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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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  • 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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Other names
Maria (my birth name)
Student of Life and Liberation
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.

Qualitative Research, Anthropologist, Writer, Editor
  • 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
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Santa Fe, NM
- Northampton, MA - San Francisco, CA - Oakland, CA - New Haven, CT - Eugene, OR


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I'm gathering a list of our assumptions and beliefs about "work" -- things like:
* Time is money
* You need to work really hard until you retire so you have enough in your retirement account for the remaining years of your life.
* There’s more security in working for a company than in going out on your own.

What are some beliefs that you've held about 'work' and what that looks like in your life?
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WE NEED YOUR HELP: For our upcoming 20th anniversary issue, we’d like to highlight the best community solutions and creative problem-solving going on across the nation. We want to feature stories of local power and people-centered resilience -- solutions that come from the ground up! Send your leads to by August 8.­
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10 Ways to Combine Artistic and Scientific Thinking
By incorporating these methods, you’ll be feeling awash in creative potential whether you have an artistic or scientific mind.
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On this full moon, remembering my friend Sangsuree, and so grateful for +weeearthlings
"Breeze please pass a message, make known the love from my heart"
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newly posted on my +Patreon page...
Official Post from Maia Duerr: “We are all here to contribute our gifts toward something greater than ourselves, and will never be content unless we are.”~Charles Eisenstein As I come to the end of my first month on Patreon, I am deeply grateful to everyone who has offered me support in various forms. Nine folks signed up throug
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I've started a campaign on +Patreon to invite patrons and partners in my bookwriting process... check it out here:
Official Post from Maia Duerr: When I was coming up with the text above for this Patreon page, I wrestled mightily with how to describe myself. This has always been a challenge for me. Sometimes I tell people that I have an aversion to nouns and being labeled as a noun. Something in me resists being called a "chaplain," or "teach
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Joy... Beach time in Norfolk VA
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My favorite pieces from around the web to help you shine brightly, include +Jodi Chapman , +Jennifer Louden , +Maia Duerr , +Ellen Bard and others. Enjoy!
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