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“Thanks to his ever-present sense of humor, his sparkling mind, his clarity and utter dedication to explaining the dharma in plain English John is the best dharma teacher I have experienced.” – Elizabeth Gick

“John has a wonderfully kind, light-hearted and jovial approach to teaching & guiding meditation. He provides easy, manageable tools to incorporate meditation into a daily practice.”  – Caith Crosby, Colorado

“My weekend retreat with John provided me with a feeling of tremendous peace and renewed faith in the power of loving kindness.”.- Jackie Unternahrer, Colorado

“John is an amazing teacher! I have never connected with Buddhism at this level before even though I’ve been exposed to many classes. John has the unique background of being raised in American culture and then immersing himself so completely in the Buddhist culture when he was a monk. I believe this gives him a special ability to communicate the Buddhist teachings clearly to the average American. John’s teachings are truly from the heart, and he lives his spiritual journey on a daily basis. Thank you John!”  – Jessica Tullius, Gunnison, CO

“My life is blessed and tremendously better in so many ways having known John. He is a person of great compassion and his teaching is accessible to everyone, regardless of their spiritual belief and traditions. Attending a retreat or class with john, I have learned how to be gentler on myself and therefore on the world. As a result of Johns teachings I have gained new daily practices that are simple yet impressively powerful and gained deeper understanding of myself. I am forever grateful and looking forward to my next experience with John Chopel!” – Dusty Szymanski, Gunnison, CO

“I attended a retreat with John Bruna in Colorado at a beautiful rustic location. There was a nice mixture of talking, meditation and yoga. What made the short weekend so great? Was it the peaceful, rustic setting, the friendly participants, the yoga in between the meditations, or John’s words which resonated with me (for example, “even with mean people, you’ve got to give them a break because they’re doing the very best they can.”) I’m guessing it was the Loving Kindness meditation that John led us in that made the weekend such a sweet experience for me.” – John F., Lakewood. Colorado

“John offers the wisdom of a Buddhist sage embodied through his life experiences. His humor has reminded me not to take myself too seriously, rather take risks, have fun as consciously and gratefully as is possible in every step of life. He has offered me deep insights every time I sit with him. In love and gratitude.” – Tecumseh, Durango, Colorado

“John’s teaching is down-to-earth and practical and useful for daily living.” – Victoria Schmitt.

“Every event I have hosted for John Bruna has had excellent reviews from attendees, the most commonly asked question is “when will he return?” John has a gift for teaching. If you are considering hosting John for your group – he delivers every time with humor and grace, leaving participants with a new view of themselves and the world.” Dr. Joan Coff

“Thank you John for a truly meaningful retreat. It is one that will affect my life for the better – this day and forever.” Sherrill Stenson, Jai Yoga, Gunnison

“My first experience with mindfulness and meditation and definitely not my last. I was given the tools to be kind and compassionate with myself so that I may share that with others. Thank you for teaching me to breathe again.” Melissa Bennett, Norman, OK

“Very positive, uplifting! Practical ideas for daily life that I’m using right now – thank you, John.”   Mark & Chris Nanny, Norman, OK

“John… I was one of a group that was present to hear your inspiring presentation on ‘Happiness’ in Norman, Oklahoma, Sunday, November 4th. I personally was impressed by your spiritual presence and your thought-provoking message. I left feeling a want to share and give more of self towards these idea that free up the mind. We are blessed for the experience!” Oland Whitlock, Norman, OK

“I always reap wisdom from your teachings and greatly appreciate your opening and sharing your love and joy. Sandi Taylor, Norman, OK

“We feel so blessed to have experienced and shared such a powerful gathering of inspired people. Our center has continually provided us with abundant opportunities to extend our circle of friends and it feels like this weekend’s workshop did more than open doors…. It took the roof off! The possibilities are endless! John, may we extend our deepest wishes of gratitude and love. Thank you for sharing so openly and lovingly.” Sandi & Dan, Liverpool Art Center

“In one short weekend workshop with John, my life changed. All those things I’d been wanting and needing to do for years suddenly became possible. Most importantly, I started meditating twice a day and LOVED it. I am healer, have been practicing and teaching yoga for 23 years, and have attended numerous spiritual workshops and retreats, but had never been able to establish a daily meditation practice. Now, it’s simply something I can’t wait to do. The more I meditate, the clearer my thoughts become, and the better choices I make. I am letting go of things that do not serve me and embracing those that do. I can’t wait for my next workshop with John. He is truly a gift from God.” Leslie E. New York

“I look back on your 3 day Mindfulness Workshop and feel the benefits I received. Your approach is so peaceful, loving and motivates one with the feeling of “Yes, I can do that.”  I remember more than once, during another recent retreat, thinking, “This is what John was teaching, but John made it seem so much easier and attainable” and a 24 minute meditation to boot!  You have a marvelous gift for teaching and your talents inspire others to learn.  Thank you so much for the work you are doing.” David Karg, Naples, FL

“The CEB 5 day training way a very deep and transformational experience.  It brought me into a deeper stillness within, and has allowed me to walk upon this earth with more calm and gratitude.  It gave me the opportunity to look more deeply into my life, and make decisions about what really matters…and to prioritize my days accordingly. ” Laurie Attridge, Central New York

“I recommend this retreat or any other event where John Chophel Bruna is the teacher. He is very down to earth and sincere in his attempts to relieve our suffering and the experience of joy when you are with him makes many things more clear. I will definitely attend more seminars/workshops in which John is the teacher. I received more inner knowing  on this retreat than any other I have attended.” Abby Eller, Central New York

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