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April 16-17, 2020

Sheraton Hotel |  Rocky Hill, Connecticut

Navigating the Journey Within

Artist: Sara Balkun

The Karuna Conference strives to change the way emotional distress is perceived. A mental health diagnosis does not have to be a life sentence. We can respond to human suffering as an opportunity to cultivate resilience and a life driven by purpose. Experience first-hand the choices we all have when it comes to caring for our wellbeing.

This conference is designed for people seeking to learn new approaches for supporting people who experience mental health, addiction, and trauma. 


All those who attend will have an opportunity to receive complementary healing arts sessions, including massage, reiki, and acupuncture.  Breakfast and lunch is included with your registration.

Hope to see you at Karuna 2020


Advocacy Unlimited is a peer-led nonprofit that provides education, advocacy, and support to promote individual growth, human rights, and systems transformation in the areas of mental health, addiction, and trauma.  It is our belief that people heal in connection with others and our team envisions a world in which everyone – regardless of socio-economic status or psychiatric/addiction histories – has space to be seen, heard, and valued.  Essential to the mission, our organization is peer-led. This means that our staff is comprised of individuals who use their direct lived experience as people in recovery to provide comprehensive recovery supports to strengthen the quality of care provided through clinical service providers traditional to the mental health system.


Relax, rebalance, and rejuvenate through complimentary reiki, chair massage, and acupuncture in the Toivo Healing Arts Space available both days to attendees.

  • Reiki is an energy healing modality that utilizes gentle touch to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body to restore physical and emotional wellbeing.

  • Acupuncture is a safe and effective technique for balancing the flow of energy through stimulating specific points throughout the body using thin needles inserted through the skin.

  • Chair Massage is a brief massage focused on the back, shoulders, and neck. Chair massage is done over clothes and is an effective approach to relieving muscle tension.

Please visit the Toivo table to sign up for your session. 

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Drumming offers "Drumming For Wellness" programs for all to experience the uplifting joy of rhythm. When you are in sync with your body, mind and spirit, you can expect to be healthy. When life is out of rhythm, there will be problems with health and relationships. Drumming helps to align our bodies and minds and connects us in many positive ways. No experience is necessary and we bring the instruments specifically selected to facilitate healing. Visit www.handsondrumct.com to connect. 


Conference Coordinator: Luz Feliz