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Workshops

Upcoming:

10% Happier
(1/22)

Mindfulness & Creativity (2/7)

Uncovering Happiness
(2/21)

 Past Workshops 

MARC offers several workshops throughout the year that designed to be experiential and educational. MARC workshops introduce you to the latest topics related to mindfulness and well-being. Many of these programs are Continuing Education credit eligible.

Past workshops incude Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Dr. Sue Smalley, Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin, An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Dr. Daniel Siegel, The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Philippe Goldin,  Positivity Resonates with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and many more.

 


 

10% Happier: The Skeptic's Case for Meditation
with Dan Harris

Dan Harris

Join us in a workshop with Nightline anchor and best-selling author Dan Harris, who embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out

We all have a voice in our head. It's what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we're not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we're stuck with this voice - that there's nothing we can do to rein it in - but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It's a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it's something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness.


Note: Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase the #1 New York Times Bestselling book 10% HAPPIER: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story (It Books, 2014).Book signing to follow after the lecture.

This event is co-sponsored by

Instructor:
Dan Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling 10% HAPPIER: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works -- A True Story. Harris is co-anchor of ABC News' Nightline and also co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Before that, he was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He regularly contributes stories on ABC for such shows as 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and GMA. Harris has reported from all over the planet, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq; and produced investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He has also spent many years covering America's faith scene, with a focus on evangelicals-who have treated him kindly despite the fact that he is openly agnostic. He has been at ABC News for 13 years, receiving Murrow and Emmy awards for his reporting. Prior to joining ABC, he was in local news in Boston and Maine. He grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City.

 

Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost Open
Thursday, January 22 7-8:30pm

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Auditorium
Semel Institute
Room#C8-183 (ground floor)
720 Westwood Plaza, LA 

Dan Harris

$15

 

 
Class Notes & Policies

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available


 


Mindfulness & Creativity: Transforming the Self
with Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D.
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Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D.

All of life's conflicts can be described as a struggle between letting go or holding on, opening to the present or clinging to the past. Life's journey is a series of challenges that confront the self with difficult yet highly purposeful choices that ask our soul to awaken, take courage, and choose a more purpose driven life.  The ancient wisdom traditions specifically the teachings of the Buddha taken from 2400 B.C. on Mindfulness and transforming the self are our context for the structure of our day.

This workshop is for those seeking to ignite the flame of creative change. We will explore our own patterns of holding on, of not moving forward with life's calling. We will use the healing power of mindfulness meditation, positive psychology, mind-body healing practices, and music to break free from the past in order to become more conscious and creative in the present.
Participants will learn how to:

  • Tap into their core creativity
  • Mindfulness Meditations to awaken Wise, Open and Big Mind
  • Develop trust with their unconscious
  • Explore their intuition and internal healing resources
  • Develop fresh new insights
  • Create a cohesive sense of their vision, purpose and insight

Our goals are to enhance and balance our moods and vitality, access your creative unconscious, and develop a clear open mind and big heart. The methods taken from Buddhist psychology will offer positive antidote remedies for enabling you to let go of pain and the past and find healthier pathways for living, loving, working, and creating. This course may be especially useful for those in the helping professions seeking new skills.

CEU'S are available for MFT and MSW's ($15 additional for CEUs).                                                 

Copies of Dr. Alexander's book Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss, and Change will be available for purchase.
                                                           

Instructor:
Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, leadership consultant, international trainer, and the author of the widely acclaimed book, Wise Mind, Open Mind. He is the Executive Director of the OpenMind Training® Institute in Santa Monica, a leading edge organization that offers personal and professional training programs in integrative mind-body therapies, transformational leadership, and mindfulness. His unique method combines ancient wisdom teachings with positive psychology and creative thinking into a comprehensive integrated mind-body program. This system combines techniques that support strategies of personal and clinical excellence and growth. He has been practicing mindfulness since 1970 studying in India, Nepal and USA with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. He is also ordained in the lay Zen tradition of Soto Zen.

Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost        Open
Saturday, Feb 7 10am-1pm

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Auditorium
Semel Institute
Room#C8-183 (ground floor)
720 Westwood Plaza, LA

Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D.


$55

Discounts**

CEU***

 

 
Class Notes & Policies

**Discounts: Senior (65+) &  Students: $35, UCLA 50 Plus Program & UCLA Staff: $40, KCRW subscribers: $45

***Continuing Education Units (CEU):CEU's are available for MFT and MSW's only. Additional $15 fee.

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available

Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, UCLA students may sign up for this class for FREE at the UCLA locations. Please use "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu and use your UCLA email address when you register. 

 


Uncovering Happiness Through Creating an Anti-Depressant Brain
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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

with Elisha Goldstein

Come discover the psychology and neuroscience behind our natural anti-depressants, key guideposts to making happiness come alive, and how you can start implementing them now. Science is showing that we all have natural "antidepressants" inside us that enhance happiness and help create a more resilient brain. Learn how to nurture these antidepressants and improve emotional resilience.

  • Key elements that fuel a depressive and anxious loop
  • How to use mindfulness as a foundation for an "antidepressant brain"
  • Ways to integrate self-compassion into your life
  • The critical nature of play for adults
  • Ways to nurture meaning and purpose and develop resiliency and well-being.

    Recommended reading Elisha Goldstein, Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (Atria Books).  This book will be available for purchase at the event.

Instructor:
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is Cofounder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles offering individual and group therapy, workshops and classes. He has authored numerous publications including Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler and co-author of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and MBSR Everyday. Dr. Goldstein developed the Mindfulness at WorkTM program, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation and and co-developed the CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness) with his wife Stefanie Goldstein, Ph.D. You can find out more at www.elishagoldstein.com

Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost           Open
Saturday, Feb 21 10am-1pm

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Auditorium
Semel Institute
Room#C8-183 (ground floor)
720 Westwood Plaza, LA

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.


$55

Discounts**

 

 
Class Notes & Policies

**Discounts: Senior (65+) &  Students: $35, UCLA 50 Plus Program & UCLA Staff: $40, KCRW subscribers: $45

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available

Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, UCLA students may sign up for this class for FREE at the UCLA locations. Please use "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu and use your UCLA email address when you register. 

                                                                                                           

 


Past Workshops

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2014

  • No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind with Dan Siegel M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson Ph.D., December 6, 2014

  • Mindfulness Based Leadership: How to Be a Valued Presence in your Organization and Community with Dawa Tarchin Phillips, October 25, 2014

  • Working with Anger: Developing Skill in the Midst of Intense Feeling, A Three-Class Series with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. July 10, 17, 24, 2014

  • Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. Saturday July 19, 2014

  • Intuition and the Power of Letting Go with Judith Orloff, M.D. Saturday June 14,m 2014

  • Mindfulness and World Music with Diana Winston, Michael Perricone, Jahna Perrricone, A.J. Racy, Thursday, June 5, 2014. Fowler Museum UCLA.

  • The Science of Mindfulness Series - Mindfulness and Cancer:  Effects of Mindfulness Training for Cancer Patients and Survivors
    with Julienne Bower, Ph.D. April 30, 2014

  • The Awake in the Wild Experience with Mark Coleman, Saturday March 15, 2014

  • Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention with Matthew Brensilver, PhD, Saturday March 1, 2014

  • Mindfulness Based Leadership: How to Become a Valued Presence in your Organization and Community, with Dawa Tarchin Phillips, Saturday, Feb 8, 2014

  • The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain: Developing the Adolescent Mind, with Dan Siegel, M.D, January 11, 2014 

2013

  • Bridging the Science of Mindfulness and Psychoneuroimmunology, with David S. Black M.D., M.P.H., December 4, 2013

  • Conversations with Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman, with Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg. November 7, 2013

  • Mindfulness for the Earth: Deepening Personal and Ecological Awareness, with Deborah Eden Tull. November 2, 2013.

  • Mindfulness Meditation and Tibetan Singing Bowls, with Michael Perricone and Diana Winston. Fowler Museum. October 17, 2013

  • Breaking Bad Habits, with Dr. Elisa Goldstein, September 21, 2013

  • Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Susan Smalley, PhD July 10, 2013

  • Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin, MD, July 17, 2013

  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy with Matthew Brensilver, PhD, July 24, 2013

  • Positivity Resonates: Creating Health and Happiness in Micro-Moments of Connection with Barbara Fredrickson PhD, June 25, 2013

  • Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom From Self-Defeating Emotional Habits with Dr. Daniel Goleman and Tara Goleman, June 1, 2013

  • Untangle and Be Free: Thoughts and Emotions as a Path to Freedom with Shinzen Young, May 29, 2013

  • The Science and Practice of Self-Compassion with Diana Winston and Rory Reid, Ph.D. May 8, 2013
  • Mindful Awareness & Stress Management with Diana Winston, Robert Bilder Ph.D., George Slavich Ph.D. April 23, 2013
  • Intuitive Healing and Mindfulness with Judith Orloff, M.D. March 16, 2013

2012 

  • Intuitive Healing and Mindfulness with Judith Orloff, M.D. March 16, 2013

  • Classical Mindfulness: Intensive Training for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D, December 7 & 8, 2012  

  • Breaking Bad Habits: The Neuroscience and Psychology of Transforming our Lives with Dr. Elisha Goldstein, November 3, 2012

  • Brain Plasticity and Meditation, with Drs. Eileen Luders & Marvin G. Belzer, July 11, 2012

  • The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation and Its Effects On Anxiety And Emotion Regulation, with Philippe Goldin, Ph.D., May 2012

  • An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Daniel Siegel, M.D., May 2012 
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagination: Creating Resiliency in Children with Charlotte Reznick Ph.D., April 2012
  • Becoming Focused, Aware and Self-Directed: The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD with Dr. Lidia Zylowska, March 2012

2011 

 

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Drs. Dan Siegel and Tina Bryson, October 14, 2011
  • Intuition, Emotional Healing, and Mindfulness, with Dr. Judith Orloff, October 1, 2011
  • Introduction to Classical Mindfulness based CBT for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorder with focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D, August 2011
  • Mindfulness and the Healing Professions: Deepening the Skill of Compassion with Dr. Matthew Brensilver, July 2011
  • Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Creativity: An Interactive Exploration, June 2011
  • The Worry Solution: An Exclectic Approach to Anxiety and Stress, March 2011

 

2010 

  • HypnoMeditation: Transforming Fear into Safety with Dr. Marc Scheon, December 2010
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: Deepening our Capacity to Notice and Manage Counter-Transference with Dr. Matthew Brensilver, November 2010
  • The Healing Power of Children's Imagination: Nine Therapeutic Tools with Dr. Charlotte Reznick, October 2010
  • Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: The Healing Power of Mindfulness with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, October 2010
  • Intuition and Mindfulness: Awaken the Power of Intuition for Health and Healing with Dr. Judith Orloff, October 2010
  • The Mindful Therapist with Dr. Dan Siegel, July 2010
  • HypnoMeditation and Retraining your Mind and Body's Response to Negative Thinkingwith Dr. Marc Schoen, May 2010
  • Hypnomeditation & Sleep Enhancement with Dr. Marc Schoen, April 2010
  • Introduction to Hypnomeditation with Dr. Marc Schoen, March 2010

 

 

 

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