Graduate Training: Northern California 2019-2020

Karuna Graduate Training Overview

The Karuna Graduate Training is a year-long certificate program which offers tools from Karuna Training that participants can integrate into their life of service and work with others. This includes Body, Speech and Mind Group Facilitation, Mindfulness Awareness Training, Speaking from the Heart Group Facilitation and Concentrated Self-Care. The prerequisite is Karuna Basic Training.

The program consists of five seminars: 3 weekends, one 4-day residential program, one residential Deepening Week retreat, a 75-hour practicum (25 hours of direct service) and continuity groups.

The program cost is $4500 or $3900 if paid in full in advance, a $600 discount, or participants can arrange to make payments over time. We have not raised the price since 2017 and we are committed to making this financially workable for those who have a strong desire to do the program. Some tuition assistance is available. Please note that the food and lodging costs for the residential retreats will be paid separately averaging $75-$175 nightly depending on the lodging (camping, dorm, single, double) that is selected.  We require a minimum of 15 participants for this program.

In the graduate training we maintain the personal process component; process and regional continuity groups continue and every weekend and deepening week is created for further self-transformation and personal inquiry deeper into the topics with an emphasis on how to bring the work into one’s life more deeply. The training is designed to support us in the numerous opportunities we have to live our compassionate exchange and apply Karuna skills in the world more skillfully whether that be in our relationships, service or professional life.  

Seminar 1: Introducing Mindfulness into our Work with Others with Sakti Rose and Anie Boudreau  

Friday, February  15, 2019 – Monday, February 18, 2019 • Friday 3-6 pm arrival through Monday 4 pm departure • Residential at Walker Creek Ranch

A four-day retreat focused on mindfulness. Participants learn how to seat mindfulness awareness practice and introduce contemplative discipline into their work with others. Introductory meditation instruction is the take-home of this program.

In this course, we are taking the opportunity to look deeply into the mirror at our own relationship to practice, how we understand it and communicate about it to others in a way that empowers their relationship to meditation.

Seminar 2: Introducing Body Speech and Mind Practice into our Work with Others with Sandra Ladley

Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21, 2019 • Friday 7 pm through Sunday 4 pm • Berkeley Shambhala Center 

Participants learn how to teach and seat the Body, Speech and Mind Group practice, and to understand the dynamics of facilitation—when it works and when it doesn’t work. The end result is a better ability to apply the BSM form to multiple situations. There will be an opportunity to present a BSM of a workplace; an organization you know well or even your home and to practice introducing BSM to others. These BSM vignettes will be practiced in small groups during the weekend.

Seminar 3: Deepening WeekSpeaking from the Heart Group Facilitation with Melissa Moore  and Anie Boudreau

Saturday, August 10 – Friday, August 16, 2019 • Saturday 3PM arrival – Friday after lunch departure • Residential at Walker Creek Ranch

Participants learn how to facilitate Speaking from the Heart contemplative groups while they are doing intensive Maitri Space Awareness work in a retreat setting.  The Maitri emphasis is the ‘wisdom of no escape’ in that we stay in and intensify one or two colors the entire deepening week. This is the fruition of Maitri practice and where the potential transmission of a buddha family can occur in relationship to the rest of the buddha family mandala.

Seminar 4: Compassionate Exchange and Self Care with and Melissa Moore and Sakti Rose

Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17, 2019 • Friday 7 pm through Sunday 4 pm • Berkeley Shambhala Center

This weekend is specifically dedicated to the art of Self Care when working with others.  Each participant will be doing a self-care plan and have the opportunity to implement self-care over a period of time with report-outs to their continuity group and as part of their practicum. We could call this learning to live Karuna in everyday life.

The Practicum: On your own time, working with a Mentor  

The heart of the training is the 75-hour practicum which includes 20 – 25 hours of direct work with others in a practicum of your design and choice. It includes as many as 50 hours preparing for, evaluating, and writing and recording a journal of your practicum along the way, and meeting in regional groups and with your faculty mentor. The idea of the practicum is to stretch you, to make it very personal and challenging in a way that you never dared to manifest. The practicum begins with a written plan and approval from your faculty mentor. The point of the practicum is to live your compassion and to apply it very directly in an area of your life that will challenge you deeply in personal growth.

Seminar 5: Graduation — All available Faculty

Thursday, February  13 – Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 • Thursday 7 pm through Sunday 4 pm • Berkeley Shambhala Center

Participants give a half hour presentation on their practicum to the whole group.  The emphasis is on living Karuna in the world, and the practicums and lessons learned are the main aspect of the presentation at this graduation.

Completion of the Program

Participants may miss no more than one seminar and still receive certification.  

Please contact Sandra Ladley soon if you are interested in the program.   

Title Type  of program Hours Dates Teachers Location
Seminar 1: Introducing Mindfulness into Our Work with Others 4 days, 3 nights  residential 26 February 15 – February 18, 2019
Friday 3 – 6 pm arrival,
Monday 4 PM departure
Sakti Rose,
Anie Boudreau,
Terry Jaworski
Walker Creek Ranch
Seminar 2: Introducing Body Speech and Mind Groups into Our Work with Others Weekend 18 April 19 – 21, 2019
Friday 7  – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Sandra Ladley,
Terry Jaworski
Berkeley Shambhala Center
Seminar 3: Deepening Week: Speaking from the Heart Group Facilitation 7 days, 6 nights residential  retreat 48 August 10 – 16, 2019
Saturday 3PM arrival,
Friday departure after lunch
Melissa Moore,
Anie Boudreau,
Terry Jaworski
Walker Creek Ranch
Seminar 4: Compassionate Exchange and Self-Care Weekend 18 November 15-17, 2019
Friday 7 – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Melissa Moore,
Sakti Rose,
Terry Jaworski
Berkeley Shambhala Center
Practicum; on one’s own time 75 hours with mentoring 75 Includes a minimum of 25 hours direct service All Teachers are mentors
Seminar 5: Graduation 4 day program 26 February 13 – 16, 2020 Thursday 7pm –  9pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
All Teachers   Berkeley Shambhala Center
Continuity Groups Meet 3 hours monthly 30
Total Hours 241

 

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