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Karuna Live! Uncovering Polarization: Cultivating Compassionate Exchange

July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT

Free – $10.00

Karuna Live! Uncovering Polarization: Cultivating Compassionate Exchange  With Sandra Ladley  

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024, from 6 - 7:30 PM, Mountain Time

Are you overwhelmed by the news and your reactions? Are you holding back from conversations because of how you or others may react? Do you feel trapped in negativity or hopelessness, ready to boil over or give up? 

In this fraught election year and these painful times, we take sides and harden our hearts against perceived enemies. We know that hatred and aggression - and ignorance and nihilism -  are not long-term strategies. How can we find shared ground to serve the well-being of our communities and planet? How can we tap into the strength and wisdom of our compassionate hearts? 

Sandra will explore Uncovering Polarization: Cultivating Compassionate Exchange in an upcoming Karuna Newsletter. She will facilitate a 90-minute Karuna Live! introductory session on this topic on Wednesday, July 17th, from 6 - 7:30 PM Mountain Time. 

In the Karuna Live session, Participants will learn:

  • Current research and methods for working with polarization 
  • Mindfulness-awareness meditation, embodied movement practice 
  • An embodied method for working with intense emotions and views 
  • An intro to the levels of listening 
  • Compassionate Exchange  
  • An introduction to Contemplative Psychology as presented in Karuna Training 

What to Expect:

  • Guided meditation and movement
  • Guided methods for working with intense views and emotions 
  • Personal and group sharing in confidence 
  • Discussion of experience with polarization and compassionate exchange   
  • An experiential introduction to Karuna Training: Contemplative Psychology: Intrinsic Health, Compassionate Exchange 

In Karuna Training 

In Karuna Training, we find strength in the intrinsic openness, wisdom, and compassion that is available to us as human beings. In this 90-minute Karuna Live introductory session, we will have time to reflect and discuss how we can draw on our innate wisdom as a resource in an ongoing way. The program is open to everyone and will include guided meditation, an experience of the Karuna teachings, and a discussion of upcoming Karuna Training offerings. 

The word Karuna means compassion in Sanskrit. Karuna Training brings together a community of people who trust the world’s wisdom to awaken our compassionate hearts. We can learn to resource ourselves and integrate our experiences to live a more empowered life. The world needs all of our compassion, health, and wisdom.

For 29 years, Karuna Training has offered time-tested mindfulness and compassion-based programs in Europe and North America. 

A cohort is forming for the next Karuna Training program starting in fall, 2024. 

More information is here. 


Sandra Ladley, MA, is a core Karuna Training faculty member. She partnered with Melissa Moore to develop Karuna Training in North America. Sandra received her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. She is a long-time Buddhist practitioner and teacher and an interdisciplinary artist and activist. Sandra teaches Buddhist, Contemplative Psychology, and Creative Arts programs internationally. She draws on ​a breadth of experience as a teacher, counselor, and manager in business, mental health, and creative arts settings to bring vibrancy and engagement to her teaching.


July 17
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT
Free – $10.00
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