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Mindfulness and Compassion (11/15)

Mind (12/3)

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.


Upcoming Workshops


Mindfulness, Empathy, and Compassion
Sharon Salzberg

with Sharon Salzberg

Though we often use empathy and compassion to mean the same thing, a careful look reveals empathy, the felt sense of what someone else may be experiencing, to be a necessary but not sufficient condition for compassion to arise. Mindfulness plays a key role in knowing the difference between the two, and creates a way to be able to care about and connect to others while also avoiding burnout and overwhelm.

The session will involve a short practice period, a lecture and Q&A.

About the Instructor:

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies (2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995).


Date Time Venue Instructor Cost* Open
Tuesday, Nov 15 7:30- 9:00pm


Sharon Salzberg


Class Notes & Policies

*Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, UCLA students may sign up for this workshop for free. Please use the "UCLA Student" discount and use your UCLA email address when you register. No other discounts.

Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available.


Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
with Dan Siegel, MD
Dan Siegel, MD

Imagine waking up to the realization that the fields that focus on the mind - from mental health and education to psychiatry and psychology - do not actually define what the mind is. Without knowing what mind is, how, then, can we say what a healthy mind might be, and how could we go about developing one for ourselves and for others?

In this presentation, neuropsychiatrist and author Daniel J. Siegel, MD, will join with participants to explore these findings and focus on the interrogatives of the mind - the who, what, where, when, how, and even why of the mind - and on the essence of our selves-by providing a working definition of the mind and how this relates to our embodied brain and our relationships with other people and the planet. What may emerge in this exploration may surprise you and even open your mind to new vistas of what your mind might become and how you can cultivate more mental energy and vitality in your life, and the lives of others. Come join in the exciting exploration of what being human may be all about.

We will dive deeply into the nature of subjective experience, consciousness, and information processing. We will also explore how another facet of mind is can be seen as the "self-organizing emergent, embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information." This definition enables us to propose that the mind is not limited to the head's brain, it is fully embodied, it is not even limited by the skin, but is also relational-involving our connections to other people and the planet. Further, defining the mind as a regulatory process means you can strengthen the monitoring and modulation that make up regulation. Finally, we can ask how one cultivates optimal self-organization and find that mathematics shows how linking differentiated parts of a system to each other creates flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized, and stable functioning. This "FACES" flow can be seen as the heart of health, and we can call this differentiation and linkage "integration."

Come join us in a journey into the nature of mind as we explore well-being, time, and the power of integration to create well-being in our lives. Participants will receive a copy of Dan's latest book: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human. Book signing to follow after the event.

About the Instructor:

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is an internationally acclaimed author, award winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist. He is the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel's books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Whole-Brain Child and his latest book, Brainstorm.


Date Time Venue Instructor Cost* Open
Saturday, Dec 3 10am- 1pm

NPI Auditorium

Dan Siegel, MD



Class Notes & Policies

*Discounts: UCLA 50Plus Program: $60, Senior (65+)/UCLA Staff: $60, Students: $60, UCLA Students: $20

Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available.


Past Workshops

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  • Deepening and Enriching Your Mindfulness Practice: A Workshop for Clinicians and Others who Facilitate Mindfulness with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D. August 13, 2016
  • Working with Anger with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. July 13-27, 2016
  • Mindfulness and Creativity: Transforming the Self with Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D. June 4, 2016


  • Surrender to the Wisdom of Your Intuitive Body with Judith Orloff, M.D. October 10, 2015
  • Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. Aug 15, 2015
  • Integrated Mindfulness based Therapy for Trauma, with Lobsang Rapgay Ph.D. Aug 1, 2015
  • Working with Anger with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. July 16-30, 2015
  • 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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