The Heart of Mindfulness: An Introductory Program


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. This 4-week long class, 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. 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: $225 (or $195 if you sign up 30 days prior to the start of class).

UC San Diego Employee Discount
UC San Diego Employees may take the course for $145 (or $195 if you sign up fewer than 30 days prior to the start of class).

Program Schedule and Registration


Livia Walsh

Livia Walsh is a Nurse and a licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in Encinitas, California.  She is a certified MBSR teacher and MSC teacher, trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center under the direction of Jon Kabat Zinn, Saki Santorelli and the senior teaching staff, as well as with Kristen Neff and Chris Germer at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness Professional Institute. Livia is a Senior Guiding Teacher, Mentor/teacher trainer at University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness and the Professional Training Institute.

Livia has taught meditation practices for over 30 years and received teachings from several teachers/masters in the Tibetan and Zen Buddhist traditions. 

Swati Desai

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