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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.

Upcoming Community Events:


Changes & Transitions in Your 30s & 40s

Phillip Moffitt will offer a 2-day workshop for people in their 30s and 40s to assess the major questions and transitions they are currently facing in their lives.  Using diagnostic assessments that he has developed over the past 30 years of working with individuals and groups in skillfully managing significant life changes, Phillip will guide you through a process of gaining clarity and insight about where your life is out of balance and strategizing about options and next steps to take.  The program will explore such topics as career fulfillment, relationships and intimacy, money, doubts, and life balance.

Phillip Moffitt is the founder and president of Life Balance Institute.  He is also a nationally-known mindfulness meditation teacher and Co-Guiding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California.  Prior to these endeavors, Phillip had a successful career as a media entrepreneur and was CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Esquire magazine.

Date and Time:  November 7 & 8, 2015
Where:  InsightLA, 1430 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 9040
Cost:  $350
Register:  www.insightla.org
Info:  programs@insightla.org, 310-450-1821


WELL-BEING IS A SKILL with Richie Davidson, PhD

Scientific evidence suggests that we can change our brains by cultivating habits of mind that will improve well-being, including happiness, resilience, compassion and emotional balance. Each of these characteristics can be shaped and modified within our brain by experience and training, as shown by the ground-breaking research at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison.

In this talk, Dr. Richard Davidson will share how using mental training to cultivate well-being can have a positive impact on happiness, creativity and productivity in the work place and at home. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 4:00 - 5:15pm
Venue: UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium
Registration: Visit» 

Before this talk, join us for a Walking Meditation in Nature with Marvin G Belzer from the UCLA Mindful Awareess Research Center


About the Presenter:
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the William James and Vilas Research
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory
for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and Founder of the Center for Investigating
Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-
Madison. He has published more than 320 articles, numerous chapters
and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley)
of The Emotional Life of Your Brain. He is the recipient of numerous awards 
including the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society,
and the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.
He was the Founding Co-Editor of the new American Psychological Association journal EMOTION.
He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006.



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.

To subscribe» 


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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