John is an engaging speaker and educator, able to draw from his own deeply transformative life experiences and training, to provide his audiences with key insights, tools, and inspiration to engage in their lives more skillfully, with attention and intention. He offers talks, workshops, and retreats in the areas of mindfulness, education, team-building, recovery, meditation, and Buddhism.

If you would like to host a talk, book signing, workshop, conference, retreat, or another program with John, please email [email protected]


Upcoming Special Events with John

*For Buddhist teachings with John, visit the Way of Compassion Dharma Center. 


December 30th – January 1st: End of Year Retreat, A Time to Heal, hosted by the Mercy Center.

This year’s annual end of year retreat will be online and, once again, be facilitated by John Bruna. The retreat will be dedicated to self-care,
connection, and healing our relationships with others with loving-kindness. As we cultivate the wisdom and practice of loving-kindness, we free ourselves of hatred, develop more peace and ease, and improve our relationships, and become more skillful in our interactions, including those we find difficult or challenging. Learn more and register.


January 1st – 3rd: Online New Year Retreat with John Bruna and Laura Bartels

A new year brings the opportunity to begin anew, and it is with such joy that John Bruna and Laura Bartels will offer this new year’s mindfulness retreat with the focus of bringing our innate goodness into this new year. This online retreat will include a focus on establishing and cultivating the foundational meditation practice of shamatha (calm abiding) meditation and taking time to reflect and clarify intentions for the new year. Learn more and register.


Online Mindfulness Course with John

Start anytime, self-paced, unlimited access

Four Keys of Living Mindfully online course – While meditation is one key to a mindful life, there are other “keys” that improve the quality of one’s life, relationships, sense of clarity, and meaning. In this course, you’ll identify the four keys of mindfulness. You’ll learn how to develop the skills to integrate these four keys in your daily life and gain insight into how these mindfulness practices can offer you a greater sense of well-being, resiliency, and a deeper sense of meaning for your life.

This course is widely accessible. Whether you’ve been practicing mindfulness for a long time, or just starting out, this course will offer you specific tools and relevant teachings. No prior study of mindfulness or experience in meditation is required for this course. If you have been practicing mindfulness and meditation already, this course will deepen and enhance your practice. Learn more. 


28-Day Meditation Training: Many of us either struggle with maintaining a meditation practice or don’t even know where to begin to start one.  Meditation does not need to be a mystery or an arduous task to endure. Meditation can be quite simple and even enjoyable. The key is to know what you are doing, why you are doing it, and not try to push too much. This 28-day meditation course is designed for everyone, whether they are a complete beginner or an experienced meditator trying to be more consistent, establish and sustain a meditation practice that works for them.

This course is offered on a donation basis. Anyone can participate, wherever they are, and offer whatever they can. Learn more.