The Karuna Center for Mindful Engagement

The Karuna Center was established as a way of helping us navigate our lives and our work in ways that do not harm others or the planet through cultivating the principles and practices of mindful engagement and compassionate action.

Thaïs Mazur, PhD & Wendy Wood, PhD

Answering the question, “What is truly required to live and work in the world in ways that Do No Harm?” can be a challenging if not daunting task, especially as we engage in complex and difficult circumstances. We have witnessed amazing efforts by people and organizations across the globe as they work toward sustainable solutions to challenges they face. We have also observed deeds gone awry as well-intentioned groups and individuals make efforts to do good work.

Certainly, no one enters their work with the intention to cause problems or create a bigger mess than when they started, yet we all know this to happen.

Finding ways to navigate challenges, especially in turbulent and unpredictable times, is crucial.

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Wendy Wood, PhD and Thaïs Mazur, PhD, are the co-founders of The Karuna Center for Mindful Engagement. They are social scientists, leaders in organizations, veteran practitioners, and authors, and have dedicated their careers to work in the fields of organizational and community development, research and education, health care, and peace building. Dr. Wood and Dr. Mazur have lectured and led workshops and retreats internationally on leadership through mindful engagement and social systems transformation; social, environmental, and occupational justice; mind body medicine; trauma and peace building; and conflict engagement.

Along with their work in for profit and public benefit corporations, they have collaborated with international groups including Mediators Beyond Borders International, The Parliament of World’s Religions, The World Missions Council, Bioneers, Food Policy Council, Housing First, Indivisible Project, The Mind & Life Institute, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Action Network, Fukushima Kids Project, The Peace Gong, Impact Foundry, Ocean Conservation Research, Amnesty International, Child Trauma Academy, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Bat Shalom, Coalition of Women for a Just Peace, The Garden Project, Resologics, Young Women’s Leadership Conference, and prominent academic institutions. They are founding members of The Human Science Institute.