Interpersonal Mindfulness

New Class Series with Samantha Snowden – Six Tuesdays Beginning 3/7/17  7 – 8:30 PM


Did you know you can practice mindfulness together with another person? Not just sitting next to each other with eyes closed, focusing on breathing. You can practice together, interpersonally.

Meditating can be nice. Some of us enjoy meditating. Some of us don’t, but do it anyway hoping to cultivate some of the many potential benefits of mindfulness. Mindfulness is more than meditation. Meditation is a way of developing mindfulness. Mindfulness is how we are paying attention to our present time experience. Mindfulness is knowing that we are paying attention to something, knowing what we are paying attention to, noticing how we are paying attention, and practicing being with our experience since it is our experience.

We often practice meditation alone, but we live our lives in a social world. We develop our capacity to be mindful in meditation, but we want to be mindful on the go, actively engaged in our lives, interacting with people. We want to or have to. This class will provide opportunities to practice mindfulness “on the go” in social interaction, exploring ways to remain present and aware even in the shifting actions and energies between people.

Amy Banks, MD says, “We now have data that shows that the brain re-regulates as a result of two people sitting in a room talking, responding to one another with facial signals, body posture responses, and empathy that attuned “being with” the other person. This actually changes the way the brain works. And interestingly there is a change in both brains … revealing the mutuality of relationship.”

“Research is emerging regarding the implications of mindfulness for family relationships. In couples relationships, mindfulness has been found to be positively correlated with relationship satisfaction, skilled responses to relationship stress, acceptance of partner, and empathy (Barnes et al. 2007; Pruitt and McCollum 2010; Wachs and Cordova 2007; Walsh et al. 2009). In parent–child relationships, mindfulness can help to break maladaptive automatic patterns, and allow parents to connect with children in deeper, more attuned ways (Siegel 2007). The mindfulness process of awareness and acceptance leads to lowered emotional reactivity in interpersonal relationships, resulting in more positive communication between partners (Wachs and Cordova 2007).” – Gambrel, L. E., & Keeling, M.L. (2010)

This class series will offer space for individual mindfulness meditation and safe relational activities designed to build authentic and meaningful connection, inspire curiosity and genuine care while inviting playfulness and insights to emerge through activities such as Hot Seat and inquiry-based dyads. Join us for this enriching six weeks or practice and exploration.

This class will be taught by UCLA MARC Certified Mindfulness Instructor, Samantha Snowden.


Series Fee: $185


Register Here




Barnes, S., Brown, K. W., Krusemark, E., Campbell, W. K., & Rogge, R. D. (2007). The role of mindfulness in romantic relationship satisfaction and responses to relationship stress. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33(4), 482–500.

Gambrel, L. E., & Keeling, M.L. (2010). Relational Aspects of Mindfulness: Implications for the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 32:412–426 DOI 10.1007/s10591-010-9129-z

Pruitt, I. T., & McCollum, E. E. (2010). Voices of experienced meditators: The impact of meditation practice on intimate relationships. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 32(2), 135–154.

Siegel, D. J. (2007). The mindful brain. New York: W.W. Norton.

Wachs, K., & Cordova, J. V. (2007). Mindful relating: Exploring mindfulness and emotion repertoires in intimate relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33(4), 464–481.

Walsh, J. J., Balint, M. G., Smolira Sj, D. R., Fredericksen, L. K., & Madsen, S. (2009). Predicting individual differences in mindfulness: The role of trait anxiety, attachment anxiety and attentional control. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 94–99.

frank baird

Author Frank Baird is a co-founder of NOW House, a UCLA MARC Certified Mindfulness Facilitator and teaches at NOW House. He has taught mindfulness to corporate staff (at Amgen, Disney, Fox Entertainment, ABC Studios and more), to therapy clients at Kaiser Permanente, and to community members in a variety of settings (including UCLA MARC’s Weekly Community Practice, The Den Meditation, Against the Stream and more). He provides group and individual instruction. He is a Mentor for MARC’s Long Distance Intensive Practice Program. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Samantha Snowden

Teacher Samantha Snowden attained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and her Master’s Degree in Clinical and Educational Psychology from Columbia University. She has taught courses at the graduate level at Columbia University in subjects such Mother-Child Matrix, Adjustment and Mindfulness with Youth. She developed a well-funded mindfulness program at Columbia while being a lead researcher in the mindfulness lab. Samantha completed a Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) where she worked with families and youth as a mindfulness teacher on the UCLA campus. She is in private practice as a Mindfulness Coach for youth, adults and families experiencing mild to severe psychiatric issues.

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