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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.



Mindful and White--Daylong Event with Arinna Weisman, Trudy Goodman, Diana Winston, and Noah Levine





In this daylong we ask the critical question, for those who identify as white, how can we mindfully work to unlearn racism? How do we hold the suffering in our lives and in the world? As white people who care about racial justice, we acknowledge that we have been shaped by a system of unearned privilege that leads to suffering for ourselves, our community, and the larger society.
How can those who identify as white engage with the vital issues of racial justice in our world? With great attention to the movement of our hearts, we will explore through meditation, dharma talks and guided conversations how we bring our practice to bear on this important dimension of our lives.

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Venue: ATS Santa Monica, 1001a Colorado Avenue, Los Angeles.

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Day of Mindfulness Part 2 - The Tenderness of Life: Aging and Change

Mindfulness allows us to appreciate our lives just as they are-even as our bodies, minds, and hearts change and age. Being present in Tender Awareness, being
kind to ourselves supports us, as life has its own way of transforming itself through the gains, limitations, and losses of our experiences. Join us in this day-long retreat to explore different mindfulness practices meant to build your skills, and create greater ease and peace  of mind and heart. Agenda will cover our increasing limitations, changing nature of the body, changing nature of the mind, loss and isolation,

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Venue: UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Avenue, Riverside

For details, visit UCR Extension»




Mindful Awareness and Contemplative Art Viewing

Mindful awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one's physical, mental, and emotional experiences.  Mindfulness educator Mitra Manesh leads a mindful art-viewing experience of objects in the exhibition Making Strange. The intention of Contemplative Art Viewing (CAV) is to explore the relationship between the arts and self by combining art viewing and mindfulness practices. Co-presented with UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Supported by the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative.

Date: Ongoing
Venue: Hammer Museum at UCLA. Look for signs or ask a Visitor Experience Representative.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 for first 3 hours, with validation (cash only). Validation available at the Welcome Desk.


For details, visit hammer.ucla.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?"

Learn more »



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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