April 26, 2022

Jeanne Lilly to Leave Lewis & Clark

Jeanne Lilly, PhD will be leaving Lewis and Clark after this term. She has served as a psychologist at the Counseling Service since 2008 and as the Spiritual and Contemplative Life Coordinator at the Office of Spiritual Life since 2012. 

  • Jeanne Lilly

Jeanne’s affiliation with the college actually began in 2007, when she served as adjunct faculty in the Counseling Psychology Department until 2009, teaching “Practical Skills for Counselors.” She also co-taught a course entitled “Qi-gong and Meditation” in the Physical Education and Athletic Department in 2010.

During her years at LC, Jeanne brought Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes to the campus through her work at the Counseling Service, getting certified as an MBSR instructor through the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. Many students were able to participate in this 8-week program. She also provided counseling to many students over the years.

Jeanne also brought many innovative programs to the Office of Spiritual Life, helping to broaden the focus of the office to include offerings for students who may not necessarily have identified with a specific religious tradition. She attended the Yoga Academy of North America, receiving training in yoga nidra and pranayama, and taught classes on campus on these subjects. Through her liaison efforts, students attended sweat lodges and fire ceremonies in Scappose, and joined in activities in spiritual communities in the area including the Vedanta Society Retreat Center, Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, the Sikh Center of Oregon, Dorje Ling Buddhist Meditation Center, the Portland Hindu Temple, and Seven Thunders Zendo.

She also conducted meditation retreats both on campus and at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in NE Portland, offered full moon meditations, worked with graduate students to offer meditation on the south campus, offered weekly meditations, and offered book groups for students. Some books read over the years included Autobiography of a Yogi by Parmahansa Yogananda, and The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness by Emily Esfahani Smith, and Rediscovering the True Self by Ron Farmer. She also led presentations examining the intersection of spirituality and psychological wellness, using the work of Dr. Lisa Miller of Columbia University, and author of The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and our Quest for an Inspired Life.

Finally, Jeanne helped to extend contemplative offerings for the wider community through staff and faculty meditations.

Hilary Martin Himan, Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life, said Jeanne’s presence added a nuanced dimension to the Office of Spiritual Life. “Jeanne brought wider perspectives that enhanced our ability to serve students and learn about non-Western religions. She also significantly influenced our Office’s reach in the greater Portland area. Our Office has benefited so much from Jeanne’s presence. I wish her well in her future endeavors.” John Hancock, Associate Dean of Students for Health & Wellness, offered: “As a therapist, Jeanne has empathically supported so many students through the emotional challenges of college life. Both as a counselor, and as the pioneer of our mindfulness programs, Jeanne was always dedicated to providing the highest quality instruction and support to students. The Counseling Service staff will miss her greatly.”

The Office of Spiritual Life will be hosting an informal student gathering on Monday, May 2 from 3:30 - 5:00pm in the foyer of the Office of Spiritual Life (lower level of Flanagan.) Should students not be able to come at that time, Jeanne will be present most of the day.

The Counseling Service and the Office of Spiritual Life will be hosting a Good Bye Open House for Jeanne on Monday, May 16 in the Gregg Pavilion from 2:30 - 4:30pm. Swing on by to grab a refreshment and say goodbye!