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Science of Mindfulness (4/30)

Intuition and the Power of Letting Go (6/14)

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:

The Science of Mindfulness Series

Mindfulness and Cancer:  Effects of Mindfulness Training for Cancer Patients and Survivors
with Julienne Bower, Ph.D. 

 Julienne Bower, Ph.D.

Mind-body approaches are very popular among cancer patients and survivors, including mindfulness meditation.   A growing number of randomized controlled trials have examined whether mindfulness is effective in improving mental and physical health in cancer populations.  In this lecture,  Dr. Bower will review results from these trials, focusing on outcomes that are known to be important for cancer survivorship.  These include psychological, physical, and biological processes linked to health and well-being.  She will also describe a mindfulness intervention trial they developed for younger breast cancer survivors, who are a particularly vulnerable group. 

About the Instructor:

Dr. Bower is an Associate Professor in the UCLA Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Dr. Bower's research focuses broadly on mind-body interactions among individuals confronting stressful life events, particularly diagnosis with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. She is a nationally recognized expert on biobehavioral processes in breast cancer and their impact on health and well-being. 

Dr. Bower also conducts mind-body interventions for cancer patients and survivors, including  mindfulness meditation and yoga, with a focus on how these treatments influence immune and neuroendocrine function.  Dr. Bower is a Research Scientist in the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at UCLA. 

This Science of Mindfulness lecture is Supported by the Healthy Campus Initiative.


Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost Open
Wednesday, April 30 11am-12noon UCLA NPI/Semel Auditorium
720 Weswood Plaza
Julienne Bower, Ph.D.

No Discounts


Class Notes & Policies

*FREE for UCLA Staff and UCLA Students. Valid UCLA ID required at the door. Please register with the 'check option' online with your ucla.edu email account.


 Judith Orloff, M.D.

Intuition and the Power of Letting Go
with Judith Orloff, M.D.

Are you longing for your life to be easier with more fun and less drama? Would you like to stop pushing and micromanaging, so you can relax? What if you could enjoy what you have instead of always lusting for "more?" What if you ould live mindfully in "the zone," propelled by intuition toward the right people and opportunities? The secret to success and mindful, intuitive living is learning the art of when to exert control and when to let go

But isn't surrender all about giving up? Not according to Dr. Judith Orloff in her new book, The Ecstasy of Surrender. Though surrender may seem counter-intuitive to success--it's wrongly associated with weakness and defeat--knowing when to be assertive and when to let go is the secret to manifesting power, success, and intuition in all areas of life including work, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, radiant aging, and health. Otherwise you can sabotage success by being too pushy or a control freak. Surrendering removes roadblocks and the exhaustion that comes from "trying too hard"-and it helps you achieve goals more effortlessly and joyfully in the flow.

Learning to surrender is an invaluable skill for anyone who wants to live more fully in the moment and radiate an irresistible lightness of being. It's a positive intuitive way of living that increases power, inner peace, and ecstasy.

In this workshop Dr. Orloff will discuss how to:

  • Surrender to intuition and spirituality
  • Surrender more deeply during meditation
  • Learn the connection between mindfulness and the power of letting go
  • Surrender to success and stop pushing so hard you sabotage yourself
  • Avoid absorbing other people's stress
  • Surrender obsessive relationships 
  • Surrender drama, resentments, and negative thinking
  • Surrender to the wisdom of your body and sexuality
  • Surrender your fear of illness, aging and death
  • How to read body language and emotions

Participants will receive a copy of Dr. Orloff's latest book The Ecstasy of Surrender (Harmony 2014).

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, Emotional Freedom, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing offer readers practical strategies to overcome frustration, stress, and worry.

Continuing Education Units offered for BBS & RN only ($20 for 3 hrs)

Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost
Saturday, June 14 1-4pm NRB Auditorium, UCLA Judith Orloff, M.D.


CEU: $20 additional

Discounts: $35 student & seniors, $40 UCLA Staff & UCLA 50 Plus, $45 KCRW subscriber, $35 UCLA Students

Class Notes & Policies

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available





Past Workshops

201420132012 | 2011 |2010


  • 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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