mPEAK: Mindful Performance Enhancement, Awareness & Knowledge 3-Day Intensive

mPEAK workshop is an intensive course in mindfulness training for those who seek to draw upon this proven practice to achieve their goals, both personal and professional, as well as attain new levels of performance and success. This cutting-edge training program is built around the latest brain research related to peak performance, resilience, focus, and “flow”. The mPEAK workshop enhances the human capacity of mindfulness through established and empirically supported practices and exercises, tailored to fit the needs and desires of the team, organization or individual. Mindfulness is effective precisely because it is a way of being and relating to all aspects of life, rather than a specific technique or tool for a particular goal. As with physical training, this brain training program is based upon the understanding that optimal outcomes occur most often when participants continue to engage in the practices and exercises on a daily basis as a part of their training regimen. The foundation of this program is drawn from the highly respected and empirically-supported Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Additionally, the program incorporates specific practices and exercises formulated to correspond to recent neuroscientific findings, competitive advances, and related research regarding optimal performance.

The mPEAK workshop was developed in conjunction with the US Olympic BMX Cycling Team in 2014, as a collaboration between the coaches of the team, UC San Diego neuroscientists Drs. Lori Haase and Martin Paulus, and the UCSD Center for Mindfulness leaders Executive Director Dr. Steven Hickman and Managing Director Allan Goldstein.

Workshop Format

The 3-day Intensive mPEAK workshop is designed to closely align with the way in which mPEAK was originally developed for the US Olympic BMX Cycling Team. The 3-day workshop will be held in an environment where attendees can delve deeply into mindfulness practice; explore how this can support their desire to achieve, improve, create and excel; and will provide opportunities to enjoy the local activities.

Whether you are an athlete, business professional, or simply want to participate in a program that brings together the latest neuroscience and mindfulness training to enable you to be at your best, please join us by registering for the mPEAK workshop.

For more information about the pathway to becoming an mPEAK Coach, refer to our mPEAK CTI pathway page.


At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Apply a minimum of two mindfulness practices for greater focus and concentration 
  • Identify specific triggers to access “flow states” during performance events and everyday life 
  • Utilize a technique to bring presence to any process while letting go of attachment to outcome 
  • Describe the ways one can respond wisely to stress rather than reacting out of fear
  • Explain how to be resilient around emotionally difficult or physically painful experiences 
  • Identify the ways personal strengths can become weaknesses when over played or used out of context 
  • Discuss the ways one can shift from critical to compassionate inner self talk 
  • Design strategies for how to learn from inevitable mistakes and failures

Target Audience

This program is designed for athletes, executives, leaders, musicians, dancers, law enforcement, first responders and anyone who sets big goals and pushes themselves towards excellence. Participating in this 3-day intensive program satisfies one of the prerequisites for becoming an mPEAK program teacher. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in this 3-day intensive, but it can facilitate a deeper learning experience.


The mPEAK 3-Day Intensive will be led by Certified mPEAK Coaches. Workshop activities include: meditation; short talks on the relationship between neuroscientific findings, peak performance and mindfulness; experiential exercises; group discussion; and home practices. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond to challenges and opportunities and to provide tools for becoming more adept at meeting and overcoming these obstacles to achieve our goals. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing attentional and emotional resources, as well as personal capacities. For more information on mPEAK, see our website.

It is widely acknowledged within the field that the teaching of mindfulness and compassion arises out of the personal practice of them. Thus, training courses include substantial periods of personal practice of mindfulness meditation and compassion to help develop the personal and professional resource of these human qualities. An analogy might be that the swimming coach would have to be an excellent swimmer, or a violin teacher would actually be a skilled violinist. Therefore in the field of mindfulness and compassion, the teacher must have a well-developed and substantial experiential grounding in these practices, which is partially supported through meditative practice and exercises during the training.

6-Week Follow-up Sessions

A sustained personal practice of mindfulness has been shown to be the key to deriving the full benefit of such training, and mPEAK’s primary intention is to support this kind of practice in our graduates. Included in the cost of the 3-day intensive are six weekly 60-minute live online video sessions with the trainers to encourage your continued mindfulness practice, provide additional information, work with challenges that arise and build group cohesion.

Participant Guidelines

The 3-Day Intensive mPEAK workshop is designed to be both an introduction to mindfulness skills, and a journey of self-discovery. The training will encourage careful attunement to each participant’s experience and it is an invitation for self-acceptance and self-compassion as well as mindfulness and peak performance. While mindfulness training is often relaxing and comforting, at times the practice can provoke uncomfortable sensations or feelings. Such feelings can range from inner restlessness to difficult emotions that may have been previously hidden. The instructors are committed to providing an environment of respect, safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility and compassion.

Needs Assessment

Over the past few years, mindfulness has become mainstream in the general population and is being increasingly integrated into professional practice (e.g., mental health, medical care, education, business, law). As the demand grows, the demand for quality training in these practices and techniques is growing each year. Mindfulness training for achieving peak performance is an area of burgeoning research that is following in the wake of this increased interest in mindfulness. Despite growing scientific evidence for the connection between peak performance and mindfulness training, explicit training in the application of mindfulness training in this field has been virtually non-existent until now.

Continuing Education Credit

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 16.5 contact hours.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency Statement

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UC San Diego CME website.


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.

Tentative Schedule for In-person Workshop

Day One

  • Registration: 8:30–9:00 am
  • Morning Session: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Lunch on Your Own: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Day Two

  • Mindful Hike: 7:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Morning Session: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Lunch on Your Own: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Day Three

  • Morning Session: 7:00 am – Noon


Tentative Schedule for Online Workshop

Day One

  • Introduction Session: 5:00 - 7:00 pm 

Day Two

  • Registration: 8:30–9:00 am
  • Morning Session: 9:00 am – Noon
  • Lunch on Your Own: Noon – 1:30 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Evening Open

Day Three

  • Mindful Hike: 7:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Morning Session: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Lunch on Your Own: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Evening Open

Day Four

  • Early Morning Meditation Practice: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
  • Morning Session: 8:30 am – Noon

Recommended Reading

  • Mindfulness and Performance (current perspective in social and behavioral sciences) edited by Amy Baltzell; chapter 9 is devoted to mPEAK
  • Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges by Steven M. Southwick
  • The Mindful Athlete: Secrets of Pure Performance by George Mumford
  • The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being by Daniel J. Siegel
  • The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler
  • Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson
  • Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

Frequently Asked Questions

I am flying in for the training. What are my options and what do you recommend?

For the training in San Diego, here is a list of a few hotels near the Center. You can also search on this link (select “Lodging Near UC San Diego Thornton Hospital”) or search a hotel elsewhere in San Diego as well. (Please note we do not have any special hotel discount arrangement with any of the hotels listed below or on the link above.)

Best Western Golden Triangle Inn
5550 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 560-4551

California Suites Hotel
5415 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 560-0545

Residence Inn San Diego Central
5400 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 278-2100

What time should I plan to arrive? When do we finish?

We will begin checking people in at 8:30 am on the first day of the training. We plan to end the training by 1:00 pm on the last day so please plan your travel accordingly, using the time guidelines above. Sometimes situations arise in which people have to leave the training earlier than noon on the last day but we strongly urge you to avoid this if at all possible.

What do I need to bring?

If it is at all possible, please bring a meditation cushion (zafu) and a yoga mat. We will have a few cushions but not enough to go around, so if you have one and can squeeze it into your luggage or bring it as a carry-on please consider doing so. It is always advisable to check the weather forecast prior to traveling, to help guide you in proper clothing choices.

What should I expect regarding the format of the training?

This training is taught in an intensive experiential format, which means there is a great deal of mindfulness practice embedded in the training, and we want to reiterate that now so you are not surprised when you get here.

What should I read prior to arriving?

Check the “Schedule and Required Reading” page of the specific training you are registered to attend.

What if I require some special accommodations or have dietary restrictions?

While you are asked to note specific food restrictions on your registration application, if there are any additional food or medical concerns we should be aware of please let us know of these in advance so we may assist you.

Registration Fees

Fees for each training are variable. Please check your specific training of interest (listing in right sidebar) to confirm that training’s specific cost.

Continuing Education Credit Fees

Continuing education credits for participation in this program are available for an additional fee:

Board of Registered Nursing        $50

Partial Payments

Partial payments are acceptable; however a non-refundable minimum deposit of $100 USD is due upon registration.

Please be aware that the early-bird rate is available for all participants who register and pay their balance in full by the Early-Bird Deadline. All early-bird rate participants who have a remaining balance after that date will have their fees automatically adjusted to the General Session Rate.

All remaining balances must be paid in full 30 days prior to the start of the training or your registration will be cancelled for non-payment and you will not be permitted to attend.

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus your $100 non-refundable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing on or before a date 30 days prior to the start of the training. No refunds will be allowed after this date.

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.