About The Teacher

Sandra Ladley, MA, is the Program Manager for and core faculty member of Karuna Training North America. She has her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and studied the Creative Arts at Bard College and San Francisco State University. She is a Buddhist practitioner and Shastri, or senior meditation teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. She partnered with Melissa Moore to bring Karuna Training to the United States in 2013. Over an extensive career Sandra has worked as a manager, counselor and teacher in mental health, business, technology, hospice and creative arts settings. She currently teaches widely and leads creative, psycho-educational, and social presencing groups.

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Why Retreat?

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I am an oncology nurse and a few long time patients have died recently. I need to rejuvenate and return to my breath! Elizabeth

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.