Unified Mindfulness

Unified Mindfulness (UM) is a comprehensive system bringing together a number of contemplative approaches in a clear framework. Institutions like Harvard Medical School, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Vermont use it as the basis for their research on meditation and its application in the neurosciences, psychology, clinical sciences.

UM is an education program that provides step-by-step instructions on how to build the core mindfulness skills of concentration, sensory clarity and equanimity. Mindfulness techniques help reduce personal suffering and increase fulfillment in one’s life. Based on 50 years of experience  and research, meditation teacher Shinzen Young has created an innovative and comprehensive approach to learning modern meditation techniques.

Dr. Marla Herron has over 20 years of experience using Shinzen Young’s mindfulness techniques. Her 8-week program differs from other Unified Mindfulness programs in several ways:

  • On-going support and coaching from an experienced mindfulness teacher to optimize your success.
  • In-depth equanimity training along with training on several advanced techniques.
  • Multiple opportunities to practice after the 8-week program is complete.

Objectives of the program – participants will learn and practice:

  • mindfulness techniques designed to help reduce personal suffering and increase life fulfillment.
  • 3 core mindful awareness skills of concentration, sensory clarity and equanimity.
  • deconstructing sensory experiences using the “See Hear Feel” method.
  • incorporating mindfulness techniques in your daily life, including using “micro hits”.
  • “noting”, “labeling” and “gone” techniques.
  • the 5 positive long-term effects of systematic mindfulness practice.
  • developing and maintaining a personal mindfulness practice.

Upcoming Offerings:

Scheduled by demand with Marla Herron, EdD – contact the teacher to schedule a FREE introductory phone session to make sure its right for you.


MAM members = $250 (purchase a pass)
Non-Members = $300 (purchase a pass)

Make-up classes and refunds are not available for missed classes in the series. Payment in full is due by the course deadline and there are no refunds after this date. MAM requires a minimum of 6 registrants per MBI to hold class. Classes with fewer than 6 will be cancelled with options for rescheduling into open classes. In the event that the course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee, but refunds will not be provided for any pre-arranged transportation, accommodations or other miscellaneous expenses.

UM courses are offered in partnership with Marla Herron, EdD who maintains responsibility for the content of the courses she teaches. Taking the UM 8-week course is the first step in becoming a UM teacher – you can read more about the full teacher training pathway at the Unified Mindfulness official website.

Not sure which Mindfulness Based Program (MBP) is right for you? Watch our pre-recorded Intro to MBPs session to learn about the various programs and sample some of the practices.