We work across deep divides to develop mutual understanding, interrupt cycles of violence, and foster reconciliation.

What We do

Our Areas of Focus

Dialogue Across Deep Divides

The skillful use of facilitated, structured dialogue to develop mutual understanding.


Building Inclusive Governance

Peace requires support from political and economic structures.


Healing and Reconciliation

Community-based peacebuilding practices to rebuild a sense of trust and safety.


Preventing Violent Extremism

Reducing community vulnerability and strengthening resilience.


Support Our Work

Peacebuilding: Needed More Than Ever

As violent conflict and structural violence intersect with a global pandemic, our societies face challenges that demand collaboration across deep divides for the sake of our common safety.



Welcoming Polly Byers as Executive Director!

We are delighted to announce that Polly Byers has accepted a position as Karuna Center’s Executive Director! Olivia Stokes Dreier is stepping down at the end of July.

Learn More

Spring 2020 Newsletter

As the pandemic’s many effects continue to unfold, we are seeing that our efforts to bridge divides and prevent violence are needed more than ever.


Featured Stories

No peace without racial justice

There can be no true peace in a world where Black lives are devalued and Black voices are not respected.

Coming together

For #GivingTuesdayNow, May 5, we are helping to lift up stories where people have come together during times of threat and loss.

Why Earth Day matters right now

The pandemic is hitting hard in communities on the frontline of climate change. In our best moments now, we are learning how to act out of concern for our common future.

© Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
447 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 USA
PHONE: +1 413.256.3800

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