The Big (Open) Heart: A Day of Mindfulness
September 12, 2015   
10am to 4pm
Led by Gael Belden
 and Sponsored by the Friendship Sangha of the Heart, a Spiritual Growth Program of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura 

*Bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share. 
*Dress in comfortable clothing.
*Donations gratefully accepted ($35 suggested), but are not required. 

 Join UCLA Mindfulness and Compassion educator, Gael Belden, as together we step into the richness of silence in order to hear the rhythms of our own hearts. We will practice sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, relational mindfulness and heart-centered mindfulness practices, such as self-compassion. We will learn about the science behind these practices as well as learn informal practices we can use in daily life.


Gael Belden, MA, began her meditation practice over 35 years ago. She holds a masters degree in Mythology and Depth Psychology, weaving myth, poetry and story into her mindfulness work. She also is certified to teach mindfulness through the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC); has completed the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training; and was lay-ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Gael teaches online Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) classes for MARC, works closely with UCLA's Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation program as a teacher assistant and mentor, leads retreats, teaches classes in self-compassion, and has created a mindfulness curriculum for distance-learning high school students. In addition, she is the author of Soror Mystica and Roam: Ojai's Hip, Little Hiking Guide.