About Us: Short History

Curatio Mindfulness Project was launched in 2010 by Phebe Duff and George Crook to offer mindfulness practices to the community.

"Yes, I know how Columbus felt, finding another world."


Phebe’s career has taken her to the east coast and George is continuing the work. In 2017-2018, George began reinventing the company including a new name Ku De Ta Mindfulness.

The Ku De Ta Story

I traveled in Laos with my son in 2016. We spent 3 weeks in the backwoods of rural Laos. Afterwards, we stopped in Bangkok, a city of eight million. I was drawn to the Ku De Ta venue, 40 stories above the city with a panoramic view. It was quite a change in perspective.

I asked a staff-person the meaning of Ku De Ta. “It’s a revolution from within”. I did not realize Ku De Ta was a phonetic spelling of the French phrase Coup d’etat. Revolution from Within became a metaphor for living mindfully. People would ask me what I was doing & I would reply “I’m just living the Ku De Ta”

As I considered a new name for my mindfulness company it was obvious . Revolution from Within is a magnificent description of the transformations possible through living mindfully.

George Crook - Instructor

"I’m sleeping better & have seen changes in myself that I could not have anticipated."


George Crook has been practicing mindfulness since 1986 in a variety of traditions and settings. I began meditating workplace stress, poor relationships, & my addictive behavior lifestyle. I developed skills and changed my lifestyle in a way that made me happier, more content, & more productive. The benefits of meditation and mindfulness in my life motivated me to begin teaching others. I began teaching informally & eventually became a trained Instructor.

George attended the Seven-day Professional Training Program on Mindfulness Base Stress Reduction by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 2010. George completed Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention: A Professional Training in January 2013 in Seattle Wa. The training was provided by the developers of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.

George is also a Level 2 practitioner of Hakomi, which is a body centered, mindfulness based practice. George holds an MS degree in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute and is licensed as a Psychological Examiner in Arkansas.