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 Working with Anger (7/13, 20, 27)

Workshop: Anxiety (8/13)

 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


Working with Anger: Developing Skill in the Midst of Intense Feeling
A Three-Class Series with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.

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. Instead, we seek ways of meeting the experience of anger with wisdom and compassion and creating conditions for kindness to grow.

During this series, we'll learn meditative strategies to untangle anger into its experiential components. We 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.

All are welcome.

About the Instructor:

Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D., served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He offers retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. In his prior academic life, Matthew spent years doing research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine.  


Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost  Closed

Wednesdays, July 13, 20, 27


UCLA Semel Institute
Room 28-221 (Level 2)
740 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles

 Matthew Brensilver, PhD

(No discounts)

Class Full

Class Notes & Policies

Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available


Deepening and Enriching your mindfulness practice: A Workshop for Clinicians and others who facilitate Mindfulness.
With Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D.

Though there are number of treatments for anxiety disorders, including MBSR based Cognitive Therapy, it is widely recognized that there is a need for additional approaches.

Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D.

This short workshop is for therapists to help their patients further deepen their mindfulness experience   and then employ mindfulness to enhance and tap into the power of memory for learning about and better managing anxiety.

Accurately retaining learned information in memory is critical for effectively working with anxiety.  The first step is to optimize the power of being fully present to anxiety in order to differentiate beneficial versus harmful anxiety-related thoughts, feelings and responses. Patients are then trained to recall and relive their preceding mindfulness experience step-by-step in a non-evaluative and non-reactive way.  When they can comfortably recall their preceding experiences, they are trained to apply the power of mindfulness to monitor and evaluate their preceding mindfulness experiences and responses to anxiety in order to acquire greater insight into their habitual patterns that trigger, exacerbate and maintain anxiety.

The major part of the workshop will be devoted to step by step practice sessions and discussions.

Patients who are likely to benefit most from the above training are those who already are trained in MBSR, MAPS, and other forms of contemporary mindfulness practices.

About the Instructor:

Lobsang Rapgay is a research psychologist and Director of the Study on Attention and Memory in Anxiety Disorders. His research focuses on the neural and behavioral correlates of attention and memory in anxiety disorders. He also directs the California Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, a training clinic in Brentwood, Los Angeles that provides integrative mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety disorders.  Integrative mindfulness incorporate both early and later including Tibetan Buddhist forms of mindfulness.

He was a Tibetan Buddhist monk for 18 years and well versed in Buddhist theory and practice.  He maintains a regular practice of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost  Open

August 13


UCLA 300 Medical Plaza
Marisa Leif #3200
LA, CA 90095

Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D.


Class Notes & Policies

*Discounts: $75 student, seniors, UCLA 50 Plus, $65 UCLA Staff, $75

Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available


Past Workshops

2016| 2015| 201420132012 | 2011 |2010


  • 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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