Melissa Moore PhD., Founder Of Karuna Training
Melissa Moore Ph.D. Steward of the North American Karuna training since 2014, and founded Karuna Europe in 1996. Melissa has her MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and her Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Melissa has been a student of Vajrayana Buddhism and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1979. She is the founding Director of the Felton Institute for Research and Training in San Francisco (2006–2016). She has been involved in community-based research for the most marginalized populations in California, trained front-line providers in mental health in evidence-based practices, and then researched the outcomes.
Melissa is the Executive Director of Karuna Training and a lead trainer. She has taught Karuna Training in nine countries and in four states in the U.S. She lives in Denver with her dog and husband. She is thrilled to be bringing Karuna Training to Colorado, back home where it began!
Sandra Ladley, MA
Sandra Ladley, MA, is a core Karuna Training faculty member. She partnered with Melissa Moore to bring Karuna Training to North America. Sandra received her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University.
She is a long-time Buddhist practitioner and teacher, an interdisciplinary artist and activist, and a life-long student. 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.
Terry Jaworski, MA, LMHC graduated from Naropa University in 1983 with a degree in
Contemplative Psychology. She worked in Community Mental Health for 25 years as a clinician and supervisor.
Terry is now in private practice in Seattle, WA and specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. She has practiced meditation for 40 years, has been a meditation instructor for 25 years, and is excited to be part of the Karuna Training Faculty