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Student Testimonials

It feels as though there is a lot of spaciousness around me and at the same time that space has a feeling of openness and kindness. Karuna means compassion in Sanskrit and time and time again I would see compassion as the foundation for the training: compassion in the group, from the teachers, towards each other and towards myself.
Penelope Sands
If you feel a pull towards Karuna Training, go for it. I can’t speak for anyone else, but Karuna has been life-changing for me. It helped me in my work, but it has also helped in my relationships of all kinds, including the one I have with myself. If you are working on yourself, your relationships, or your work with other human beings, this is an incredible training that you won’t find anywhere else.
Emily Earlenbaugh
Karuna Training has helped me to meet painful emotions with much more confidence and clarity. And I have been able to share some of these effective tools with others in a way that they could receive and apply successfully. Karuna facilitates a community of mutually supportive, loving and wise, practitioners and teachers/facilitators. I am deeply grateful for the excellent training I have received from Karuna.
Marie Endres
Karuna had a way of touching each part of my life. Like a powerful mountain stream, it removed obstacles and cleared new channels for communication. Through its powerful practices and teachings, I came away appreciating myself and my capacities in a new light.
Rees Sweeney-Taylor
Karuna training was and is transformational in my life. I would recommend Karuna to anyone seeking to be challenged on the road to becoming human
Steven Baird
Through Karuna Training, I have learned and experienced unconditional yes — to what is and to what I am feeling. Loving myself as I am and others as they are has had a tender and lasting change in how I relate to myself and how I connect and care for others.
Nan Clydesdale
I had a personally transformative experience in going through Karuna Training, and I saw the same thing happen with many of the 30+ people with whom I shared that two-year journey. I couldn’t explain why it was so effective in opening us up. I think it helped prepare me for the personal psychotherapy that has un-burdened me (at age 75) of some deeply rooted negative conditioning and habitual behaviours. Karuna Training was certainly not (when I did the program) a substitute for the education and training necessary to become a licensed counsellor or therapist, but was valuable training and a glimpse of what becoming a professional counsellor/therapist might be like.
Robert Merchasin
Karuna training has been a very positive experience for me. I am a lawyer so Karuna training may not seem like a natural fit for me. I decided to enroll in the program with my wife, who is a mental health professional, who was interested in the program in part for professional development. We decided to do the program together and share the experience. I felt pretty far out of my comfort zone initially. However, as my training cohort met, studied and practiced together we became incredibly close and have developed a tremendous bond of mutual trust, respect and affection. Studying Karuna theory and practice -contemplative psychology relying heavily on Buddhist principles and philosophy- has brought me in touch with own emotions and opened my compassion for others. I have developed a meditation practice which is something that I have always wanted to do. The teachers are wonderful personally and very skilled and experienced professionally. Through their instruction and their guidance, these principles and practices have become a part of my daily life. All of this has changed my life in subtle ways, both personally and professionally.
Jack Brant