Graduate Training: Albuquerque 2021-2022

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 and work with others. This includes Compassionate Exchange, Facilitation of Experiential Exercises, Body, Speech and Mind Group Facilitation, Mindfulness Awareness Training, Speaking from the Heart Group Facilitation and Concentrated Self-Care and Self-Compassion. The prerequisite is the 2-year  Karuna Basic Training.

The program consists of two in person seminars, three online seminars (weekend and ongoing), a 75 hour practicum (25 hours of direct service) and continuity groups. The in person seminars are currently planned as retreats at Ghost Ranch; one as a 4-day residential retreat and the other as a 7 day Deepening Week retreat.  The online seminars will include both weekends and ongoing classes.  

The program cost is $3750 or $3250 if paid in full in advance, a $500 discount, or participants can arrange to make payments over time.  We are committed to making this financially workable for those who have a strong desire to do the program. Some tuition assistance is available.  We require a minimum of 13 participants for this program.   Please note that the food and lodging costs for the residential retreats will be paid separately.  The costs are estimated at $100- $200 a night for food and lodging including discount, standard and patron rates.  

In the graduate training we maintain the personal process component; process and regional continuity groups continue and every seminar is created for further self transformation and deeper personal inquiry. 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 whether that be in our relationships, service or professional life. 

Melissa Moore, Sandra Ladley and Terry Jaworski will serve as faculty. Miriam Hall will continue on as continuity faculty and be at every program, Kathryn Rile will assist with the Deepening Week and be a mentor for projects.

To enroll click apply at the top of the page – if you have financial considerations; please write Mairead Jacobs Dougherty at, and she will connect you with the right person to discuss this.

Seminar 1: Mindfulness Awareness and Contemplative Education with Sandra Ladley and Terry Jaworski

Saturday, January  23 – Sunday, January 24, 2021 • Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM  • Online

In this seminar, participants learn how to guide and seat meditation practice and to facilitate contemplative experiential work. We will look deeply into the mirror of our own relationship to meditation practice and how we understand and communicate it to others.  We will work on developing skills in the dynamics of contemplative facilitation and the ability to create a contemplative container for experiential work. 

Ongoing online cohort meetings will be arranged, as well as continuity groups. The classes will include further teachings and will provide opportunities to guide mindfulness awareness practice, introduce experiential exercises, and to study and discuss together in community.

Seminar 2: Introducing Body Speech and Mind of Experiential Environments with Sandra Ladley

Saturday, April 10 – Sunday, April 11, 2021 • Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM • Online

This workshop unlocks the container magic of Body, Speech and Mind group practice and methodology in a variety of applications. Participants learn how to introduce Body, Speech and Mind Group practice and to work with the dynamics of BSM group facilitation. Students receive a BSM training manual and will present a BSM of an environment; an organization or situation you know well. There will be opportunities to guide BSM in creative ways and to develop and try out experiential exercises. BSM vignettes will be practiced in small groups over the course of the seminar.

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

Friday, August 6 – Thursday, August 12, 2021 • Friday arrival 3-5 pm -Thursday departure after lunch • Ghost Ranch Retreat Center

Participants will learn how to facilitate Speaking from the Heart contemplative groups and they will engage in intensive Maitri Space Awareness work in a retreat setting. They will also present contemplative experiential exercises in small groups. The Maitri emphasis of this deepening week 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 Terry Jaworski

Saturday, September 25 – Sunday, September 26, 2021 •Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM • Online

This course 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 (Sandra, Terry, Miriam, Kathryn ) 

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.

Ongoing online weekly cohort meetings with Karuna Educators will be implemented for additional hours between October –  January 2021 – dates and times TBD between mentors and mentees.

Seminar 5: Graduation

Thursday, January 27 – Sunday, January 30, 2022 • Thursday arrival 3-5 pm, Sunday departure after lunch • Ghost Ranch Retreat Center

Participants give a half hour presentation on their practicum to the whole group. The emphasis is on living Karuna in the world and on 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.  

Title Type  of program Hours  Dates Teachers Location 
KTG1: Mindfulness Awareness and  Contemplative Education  Weekend + 2 cohort classes  14 January 23 – 24, 2021 9:30- 5, 9:30 – 1,  

February 20 & March 13, 1:00-4:00pm MST

Terry Jaworski Sandra Ladley

Miriam Hall

KTG2: The Body, Speech and Mind of Experiential Environments Weekend + 3 cohort  classes  14 April 10 – 11, 2021

10:00am- 5:30pm, 10:00am – 1:30pm MST 

3 additional 1.5 hour classes, dates TBD

Sandra Ladley

Miriam Hall

KTG3: Deepening Week: Speaking from the Heart Group Facilitation 7 days, 6 nights residential  retreat  45 August  6 – 12, 2021

Friday 3-5 pm arrival, Thursday departure after lunch

Melissa Moore 

Miriam Hall

Kathryn Rile

Ghost Ranch
KTG4: Compassionate Exchange and Self-Care Weekend + 3 cohort classes 14 September 25-26,  2021

10:00am- 5:30pm, 10:00am – 1:30pm MST

3 additional 1.5 hour classes, dates TBD

Terry Jaworski

Miriam Hall

Practicum; on own time  75 hours with mentoring 75 Including 20-25 hours direct service  Karuna  Faculty 
Online Mentoring  Group support 8 group sessions of 1.5 hours  (included above)  Available to anyone wanting ongoing mentoring in addition to 3 hours of private mentoring with a Karuna Faculty Karuna Faculty Online
KTG5: Graduation  4 day, 3 night program 23  January  27 – 30, 2022 

Thursday arrival 

Sunday to 1 PM after lunch

Melissa Moore, Sandra Ladley Miriam Hall 

Terry Jawoski

Ghost Ranch
Continuity Groups  Meet 3 hours monthly 30
Total Hours  215

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