Melissa Moore PhD., Founder of Karuna Training
Melissa Moore is the Executive Director of Karuna North America. Melissa has her MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University and her PhD. in Psychological Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a Buddhist practitioner, meditation teacher, and the founding faculty director of Karuna Training Europe, where she continues to teach.
Melissa was the founding Director of The Felton Research and Training. The Felton Institute is dedicated to research and training in best practices that raise the bar of community behavioral health services for the most marginalized populations suffering from severe and chronic mental illness. Melissa left her position with Felton in 2016 to teach Karuna Training full time.
In addition, Melissa is empowered as an Acharya (Senior Teacher and Preceptor) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.
Karuna Training is training in how to evoke the innate health of the present moment. Confidence in our intrinsic health requires the ability to let go of our interpretations of the world, and learn to relate to phenomena directly, openly and clearly. This takes a lot of training and a compassionate community to ripen our innate wisdom within.
Susan Gillis-Chapman, MA, in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University, worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. She is a retired, licensed family therapist in Vancouver, BC. Ms. Chapman is an author and authorized senior teacher, or Acharya, in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.
Ms. Chapman is an experienced meditation practitioner and teacher who spent nine years completing and directing the traditional “3-year meditation retreat” at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia under the mentorship of Pema Chödrön. Ms. Chapman is a lead teacher for Karuna Training, Contemplative Psychology, in North America, and teaches twice yearly in Europe. In April 2014 she published her book, The five Keys to Mindful Communication.
Sandra Ladley, MA, is the Program Director and a core faculty member for Karuna Training North America. She partnered with Melissa Moore to bring Karuna Training to the United States in 2013.. Sandra received her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and studied Creative Arts at Bard College and San Francisco State University. She is a Buddhist practitioner and a senior resident teacher in the Shambhala tradition for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sandra teaches Buddhist, Contemplative Psychology and Dharma Art programs internationally. She draws on experiences as a teacher, counselor, and manager in business, technology, mental health, hospice, and creative arts settings to bring depth, warmth and humor to her teaching.
Terry Jaworski, MA, LMHC graduated from Naropa University in 1983 with a degree in Contemplative Psychology. She worked in Community Mental Health for 25 years as a clinician and supervisor. Terry is now in private practice in Seattle, WA and specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. She has practiced meditation for 35 years, has been a meditation instructor for 20 years, and is excited to be part of the Karuna Training Team.