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Required Readings

This is a list of books and articles that will support your development as a Koru teacher. We hope all Koru teachers will read our required readings by the time you submit your portfolio. There are also suggested readings below that you may find helpful as part of your training to teach Koru. Several of these books can be purchased at our favorite local bookstore.  

Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives

By Holly Rogers and Margaret Maytan  •  Oxford Press, 2012
This book is essentially a manual for teaching Koru. It describes the background and structure of Koru and contains scripts for all four Koru Basic classes. Please review this book before your Koru certification workshop. **This should be read before the workshop.  

The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else

By Holly Rogers  •  New Harbinger, 2016
This book written by Holly to fit with the Koru curriculum is the companion text for Koru Basic. All your Koru students will be asked to read it as part of their Koru Basic curriculum.  

Real Happiness

By Sharon Salzberg  •  Workman Publishing Company, 2010
This book serves as the companion text for Koru 2.0. It is a very straight forward, practical meditation guide that we have found emerging adults respond well to. It introduces loving-kindness, a meditation we teach in Koru 2.0.  

Emerging Adulthood: A Theory of Development from the Late Teens Through the Twenties

By Jeffrey Arnett  •  American Psychologist. Vol. 55. No 5. 469-480
This article is one of Arnett’s earliest publications where he lays out the premise of emerging adulthood as a new stage of development.  It gives a nice overview of his theory.  The link above will take you to Dr. Arnett’s website and his American Psychologist article.  

Suggested Readings

Wherever You Go, There You Are

By Jon Kabat-Zinn  •  Hyperion, 10th edition, 2005
This Kabat-Zinn classic was the original companion text for Koru Basic. It may be useful to use this as the companion text for Koru classes with older students.  

Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties

By Jeffrey Jensen Arnett  •  Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2015
This is the expanded and updated edition of Arnett’s original Emerging Adulthood book.  This is a more updated read from his original work, including new research initiatives. If you are interested in a thorough exploration of emerging adulthood, this book is a useful resource.  

Radical Dharma

By Rev angel Kyodo Willians, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah  •  North Atlantic Books, 2016
This powerful book looks at the role of contemplative practices in achieving social justice via healing the divide created by racism and privilege. A must read for meditation teachers working in communities of color.  

The Mindful Athlete. Secrets to Pure Performance

By George Mumford  •  Paralax Press. 2015
Mumford’s look at the role of mindfulness for enhancing athletic performance will appeal to many sports-minded emerging adults.  

A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Koru: A Mindfulness Program for College Students and Other Emerging Adults.

By Greeson, Jeffrey M., Michael K. Juberg, Margaret Maytan, Kiera James, and Holly Rogers  •  Journal of American College Health Association  •  62, no. 4 (2014): 222-233
This research article on Koru found it to be an effective program for teaching mindfulness to emerging adults. It was honored for being the most downloaded article for the JACH in 2014.  

Emerging Adulthood: the cultural psychology of a new life stage.

By Jeffrey Jensen Arnett  •  In L.A. Jensen (Ed.) Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology:  New Syntheses in Theory, Research, and Policy  (255-275)  •  Oxford: University Press, 2011
This book chapter reviews the research related to the question of whether the theory of emerging adulthood is a worldwide “one size fits all” model.  Arnett lays out a description of demographic and cultural variability, weaving in his original U.S. based research as a comparative backdrop.  

Race, Ethnicity, and Emerging Adulthood: Retrospect and Prospects.

By Syed, M, Mitchell L  •  Emerging Adulthood  • Vol 1 no. 2 83-95, 2013
This article looks at the theory of emerging adulthood from a lens of race and ethnicity, bringing the question of whether the theory fits for young adults of color. It is a thought provoking review of the literature and supports further research into this question.
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