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Community Events

The following events and organizations are presented by our extended community and may be of interest. These events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by MARC.



Support the new meditation center in San Francisco

Help Matthew Brensilver, visiting professor at MARC, and Against the Stream, complete the construction of a new meditation center in San Francisco. Make a donation of any size to their indiegogo site.

Details: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/open-the-doors-to-our-san-francisco-meditation-center

Mindfulness for ADHD: Training for Adults, Parents and Professionals 


The Mindfulness for ADHD course is an intensive retreat version of the 8-week Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for ADHD.  The training was originally developed at UCLA MARC and further elaborated in the "Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD" book.  This joint training (i.e. general public and professionals learning about ADHD and experiencing mindfulness together) offers a unique opportunity to see ADHD symptoms as a variant on a spectrum of common human experience. The training will honor the unique learning differences those with ADHD face as well as draw parallels to universal human struggles. "

Date: August 7-10, 2014
Venue: EarthRise Retreat Center, Petaluma, CA


Care, Compassion and Mindfulness


Ahimsa Center in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona (in suburban Los Angeles) invites paper and presentation proposals for its sixth biannual conference.

Date: November 7-9, 2014
Venue: Cal Poly Pomona

For conference description, including a list of confirmed key speakers, proposal guidelines and conference support, please visit: http://www.csupomona.edu/





Our friends at Mindful magazine are giving voice to the mindfulness movement, and as a partner they want to support our work! The groundbreaking magazine is for everyone who wants to live with more awareness and fulfillment, and who want to help create a more caring society.

Subscribe to the magazine, or give a gift to friends or family, and Mindful will donate $10 to MARC.

Mindful, a new magazine published by leaders in the mindfulness movement across North America, through the Foundation for a Mindful Society,  is dedicated to helping you live a more satisfying life through the practice of mindfulness, a likeminded goal that we share.


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The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditatiion Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life
(A Shambhala Sun Book) 


This is an anthology of the very best writing on mindfulness and its applications, compiled and edited by Barry Boyce of the Shambhala Sun magazine. MARC's Diana Winston and Dr. Susan Smalley have made contributions to the book, specifically in the chapter "Is Mindfulness For You?"

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New Dimensions Media: How Mindfulness can add to your well-being, an interview with Diana Winston (Ongoing)

One thing that shows up in the research across the board is that people who practice mindfulness report being happier. What doesn't show up in the findings is that their lives automatically get better. They don't necessarily stop getting sick or stop having difficulties, or challenges, or losing their jobs. They lead normal lives, like all of us do. But, the quality of their mind and their ability to be happy in the face of it is different. What mindfulness does is to shift and change our attitude, and create a way of being in the world with more peace and balance instead of being at the mercy of these ups and downs of life.

Winston says, "Mindfulness can change your relationship to life from being stuck in it to having a little-bit of space around it. . . I like to use the definition of mindfulness as attending to the present moment and experiences with openness and curiosity." So, when we are in the midst of our lives, and we're lost in an experience that is painful or unpleasant, we can learn to have a little space and not be so caught by the problems. (hosted by Michael Toms)

The hour-long interivew is recorded and is accessible HERE

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