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Daylong Retreats

Daylong Retreats

Upcoming


Daylong: Forgiveness
(9/24)

Daylong: Stillness (10/22)

Daylong: Improvisation (11/19)

Multi-Day Retreats

Workshops

Past Daylongs

 

MARC programs six full day retreats. Some daylongs are designed for beginners and some are
designed to help deepen an already existing mindfulness practice with exercises such as eating, walking, and sitting meditations.


Upcoming Events:

 

  

 


 

Day of Mindfulness: Opening to Forgiveness
with Diana Winston

Diana Winston


So many of us carry resentment, anger, hurt, and disappointment towards individuals, groups, and even the world. These emotions burden us and we can carry them for a lifetime. We suffer from the ways others have hurt us, but we also suffer from the memory of the pain we have caused to others. Often the hardest is the blame and hurt we carry towards ourselves.

Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release these feelings. It is tremendously joyful and helpful when we touch into it, even briefly.

Through the transformative power of mindfulness and specific forgiveness practices, we can learn how it is possible to give up the resentments, let go of the hurt and anger, and move towards forgiveness for others, from others, and towards ourselves.

This daylong will include sitting walking meditation, lecture, and exercises to work with powerful practice of forgiveness.

Note: The topic of forgiveness is challenging so we recommend that you have at least some experience with mindfulness before joining this day. Also, there will be no pressure to forgive anyone or anything that you do not feel ready to forgive. You can take the material of the day at your own pace and only do what you feel ready and/or willing to do.

Lunch: Please bring your lunch and water with you.

About the Instructor:
Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at MARC and has been teaching mindfulness since 1993. She is the co-author (with Susan Smalley, Ph.D.) of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness (2010). She has brought mindful awareness into schools, hospitals, and nonprofits, as well as to adolescents, seniors, leaders, teachers, activists, and health professionals in the US and Asia. She is also the author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens (2003) and the CD, "Mindful Meditations." Diana is also a member of the teacher's council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. She spent a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma and has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989.

Date Time Venue *Cost Notes           Open
Saturday, Sept 24 10am - 
4pm

UCLA De Neve Plaza: Room A & B
351 Charles E. Young Drive West,
LA , CA 90095

$60*

Scholarship & Work-exchange



Walk-Ins Welcome

Class Notes & Policies

*Discounts: $50 student & seniors, $50 UCLA Staff, $55 UCLA 50 Plus.

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.

 

 

 


 

Day of Mindfulness: Good Grief: Dropping into Stillness; Finding what Soothes
with Gael Belden

Gael Belden


The world is a challenging place these days. We may experience grief, fatigue, outrage, a prevailing crabbiness, or a sense of overwhelm; the world may seem unfamiliar to us.

We aren't alone. We are living in unpredictable times.

In order to stay present with the challenges of the world, we can offer ourselves comfort, silence, and a place to retreat to. As we do this, we find internal peace and ways to appropriately respond to our own suffering and the suffering of the world.

During this retreat, within the well-spring of silence, we will meditate, do mindfulness, self-compassion and movement practices, listen to poetry and myth -- all while exploring our tender hearts where grief is stored.

Come join us! We welcome both new and experienced practitioners.

Note: Please bring your lunch and water with you.

About the Instructor:
Gael Belden began her meditation practice over 35 years ago. In 2000 she was lay-ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh, was certified to facilitate mindfulness by UCLA's MARC program, and has completed the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training. Gael teaches the MARC's online mindfulness classes and works closely with the CMF program, leads retreats, classes in self-compassion, and has created mindfulness and compassion curriculum for distance-learning high school students. She has worked with teens in both a retreat setting as well as educational settings. She has an MA in Mythology and Depth Psychology, weaving myth, poetry and story into her mindfulness work. She is keenly interested in the intersection of mindfulness and nature - especially pertaining to water. She is the author of "Soror Mystica" and "Roam: Ojai's Hip, Little Hiking Guide.

Date Time Venue *Cost Notes           Open
Saturday, Oct 22 10am - 
4pm

UCLA, TBD

$60*

Scholarship & Work-exchange

Class Notes & Policies

*Discounts: $50 student & seniors, $50 UCLA Staff, $55 UCLA 50 Plus.

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.

 

 


 

Day of Mindfulness: Mindful Improvisation: A Powerful Synthesis of Mindfulness and Improv
with Alexander Spradling, Ph.D.

Alexander Spradling, Ph.D.


Most formal mindfulness training is centered on contemplative practices that require silence, lack of distractions and limited interpersonal contact (e.g., sitting meditation, body scan, mindful walking).

Mindful Improvisation is focused on strengthening your mindfulness capacity in dynamic situations, when you are actively interacting with other people and with the world around you. In that sense, this training provides a bridge between formal and informal practice and between contemplation and action. It serves as a vehicle to practice being mindful and creative, while you are communicating, making decisions, collaborating, coping with challenges, resolving problems, and adapting to change.

Mindful Improvisation is an experiential, dynamic and social process. It is also a lot of fun. Improvisation games, exercises, story-telling activities and dialogues are used to engage your physical, intellectual and emotional resources, gain useful personal insights about the way you relate to yourself and to others, and leverage the individual and collective wisdom of the group.

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This daylong workshop is an introduction to this innovative mindfulness practice and personal development process. No prior experience with either mindfulness or improvisation is required to participate.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to:

• discover ways of practicing mindfulness in dynamic situations
• experience different ways of relating to yourself and to others
• get in touch with your playfulness, joy and creative spark
• learn how to balance spontaneity with control
• collaborate enthusiastically with others in the pursuit of common goals
• practice "letting go", become more comfortable with uncertainty and rapid change, and deal with errors and failure as opportunities to learn.

To help you make an informed decision about attending the workshop, please keep the following in mind:

• Even though this is an experiential workshop with many dynamic activities, we will spend time debriefing, sharing and reflecting about the group members’ experiences and insights. That is an important aspect of the learning process.
• On the other hand, we will not be devoting much time to sitting meditation practices and we will not engage in conceptual discussions about mindfulness theory or review mindfulness history. There are already plenty of classes, workshops and texts that address that need.
• Although there is a structure and flow to the workshop and I provide guidelines for the activities, the discovery process is ultimately very personal and not-predictable. In other words, to really benefit from the exercises, you have to be willing to cope with a certain degree of uncertainty and make your own discoveries. That is also part of the learning process.

Note: Please bring your lunch with you.

About the Instructor:
Alexander Spradling, Ph.D. is a multilingual coach, teacher and consultant, specializing in mindfulness, self-regulation, stress management, change management, and interpersonal effectiveness. He is the creator of Mindful Improvisation, a training program for teams, organizations and the general public. Dr. Spradling has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for more than three decades and improvisational acting for 15 years.

Date Time Venue *Cost Notes           Open
Saturday, Nov 19 10am - 
4pm

UCLA, Strauss Club House

$60*

Scholarship & Work-exchange

Class Notes & Policies

*Discounts: $50 student & seniors, $50 UCLA Staff, $55 UCLA 50 Plus.

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.

  


   

 

2016 Past Events 

  • Day of Mindfulness: Mindfulness and Intimacy with Mitra Manesh (August 6, 2016)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Clinging and Letting Go with Matthew Brensilver, PhD (July 23, 2016)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being with Marvin G. Belzer, PhD (July 16, 2016)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energize Your Practice with Gloria Kamler (June 25, 2016)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Self-Compassion with Diana Winston (May 21, 2016)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Going Deeper with Meditation with Marvin G. Belzer, PhD (April 23, 2016)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Brain Care as Self-Care: Discovering the Neuro-science of Well-being with Linda Graham, MFT (April 9, 2016)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Exploring the Mind with Shinzen Young (March 5, 2016)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Working With Fear and Opening to Courage with Diana Winston (Feb 13, 2016) 
  • Day of Mindfulness: Awake in the New Year Setting Conscious Intentions for Our Lives with Deborah Eden Tull (Jan 16, 2016)
     
  • 2015 Past Events 

  • Day of Mindfulness: The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart with Gael Belden, Elizabeth Robinson, PhD; and Julia Berkeley (Nov 21,2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Mindful Improvisation: A Powerful Synthesis of Mindfulness and Improv with Alexander Spradling, Ph.D. (Nov 14, 2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being with Marvin Belzer (October 24, 2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Shift Happens: Learning to Bounce Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster, with Linda Graham, MFT  (Sept 26, 2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Opening to Joy with Diana Winston (Sept 12, 2015) 
  • Day of Mindfulness: The Intersection of Mindfulness & Kindness, with Matthew Brensilver, PhD (July 18, 2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energize Your Practice with Gloria Kamler, MA (June 26, 2015) 
  • Day of Mindfulness: Mindful Eating for Healthy Living with Beth Mulligan, PA-C (June 13, 2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Self-Compassion with Diana Winston (May 3, 2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being with Marvin Belzer (April 19, 2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Opening to Change and Learning to Let Go with Diana Winston (March 21, 2015)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Embodied Minfulness with Shinzen Young (Jan 17, 2015)
  • 2014 Past Events

  • Day of Mindfulness: Dropping into the Deep- Finding Freedom within Chronic Issues, with Gael Belden and Elizabeth Ann Robinson (Nov 22, 2014)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Opening to Forgiveness, with Diana Winston (October 11, 2014)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energize your Practice, with Gloria Kamler (July 20, 2014)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being with Marvin Belzer (June 28, 2014)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Self-Compassion, with Diana Winston (June 7, 2014)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Learning to Stay with a Tender Heart: Mindfulness and Compassion in the face of Loss, Dr. Paul D'Alton & Beth Mulligan (May 24, 2014)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being, with Marvin Belzer (May 10, 2014)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energize your Practice, with Gloria Kamler (April 12, 2014)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Freedom from Anxiety, with Diana Winston (February 22, 2014)
  • Breakthrough Pain: A Workshop for Patient, Clinicians, and Others Interested in Mindfulness, with Shinzen Young (Jan 18, 2014)
  • 2012-2013 Past Events

  • Day of Mindfulness: Transforming Difficult Thinking, with Diana Winston (October 28, 2013)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energize your Practice, with Gloria Kamler (September 8, 2013)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being, with Marvin Belzer (August 17, 2013)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Opening to Joy, with Diana Winston (July 28, 2013)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Self-Compassion, with Diana Winston (May 11, 2013)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being, with Marvin Belzer (April 13, 2013)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Freedom from Anxiety, with Diana Winston (March 9, 2013)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being, with Marvin Belzer (February 9, 2013)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Mindfulness and Social Engagement, with Diana Winston and Donald Rothberg (December 1, 2012)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being, with Marvin Belzer (November 17, 2012)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Opening to Joy, with Diana Winston (September 8, 2012)
  • Day of Mindfulness, with Marvin Belzer (August 18, 2012)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Self-Compassion with Diana Winston (June 9, 2012)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Freedom from Anxiety, with Diana Winston (March 24, 2012)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Foundations of Mindfulness Practice, with Diana Winston and Marvin Belzer (February 25, 2012)
  • 2011 Past Events

  • Day of Mindfulness: Fostering Contentment and Managing Desire and Greed, with Diana Winston (December 10, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Activate your Mindfulness Practice, with Marvin Belzer (November 19, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Foundations of Mindfulness Practice, with Diana Winston and Marvin Belzer (September 17, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Self-Compassion with Diana Wiston (August 13, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Finding Balance in our Meditation, with Marvin Belzer (Saturday, June 11, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Transforming Difficult Thinking, with Diana Winston, (May 21, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Positive Emotions, with Marvin Belzer (April 23, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Freedom from Anxiety, with Diana Winston and Marvin Belzer (March 6, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Fully Present, with Diana Winston and Sue Smalley (Feb 5, 2011)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Mindfulness and Expressive Movement, with Marvin Belzer and Michael Sakamoto (Jan 22, 2011)
  • 2010 Past Events

  • Day of Mindfulness: Finding Balance in our Meditation, with Marvin Belzer (Dec 4, 2010)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Full Present, with Susan Smalley and Diana Winston (Sept 11, 2010)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating and Celebrating Joy, with Dr. Marv Belzer and Diana Winston (July 24, 2010)
  • Day of Mindfulness: Mindful Movement, with Marvin Belzer and Minchael Sakamoto (May 30, 2010)
  • UCLA Rated One of the Top Hospitals in the Nation