Mindful Awareness Practices for Daily Living (MAPs I)

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Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) 1

MAPs classes lay the foundation for you to understand basic principles of mindfulness, develop or deepen a personal meditation practice, and become more mindful in everyday life. Crafted, tested and validated by UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, MAPs is a proven model for transformative change.

The MAPs I class is a six-week series, meeting weekly for two hours. Each class focuses on hands-on practice, with guidance from Kristen and supportive group discussion.

You'll develop a solid understanding of mindfulness in concept and practice, including:

  • the science of mindfulness

  • mindfulness of the body

  • mindful eating

  • working with physical pain

  • working with difficult emotions

  • cultivating positive emotions

  • working with our thoughts

  • mindful listening & speaking

Between classes, you'll complete simple meditation assignments that support the cultivation of a daily mindfulness meditation practice. 

These classes are open to the public, and suitable for ages 16 and up. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. 


Located at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) 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. Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) are MARC’s signature educational programs and are only taught by trained and certified instructors.