Holidays Off: Presidents’ Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Christmas and New Years Day.
Holidays Open: Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day.
Sunday Night Mindfulness Meditation is a one hour group sit including guided meditation (sitting as well as walking), group discussion/ short talk. This sitting group is suited for those who maybe:
- New to meditation and Mindfulness
- Those who have taken our MAPS I courses – to continue practice with a group
- Those who are returning to practice after some time off
- Those who’d like to check this practice out before committing to a 6-week MAPS class.
Regular facilitators for this group sit include Kathryn Kaplan and Rick Sweeney. We may invite guest facilitators from time to time
Kathryn Kaplan is an educational therapist in private practice who has been working with students with learning and attentional challenges for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the Trained Mindfulness Facilitator Program at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Kathryn has been practicing meditation for the last decade. Her meditation practice began in earnest after a week-long retreat at Vallectios Retreat Center in the mountains of New Mexico – a transformative week guided by Diana Winston, director of the MARC Program. Kathryn has studied with Susan Kaiser Greenland and closely follows the work of Jack Kornfield. In the near future, she hopes to start the 2 year mindfulness teacher certification training program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Kathryn shares her mindfulness in her work with students, parents, colleagues and people in recovery. She is a devoted practitioner with a passion for helping others, sailing, hiking and riding horses.
…You already possess all that you seek (The Lotus Sutra)
Rick Sweeney is a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He is also certified to teach youth via MindfulSchools.org curriculum.
He started Mindfulness Meditation practice in 2006 to reduce stress and improve his health. Rick quickly discovered positive changes from his practice and wanted to share it with others. He has shared Mindfulness with adults and high school students and has a long history of giving back to others, including being a fund-raiser and volunteer high school and elementary school teacher for 2 charitable organizations. Forever a student of life, Rick has 2 Bachelor degrees; one in Economics and the other in Political Science. He is also the proud father of 3 adult children.
At a long and challenging silent meditation retreat, a teacher read a quote from the Dali Lama: “The purpose in life is to be happy”. This quote energized Rick’s idea of giving back by helping people to reduce their suffering and cultivate inner peace and happiness.
New Comer Orientation
If you are new to Mindfulness or meditation please arrive 15 minutes early and let someone know it is your first time with us or first time meditating. Someone will orient you to the basics of Mindfulness and the session’s process. We wish that after every meditation you leave with more joy, well-being and success.
Beginners may start by taking our UCLA MARC signature course, MAPS I to learn the knots and bolts of Mindfulness and meditation.
Our teachings are offered in the spirit of generosity. We make a suggested Donation for Practice Groups and no one is turned away for experiencing true financial hardship. If your heart is moved please feel free to put more in the donation box. Your generous donations help us continue to offer this opportunity to all who seek freedom from suffering regardless of their financial ability.
What to Bring:
We suggest wearing comfortable clothing. Chairs, floor cushions and blankets are provided.