Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness is an excellent antidote to the stresses of modern life. It is the art of paying attention to present moment experiences with openness and curiosity…

Diana Winston, UCLA, Mindfulness Awareness Research Center

Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) Classes Overview

Mindful Awareness Practices classes offer a comprehensive introduction to secular-based mindfulness. MAPs is  a UCLA affiliated course, following the format and curriculum designed by the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. This six-week class series is open to the public and can be of benefit to a full range of individuals, from total beginners and those with previous experience with mindfulness and/or other meditative practices. The classes lay the foundation for students to understand basic principles of mindfulness, develop a personal meditation practice, and to apply the principles in their daily life on an ongoing basis.

Each class is a combination of lecture, practice, and group feedback and discussion. MAPs is taught in a context of a supportive community environment. The group support is one of the most helpful and inspiring aspects of the class.

Valerie Kyoshin Velez has been trained and authorized by the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center to teach this course.




MAPs classes meet weekly for two hours per week for six weeks. Students will learn Mindful concepts that include: Overview of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body, Obstacles to Mindfulness, Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain, Working with Difficult Emotions, Cultivating Positive Emotions, Working with Difficult Thoughts, and Mindful Interactions.


For the next scheduled MAPS  class in Idyllwild,
or with questions, call or text Valerie Kyoshin Velez at (951) 392-6507 or email her at kyoshinvelez@gmail.com. The cost is $200 and sliding fee scale and scholarships are available. Checks can be sent directly to Valerie Velez at P.O. Box 3131, Idyllwild, CA 92549.


We held our first all-day event in conjunction with Spirit Mountain Retreat Center (SMRC) called  A Day of Mindfulness. Theme: Loving Awareness on Monday February 17. We will be offering more days like this in the future, and developing our collaboration with SMRC!


Recent Article in the Town Crier Newspaper: ‘Mindfulness is a great tool’