Message from MARC:
What gets in the way of happiness?
Certainly stress and the challenges of living in the 21st century rate high on that list. But what about how we treat ourselves? Can that get in the way of happiness? Many of us struggle with an incessant self-judging inner monologue. Over time these voices shave away at our ability to be happy.
The teachings of self-compassion bring together mindfulness practices, loving kindness techniques, and recognition of our shared humanity. These practices can be taught, and through consistent practice, we can actually transform from self-hating to self-caring. Our inner monologues can be transformed and this leads, undoubtedly, to more happiness.
Many of our summer offerings focus on self-compassion, starting with a Daylong on June 9: Cultivating Self Compassion.
MAPs II: Finding Happiness also explores self-compassion. Participants in past teen retreats reported increase in self-compassion, and our June Teen Retreat is just a few weeks away.
MARC Weekend Retreats are also a wonderful opportunity to deepen mindfulness and compassion. We also have a special guest, Tempel Smith in June, teaching on Two Cycles of Suffering and Awakening
A variety of MAPs Classes are now being offered.
Come practice and experience the fruits of joy and self-compassion.
July/ August Classes
Classes start the week of July 9th.
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Daylongs retreats designed for new and experienced students
Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Self- Compassion
with Diana Winston
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
Saturday, June 9, 10am-4pm, UCLA
Innovative mindfulness workshops
Two Cycles of Suffering and Awakening NEW
wtih Tempel Smith.
Co-sponsored by InsightLA
This afternoon workshop will focus on the psychology and path of mindfulness laid out in the discourse of Four Foundations of Mindfulness. We will look closely at how mindfulness is traditionally practiced, and its promise of freedom from suffering.
Saturday, June 23, 1-4pm. InsightLA, Santa Monica
Brain Plasticity and Meditation NEW
with Drs. Eileen Luders & Marvin G. Belzer
This workshop will combine instruction in mindfulness meditation with discussion of recent studies of the anatomy of long-term meditators.
Wednesday, July 11, 7-8:30pm. UCLA.
Special opportunities to engage in mindful awareness
Immerse in the joy of an extended period of mindfulness practice
Teen Mindfulness Retreat Deadline June 6
with Tempel Smith, JoAnna Harper, Marvin G. Belzer
This is a 5 night retreat for up to 40 teens, ages 15-19, that integrates mindfulness meditation practice with small group mindfulness exercises and guided activity periods/classes, using a model that has been proven successful for almost twenty years.
June 16 - 21. Ojai Foundation, Ojai, CA
The Mindful Awareness Weekend Retreat
with Diana Winston and Marvin G. Belzer
Join us for a weekend to practice mindfulness meditation in a beautiful natural setting near Santa Barbara. We will spend the weekend in sitting and walking meditation, with ongoing guidance, lecture and instruction from the teachers.
June 29 - July 1 OR July 20 - July 22. Santa Barbara, CA
with Diana Winston, Susan Kaiser Greenland, Richard Shankman
Join us for this unique retreat program where we will practice mindfulness, build community, learn techniques from experts who have brought mindfulness into schools, and explore the larger questions of mindfulness in education.
July 24 - July 29. Spirit Rock Meditation Center,West Marin, CA
Mindfulness classes suitable for new and experienced students.
Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for Daily Living
6-week mindfulness classes offered throughout the week.
July 9 - August 18
Online Introductory Mindfulness Class
Our signature MAPs class accessible online.
July 9 - August 18
Online: MAPs II: Finding Happiness
In this follow up class to MAPs I, we will learn how to cultivate loving kindness, compassion, equanimity, joy, gratitude, and forgiveness.
July 9 - August 18
MAPs II: Working with Difficult Emotions
In the class we will work weekly with each emotion, exploring how to bring mindfulness to it and include other approaches to working with it.
Tuesday, 7 - 9pm. July 10 - August 21
MAPs III: Continuing Practice Class
We will be exploring different facets of mindfulness and have an opportunity for longer practice sessions and ongoing study of different themes.
Thursdays, 10am - 12noon. July 12 - Aug 23
Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention
We will learn mindfulness practices that emphasize the cultivation of skills relevant to psychotherapy.
Thursdays, 7-9pm, July 12 - 26
The Brain-Mind-Wellness (BMW) Summer Institute
June 25 - August 3 (for academic credit)
*Classes are taught by Marvin G. Belzer, Diana Winston, Gloria Kamler, Matthew Brensilver, and Gael Belden.
Diverse programs from our friends in the mindfulness community