New Book: Work That Matters



In Work that Matters Maia Duerr takes the ancient understanding of right livelihood and makes it current, grounding it in the realities of the day. A wonderful resource for anyone interested in creatively developing their career.

— Sharon Salzberg, Meditation Teacher and Author


Coming December 26, 2017
from Parallax Press

Pre-Order Now!










Ready to Transform Your Relationship to Work?

Receive 3 special bonus gifts when you pre-order by Dec 26, 2017:

1) Three Liberation-Based Livelihood Profiles
These profiles of three people whose stories are featured in the book are packed with insights and action steps you can try out right away. Comes as a 14-page full-color PDF document.

2) Guided Meditation
Every journey of transformation begins with a vision. I recorded this 9-minute audio guided meditation to help you develop the mindset you need to create work that you love.

3) Discount code
I’ll be offering Work That Matters as online course in early 2018. With this exclusive discount code, you’ll save $10 on the registration fee for the Core version and $25 on the Core + Personal Support version.

Once you’ve ordered your copy of Work That Matters, come back to this page and fill out this short form to receive your bonuses:



So many of us feel trapped in wage slavery and deadened to our true talents and life’s purpose. Or we’ve wandered through dozens of jobs and are left feeling adrift and without meaning in our lives. Livelihood is a source of great suffering for way too many.

Author and longtime meditator Maia Duerr wandered through several professions and dozens of jobs (including alfalfa sprout packer and Buddhist chaplain) before she finally unlocked a combination of work that was deeply fulfilling and sustainable. These experiences provided her with rich material to examine the emotional, psychological, and cultural barriers to creating work that expressed her life’s Core Intention, what she calls “Liberation-Based Livelihood.”

Work is one of the primary vehicles for expressing our deepest selves. Using the 6 Keys to Liberation-Based Livelihood as a framework, Maia takes readers through a comprehensive process that can lead to breakthroughs and positive reformulation of their careers. Mindfulness practice is an invaluable tool in the process of gaining new perspective.

Work That Matters gives you the tools to create joyful work that embodies love and compassion—
for yourself, and for the whole world.





A writer, consultant, and coach, Maia Duerr draws on her decades of Zen practice and training in anthropology to create powerful tools for integrating mindfulness into the workplace and in clients’ everyday lives. Through her workshops, online programs, individual coaching, and writing, she has supported people around the world to create work that matters. Maia has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she serves as a meditation practice mentor at Upaya Zen Center.






This wise and brilliant book harnesses the power of mindfulness and a host of creative and visionary techniques and practices to help you find the work that you love. Maia Duerr is an insightful, compassionate, and experienced guide along the way. This book will change your life.

— Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness


This book is destined to become a well-thumbed classic, passed from one questing soul to another. In a field filled with far too much flimsy, made-up and plain dangerous advice, this grounded and deeply knowledgeable guide is a godsend.

— Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer


Maia Duerr brings a mindful and liberating approach to creating a work life that speaks to one’s unique gifts and purpose. Providing key tools and exercises, this gem of a book can help you navigate a path from an unfulfilling job to a meaningful and joyful career of your own making.

—Brenda Salgado, author of Real World Mindfulness for Beginners: Navigate Daily Life One Practice at a Time