Classes & Events

UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center offers classesdaylong eventsworkshops, a weekly podcastyear-long programs, free guided meditations, and free virtual drop-in meditations.

Since 2011, MARC has trained over 500 people from around the world to be mindfulness teachers through our Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF). 
Participants in the program come from all walks of life: we have had educators, mental health professionals, artists, first responders, CEOs, social justice workers, and many more. 
We have also had several authors—some of whom became mindfulness authors after their experience in TMF. They are authors of mindfulness children’s books, mindfulness how-to’s, curriculum guides, card decks, memoirs, and more. 
Some of the books address personal challenges, like bringing mindfulness to facing cancer, or to caregiving a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Some books are memoirs of surviving a meditation retreat. Others bring mindfulness and environmental awareness to children through beautiful prose and pictures. 
To celebrate the incredible work of these TMF graduates, we are holding two Author Nights: May 12 for general audience books and May 26 for books geared to children and families (kids are invited and more than welcome!). 
Please join us in this wonderful celebration of our extended MARC community! 

May 12th, 6-7:30pm PDT for the session for a generally audience 

  1. Hector Bolanos - Get Your Love Right: Create a Strong, Vibrant & Conflict-Free Relationship 
  2. Sharon Brock - The LOVEE Method: 5 Mindfulness Practices for the Journey of Breast Cancer 
  3. Landra Eliopoulos – The Work Wellness Deck 
  4. Amanda Gilbert – Kindness Now: A 28-Day Guide to Living With Authenticity, Intention and Compassion 
  5. Jennifer Howd - Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat 
  6. Cyndy Noel - Courageous Hearts, A Journey Through Alzheimer’s
  7. Barbara Rose Sherman – Yoga, For the Joy Of It 
  8. Linda Yaron Weston - Mindfulness for Young Adults: Tools to Thrive in School and Life.   

May 26th, 6-7:30pm PDT for the session for children, families and teens. CHILDREN ARE WELCOME! 

  1. Yessica Avancena - I Am The Mindful Mountain 
  2. Banni Bunting - How Do You See the World? 
  3. Ivo Cussianovich – Clouds in the Sky 
  4. Roma Khetarpal – The “Perfect” Parent
  5. Renda Dionne Madrigal - The Mindful Family Guidebook 
  6. Nirosha Ruwan - Mind Over Scatter: Conquer Any Test with Sharper Focus and Less Stress 
  7. Catherine Siphron - Press Pause 

Upcoming Events

MAPs III: Practicing Across the Spectrum of Awareness
With Diana Winston


This class is for students who have taken MAPs I and MAPs II classes and wish to go deeper. Most people practice mindfulness in a focused way—attending to their breathing and returning to their breath when their attention has wandered. But there are many ways to practice mindfulness.

In this 6-week class, we will learn about and practice with the Spectrum of Awareness, from focused awareness to investigative and open awareness, to natural awareness. Natural awareness is an effortless, radiant, and spacious state of being that includes awareness of awareness.


Date: Thursdays, May 12- June 16
Time: 10:00 am-12 noon,  PT
Cost: $0-$200

MAPs Applications:
Introduction to Mindfulness for Adult ADHD Part 2
Transforming Negative Self-Views into Self-Compassion & Healing for Adult ADHD
With Manijeh Motaghy

Manijeh Motaghy

Scientific studies show that Children with ADHD nervous system grow up being criticized at least 20,000 times more than other children their age. After a while this becomes an internal experience and reality well into adulthood. One is ready to criticize oneself at every turn and ADHDers have a lot of turns. Many of the challenges including forgetfulness, clutter, disorganization, missing deadlines, unable to listen and other difficulties are a constant reminder that the person is less than perfect and stuck in this way of life.
This negative self-view and judgmental attitude only worsens those challenges and hinders the brilliance of this brain type.

This course provides education about the specifics of ADHD Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria which is intense painful experiences when feeling judged and blamed and reacting unskillfully. There will be ADHD appropriate Mindfulness practices to help the healing process, reframing, and shifting to healthier responses. It will invigorate a self-positive outlook and self-confidence.

We also encourage anyone who has a relationship with an individual of ADHD nervous system to participate in this course.

Dates: Wednesdays, May 18 - June 8
Time: 5:30-7:30pm, PT
Cost: $0-$200

Half-Day of Mindfulness:
Connecting with Courage
with Diana Winston in collaboration with Sangha Live

Diana winston

While at times each of us may feel courageous, many of us often find courage to be elusive; courage comes and goes, and may be present in one part of our life, but not another.

More than ever, we need courage to survive these challenging times — from navigating struggles in our personal lives, to making important choices, to surviving ongoing global uncertainty.

What gets in the way of your courage? How can mindfulness help you to embrace your fears?

On this day of practice we‘ll explore courage as a strength of heart and mind. Together we’ll practice mindfulness meditation through sitting, walking, and movement, contemplative inquiry, and courage-focused meditation.

Dates: Saturday, May 21
Time: 7am-10am, PT
Cost: $0-$75

UCLA Psychiatry 175
Mindfulness Practice & Theory
(Non-Credit Option Available)
with Marvin G. Belzer


Join us online in this 6-week class to study the practice and theory of mindfulness, including sitting and moving meditation, ways to deepen positive emotions like gratitude or joy, relational mindfulness, and methods for integrating awareness and creativity into ordinary activities.

We will examine the science of mindfulness for mental and physical health, including reduced stress, improved attention, and greater mind-body awareness.

Taught by Marvin G. Belzer, Ph.D. Associate Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience.

Class Participation Includes:

  • Class Meetings Mon & Wed 7- 9:30 pm, PST via Zoom (June 22- July 27, no class July 4)
  • Small Group Discussions facilitated by an experienced mindfulness facilitator
  • Three Days of Mindfulness: June 25, July 17, and July 253•   Online Mindfulness Retreat July 9- July 12
  • PLUS Numerous other workshops and events outside of class during the month of July

Mindfulness Practice and Theory (Psychiatry 175)  4 Credits
Session A: June 22 – July 27, 2022 
Non-Credit Option Available

Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Self-Compassion
With Diana Winston


Many of us struggle with issues of self-judgment and self-criticism. They can show up as challenging emotions and as painful thoughts such as, "I'm not good enough," "how could I be so stupid," and "I don't like what I look like." Although these thoughts and feelings may feel overwhelming and intractable, we can learn how to work with and lessen them, and develop more kindness for ourselves. Science has shown that you can actually change your brain through mindfulness and the cultivation of positive emotional states.

In this daylong, we will explore mindfulness practices to work with self-critical thoughts, and self-compassion practices to nurture kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. The day will include sitting and walking mindfulness and kindness meditations, periods of silence, personal exploration, and discussion to help cultivate and encourage more self-compassion. Appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners.

Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: 10:00 am-3:00pm,  PT
Cost: $0-$75