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Intensive Practice Program

MARC announces the Intensive Practice Program (IPP) 2016

Application Now Available

Application Deadline: February 15
Notification Date: March 1


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

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

Monthly IPP group meeting sessions will be held the third Wednesday of each month, 7-9PM from March-November. Last meeting will be December 7, 2016

Long Distance IPP:
For students who are not local to Los Angeles, you will have access to our online classes and will meet for mentoring sessions and peer group support via telephone and online meetings. Further personal growth will be enabled by several outside requirements, including journaling.

Online monthly group meetings will be held [DATE TBD] March-December, 2016


March - December, 2016


Los Angeles

MARC Programs Frequency Required
 MAPs 1  One 6-week session
 MAPs 2  At least two 6-week sessions
 MAPs 3 or Weekly Community Practice Group  At least 18 classes
 Daylong Retreat   At least 4 Daylongs
 Weekend Retreat   Once
 Monthly IPP Group Meeting  One two-hour group meeting per month--third Wednesday
  of the month, 7-9PM
 Peer support   Optional peer-led group meeting per month
 Outside Requirements 
 Daily Sitting Practice   Ongoing
 5-7 Day Silent Meditation Retreat   One retreat
 Reading List   Ongoing

Long Distance

MARC Programs Frequency Required
 MAPs 1  One 6-week session
 MAPs 2  At least two 6-week sessions
 Monthly IPP Group Meeting via
 One two hour group meeting per month
 Mentoring   4 Mentor Calls during the year
 Outside Requirements 
 Daily Sitting Practice   Ongoing
 5-7 Day Silent Meditation Retreat   One retreat
 Reading List  Ongoing
 Local sitting group or equivalent  TBD based on individual circumstances
 Daylong Retreat if available in your area  TBD based on individual circumstances
 Weekend Retreat  TBD based on individual circumstances



Must have attended a MAPs I for Daily Living or equivalent.

Important Aditional Information:

  1. Program participants must be able to attend at least 8 out of 10 supervision sessions.
  2. Long Distance IPP participants must have a computer with a microphone and camera for distance learning.
  3. This program requires a serious commitment to the yearlong 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 Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF) program, although particpaton in the IPP does not guarentee acceptance into the TMF.

Cost: $1,500

Work exchange is available to make it accessible to people of diverse needs and backgrounds (see Application Form for details).

Application Process:

1. Register to apply online. No fee to submit application but all applicants must register. This will give us a record of your intention to apply and we will await your application.     

  • For the Los Angeles Registration click HERE
  • For the  Long Distance Registration click HERE

2. Complete the Application Form:      

  •         For  Application Form click HERE

3. Submit Application Form in one of the following ways by Feb 15, 2016 (post marked):

a) Email it to marcinfo@ucla.edu 
b) Mail to:
         Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)
         UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
         760 Westwood Plaza, Rm. C8-237
         Los Angeles, CA 90095-1759

Application Dates:

  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2016 (postmarked)
  • Notification Date: March 1, 2016 (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.



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