The Karuna Center for Compassionate Action

Who We Are

Thaïs Mazur, PhD & Wendy Wood, PhD

Wendy Wood, PhD and Thaïs Mazur, PhD, co-founders of The Karuna Center for Mindful Engagement, are veteran practitioners of mindful engagement in social and environmental action, social and human scientists, and authors. They have dedicated their careers to directing and participating in international peace building, education, and projects serving traumatized and marginalized populations. Dr. Wood and Dr. Mazur have lectured and led workshops and retreats internationally on social, environmental, and occupational justice; mind body medicine; conflict resolution and peace building; art for social change; and violence prevention and intervention.  They have collaborated with international groups including The Parliament of World’s Religions, The World Missions Council, Bioneers, Food Policy Council, Housing First, Indivisible Project, The Mind & Life Institute, Mediators Beyond Borders Int’l, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Fukushima Kids Project, Peace Gong, Impact Council, 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.