mPEAK 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 program 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.

mPEAK 3-Day Intensive

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, San Diego, CA

May 17-19th, 2019 •

September 20th-22nd, 2019

Program Format

The mPEAK program was originally developed as a collaborative research project between UCSD Center for Mindfulness, UCSD neuroscientists and the US Olympic BMX Team. The 3-day Intensive mPEAK format has evolved in past years but still closely aligns with the way originally developed. The 3-day program 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 program.

The first mPEAK study with the US Olympic BMX Team

The first mPEAK study with the US Olympic BMX Team


  • Develop greater focus and concentration

  • Tap into the power “flow states” during performance events and everyday

  • Learn to be present to the process and let go of attachment to outcome

  • Practice responding wisely to stress rather than reacting out of fear

  • Develop resilience by learning how to be with emotionally difficult or physically painful experiences

  • Leverage personal strengths and stretching your personal edges without giving up or burning out

  • Recognize and shift from critical to compassionate inner self talk

  • Process and learn from inevitable mistakes and failures

Target Audience

This program is open to members of the general public, but specially designed for leaders, athletes, coaches, musicians, dancers, and busy professionals or parents who set big goals, face consistent challenges and stretch themselves towards excellence. Previous meditation experience is not necessary to participate in this 3-day intensive, but it can facilitate a deeper learning experience.  Participating in this 3-day intensive program satisfies one of the prerequisites for becoming a Professional mPEAK Coach. mPEAK Coach Training Intensive will be offered at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.

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3-Day Training

Program activities include: meditation; short presentations 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. 

6-Week Followup 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 Feedback

"As a former competitive athlete and current high level coach, I am always striving to find innovative ways to best train myself and my athletes mentally and physically. Having become a regular practice for myself and my athletes, I see the transformative and vital benefits of mindfulness daily. I have gained a greater knowledge of how my mind and body operate allowing me to be thoughtful and purposeful in my actions. With such mental and physical growth also comes the ability to better confront daily and unexpected challenges in a state of flow leading to greater successes personally and professionally. mPEAK and the introduction of mindfulness into competitive athletics will, no doubt, soon be seen as a vital tool amongst all coaches and athletes." ~Kendall Mulligan, Head Rowing Coach @ Franklin & Marshall College

“mPEAK has helped me grow in all aspects of life, from my professional career to my personal life. The mindfulness tools have allowed me to be more aware of my body and mind in all types of situations. I have been able to overcome fears, doubts and deal with high-stress situations in a natural and healthy manor. The amount of personal growth I've had in the last 12 weeks would not be possible without the help of Pete and the MPEAK program.”  ~Eddie Stewart, Pro Golfer

"If your a coach, you need to get your team involved in the mindfulness program. I am the head men's lacrosse coach at Poway High school. We turned to Pete and his mindfulness training for help for our upcoming season because we had a young team. We just won the San Diego CIF championship with 4 freshman and 3 sophomores on the field to start the game. Our players were able to stay in the moment and beat a much more experience and older team. I coached the same way I always do this year. The one difference in our training from last year to this year was MPeak training. Pete, save a spot for ‪Poway Lacrosse next spring. We are in!"                                          ~Zack Burke, Head Coach, Poway Lacrosse

"mPEAK hit on all the aspects of my life that impacted performance and unknown to me were serving as barriers to increasing health and strength. I no longer become nervous at the top of a course or a demanding line, I become precise. Day after day of training my mind allows me to focus my attention when the stakes are high and I need to be intensely present." ~Sasha Dingle, Pro Skier

“I am a sports enthusiast and mindfulness practitioner myself who works with student athletes, and found the entire experience well beyond my even rather lofty expectations. The trainers were outstanding… well-grounded in their own mindfulness practice and provided both very experiential hands-on content as well as the detailed scientific research to back it all up. One of the side benefits to the program was the networking, the plethora of amazing participants I got to meet, know, and become friends with as well. I have used the many things I learned with both the athletes and people whoI coach as well as myself. I am an avid runner and have found the specific practices I learned in mPeak helped my running performance especially on those days when I am competing in races. I have used some of the more experiential writing and reflection type practices that I learned to help uncover some deep meaning and performance blocksin my own life. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a performance edge in sports, work, or life, or help at living a richer and more meaningful life to take the mPeak program.” ~Todd H. Corbin, Todd Corbin, ACPI CPC, Stress Expert, Coach, Mindful Motivator

"I came to the mPEAK 3 day looking for a way to assist young doctors training in my specialty of Anaesthesiology better perform in stressful situations. Not only did I gain that knowledge but also how I can improve my own performance at work, home and my interests. All in a way that facilitates my best by challenging my perceptions and allows me to recover from my worst ... transforming those moments from failings to possibilities" ~Dr Andrew Czuchwicki MBBS FANZCA

"I attended the mPEAK 3-Day Intensive looking for an advantage in performance situations. Not only did I get that, but I also walked away with real tools that have helped me effectively navigate critical decisions in high-stress situations across many areas of my life. In addition, for more than 20 years I have battled tension headaches and insomnia. The 3-Day Intensive gave me practical exercises that have allowed me to go to sleep whenever I want, have fewer tension headaches, and when I do get them, to overcome them within 24 hours, when they normally take about three days to subside." Monnica- SLC, Utah

"After my mPEAK experience, I felt more content and relaxed than I did after any vacation that I ever took, and I walked away with the skills, the knowledge, and the support to implement the practices when I got home. The training has permeated my life. I have seen the impact in my relationships with my family, the quality of focus and results in my work, and a noticeable improvement in my sport performance. ~ Brad- SLC, Utah

“mPeak was the third course I attended through the UCSD Mindfulness Center. For me, it provided an opportunity to access an even deep layer of awareness, especially as it relates to my performance. I was a competitive athlete for many years who had no idea how big the role my brain played in setting me up for success or sabotage. This course not only discussed the brain's influence on performance, but allowed us to have an experience with it. The mindfulness practices we took away from mPEAK have helped me feel more confident and connected to self, as well as better equipped to address any doubt and fear that comes up around performance. ~Lynne Officer, Co-Owner Hoppy Yoga

"Meditation dynamically saves my life, on a consistent and continual basis. I’ve always been fascinated by the mind body connection and the vast capabilities of human beings, but I was struggling to get the implementation of this knowledge into my daily, anxiety ridden lifestyle. Until I came across the mPEAK program. mPEAK was pivotal in my career, personal life, education, health; it permeated every aspect of my life. The program is well structured with scientific evidence and experiential exercises that keep you accountable, a combination which makes a seemingly esoteric concept, easily digestible. Breaking the barrier of conditioned, limiting response, physically in my brain and emotionally in my mind, has taken me further than I thought possible. mPEAK was the perfect catalyst!" ~Tiffany Schrade, Jewelry Designer

“I have a appreciated the power of mindfulness for managing stress, self-care, and general well-being. But Pete and the team did an outstanding job of elucidating the impact of the practice on my performance as an entrepreneur. Mindfulness has become indispensable for me to be at my best at work.” ~Joseph L. Flanders, PhD OPQ, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Director, The MindSpace Clinic

"I am so glad I made the effort to attend the mPeak program. I found the material to be rich and incredibly practical, and it transfers very readily to music performance. As much as I benefitted from the workshop itself, the six weeks of followup really helped me find ways to apply the material more substantially to my own life. I especially learned a great deal about how the stories we tell ourselves can often get in the way of being truly present. It has found its way not only into my own musical performance but a great deal into my teaching as well. The guided audio practices were an added bonus that keeps the mPeak program alive and meaningful to me. Thank you Pete and Lori for a program that continues to be most valuable to me both personally and in all of my work!
~Tim Conner, Associate Professor of Practice, Trombone, Frost School of Music, University of Miami

"The mPEAK program taught by Pete Kirchmer and Lori Haase was a profound experience. I have a fair amount of mindfulness training and taken part in retreat for a number of years, but the style in which Pete taught the mPEAK program was very true to the mindfulness tradition, while he also haa a talent for teaching it so that it becomes relevant and applied in life and in sports. I highly recommend the mPEAK program to everyone who wishes to bring mindfulness into their lives."                                                                                                               ~Ulrich Kirk Ph.D Neuroscientist, Mindfulness Researcher, Denmark

"The mPEAK training empowered me to set boundaries in my work that ultimately improved my productivity. My performance review was over the top as a result. In my relationship with my husband, I am able to pause and find the right words to constructively address what otherwise might have turned into a volatile situation. In my yoga practice, I am able to find my edge and stay with it longer to let my body go gradually deeper into a pose. I don’t think I am swimming or running any faster, but the experience has changed. I am much more aware of body sensations and the environment I am moving in because I am trying always to practice mindful movement." ~Jody Hafey

“The mPeak program really brings together the best of mindfulness and performance science into an elite training program. This program offers excellent training for any professional group, such as, health professionals and first responders who aim for excellence during high stakes high stress conditions.” ~Ted Bober, M.S.W. R.S.W., Director, Clinical Services, Physician Health Program, Ontario Medical Association

"mPEAK gave me the chance to refocus my meditation practice as well as take away some tools that I could use both in my personal life as well as my work as an MFLC." ~Timothy Holsather M.A., LMFT


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 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 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?

email: pete@mindfulnessbasedhealth for a list of optional reading