Mindful Awareness Practices I – MAPS I

UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC.ucla.edu) is one of the nation’s leading university-based mindfulness centers. MARC’s mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society. The Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) classes are MARC’s signature educational programs and are only taught by trained and certified instructors. Daisy Swan has been a certified teacher with MARC since 2012 and has been regularly teaching MAPS I and II classes since then.

Mindful Awareness Practices I (MAPs I): Introduction to Mindfulness: Mindfulness Practices for Daily Living

UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center has developed this six-week course as an excellent introduction to mindfulness. Through this class you’ll gain insight into the basics of mindfulness, learn how to develop a regular mindfulness meditation practice, and strategies for how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. Experienced practitioners will also find this a supportive class in which to revitalize their practice.

What we’ll cover in the class:

  • An overview of mindfulness and how we define and ‘practice’ this
  • Mindfulness of the body
  • Obstacles we all experience to mindfulness
  • How mindful awareness can help with physical pain
  • How to work with difficult emotions that arise
  • Cultivation of positive emotions
  • Working with difficult thoughts
  • Communicating mindfully

Participants will receive home-practice assignments to begin to establish a regular mindfulness routine. Starting at five minutes a day and working up to 20 minutes daily by the end of the course, previous participants have cited this part of the class as one of the most helpful to weave their meditation practice into their lives.

This class will meet on the following days:

UCLA MAPs I: Introduction to Mindfulness (6-week series)

200.00 UCLA MARC Standard Fee

Regular Price: $200

UCLA MAPs I: Introduction to Mindfulness (6-week series)

165.00 UCLA MARC Senior/Student Fee

UCLA Staff/Senior (65+ yrs)/UCLA FiftyPlus: $165


Class refunds requested two weeks or more before the class start date will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. We regret that we cannot give refunds after this date. Contact to Angie@daisyswan.com to request a refund. Credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us prior to 5pm Friday during the first week of class. Credit must be requested used by the next class series Daisy offers.

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”.

Postponing a Class: Credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by email prior to 5PM on Friday of the first week of the class series. The future class must be taken 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 in any other class at your level during the current series or the series immediately following. In-person classes only. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed classes.