A 2-Day Deeper Mindfulness Training

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Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC and Mark Lau, PhD

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Deeper Mindfulness is a new advanced Mindfulness-Based Program (MBP) curriculum that builds upon the foundational principles of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to explore feeling tone (vedana) in depth. The Deeper Mindfulness course explores how recent advances in neuroscience combined with the millennia-old contemplative mindfulness and related meditation practices can support an exploration of “feeling tone”.

This 2-day workshop will provide health care professionals and educators the opportunity to study and experience the foundational underpinnings, mindfulness meditations and specific exercises that are the framework of the Deeper Mindfulness program. The themes, rationales, and practice skills of each Deeper Mindfulness class session will be reviewed, discussed and practiced.

In this experiential workshop, the main focus will be cultivating an increased awareness of the “background color” that guides one’s thoughts, feelings and emotions, which serve as the tipping point from which adaptive responses are possible in the service of cultivating wellbeing. In addition, we’ll explore equanimity as a key therapeutic stance towards feeling tone, and as a foundation for personal mindfulness practice.

Completion of this 2 day experiential training, in combination with completion of a participant-observership of the 8 week Deeper Mindfulness program, will allow mindfulness teachers to deliver the Deeper Mindfulness program themselves.


At the completion of the workshop, participants will have learned:

  • Define feeling tone, and describe how it is worked with in the Deeper Mindfulness program
  • Describe the key themes and content of each of the 8 sessions
  • Explain how to engage the client in the treatment plan
  • Practice inquiring into the experience of equanimity towards feeling tone

Teaching Approach

Andrea and Mark have trained in delivering the Deeper Mindfulness program with Dr. Mark Williams, and bring their over 40 years of combined experience providing teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to this experiential training.

This workshop is closely modeled on the Deeper Mindfulness 2 day training as delivered by Dr. Mark Williams.

Program Description

Over the course of two days, you’ll have the opportunity to be guided through key aspects of the Deeper Mindfulness program, practice delivering components of the program in teachbacks in triads, and engage in large group discussion of what was learned.

We will use a specific structure to explore Week 1 to 7 as follows:

1. Review of Session 1-7 Content (modeled by Mark and Andrea)

  • Explaining the session theme
  • Guiding one of the practices
  • Journaling and inquiring

2. Teachbacks by Participants (in groups of 3 or 4)

  • Explaining the session theme
  • Guiding one of the practices, journaling and inquiring
  • Brief discussion/feedback on guiding

3 .Discussion

  • Large group reflection

Tentative Schedule (all times are in Pacific Time)

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. for both days

Morning Session: 8 a.m. - 11.45 a.m.
Lunch Break: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Registration Fees

General Registration: $450 ($400 early-bird rate available for those who pay 30 days in advance)

UCSD Employee/Student Registration: $400 ($350 early-bird rate available for those who pay 30 days in advance)

What’s Included  

Registered participants will receive a PDF package of teaching materials prepared by Dr. Mark Williams for Deeper Mindfulness teachers.

The Feeling Tone Program Teacher Manual, which includes participant handouts.


  • This live, online INTERMEDIATE LEVEL workshop is open to Mindfulness-Based Program teachers who offer MBCT, MBSR or other evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Programs. 
  • We recommend that you have taught a minimum of five rounds of 8-week courses.
  • Reading Deeper Mindfulness: The New Way to Rediscover Calm in a Chaotic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
  • Please note that completing an 8 week Deeper Mindfulness participant-observership is not a prerequisite for taking this two day workshop. However, completing a participant-observership, or at the very least, guiding oneself through the 8 week program using the 1 hour online videos introducing each week (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBV6X10gsVCo5BmHoQueLkhjioLftT9KG), in combination with daily practice using the audio guidance, is strongly recommended prior to offering the program to participants/others.

Lead Trainers

Andrea Grabovac, M.D., FRCPC
Consultant Psychiatrist
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Co-Director, North American Chapter, MiCBT Institute

Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC specializes in group and individual MBCT and MiCBT. She co-facilitates Cultivating Wellbeing mindfulness retreats for health care providers that are based on MiCBT and MBCT principles and practices. Her academic publications address the relevance of frameworks for meditative progress in the clinical setting.

Mark Lau, Ph.D., R Psych
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia


Mark Lau, Ph.D., R Psych has over 25 years experience providing Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to individuals and groups; conducting MBCT research; providing leadership in developing models of mental health care delivery including innovative ways of delivering MBCT.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education credits for participation in this program are available for a $50 fee.

Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 11.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 13.2 contact hours.


It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development, and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms: 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CE content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review.

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus $50 non-refundable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted by emailing mindfulness@healthucsd.edu on or before 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds will be allowed after this date. Registration, deposits, and funds are non-transferable.

In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

The refunds are processed in the same method as payment were submitted.

Note: CFM requires a minimum of 10 registrants per program. Classes with fewer than 10 registrants will be cancelled and provided a refund. Please be aware of this when making arrangements to attend this program.