Our Mission at The Karuna Center – To Live and Work in Ways that Do No Harm

Support and Promote Mindful Engagement and Compassionate Action

Develop Innovative Leadership with Sustainable Systems and Supports

Make Conflict Generative, Transformative and Less Harmful

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Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis

Are you finding it difficult to respond rather than react in these perilous and turbulent times?

Do you feel burdened by powerlessness and despair as we face pandemics, social and political upheaval, challenges in our work environment, stresses in our families and communities?

Are you wondering how to find ways to show up in the best way possible?

Doing No Harm takes deliberate, conscious awareness that guides us toward compassion in action. We need specific skills and effective tools in order to survive and thrive during this time in history.

You can learn the 7 Foundations of Mindful Engagement—authenticity, mindfulness, compassion, skillful communication, equanimity, responsibility, and love for the work and tasks ahead.

The Karuna Center can be of service through our trainings, workshops, and consultation. Contact us for more information.

Our books can also be a guide to responding purposefully and with compassion to the threats the world now faces at home and abroad.

What We Offer

Mindful Engagement Transforming Action

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.

Community Resilience Leadership

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 is important in order to anticipate, prepare, and recognize and respond. Manage the effects of secondary and vicarious trauma.

Who Benefits

  • For Profit and Public Benefit Corporations
  • Leaders in Business, Communities, Organizations
  • Justice and Legal Professionals
  • Health, Mental Health, and Social Welfare Providers
  • Educational Institutions and Students
  • Peace Builders, Mediators and Conflict Management Professionals
  • Non-Governmental, and Governmental Organizations
  • Social Movements and Grassroots Groups
  • Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid Workers
  • Religious and Spiritual Communities
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