Largest Mindfulness Lesson (Single Venue)

Guinness World Record Attempt: Largest Mindfulness Lesson (Single Venue)
Guinness World Record Attempt: Largest Mindfulness Lesson (Single Venue)

23 July, 2019
Connect Week (Week. 1)

Gates open: 10.30am
Official Attempt: 11.30am - 12.00pm

University of Queensland
St Lucia Campus, Great Court

Break a record. Build a community.

We want you to help us break a world record!

The University of Queensland and the wider Brisbane community, will unite at the UQ St Lucia Campus on Tuesday 23 July 2019, to take part in a Guinness World Records Attempt. The attempt will aim to break the record for the Largest Mindfulness Lesson of 569 participants and will be hosted in the beautiful Great Court by mindfulness guru Dr Russ Harris. During the official attempt, Russ will teach mindfulness techniques that are commonly used to help maintain mental health and manage issues such as depression, anxiety and stress. As part of UQ's commitment to the Mental Health Strategy (2018-2020), the event will promote community activities that encourage participation, inclusiveness and a sense of connection and belonging at the University.

The event will be a fun day out for students, staff, alumni, family and friends. There will be freebies, giveaways, wellness stalls, free lunch and of course the chance to be a part of a world record! We also ask everyone to indulge in our colour theme for the day and to wear your brightest shirt, dress, hat or shoes, to help us a shine a positive light on mental health. Allianz, Headspace, UQ Wellness, UQ Sport, UQ Union and a variety of other wellness stalls will also be available on the day to help raise awareness of the services and programs at UQ and the wider local community.

If you are feeling daring, there will also be a colour run guard of honour (optional) for all participants to run through at the conclusion of the event to symbolise and celebrate the combined efforts of the community. We do advise that, although the dye can be washed out of clothing, a spare change of clothes is advisable if you need to go to work after the event.

Please come with an open mind and a smile and be prepared to be mindful whether rain or shine!

Please note: All mobile phones will need to be turned off to take part in the event. Please see event rules all participants must abide by on the day to be counted for the Guinness World Records.


Why attend?

  • A once in a lifetime opportunity!
  • Raise mental health awareness for students
  • Freebies and giveaways on the day
  • Free lunch and refreshments for all participants
  • Run through our colour guard of honour!
  • Visit our Wellness Hub
  • Help us break a World Record!
  • Be a part of something different
  • Learn how to be mindful!

Your Mindfulness Instructor

Dr Russ Harris, Mindfulness Guru

Dr Harris will be leading the session for the Guiness World Records Attempt for the largest mindfulness lesson. Dr Harris is well versed in mindfulness and is renowned across the world for his research, guidance and innovative thinking. Dr Harris is a Medical Practitioner, Psychotherapist, Life Coach and world-renowned trainer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is also the author of the international best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap’ and personally defines mindfulness as “paying attention with openness, curiosity, flexibility and kindness”. Find out more about Dr Russ Harris

Event Information

Maps, locations and important transport information to help you get to the event on time
Meet UQ's Mental Health Champions on the day. Find out more about what they do and how you can get involved!
All participants must obide by Guinness rules on the day. Follow this handy guide to help us break the record!
Mindfulness has long been supported for reducing stress, anxiety and mental health symptoms
Find out more about the previous record holders for the Largest Mindfulness Lesson
Read the latest research on the health and wellbeing of tertiary students by Head Space

“We are committed to a sustained and multi-pronged approach to
transform culture and promote better mental health.”

Professor Peter Høj,
President and Vice-Chancellor

Contact Event Organiser

Student Affairs Team
University of Queensland
St Lucia campus