The Karuna Center – Live and Work in Ways that Do No Harm
Cultivate Meaningful and Sustainable Actions for Social Change
Promote Mindful Engagement and Compassion in Action
Develop Innovative Leadership with Sustainable Systems and Supports
Build Trauma Resilience
Make Conflict Generative, Transformative and Less Harmful
What We Offer
An experiential, skills-based program designed to train participants in the personal qualities that need to be cultivated to support meaningful and sustainable actions that do not harm others. Using the META curriculum, learn and practice the 7 Foundations of Mindful Engagement—authenticity, mindfulness, compassion, skillful communication, equanimity, responsibility, and love for the work. Remain open to possibilities and embrace our responsibility to ensure we take good care of each other.
A powerful approach for bringing together leaders and influencers to discover, assess, and evaluate existing strengths as well as challenges that need to be addressed; implement initiatives in communities and organizations; design tools and solutions to deal with difficult issues; and facilitate meaningful and strategic exchanges of resources, cooperation, and collaboration. This community-based model is designed to build socially cohesive progressive communities that are hardy, self-reliant, and able to maintain themselves by collective efforts — that is, they are resilient. Find out more here.
Conflict Engagement and Transformation
Building conflict engagement skills and literacy increases participants’ capacity to understand, address, and respond to conflicts with individuals, in organizations, in groups, in communities, and within systems that support them. Understand the nature of conflict, and build skills and steps needed to prevent, manage, settle, and resolve them. Explore ways to remain clear and balanced during conflict. Make conflict generative and less harmful. Contact us to learn more about trainings, workshops, projects and partnerships.
Trauma Informed Practices
Communities, organizations, and advocates for positive social change often engage with traumatized individuals, communities, and systems – or may experience vicarious trauma as a result of their work. Trauma is an injury resulting from an experience that overwhelms one’s ability to protect oneself and stay safe. The injury can be physical, developmental, emotional, relational, and/or spiritual. Becoming trauma literate and building trauma-informed skills and resilience is important in order to anticipate, prepare, and recognize and respond. Manage the effects of secondary and vicarious trauma.