Break The Vicious Cycle of Addiction – Online @ Insight Timer
Dec 23 2018 @ 2:07 am – Dec 29 2019 @ 9:22 am

This is an excellent course – that can be purchased at any time of the year. Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviours

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR Online
Aug 5 @ 9:23 pm – Sep 1 @ 10:23 pm

This 4 week online intensive course if for anyone who is connected to addiction or recovery, through their personal or professional life story. In fact if you are so inspired by the course you could go on to be an MBAR Facilitator, or learn to deliver aspects of the course in your own personal life, ie: on yourself, or in your professional context at work.

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR is a secular mindfulness-based approach to promoting recovery from addiction and understanding relapse. Originally called mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), we decided to focus on building Recovery Capital, which is internal and external resources that can promote harm reduction, abstinence and sobriety of mind. The course was developed by Dr. Paramabandhu Groves in collaboration with Dr Valerie Mason-John M.A. (hon. doc.) CMT-P,  MBAR is a member of the UK Mindfulness Network.

MBAR is a secular Mindfulness Course for anyone who has behaviour that is substance related or not, that brings temporary pleasure or relief. Or where one craves, acts out of the craving, and is unable to stop despite negative consequences. This course is also for professionals working in the field of addiction, and who would like to understand addiction through the Mindfulness lens, and may want to go onto do MBAR, the train the trainer course that is delivered internationally

Every day starting from August 5, there will be either a pre-recorded session, a meditation, and suggested exercises to do at home. Vimalasara will conduct a Zoom Call at a time to be announced. All are welcome.  Please Register Here

More info on how to train as a trainer here. But first do this course for yourself. Put the mask on yourself first, and discover your own addictive habits, and relationship to recovery.

Buddhist Recovery Network International Summit @ Gwinwood Christian Camp and Conference Center
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm – Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm

Hi I’m the current President of the BRN – and this is our Bi-Annual Summit – where we aim to bring together as many people who are part of the Buddhist Recovery Movement. This includes, lived experience, thinkers, leaders, teachers, facilitators, and anyone interested in adopting Buddhist Recovery as part of an existing or alternative program. More details about this year’s theme will be listed in February/March. For more info – email – 

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Transforming Our Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors: A Retreat For All Beings @ Flowering Lotus
Sep 13 @ 5:02 am – Sep 15 @ 6:02 am

Back By Popular Demand – Vimalasara offers us another retreat on the theme of vision and transformation. Together we will explore 8 steps specifically created for overcoming our addictive and compulsive behaviors.

The perfect boot camp, to help re-charge your recovery and help cultivate sobriety mind, with the teachings of the four noble truths, and loving kindness. It’s possible to break the vicious cycle of stinking thinking, addictive and compulsive behaviors. The Buddha taught everything changes, a reminder that nothing stays the same. Come sit with me and in the words of Bob Marley “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”

Oct 17 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm

In this second annual retreat, we introduce Mindfulness approaches toward addiction recovery, focusing on philosophical and practical tools that can support any recovery program that you are in. We welcome people to this retreat of all genders, sexualities, races, classes and cultures, who are working in recovery from any kind of addictive substance or behavior. This retreat will be co-led by Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John, who co-founded Eight Step Recovery, Using the Buddhist Teachings to Overcome Addiction and Michael G. Burbank, Menla’s Director, who teaches Buddhism and has a passion for addiction recovery. Accredited Recovery Coach Andre Viel will assist. For more information


New York State Recovery Conference
Oct 20 @ 4:50 am – Oct 22 @ 5:50 am

Keynote Speaker – at New York State Recovery Conference – The Listening Body – Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction

Plus 2 workshops