoe, Freddy Mercury, Coolio, Seal, & MC Lyte. His production and songwriting also appeared on the first Acid Jazz collection The Rebirth Of The Cool Vol.1 (Island Records). Wolf has produced and composed songs and scores for popular visual media for over four decades. He has contributed to the soundtracks for thousands of television episodes ranging from twelve seasons of NCIS and The Sandman to Oprah and the NFL. His music has also appeared in many films ranging from Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl” to “Scooby-Doo & The Cyber Chase”.

Wolf is on the faculty of The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where he teaches a class on „Music & Mindfulness“ which was the first course at a university level to explore the special relationship between the two practices. His book “In Tune: Music As The Bridge To Mindfulness” is acclaimed as an innovative guide to contemplative practices for musical people and was the inspiration for his podcast “Wolf In Tune”. The book was written up in The New Yorker, Parade Magazine, Mindful Magazine, Mashable, Spirituality & Health and others.

Wolf has led a five part series on “Mindfulness for the Music Community” for The Recording Academy’s MusiCares and has given similar talks and presentations for the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, ASCAP, The Kroger Wellness Festival and others.

17:30 – 18:15

PODIUM DISCUSSION with the speakers and Q&A from the audience

Moderation: Prof. Peter Gabis (Vienna)

Peter Gabis teaches jazz drums, percussion, rhythmic training and mindfulness for musicians at the JAM MUSIC LAB private university. In addition to his many years as a musician, he has been involved in consciousness training and meditation for 20 years now. Peter Gabis is a certified trainer for MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and completed the master’s course „Mindfulness in Education, Counseling and Health Care“ at the KPH Vienna/Krems.

With the friendly support of the Austrian National Union of Students

Achtsames Selbstmitgefühl – MSC – Kursbeginn @ Hiphaus
Apr 18 um 18:30 – 21:00

Kursleitung: Kathrin Andrusko

Assistenz: Peter Gabis


Achtsames Selbstmitgefühl (Mindful Self-Compassion – MSC) ist ein wissenschaftlich fundiertes 8-Wochen-Kursprogramm, das dafür entwickelt wurde, die Fertigkeiten des Selbstmitgefühls zu kultivieren. MSC bringt Teilnehmenden die wesentlichen Prinzipien und Praktiken bei, um schwierigen Momenten im Leben mit Güte, Fürsorge und Verständnis begegnen zu können. Einerseits ist es ein Weg, um mit uns selbst so umzugehen, wie wir eine gute Freundin oder einen guten Freund behandeln würden. Und andererseits eine mutige geistige Haltung, die uns widerstandsfähiger und selbstbestimmter macht, damit uns die nächste innere oder äußere Krise nicht umwirft. Der Schwerpunkt von MSC liegt darin, emotionale Ressourcen aufzubauen.

Ein Training in Mindful Self-Compassion ermöglicht dir:

  • Achtsamkeit und Selbstmitgefühl zu erfahren
  • Dir mit Freundlichkeit und Selbstmitgefühl zu begegnen, wenn du leidest
  • Dich mit Freundlichkeit anstatt mit Kritik zu motivieren
  • Belastende Gefühle mit mehr Gelassenheit zu halten
  • Herausfordernde Beziehungen zu erforschen und zu entlasten

In dem 8-Wochen-Kurs bekommst du:

Acht Kurseinheiten zu je 3 Stunden plus einen Praxistag mit vier Stunden, angeleitete Meditationen, formelle und informelle Übungen zum Etablieren von Selbstmitgefühl, kurze Impulsvorträge, Verbundenheit und Austausch in einer wohlwollenden Gruppe von Gleichgesinnten, angeleitete Meditationen per MP3 für deine persönliche Mitgefühlspraxis, Handout.

Das Ziel ist es, Teilnehmenden eine direkte Erfahrung von Selbstmitgefühl zu ermöglichen und Praktiken einzuüben, die Selbstmitgefühl im Alltag entstehen lassen.

Klangmassage 3/4 @ Reichenau, GH Flackl
Apr 20 um 10:00 – Apr 23 um 13:00
Amadeus Big Band Projekt @ Schloss Kreisbach
Apr 29 um 20:00 – 22:00
Handpan Workshop – Klangreise mit dem Ufo @ GEA-Akademie Schrems
Mai 5 um 18:00 – Mai 7 um 13:00
Wiener Diwan @ Kunsthistorisches Museum
Mai 11 um 19:30 – 20:30
Shlomit Butbul „Wo Liebe ist wird Frieden sein“ @ Rathaus - Großer Saal
Mai 14 um 18:00 – 19:00

Veranstaltung „75 Jahre Israel“

Salah Ammo & Peter Gabis – Symposium „Pädagogik der Achtsamkeit“ @ Universität Wien, Hauptgebäude, BIG-Hörsaal
Mai 22 um 15:00 – Mai 23 um 7:00
Handpan spielen – Klangreise mit dem UFO @ Weilrod (D)- Landsteiner Mühle
Mai 26 um 18:00 – Mai 28 um 13:00

Wer kennt sie nicht, die UFO-artigen Instrumente, die mit ihrem Klang bezaubern. Der Grundidee des Handpanspiels liegt eine hörende, sensible, spielerische und forschende Haltung zugrunde. Es passiert meist ganz von selbst, dass der Spieler im Geiste zur Ruhe findet und freudvoll ins aktive Musizieren kommt. Das ermöglicht dem Laien relativ einfach und stressfrei musikalische Grundprinzipien zu erfahren. In diesem Workshop werden die Teilnehmer zwischen den Welten pendeln, zwischen dem intuitiven, wahrnehmenden und dem bewusst reproduzierenden Zugang.

Klangmassage 1 @ Schloss Puchberg
Jun 3 um 9:30 – Jun 4 um 16:00