UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

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About MARC

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)

The mission of the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society. Mindful awareness (mindfulness) can be defined as paying attention to present-moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. Mindfulness can be trained systematically, and it can be implemented more fully in daily life by people of any age, profession, or background. MARC offers classes, programs, trainings, and events to UCLA, the Los Angeles community, and to a wider global community through virtual and in-person learning, web resources, and our free app with guided meditations, "UCLA Mindful"

Specialty Care: Education/Research - Integrative Medicine | UCLA Health

Contact Us

UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
740 Westwood Plaza, Rm. 17- 468
Los Angeles, CA 90095

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Big Bear Retreat Center

A Five-Night Silent Meditation Retreat 

In Collaboration with Big Bear Retreat Center

Join Diana Winston, Leslie Booker, and Marvin G. Belzer, and Lissa Edmond (movement) for a five-night silent retreat in the beautiful natural setting of the Big Bear Retreat Center, only two and a half hours from Los Angeles. We will spend our days deepening our meditation practice in the service of cultivating wisdom and compassion needed to transfer out to our lives.  As we settle our minds, supported by nature, we can see ourselves and the world with deeper clarity and allow our inner wisdom to emerge. 

September 28 - October 3, 2023

Bring Mindfulness to your Workplace 

Collaborate with MARC to introduce or fully integrate mindfulness into your work setting.

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What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Join Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), and learn the science behind mindfulness, as well as practical, scientifically-proven techniques for reducing stress and cultivating well-being.

Upcoming Events

Find Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs), drop-in meditations, workshops, and retreats. 

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Live-Online and Pre-Recorded MAPs Classes

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Drop-in Meditations (Hammer Podcast)

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Training in Mindfulness Facilitation

Free Programming at MARC

Stream or download our Free Studio-Recorded Guided Meditations, or our Weekly Live Podcasts. La meditación en español está disponible.

UCLA Mindful App

Download the free UCLA Mindful App for iOS and Android.