The Heart of Mindfulness

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You might have read about the benefits of Mindfulness in reducing stress and increasing resilience. You may have come across numerous research studies showing how Mindfulness reduces anxiety, increases cognition, and increases well-being. You may have felt curious about the what and the how of Mindfulness.The Heart of Mindfulness is designed to help you to understand the essence of Mindfulness practice and to incorporate it into your daily life. In a step-by-step process, with the help of the teacher, you will discover the nuts and bolts of mindfulness through informal practices and formal meditations. Offered in a 4-Week or 2-Day Intensive format, this program also provides you with a good foundation to participate in the more comprehensive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion programs offered at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.

With the Heart of Mindfulness, you will begin your journey towards:

  • Building a healthier relationship with feelings and thoughts,
  • Deriving more joy in your daily life,
  • Offering yourself kindness in times of challenge,
  • Improving interpersonal relationships.

This program is suitable for a beginner as well as someone who wants to refresh the fundamentals of their mindfulness practice. Begin your Mindful journey with us.

Program Details

Location: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness at University City location (5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 330, San Diego, CA 92122)

Cost: $255 (or $225 if you pay infull 30 days prior to the start of class).

UC San Diego Employee Discount: UC San Diego Employees may take the course for $195 (or $225 if you sign up fewer than 30 days prior to the start of class).

The Heart of Mindfulness is offered in two different formats for the maximum flexibility:

  • The 4-week format - consists of 4 weekly, 2 1/2 hour sessions in a classroom/discussion group format.
  • The 2-day intensive format - consists of a 2-day retreat (10am-4pm with 1-hour lunch break).

NOTE: We recommend that if your schedule will not allow you to attend the first session, or prevents from attending any two sessions of the course, that you consider waiting until the next offering of the program.

Program Schedule and Registration

Heart of Mindfulness Course Developer

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Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW, is a psychotherapist, a meditation practitioner, and a trained Mindfulness Meditation teacher. Originally from India and trained in computer information systems with a doctorate from Anderson School at UCLA, Swati became a practicing psychotherapist 20 years ago. She followed her passion for integrating her Eastern roots with Western psychology by practicing Mindfulness based psychotherapy and by creating an App(2meditate)/Website( 

Her meditation training has been under the Vipassana (Mindfulness or Insight) approach from Indian master Guru Goenkaji, Trudy Goodman at InsightLA, Los Angeles, and Chris Germer for Mindful Self Compassion. To learn more about Swati’s work, check her website

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