Cynthia G.

"I'm SO glad we had Heather as our guide and teacher. Now I practice with much more ease and a true desire to meditate - not just because it's supposed to be good for me but because I want to."

UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Practices MAPS I and MAPS II 

This course will be taught by Heather Prete, UCLA Mindfulness Certification graduate and MAPS teacher. These six week classes are open to the public. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and up. 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 a complimentary Home Practice CD. Heather currently teaches three of these courses: MAPS level I course and two complementary sections of MAPS II, Self Compassion and Positive Emotions. Please see below for class descriptions, schedule and registration.

Refunds requested prior to two weeks before the first day of class will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. We regret that we cannot give refunds after this date. Refunds should be requested by email to

Class Descriptions



March 14 – April 18


An excellent introduction to mindfulness for beginners and those who would like to expand their understanding and practice..MAPS 1 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. MAPS I Class Participants will learn mindful concepts that include: Overview of mindfulness, Working with difficult emotions, Mindfulness of the Body, Cultivating positive emotion, Obstacles to mindfulness, Working with difficult thoughts, Mindfulness to help with physical pain, Mindful interactions. $200 for 6 week course.

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MAPS II: Cultivating Positive Emotions

March 12 – April 16



In this follow up class to MAPs I, we will learn how to cultivate loving kindness, compassion,equanimity, joy, gratitude, and forgiveness. This is a helpful expansion to your mindfulness practice.We will learn new meditations to develop these qualities, tools to work with when we find them ourselves stuck and not feeling positive emotions, and practical exercises to incorporate them into our daily life. This is a helpful expansion to our basic mindfulness practice. Pre-requisite: Attendance in any introductory MAPs I series or equivalent mindfulness introductory class with permission from our instructor. If you have not taken a MAPs I class at MARC, please email us a brief description of you equivalent experience to before class start date.


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MAPS: Continuing the Practice

THE DEN Meditation La Brea. 360 S La Brea Ave. LA, CA 90036.

Are you looking to deepen your practice? This class offers a chance to work with obstacles and deepen joy practice for those who have completed MAPS 1 and two MAPS 2 classes. Learn how to engage further with your everyday mindfulness practice and rest in heart awareness. This class is an ongoing with a small group. We take time to learn new applications as well as check in about what we are working on or experiencing in our practice. Heather will teach based on sharing and the subject she brings in. The cost is $200 for 4 weeks. This class is not affiliated with UCLA or MAPS program.