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Daylong Retreats

Daylong Retreats

Upcoming


Daylong: Ease & Welbeing
(7/16)

Daylong: Letting Go (7/23)

Daylong: Intimacy (8/6)

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: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-being
with Marvin G. Belzer, PhD

Marvin G. Belzer, PhD

A sustained period of practice is a great way to go deepen mindfulness. We will explore how to use the primary methods of mindfulness meditation to balance energy and calmness while we develop more ease and well-being.

Several meditation sessions in one day can lead to renewed vigor and interest in our meditation.  It can also help us reach new and different depths of understanding of ourselves and the world. As we practice with a group of like-minded others, we find additional inspiration for our practice.  Sitting, walking, eating, and relational mindfulness will offer opportunities to deepen our practice.

This daylong is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

About the Instructor:
Marvin G. Belzer, PhD, has taught mindfulness meditation for twenty years. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.  For many years he taught a semester-long meditation course in the Department of Philosophy at Bowling Green St. University, where he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy. He teaches an undergraduate course at UCLA (Psychiatry 175: Mindfulness Practice and Theory) and teaches mindfulness in many different venues in Los Angeles..

 

Date Time Venue *Cost Notes               Closed
Saturday, July 16 10am - 
4pm

Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) Auditorium
635 Charles E. Young Drive, South,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

$60*

Scholarship & Work-exchange


Closed
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: Clinging and Letting Go
with Matthew Brensilver, PhD

Matthew Brensilver, PhD

Like a tapestry is composed of thread, our suffering is composed of clinging. We cling to views and conventions, to sense pleasure and to the sense of self. Ultimately, the strategies of clinging are attempts to create happiness and safety. But we can't hold a river in our hands - the world will not stay still. In letting go, we are not released into a turbulent and destabilizing world but instead let go into a heart full of confidence, a mind full of peace. When we practice mindfulness, we practice letting go.

This daylong will be an exploration of how we cling - and what it means to let go. There will be time for lecture, meditation practice, and group dialogue. All are welcome.

Note: Please bring your lunch with you. Also, please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a mat or blanket to lay down on.

About the Instructor:
Matthew Brensilver, PhD, 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 *Cost Notes           Closed
Saturday, July 23 10am - 
4pm

UCLA Carnesale Commons
2nd Floor, Hermosa Room
251 Charles E Young Drive West,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

$60*

Scholarship & Work-exchange


Closed
Calss Full

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: Mindfulness and Intimacy  
Led by Mitra Manesh

True intimacy with another begins with knowing one's self.  Self-intimacy, intimacy with life, and intimacy with another are interconnected.

Mitra Manesh

Mindfulness in its essence-- presence, awareness, and acceptance-is a kind of moment-by-moment intimacy, a way of becoming intimate with our own experience. Self-intimacy offers us an opportunity to connect with others based on "knowing & observing", instead of "needing & judging". Intimacy with self leads to intimacy with others-friends, colleagues, family, and of course, romantic partners.
 
Body/mind/emotion awareness, mindful movement, voice awareness and truthful forms of story-telling are just some of the tools we'll use on this day to potentially open the doors to our inner intimate world, a world that can become a sanctuary once the barriers of fear and conditioning are released.
 
You do not need to be in a romantic relationship (or a mindfulness practitioner) to partake in this workshop.  Couples, as well as individuals interested in cultivating intimacy as a way of more deeply relating to everyday life, are welcome to join.
 
Intimacy is an everyday affair. It is special, but it doesn't have to be rare.

About the Instructor:
Mitra Manesh is a mindfulness educator & a senior corporate consultant with more than 25 years experience in teaching, coaching, and advising. Her corporate clients include Hugo Boss, The Capital Group, KPMG, and The Senate of Canada. For 3 decades Mitra has been studying and practicing a range of meditation techniques.  She started her mindfulness  journey in Australia, studied in Asia, and North America with renowned Buddhist Monk, the Venerable Dr. Vivekananda, and graduated from the Sacred Path program at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Currently, Mitra teaches Mindful Awareness Practices at UCLA's Semel Institute, where she also coaches CMF participants. Mitra has served as a Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission in Ontario, Canada, a journalist with her own show & weekly program on OMNI TV and CBC, and a senior executive at numerous profit and non-profit entities. Today, Mitra takes her in-house Corporate Mindfulness Practices training to workplaces where she helps reduce stress & increase productivity. Also, she has a private mindfulness-based personal/couples/family coaching practice, leads mindfulness living and meditation groups, and runs retreats. Since 2011 Mitra has created and led ongoing contemplative art viewing/creation experiences at the Hammer Museum & other art institutions in Southern California.

Date Time Venue *Cost Notes               Open
Saturday, Aug 6 10am - 
4pm

UCLA Carnesale Commons
2nd Floor, Venice Room
251 Charles E Young Drive West,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

$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: 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