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2022 Cohort – Now Enrolling

A Life-Changing Comprehensive Program

May 4th 2022 – August 21st 2023

Karuna Training 2021-2023 has been postponed

To maintain safety and public health, we have postponed the Karuna Training 2021 - 2023 due to the Delta Variant of COVID 19.
See the NEw Schedule
Karuna Training
is designed not just to equip you with a certificate in Contemplative Psychology, but to also give you a safe community to grow in compassion and apply universal truth to your life.

We are currently accepting
applications for the 2022 Karuna Training Cohort. Our two-year journey will kick off in person from May 4th 2022 through August 21st, 2023, at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado.
This upcoming cycle, Karuna Basic Training, is a hybrid program taking place over two years. It is a hybrid training because we will meet both in-person and online.

This includes four in-person retreats along with six online courses. Participants who complete the full training will be certified in Contemplative Psychology.

Overview

A powerful curriculum that combines online learning and in-Person retreats
 


10 Seminars
2 Four-day in-person retreats
2 Seven-day in-person retreats
6 Online half-day weekends + 3 three hour courses

Two years of Continuity Groups meet monthly
A 25-hour mentored project of Compassionate Exchange.
See schedule below
Shambhala Mountain Center
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COSTS

Your payment options

The investment for the two-year Karuna Training:
$4,000 per year, $8,000 for the total two-year commitment.

In addition, you pay the cost of room and board for the in-person retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center directly to the Retreat Center. There are dormitory, double, and single rates available.

You may commit to the program one phase at a time.

Payment Options
Option A: Payment in Full for the 2 years is $8,000
 A $500 discount goes to those who pay in full before the onset of Phase 1

Option B: Payment by Phase: Pay by one phase at a time. This costs a bit more, but you can pay in monthly installments:

Phase One: $3,500

Phase Two: $3,500

Phase Three: $2,000


Option C: Monthly Payment Plans: Will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Some scholarship money is available on an as-needed basis, and we will discuss that at your admission interview.
Shambhala Mountain Center Additional Retreat Costs

There are additional costs for food and lodging for the four residential retreats—two are four-day, and two are week-long.

Food and Lodging
costs for our in-person retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center range from $140 to $250 per night. Typically, the total for all four in-person retreats (18 nights in total) ranges from $2,538 to $4,500, excluding your personal travel expenses to get to each retreat.

If accepted, Karuna Training will email you an SMC lodging registration link.

Method of Payment: Payments can be made by check or credit card once you are accepted into the program.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Other Things To Know

CEUs: Karuna Training (license #137058) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for mental health professionals. Karuna Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 120 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioural Sciences. For licensed attendees outside of California who are interested in continuing education credit, please check with your State Board, to see if California CEUs are accepted.

TUITION ASSISTANCE: If you are feeling drawn to Karuna Training, we don't want funds to keep you from applying. Tuition assistance is available on a case-by-case basis through determined need. To apply for a financial scholarship, please reach out to karuna.assist@gmail.com.

COHORT CAPACITY AND ATTENDANCE: Each cohort is limited to 30 students and closes after the first seminar, in order to build on the community established within a cohort. Whether joining for the full two-year program or one phase at a time, students are required to commit to attending all seminars within that phase. Completing the certification requires a student to attend all in-person retreats and not miss more than two online seminars.

ACCESSIBILITY: To discuss accommodations and access needs, please email here.

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APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION: You must apply for Karuna Training and be individually interviewed before being accepted into the program. The simple application process is described on our website 

You may apply at any time, and Karuna will be conducting interviews until the program starts on Friday, October 29th, 2021

If you have questions, please visit this link and fill out the contact form.  connect@karunatraining.com
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SCHEDULE

Course overview

Title of Seminar
PlaceDates & Times Faculty
Phase 1: Personal Process

117 in-class training hours
Continuity hours: 12 hours @ 2 hours a month 129 Total Training hours
Seminar 1
Confidence in Intrinsic Health and Defining Ego in Contemplative Psychology.

Participants are introduced to the view of Intrinsic Health and the mind-map of ego in Contemplative Psychology

Shambhala Mountain Center Redfeather Lakes, Colorado
May 4 - 7, 2022 (Wed-Sat)
3 days & 3 nights
On-going Cohort & Continuity groups 4 hours monthly
November
25 hours

Melissa Moore
Barbara Märtens
Seminar 2
Befriending the Energy of Emotions.

The mandala of emotions is introduced as the six realms of fixation
online July 9 - 10, 2022
Two weekend half days and 2 or 3 follow up classes
On-going Continuity groups 2 hours 1X monthly February & March
18 hours
Sandra Ladley
Seminar 3
Four Foundations of Space Awareness

Four foundations of taming the mind and developing a fearless relationship to space unfold

onlineSeptember 24 - 25, 2022
Two weekend half days and 2 or 3 follow up classes
On-going Continuity groups 2 hours 1X monthly March and April
18 hours

Terry Jaworski
Seminar 4
Maitri Space Awareness: Meeting with Elemental Magic

The first in-person retreat working with the Mandala of the Five Buddha Families and exploration of the outer manifestation, which is the five elements and the practice of ‘space awareness’.

Shambhala Mountain Center
Redfeather Lakes, Colorado
November 13 - 19, 2022
(Sat-Sat) Deepening Week Residential Retreat
7 days & 6 nights On-going Cohort & Continuity groups 4 hours monthly
May & June 56 hours
Melissa Moore
Terry Jaworski
Phase 2: Methods in Working Skillfully with Others

Total in-class hours: 110 hours in-class training Continuity hours: 16 hours @ 2 hours a month 126 Training Hours
Seminar 5
Compassionate Presence I
onlineJanuary 14 - 15, 2023
Two weekend half day and 2 or 3 follow up classes July and August
18 hours
Melissa Moore
Seminar 6
Compassionate Presence II

The four phases of working contemplatively with others in compassionate exchange


onlineFebruary 18 -19, 2023
One weekend half day and 3 follow up courses
On-going Continuity groups 2 hours 1 X monthly
October & November & December
18 hours
Terry Jaworski
Seminar 7
Shining the Jewel.

The well-honed skill of offering honest, kind, and helpful feedback which serves to bring out the brilliant sanity of others.


onlineMarch 18 & 19 2023
One weekend half-day and 2-3 follow up courses
On-going Continuity groups + 3 hours 1X monthly Feb & March (2)
18 hours
Sandra Ladley
Seminar 8
Maitri Space Awareness: Exploration of Emotional Energy.

The second in-person retreat works with the Mandala of the Five Buddha Families from the perspective of emotional energies, and transmuting confusion into wisdom.

Shambhala Mountain Center Redfeather Lakes, Colorado
April 16-22, 2023 (Sun-Sat)


Deepening Week
Residential Retreat
7 days & 6 nights
56 hours

Sandra Ladley
Terry Jaworski
Phase 3: Engaged Compassion Project with Mentoring

Total in-class hours: 36 hours training Continuity hours:
16 hours @ 2 hours a month Project hours: 25 with 3 hours of mentoring + Continuity support 77 training hours
Seminar 9
25-hour project of Compassionate Exchanger.

Participants engage in five hours of working with someone they recruit in successive sessions of compassionate exchange.

onlineApril through May 2023
On-going Self Directed
35 hours:
17-hour prep, 3 mentoring, 5 recruitment, 5 hours direct CE work
25 hours
3 hours mentoring

All mentoring faculty
Seminar 10
Mentoring Day

Support for the projects in whatever way is needed by mentors
onlineMay 20-21, 2023
2 half day’s program to support projects and graduation presentations.
Continuity and Mentoring in June & July

8 hourshours direct CE work
25 hours
3 hours mentoring

Sandra Ladley
All mentoring faculty
Seminar 11
Shining Brilliant Sanity Graduation Weekend.

Participants present their projects to one another in creative forms and describe the impact of Karuna Training on their lives.
Shambhala Mountain Center Redfeather Lakes, ColoradoAugust 18-21, 2023 Rigden Lodge
4- day residential Retreat
3 days & 3 nights
18 hours
All Faculty -
Melissa, Sandra, Terry + CF
Total Hours:
263-course hours
44-continuity hours
3-mentoring hours
22-Project hours

332- Total hours of Training
CEU’s are Available

We hope that you will consider joining us in the 2021 cohort.

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