Beyond Basics: 

Training in Mindfulness and Awareness Teaching


With Diana Winston

Director of Mindfulness Education

Mindful Awareness Research Center

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Starts June 16th

Discover how to teach the Spectrum of Awareness Practices and guide your students to skillfully incorporate them into their life.   

  • Do you want to learn how to teach powerful strategies beyond the usual mindfulness practices?
  • Are you looking to expand your repertoire of awareness-based practices?
  • Do you want to assess a student’s meditation and discover how to direct them to a variety of practices?

As mindfulness teachers and practitioners, most of us tend to get caught in habits. We are familiar with teaching the basics of mindfulness—for instance, habitually instructing students to focus on their breathing and return when their attention has wandered. However, focusing our attention is only one way to teach mindfulness. Awareness practices are quite varied. 

Using the model of the “Spectrum of Awareness Practices” we will explore four different types of awareness, how they manifest themselves in our own meditation practices, and how they can be taught to students. These four types are focused awareness, investigative awareness, open or choiceless awareness, and natural awareness– investigating the nature of awareness itself. 


This training program is proudly co-sponsored by the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA and the Mexican Institute for Mindfulness: 

Beyond Basics: 

Training in Mindfulness and Awareness Teaching

with Diana Winston

Director of Mindfulness Education

Mindful Awareness Research Center UCLA

In this online, 8-week training program you will: 

  • Identify ways of building and strengthening each type of awareness
  • Notice practices you are very familiar with and others that are new
  • Gain a repertoire of ways to practice awareness that will be expansive and responsive, personally, and for each student. 
  • Learn what type of meditation can be used in what situation to benefit the meditator.

How it works

Beyond Basics: Training in Mindfulness and Awareness Teaching

Starts June 16th 


Online Format

Develop skills to guide students in a variety of meditation practices


  • 6 live online sessions with Diana Winston
  • In case you miss a live session, you can watch the recording on our online platform. 
  • 8 weeks of ongoing community interaction  in our online platform with complementary materials. 


  • This training focuses on helping you to develop skills in teaching different types of meditations based on the “Spectrum of Awareness Practices” model.


Lesson 1: Overview

  • Overviewing the Spectrum of Awareness Practices
  • How these practices map up against traditional meditation practices
  • Where does our personal practice lie on this MAP?
  • How we can teach the full range of practices to our students and help them become their own guide in expanding their meditation practice


Lesson 2: Focused Awareness

  • What is Focused Awareness and what purpose does it serve?
  • Techniques to build focus in your meditation
  • Teaching students how to develop focus through meditation techniques


Lesson 3: Flexible Awareness Part 1: Investigative Awareness

  • What is Investigative Awareness?
  • How to lead meditations that move beyond focused awareness
  • Teaching Working with Emotions as an investigative awareness practice


Lesson 4: Flexible Awareness Part 2: Choiceless/Open Awareness

  • How to lead open awareness meditations
  • What is choiceless awareness?
  • Pointing Students towards Insight in all flexible awareness practices


Lesson 5: Introducing Natural Awareness

  • What is Natural Awareness?
  • An exploration of glimpse practices that can point us towards natural awareness
  • How to introduce practice that point people towards the nature of awareness itself
  • How to incorporate natural awareness into daily life


Lesson 6: Putting it all together

  • How to use the full spectrum of awareness practices to guide students’ practice
  • What type of awareness practice is most useful when?
  • how to teach students to guide their own practices
  • Next steps

This is what you will receive by participating in Beyond Basics: Training in Mindfulness and Awareness Teaching:


  • Training with one of the most recognized mindfulness and awareness teachers in the U.S.
  • 6 live sessions with Diana Winston 
  • Access to complementary materials in our interactive online platform 
  • You can re-watch the session recordings and materials at your own pace 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Articulate an overview of how these different types of meditations fit together and map them onto traditional Buddhist practices, such as Vipassana, Dzogchen, etc.
  2. Identify the parameters that help define the different types of practices: expansion, effort, object-based
  3. Utilize techniques for improving focused awareness and tools to share with students
  4. Utilize investigative awareness and how to apply this type of awareness in practitioners or our own practice
  5. Articulate the use of RAIN as an investigative awareness practice
  6. Point students towards insight in meditation
  7. Identify natural awareness: how to discover it in our meditation and point students there
  8. Identify how to look at the nature of awareness itself, as a meditation practice
  9. Apply these range of practices into daily life
  10. Customize meditation practice: Teach the student which practice to use when, and how they can skillfully incorporate the range of practices 


  • Must have an established mindfulness practice
  • Must currently be sharing or intending to share or facilitate mindfulness with groups or with individuals

Meet Diana Winston

Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), the author of The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering your Natural Awareness, and the co-author, with Susan Smalley, PhD, of Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. 

Called by the LA Times “one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness,” she has taught mindfulness since 1999 in a variety of settings including hospitals, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and schools in the US and Asia. 

A sought-after speaker, she developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide. She is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. 

She can be found at and on the UCLA Mindful, Waking Up, and Ten Percent Happier Apps. Her latest audio course is Glimpses of Being: A Training Course in Expanding Mindful Awareness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the duration of the Training? 

8 weeks. The program starts on June 16th. You will have access to the platform one week before the first live session with Diana, as well as one week after the last live session. 

Are the sessions live? 

Yes! There will be 6 live sessions with Diana Winston. Additionally, you will have access to complementary materials in our online platform, including recordings of the live sessions.  

Can I pay in monthly installments?

Yes, you can pay in 3 monthly installments with Paypal. 

Who will be teaching this training? 

Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at the Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA.

Who certifies this training?

This program is co-sponsored and certified by the Mindful Awareness Research Center and the Mexican Institute for Mindfulness.