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Karuna Graduate Training

Karuna is currently not enrolling in a graduate cohort cycle.

Below is an example of our current graduate cycle in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Graduate Schedule

Albuquerque 2021-2022 

The Karuna Graduate Training is a year-long certificate program which offers tools from Karuna Training that participants can integrate into their life and work with others.
PLACE: 4 Programs online, four in-person retreats to be held at Ghost Ranch.

FACULTY: Melissa Moore, Sandra Ladley, and Terry Jaworski will serve as faculty. Miriam Hall will continue on as continuity faculty and attend every program, Kathryn Rile will assist with the Deepening Week and be a mentor for projects.

AUDIENCE: The prerequisite is the 2-year Karuna Basic Training.

TOTAL TRAINING HOURS: 75 hour practicum (includes 25 hours of direct service) plus continuity groups. The in-person seminars are currently planned as retreats at Ghost Ranch; one as a 4-day residential retreat and the other as a 7 day Deepening Week retreat. The online seminars will include both weekends and ongoing classes.

COST: The program cost is $3750, or $3250 if paid in full in advance (a $500 discount), or participants can arrange to make payments over time. We are committed to making this financially workable for those who have a strong desire to do the program. Some tuition assistance is available.
There will be additional costs  Please note that the food and lodging costs for the residential retreats will be paid separately. The costs are estimated at $100- $200 a night for food and lodging including discount, standard, and patron rates.


Additional information 

In the graduate training, we maintain the personal process component, process and regional continuity groups continue, and every seminar is created for further self transformation and deeper personal inquiry. 
The training is designed to support us in the numerous opportunities we have to live our compassionate exchange and apply Karuna skills in the world, whether that be in our relationships, service or professional life.

Dates & Topics

Seminar 1: Mindfulness Awareness and Contemplative Education

Saturday, January 23 – Sunday, January 24, 2021 • Saturday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM • Online

In this seminar, participants learn how to guide and  teach sitting meditation practice and to facilitate contemplative experiential work. We will look deeply into the mirror of our own relationship to meditation practice and how we understand and communicate it to others. We will work on developing skills in the dynamics of contemplative facilitation and the ability to create a contemplative container for experiential work.

Ongoing online cohort meetings will be arranged, as well as continuity groups. The classes will include further teachings and will provide opportunities to guide mindfulness awareness practice, introduce experiential exercises, and to study and discuss together in the community.

Faculty: Sandra Ladley and Terry Jaworski

Seminar 2: Introducing Body Speech and Mind of Experiential Environments

Saturday, April 10 to Sunday, April 11, 2021 • Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM • Online

This workshop unlocks the container magic of Body, Speech and Mind group practice and methodology in a variety of applications. Participants learn how to introduce Body, Speech and Mind Group practice and to work with the dynamics of BSM group facilitation. Students receive a BSM training manual and will present a BSM of an environment; an organization or situation you know well. There will be opportunities to guide BSM in creative ways and to develop and try out experiential exercises. BSM vignettes will be practiced in small groups over the course of the seminar.

Faculty: Sandra Ladley

Seminar 3: Deepening Week, Speaking from the Heart Group Facilitation

Friday, August 6 – Thursday, August 12, 2021 • Friday arrival 3:00 to 5:00 PM • Thursday departure after lunch • Ghost Ranch Retreat Center

Participants will learn how to facilitate Speaking from the Heart contemplative groups and they will engage in intensive Maitri Space Awareness work in a retreat setting. They will also present contemplative experiential exercises in small groups. The Maitri emphasis of this deepening week is the ‘wisdom of no escape’ in that we stay in and intensify one or two colors the entire deepening week. This is the fruition of Maitri practice and where the potential transmission of a buddha family can occur in relationship to the rest of the buddha family mandala.

Faculty: Melissa Moore

Seminar 4: Compassionate Exchange and Self Care

Saturday, September 25 – Sunday, September 26, 2021 •Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM • Online

This course is specifically dedicated to the art of Self Care when working with others. Each participant will be doing a self-care plan and have the opportunity to implement self-care over a period of time with report-outs to their continuity group and as part of their practicum. We could call this learning to live Karuna in everyday life.

Faculty: Terry Jaworski

Seminar 5: The Practicum: On your own time, working with a Mentor

The heart of the training is the 75-hour practicum which includes 20 to 25 hours of direct work with others in a practicum of your design and choice. It includes as many as 50 hours preparing for, evaluating, and writing and recording a journal of your practicum along the way, and meeting in regional groups and with your faculty mentor. The idea of the practicum is to stretch you, to make it very personal and challenging in a way that you never dared to manifest. The practicum begins with a written plan and approval from your faculty mentor. The point of the practicum is to live your compassion and to apply it very directly in an area of your life that will challenge you deeply in personal growth.

Ongoing online weekly cohort meetings with Karuna Educators will be implemented for additional hours between October through January 2021. Dates and times TBD between mentors and mentees.

Faculty: Sandra, Terry, Miriam, Kathryn

Seminar 6: Graduation

Thursday, January 27 – Sunday, January 30, 2022• Thursday arrival 3:00 to 5:00 PM •  Sunday departure after lunch • Ghost Ranch Retreat Center •

Participants give a half hour presentation about their practicum to the whole group. The emphasis is on living Karuna in the world and on the practicums and lessons learned are the main aspects of the presentation at this graduation.

Program Schedule

Participants may miss no more than one seminar and still receive certification.
TitleType of programHours DatesTeachersLocation
KTG1: Mindfulness Awareness and Contemplative EducationWeekend + 2 cohort classes 14January 23 – 24, 2021 9:30- 5, 9:30 – 1,
February 20 & March 13, 1:00-4:00pm MST
Terry Jaworski Sandra Ladley
Miriam Hall
KTG2: The Body, Speech and Mind of Experiential EnvironmentsWeekend + 3 cohort classes 14April 10 – 11, 2021
10:00am- 5:30pm, 10:00am – 1:30pm MST

3 additional 1.5 hour classes, dates TBD
Sandra Ladley
Miriam Hall
KTG3: Deepening Week: Speaking from the Heart Group Facilitation7 days, 6 nights residential retreat 45August 6 – 12, 2021
Friday 3-5 pm arrival, Thursday departure after lunch
Melissa Moore
Miriam Hall

Kathryn Rile
Ghost Ranch
KTG4: Compassionate Exchange and Self-CareWeekend + 3 cohort classes14September 25-26, 2021
10:00am- 5:30pm, 10:00am – 1:30pm MST

3 additional 1.5 hour classes, dates TBD
Terry Jaworski
Miriam Hall
Practicum; on own time75 hours with mentoring75Including 20-25 hours direct service Karuna Faculty
Online Mentoring Group support8 group sessions of 1.5 hours (included aboveAvailable to anyone wanting ongoing mentoring in addition to 3 hours of private mentoring with a Karuna FacultyKaruna FacultyOnline
KTG5: Graduation 4 day, 3 night program23 January 27 – 30, 2022
Thursday arrival

Sunday to 1 PM after lunch
Melissa Moore, Sandra Ladley Miriam Hall
Terry Jawoski
Ghost Ranch
Continuity Groups Meet 3 hours monthly30
Total Hours 215
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