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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  1. What is Mindful Awareness?
  2. How can I get involved in your research?
  3. What discounts does MARC offer?
  4. How can I find out more about work exchange, scholarships?
  5. What is your refund policy?
  6. I am not in the Los Angeles area. Where can I find mindfulness programs/communities where I live?
  7. I would like to to have MARC speak at my work, organization or school?

Classes

  1. Is there an age limit for attending a class?
  2. How do I set-up for the online classes?
  3. I have some experience with meditation, what class should I take?
  4. How do I find out about classes? Schedule? Cost?
  5. Where are classes held?
  6. What kind of credits do you offer with your classes and workshops?
  7. Are MAPs for Educator program CEUs available for clinical psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs?

Weekend Retreat

  1. What is a regular day like at a retreat?
  2. I'm not sure I can handle the silence. Not talking for a weekend?
  3. Are there breaks during the retreat?
  4. I've taken MAPs classes, but I don't know if I'm ready to sit a weekend retreat.

General

  1. What is Mindful Awareness?
    Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one's physical, mental and emotional experiences. Mindful Awareness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) are tools and exercises such as meditation, yoga and tai-chi that develop greater mind-body awareness and promote mindfulness in daily life.
  2. How can I get involved in your research?
    MARC is currently not conducting any research. A list of other UCLA Research on Mindfulness and/or related topics will be uploaded shortly.

    MARC is always in need of volunteers to help with our classes and workshops. We have a work exchange program for our classes and events. Some work exchange is clerical.
  3. What discounts does MARC offer? 
    • Student discount - enrolled in a degree program, full-time or half-time at any accredited university or college. ID required.
    • UCLA Staff/Faculty discount - full-time or half-time employee. ID required.
    • Senior discount - 65 years or older. ID required.
    • UCLA 50 Plus Program discount - Valid member card required.
    • KCRW Fringe Benefits discount - Valid member card required.

    You may pay with an eligible discount with over the phone registration, 310-206-7503. Or, you may pay at the door, at the first day of your class or event. To do the latter simply complete the online registration and hit "SUBMIT". do not enter your credit card payment on the second screen.You can pay by check or credit card at the door and will need to present proof for any expected discount. Read our POLICY.

  4. How can I find out more about work exchange, scholarships?
    We are grateful for the generosity of your time as a volunteer. There are limited spaces available for volunteers in every class, daylong and workshop. We also have special research and programming projects which one can do in exchange for attending a class or event. View the Work Exchange policy. For more questions, please call 310.206.7503 or email marcinfo@ucla.edu.

    We offer some scholarships to help offset the cost of classes and events. We request you send us an "Ask Letter". This is paragraph or so explaining your need and why taking this class is important to you. These are granted in very limited numbers and are on a first-come first serve basis. You will need to pre-register for your class/event of interest. This insures your space in the class/event but does not necessarily gurantee your scholarship. The decision on scholarships will be made prior to the start date. You will receive a call or email confirming your scholarship. Please call or email for more information or to submit your "Ask Letter", marcinfo@ucla.edu, 310-206-7503.

    An "Ask letter" is a statement of need. Please let us know how/why this class or event will be beneficial to you. Tell us of your financial need. Do not disclose financial data such as social security number.
  5. What is your refund policy?
    Please read the MARC Registration & Refund Policy
  6. I am not in the Los Angeles area. Where can I find mindfulness programs/communities where I live?
    MARC will continue to expand our online offerings. View all mindfulness communities.
  7. I would like to to have MARC speak at my work, organization or school?
    Our Director, Dr. Susan L. Smalley and our Director of Education, Ms. Diana Winston, give many community talks. If you are interested in introducing mindfulness into your professional, educational or community organization please call our office, 310-206-7503. You can also send us a written request letting us know what you have in mind (ie: a talk on practice; a talk on science; a combination or the two).

    It is also helpful to mention who the audience is and an idea on the length of time for your program/meeting. Please call or email your request/inquiry to: marcinfo@ucla.edu, 310-206-7503.

Classes

  1. Is there an age limit for attending a class?
    Our MAPs classes are adult classes open to ages 18 and older. Each year we program classes and daylongs for teens (ages 14-19).
  2. How do I set-up for the online classes? 
    To sign into the online classes, you will need a UCLA ID. If you do not already have a UCLA Online ID you will need to create one at logon.ucla.edu. You will be able to use this ID for a variety of UCLA online services, in addition to gaining access to MAPs course on CCLE, class materials and more.
  3. I have some experience with meditation, what class should I take?
    Mindfulness is different than other meditations so we recommend that you start with MAPs for Daily Living. You will learn mindfulness meditation practices including sitting, walking meditations, and how to work with difficult thoughts and emotions. These practices develop greater mind-body awareness and reduce stress. You will learn how to incorporate mindful awareness in to your daily life.

    Our second level classes deepen an already existing practice. Classes involve longer meditations. If you have taken a MAPs for Daily Living class with us you are welcome to join the advanced level classes.

    If are an experienced meditation practitioner or have your own mindful practice, an advanced level class may be suitable for you. Please call our office at 310-206-7503 or email marcinfo@ucla.edu to make sure.

  4. How do I find out about classes? Schedule? Cost?
    Current class information is on this website here. Classes run for six consecutive weeks. You can also join our mailing list for up-to-date information on our Center's programs and events.

  5. Where are classes held?
    Classes are held on the UCLA Campus in the Semel Institute, 760 Westwood Blvd. in room C8-201, in C Space. Find more information about parking and directions, here.

  6. What kind of credits do you offer with your classes and workshops?
    Credit Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME)The Semel Institute at UCLA is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality and the California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Semel Institute at UCLA takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. The Semel Institute at UCLA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 14 hours of Category I credit in Continuing Medical Education and the AMA's Physician Recognition Award . Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education. Due to regulatory changes made by MCEP, psychologist may now receive CME certificates for their continuing education credit. The Semel Institute at UCLA is also an accredited provider for continuing Education Credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs (provider # PCE 378). This course meets the qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    Please note, attendance at a 7th class titled "Clinical Applications of Mindful Awareness" (2hrs), and an additional fee of $50 will be required for those requesting CMEs.

  7. Are MAPs for Educator program CEUs available for clinical psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs?
    At this time, we do not offer CEUs. We hope to have CEUs available for future MAPs for Educator programs. If you have interest in CEUs for future MAPs for Educator programs, please let us know, marcinfo@ucla.edu. We currently offer CEUs in our MAPs classes and in many of our other workshops.


 

Weekend Retreat 

  1. What is a regular day like at a retreat?
    The days will start early with a meditation before breakfast. After the meal we will gather for meditation instructions followed by a silent morning of sitting and walking meditation, alternating. After lunch you will have free time to rest or hike. More instruction and sitting and walking practice will follow, as well as an opportunity to meet with a teacher in a group. The evening will be a lecture on mindfulness and some more practice until bed.
  2. I'm not sure I can handle the silence. Not talking for a weekend?
    You will be surprised by how the supportive environment with other students and ongoing teacher guidance will enable you to sit for much longer periods. Most people discover that the silence turns out to be one of the best parts of the weekend. Imagine a time truly for yourself, without having to perform, look a certain way, or interact with others. It's a true respite from society's norms. In silence we can go deeper into self-understanding and touch into our inner peace and joy. There will be some group discussions where you can talk, as well as some guided interactive exercises. Of course if you need something, you are welcome to check in with a teacher or manager. We are confident that anyone can complete a weekend retreat. It may be challenging, but it is doable and deeply rewarding.
  3. Are there breaks during the retreat?
    Of course there will be opportunity to rest and take a break, and you can always do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself.
  4. I've taken MAPs classes, but I don't know if I'm ready to sit a weekend retreat.
    A weekend retreat is a wonderful way to deepen your existing meditation practice. You will be given a lot of support, guidance, and instruction to guide you through the weekend. Having taught many of these retreats, our teachers know that a longer retreat is a powerful experience that anyone can do with the right support.
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