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Maia Duerr
Works at Five Directions Consulting
Attended California Institute of Integral Studies
Lives in Santa Fe, NM
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Education
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    Cultural Anthropology, 1993 - 1996
  • University of the Pacific
    Music Therapy, 1981 - 1984
  • San Francisco State University
    Integrative Marketing, 2007 - 2008
  • Upaya Zen Center and Institute
    Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, 2010 - 2012
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Female
Other names
Maria (my birth name)
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Student of Life and Liberation
Introduction
I love to bring mindful awareness into the process of helping organizations and businesses become more effective in what they do, and in getting people engaged in their mission. Some hats that I wear:
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Writer
  • Buddhist Chaplain
  • Change agent

My purpose on the planet:
To open hearts and minds through my writing and presence.

How that manifests these days:

I created The Liberated Life Project to offer tools for personal and collective liberation. The LLP supports people to live lives full of awareness, creativity, connection, and joy.

Through my business, Five Directions, I help progressive nonprofit organizations to build more engaged communities. 

I contribute to the conversation about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, The Jizo Chronicles.


Work
Occupation
Qualitative Research, Anthropologist, Writer, Editor
Employment
  • Five Directions Consulting
    Qualitative Research, Anthropologist, Writer, Editor, 2008 - present
    Includes my blog, The Liberated Life Project
  • Upaya Zen Center
    Chaplaincy Program Director, 2008 - 2013
  • UCSF Dept of Medical Anthropology
    Research Associate, 1999 - 2002
  • Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
    Research Director, 2002 - 2004
  • Parallax Press
    Editor, 1996 - 1999
  • Buddhist Peace Fellowship
    Executive Director, 2004 - 2008
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Currently
Santa Fe, NM
Previously
- Northampton, MA - San Francisco, CA - Oakland, CA - New Haven, CT - Eugene, OR

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Gorgeous book, proceeds go to Nepal earthquake relief.
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love seeing old growth.  our elders!
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Looking at mindfulness as a tool for accomplishing what we need to get done keeps us trapped in a future-oriented mindset, rather than encouraging us to dilate the present moment. Of course, this doesn’t invalidate the neuroscience; mindfulness makes us get more stuff done. But what about allowing mindfulness to just be? To have the effects it is going to have, without attaching a marketing pitch to this ancient practice?
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just made my day.....
 
Poco trots across the parking lot in rhinestone covered tennis shoes.

She tosses her head, moving her long white hair out of her eyes as she enters the doors of the senior care facility.

She barely gets in the door when a small crowd gathers around her. She stands still as they ooh and ahh, stroking her mane and scratching her back.

All in a days work for a therapy animal.

Poco is a miniature horse, part of the animal-assisted therapy organization Hoofbeats On The Heart, aimed at bringing joy and companionship to people in need.
Poco trots across the parking lot in rhinestone covered tennis shoes. She tosses her head, moving her long white hair out of her eyes as she enters the doors of the senior care facility. She barely gets in the door...
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laziness can be a virtue...
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This looks like a fantastic film... how can you not like a movie where Penelope Cruz is "Water"?!
 
Nature is speaking, and you won't believe what it's saying. www.natureisspeaking.org #NatureIsSpeaking
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“We have found resistance when people walk into the workshops,” Mr. Das said. “Sometimes, people are skeptical and even cynical about what is often thought of as the soft side of business, and not without reason. But we just let the work speak for itself and enjoy witnessing the transformations. We like the challenge.”
Two former monks show companies how “mindfulness,” or a thoughtful approach to everyday actions, can pay dividends in the corporate world.
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I am so grateful for the time when I got to know Anushka when she served on the board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
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As I sat in my office overlooking Northampton’s quaint Main Street and sifted through the reams of data, I began to see a pattern. The interviewees spoke about bringing mindfulness practice into prisons, schools, corporations, and many other settings but across the board one thing was clear – they all agreed that it was essential to “meet people where they’re at” and find ways to make these practices accessible to diverse audiences.
Just because you're not good at sitting meditation doesn't mean you can't meditate. How can The Tree of Contemplative Practices help you find the practice that's right for you?
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Give yourself the gift of deep nourishment.... Please join us on September 12 in #SantaFe for a "Day of Heartfulness."

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A cellist who plays music with elephants... what's not to love?
Electric cellist, vocalist, and composer Jami Sieber. jamisieber.com, elephants and music
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Every once in a while I like to trot out my website because it is such a beautiful piece of work by Anoki Casey. And it's a good way to find out about the ways that I love being of service... Please stop by for a visit!
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