Mindful Awareness Practices 6-Week Class

  • July 19, 2017 - August 30, 2017
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Dates:  6 Wednesdays starting September 2017
Time:  12 noon – 2:00 PM
Location:  La Maida Institute, 11159 La Maida Street, North Hollywood, CA 91601 (map)


Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for Daily Living is a six-week UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center program. 

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The MAPs I course is an excellent introduction to mindfulness for beginners. MAPs provides insight into the basics of mindfulness, how to develop a mindfulness meditation practice, and how mindfulness can be applied in daily life. It is also appropriate for an experienced practitioner who wishes to revitalize his/her practice.

Each class is a dynamic, interactive combination of lecture, practice, and group feedback and discussion. MAPs is taught in a context of a supportive community environment with classes no larger than 30 students.

MAPs classes meet weekly for two (2) hours per week for six (6) weeks. Participants will complete daily home practice meditation assignments starting at five minutes a day and working up to 20 minutes daily by the end of the course. Participants will also receive audio files for guided home practice and a complimentary copy of the book “Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness” by Susan Smalley, PhD. and Diana Winston.

Class participants will learn Mindful concepts that include:

  • Overview of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness of the Body
  • Obstacles to Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain
  • Working with Difficult Emotions
  • Cultivating Positive Emotions
  • Working with Difficult Thoughts
  • Mindful Interactions

Participants will also learn a variety of mindfulness practices so you can discover which practice is most useful to you. Practices taught include:

  • Sitting meditation
  • Eating meditation
  • Daily life meditations
  • Relational mindfulness
  • Walking meditation
  • Standing meditation
  • Movement meditation
  • Practices to develop positive emotions

This six-week class series is open to the public. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and over.

Class Registration Policy

Registrations are accepted online, by mail and phone, or walk-in. Registration is not guaranteed until payment is received. Registration with payment is strongly encouraged as class sizes are limited and do fill quickly. If you pre-register without payment and the class fills, you will be notified and placed on a waitlist.

 Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • Refunds requested in advance of 5PM on FRIDAY of that first week of class will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. We regret that we cannot give refunds after this date. Refunds should be requested by phone or email. Please honor our refund policy.
  • Postponing a Class: Credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by phone or email in advance of 5PM on Friday of the first week of the class series. Future class must be the one immediately following the missed class series. NO EXCEPTIONS. For example: If postponing a May/June class series you will have to use your credit and enroll in the  July/August class series.
  • Make-up Class: If you miss a class, you may make up ONE class within the current series at your level only. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed classes.
  • MARC reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance of the class.
  • No refunds or credits are given to registrant “no-shows”.
  • Refunds for payments made by check may take longer to process.


Stacy KestenInstructor: Stacy Kesten

Stacy has practiced meditation for 8 years, is an authorized UCLA MAPs teacher, and has extensive personal and professional training in mindfulness. She completed the Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation program through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Stacy has received formal training in MBSR and also specializes in mindful creativity, mindful improvisation, and mindful self-compassion.