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Embodied Mindfulness

Working with Anger
(7/14 - 7/29)

Mindfulness based Therapy for Trauma

Mindfulness & Psychotherapy

Surrender/Intuitive Body

 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.






Working with Anger
With Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.

It has been said that anger has a 'honeyed tip and poisoned root'.  From minor irritation to intense rage, anger has important effects on our lives, our families and our society.  If we are to be deeply happy and nourish the happiness of others, we must include anger as part of the mindfulness path.  While we acknowledge the suffering caused by anger, our approach is not moralistic about what arises in our minds nor are we asked to disown any experience.  Anger is not a moral issue but a question of suffering and the release from suffering. Thus, we seek ways of meeting the experience of anger with wisdom and compassion and creating conditions for kindness to grow.

Although anger sometimes contains a seed of wisdom, it invariably contains a seed of confusion.  In other words, anger is never the last word - there's always something more to be seen.  During this series, we'll consider the role anger plays in our lives and the ways in which mindfulness can be helpful. We will learn meditative strategies to untangle the complex experience of anger into its component parts, namely, emotional feeling, mental images and thoughts. Teachings will also aim to remind us of the dimension of ourselves that urgently seeks a life of non-harming.  Lastly, the class will describe how perspectives on 'self-clinging' are relevant for working with anger.  When we vigilantly stand guard at the gates of 'Me', we are certain to encounter challenges that mobilize our anger.  As habits of self-clinging are weakened, the causes for anger to arise are weakened too.

About the Instructor:
Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D., served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine, with whom he teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program. He conducts research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine.       

Date Time Venue *Cost Notes  Open
July 15 - 29

UCLA Semel Institute
Room 67-415 (Level 6)
740 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.


No Discounts

Scholarship & Work-exchange

Class Notes & Policies

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available



Integrated Mindfulness based Therapy for Trauma
with Lobsang Rapgay Ph.D.
Lobsang Rapgay Ph.D.

Mindfulness based Stress Reduction has shown to be effective for a number of anxiety disorders.  However, the results of its effectiveness for more severe forms of anxiety disorders such as OCD and PTSD are mixed. The objective of this workshop is to show how complementing the core components of MBSR with the working memory and metacognition aspects of classical mindfulness is likely to enhance the potential effect of mindfulness to treat trauma.
During each hour of the 4 hour introductory training, participants will learn to treat the main triggers of trauma, and its accompanying thoughts, feelings and reactions with integrated mindfulness in a systematic way.  Participants will learn to first master (a) automatic abdominal breathing, then (b) establish a relationship with traumatic thoughts, memories, feelings and reactions in order to (c) be  fully present in (d) a non-judgmental and non-reactively way for prolonged periods of time.  You will then learn (e) to let go of the processed information, and  then (f) with curiosity and interest process what has changed and what you have learnt from the application of mindfulness.  This process will include the use of working memory and metacognition which are some of the core defining features in classical mindfulness, and could be effective in regulating autobiographical memory deficits and executive functioning deficits  in patients with trauma.
During each hour, you will get 15 minutes to practice the core components of integrated mindfulness followed by discussions about your experiences.

About the Instructor
Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D. is a Research Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry UCLA as well as directs the Study on internal sustained attention in anxiety and learning.  He was the Director of the UCLA Behavioral Medicine Clinic ,  a training program for psychiatric residents and psychological interns and externs for six years.  His current area of research is on the neural and behavioral correlates of internal sustained attention in anxiety and learning.
He was a Tibetan Buddhist monk for 18 years and is well versed in Buddhist theory and practice.  He maintains a regular practice of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.


Date Time Venue *Cost Notes  Open
Saturday, August 1 9am - 1pm

UCLA 300 Medical Plaza, Rm 3200.



Scholarship & Work-exchange

Class Notes & Policies

Discounts: $65: UCLA Staff, $75: UCLA FiftyPlus, $65: Seniors (65+) & Students

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available



Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention
with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.

Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.

As mindfulness gains an increasingly prominent place in modern psychotherapy, therapists are challenged to find skillful ways to incorporate the modality into clinical work.  Mindfulness functions in two ways. First, it develops skills in the psychotherapist that are relevant to good clinical outcomes: compassion, the capacity for deep listening, and awareness of one's own emotional reactivity.  Second, mindfulness functions as a primary or adjunctive practice prescribed to clients struggling with a range of clinical issues including, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, pain syndromes and emotional dysregulation.   
The ability to effectively incorporate mindfulness in clinical work depends on the familiarity we have developed with our own minds - through our own practice.  We will learn mindfulness practices that emphasize the cultivation of skills relevant to psychotherapy and provide guidance on how mindfulness can be introduced to clients.  Relevant research will be examined. 

 About the Instructor:
Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine, with whom he teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program. He conducts research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine. 

Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost           Open

Saturday, Aug 15


UCLA Marisa Leif
Room#3200, Level 3
300 Medical Plaza

Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.



Class Notes & Policies

Discounts: $45: UCLA Staff & UCLA FiftyPlus, $40: Seniors (65+) & Students.

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available



Surrender to the Wisdom of Your Intuitive Body
with Judith Orloff, MD
Judith Orloff, MD

Learning to surrender stress and negative thoughts improves your health, increases your passion, and strengthens the connection to the wisdom of your body. Today too many people walk around as disembodied heads, forgetting they even have a body, and out of touch with their inner voice. Our world puts a premium on the ability to tough out adversity. We celebrate people who ignore their bodies' danger signals in order to achieve.

Intuitive psychiatrist, Judith Orloff, MD author of the national bestseller, The Power of Surrender will teach you how to listen to the intuitive messages your body sends, read body language and emotions, stop absorbing other people's stress, and use intuition for healing.

Dr. Orloff passionately believes that the future of medicine lies in using intuition to access deeper insight, empathy, and greater wellness. She offers practical methods to tap into intuition and use it to improve the quality of your decisions, health, and life.

Participants will learn:

  • What blocks their intuition
  • Ways to recognize their body's alerts
  • How to become more connected to "themselves" and their intuition
  • Techniques to awaken their physical and subtle bodies
  • The art of reading body language and emotions
  • How surrender can improve their health and recover from illness
  • How to develop a positive body image
  • How to identify draining people and techniques for coping with them
  • How to avoid absorbing other people's stress and negativity

CEUs available for MFTs, LCSWs, and Nurses.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Orloff, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, has helped patients find emotional freedom for over 20 years. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing.

Dr. Orloff passionately asserts that we have the power to transform negative emotions and achieve inner peace. Her bestselling books, The Ecstasy of Surrender, Emotional Freedom, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing offer readers practical strategies to overcome frustration, stress, and worry.


Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost           Opens Soon

Saturday, Oct 10



Dr. Judith Orloff



Opens Soon

Class Notes & Policies

*Cost for Continuing Eduation Units: $20 additional (BBS & RN only)

Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available




Past Workshops

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  • Embodied Mindfulness with Jill Satterfield, July 8, 2015
  • Uncovering Happiness Through Creating an Anti-Depressant Brain with Elisha Goldstein,Ph.D. Feb 21, 2015
  • Mindfulness & Creativity: Transforming the Self with Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D. Feb 7, 2015
  • 10% Happier: The Skeptic's Case for Meditation with Dan Harris, Jan 22, 2015


  • 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 


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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



  • 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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