Intensive Practice Program

Intensive Practice Program (IPP)

2023 Cohort Applications will open Mid-January 2023.

IPP information below is for the 2022 IPP, 2023 details may vary. 


This 10-month online program (March-December 2022) provides a cohesive mindfulness practice and study course for dedicated students who wish to deepen their personal mindfulness practice in a supportive community.

Students will have prioritized access to MARC classes and events, engage in monthly supervision sessions, receive mentorship, and connect in peer support groups. Further personal growth will be enabled by several outside requirements.

All MARC classes are currently held online either live online or prerecorded online.


March – December 2022 for full program participation

Monthly Group Meetings:

Online required monthly group meetings will be held the THIRD WEEKEND of each month unless otherwise noted, March-December 2022 (Sat 4-6pm PST/Sun 11.30-1.30pm PST):

Dates for monthly meetings: March 19/20, April 23/24 (4th week), May 21/22, June25/26 (4th week), July 16/17, Aug 20/21, Sept 17/18, Oct 22/23, Nov 5/6 (1st week), Dec 3/4 (1st week)

Please make sure you can attend either Saturday or Sunday monthly.


MARC Programs Frequency Required
 MAPs 1  One 6-week class
 MAPs 2  At least two 6-week class
 MAPs 3/MAPs Applications  At least two 6-week class
 Daylong Retreats  At least three daylong retreats
 Monthly IPP Group Meeting Online via Zoom  One two-hour group meeting per month
 Weekend Mindfulness Retreat  1 per year (strongly recommended but not required)
 Psychiatry 175 (non-credit option)  6-week course in Summer 2021 (OPTIONAL)
 Mentoring   Four mentor meetings during the year
 Reading List   Ongoing with optional study group
 Pod Meetings  Monthly small group meetings with members of the cohort (OPTIONAL)
 Outside Requirements   
 Daily Sitting Practice   Ongoing
 4- Night (or longer) Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat online  One retreat (at additional cost, not included with cost of IPP)

Important Additional Information:

  1. Program participants must be able to attend at least 8 out of 10 monthly group meetings
  2. IPP participants must have a computer with a microphone and camera for distance learning using Zoom. 
  3. This program requires a serious commitment to this 10-month process. Applicants should closely look at their lives to determine whether they have the space and time to commit.
  4. This program is an excellent preparatory program for MARC's yearlong Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF) program, although participation in the IPP is not required and does not guarantee acceptance into the TMF.

IPP Informational Meeting:

Meet with IPP teachers to learn more about the curriculum, program requirements, and ask any questions you might have.

Date  Register for Meeting Info

Tuesday, February 1, 10am-11am, PST


Wednesday, February 16, 5-6pm, PST


Testimonial from previous IPP Student:

Application Process:

New Applicants:

STEP 1: Register to apply online. There is a $20 non-refundable application fee. 

To submit your 2022  Intensive Practice Program application fee, click HERE.

STEP 2: Submit the 2022 Online Intensive Practice Program Application Form by Feb 20, 2022 (11:59PM)

        To access the 2022 Online Intensive Practice Program Application Form, click HERE.

Returning Applicants:

If you have participated in IPP in the past and want to take it again, no need to re-apply, please fill out this form HERE.

Application Dates:

  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 20, 2022 (11:59PM)
  • Notification Date: Friday, February 25, 2022 (applicants will be notified via email).

The program is open and welcoming to people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, abilities, and gender identities.