Learn to transform everyday challenges into experiences of openness and wisdom—by engaging with the practices of meditation, compassionate presence, and skillful communication.
Contemplative Psychology is appropriate for both personal and professional development. It is open to all.
What you can expect during the weekend program
• Meditation training and practice
• Compassion training
• Cultivation of skills in relating to others
• Group experiential exercises
After this weekend workshop, participants will walk away with
• A sound introduction to the general principles of contemplative psychology
• An understanding of what is referred to as intrinsic health
• An experience of deep, personal exchange
• An introduction to compassion training
• A taste of the nature of experiential work in contemplative psychology
This day-and-a-half program introduces you to Contemplative Psychology as taught by Karuna Training. It is a stand-alone class, with no prerequisites.
Saturday, November 19th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Registration and Tea
Talk: History and introduction to Contemplative Psychology
Guided Meditation instruction
Introduction to an experiential group process
Brown bag lunch with the group
Introduction to a second experiential group process
Discussion Circle and Closing
Talk: Overview of Karuna Training
Tea and Snack
Teaching presentation and discussion
What is Karuna Training?
Karuna Training connects us with our inherent sanity, enabling us to offer ourselves with gentle courageousness, and work skillfully with others. Participants will be steeped in the following:
• A deep study of Buddhist principles
• Contemplative practices
• Development of relational skills
• Experiential group practices
• On going community support
This comprehensive training in Contemplative Psychology is appropriate for both personal and professional development. It is open to all.
Contemplative Psychology originated at Naropa University in 1974, under the direction of Dr. Edward Podvoll and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Today Karuna Training is offered in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Austria, Spain and the United States.
Melissa Moore, PhD is currently the Executive Director of Karuna North America. Melissa has her MA in Contemplative and Western Psychology from Naropa University and her PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a Buddhist practitioner, meditation teacher and founding faculty director of Karuna training Europe, where she continues to teach. In addition Melissa is empowered as an Acharya (Senior Teacher and Preceptor) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a long time student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1979.
Melissa is currently a Senior Executive of Family Service Agency (FSA) of San Francisco and the founding Director of The Felton Research and Training. The Felton Institute is dedicated to research and training in best practices that help providers to raise the bar of community mental health services for the most marginalized populations suffering from severe and chronic mental illness.
For more information please contact Robin Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limited Scholarships are available based upon financial need.
For more information about Karuna Training, visit our website at www.karunatraining.com.