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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.


Mindfulness Facilitators Retreat


Retreat Description:
This retreat is for those who are currently facilitating or plan to be facilitating mindfulness, or for clinicians using mindfulness in therapeutic interventions. Cosponsored by UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. This unique retreat, for those who currently facilitate or plan to facilitate mindfulness, will offer an experiential understanding of mindfulness practice through retreat format as well as tools, exploration, guidance and support around facilitation.

On this retreat you will:
o Deepen your understanding of mindfulness meditation in an intensive retreat format;
o Refine your capacity to facilitate mindfulness meditation and its related disciplines;
o Study issues and themes relevant to facilitation such as diversity, presence and embodiment;
o Understand latest scientific research on mindfulness and its efficacy; and
o Enjoy a rich community of like-minded mindfulness practitioners and facilitators.

During this mostly silent Insight Meditation retreat we will contextualize contemporary mindfulness approaches within the Buddhist tradition. Additionally, there will be SEVERAL NON-SILENT workshop sessions to explore key issues related to mindfulness and its pedagogy, as well as interactive time for community building. Yoga will be offered daily as a support for embodying the principles of mindfulness.

Teachings are appropriate for all, including health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See link for more information.

Date and Time: Monday, June 22, 3:00pm - Sunday, June 28, 11:30am
Venue: Spirit Rock: An Insight Meditation Center-Upper Retreat Hall

For registration and more details, visit https://www.spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=4003 




A Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Openness, Curiosity, and Kindness to Present-Moment Experience


We live in a world that increasingly demands our instant attention. This constant external stimulus includes economic stress, high work demands, and concerns over collapsing systems, such as the environment and job security. To balance all the ways in which life's distractions hijack our well-being, a growing cultural momentum offers a promising alternative-the cultivation of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion. In this day-long retreat, you will learn about the science and research of mindfulness, its impact on neuroplasticity, and its many other health and life benefits.
You will practice mindfulness and meditation, gain the ability to cultivate what states and responses you pay attention to, and experience equanimity, joy, and compassion.

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue:  UCR University Village - EUV 1104, 1201 University Ave., Riverside
Registerhttp://www.extension.ucr.edu/, click on the A DAY OF MINDFULNESS link. 



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





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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