Where The Rubber Meets the Road – GEN X Buddhist Teachers Gathering 2019 @ Great Vow Monastery
Jun 12 @ 3:40 am – Jun 16 @ 4:40 am

Gen X Dharma Teachers Conference is one of the first ongoing gatherings of dharma teachers with the purpose of fostering communication and collaboration across different traditions of Buddhism. Teachers from around the globe have the opportunity to meet other teachers, deepen relationships, discuss the particular concerns of teachers of our generation, and address issues that the international Dharma community of the future faces today.

Given the divisive social-political conditions in many parts of globe and the recent scandals in our own Buddhist circles, the 2019 planning committee felt that ethics would be an apropos topic at the next conference. With the title of “Where the Rubber Meets the Road”, we aim to both reiterate how ethics is a foundation of all our lineages’ practice and to provide a platform for engagement of how ethics can be relevant and supportive to ourselves as teachers and as sanghas in contemporary times.

This years committee organizers of this conference include myself, Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John, Grace Song, Lien Shutt, Kim Allen, Yeshe and Jogen.
All of whom are senior teachers in their lineage.
On Tour in Europe @ Spain
Jul 1 @ 3:28 am – Jul 15 @ 4:28 am

I am on tour in Spain and England. Please check back to see what my dates are in Spain. Or email – if you are wanting to find out my tour details or if you can book me. Thank you

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.”

Freeing Ourselves from Mental Slavery With the Power of the Breath @ New York Insight Meditation Center
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join me on this day-long – and have a glimpse of freeing yourself from mental slavery with the inhale and exhale.
Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley both knew that it was possible to “Free ourselves from Mental Slavery, and none but ourselves can free our minds”. They were freedom fighters, and still, they did not put the blame on others.

Garvey knew that transformation of any situation must come from our personal work. This is what the Buddha taught, the reformation of the human mind.

Together during this daylong program, we will explore the power of the breath, and the challenging task of coming home to the body. Come see for yourself, and have a taste of freedom on this daylong.

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

Free Yourself From the Prison of Your Mind @ Big Bear
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 11:00 am
Come sit with me and Senior insight meditation teacher Diana Gould for four nights and five days, and spring clean your neighborhood.
Very often it seems that our minds are out to get us; that our mind is like a bad neighborhood we daren’t go in alone. And yet, while it is true that a huge part of our suffering is produced by the mind, it is also true that the same mind contains all that we need to free us from that suffering and addictive behaviors.
Many of us try to escape from “the prison of our minds” with addictive substances or compulsive behaviors, activities and patterns that, by trying to avoid pain and suffering, only cause more.  In this retreat we will explore healthier and more productive possibilities, based on ancient spiritual teachings still amazingly relevant today. We will see how the teachings of the Buddha can be utilized to liberate us from stinking thinking, negative thought loops, insecurities, destructive  and addictive behaviors that can sabotage our liberation and freedom.


The Joy Of Recovery @ Camp Elphinstone
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – Dec 15 @ 2:15 pm

THE JOY OF RECOVERY  – it doesn’t have to be a drag 

A meditation retreat cultivating kindness and joy towards our recovery journey
co-led with Vimalasara Mason-John & Brian Dean Williams
Compassionate Dialogue
Sober movement party
camp fire
Sliding Scale $190 – $260 (paying more helps us to provide reduced-price scholarships for those who are in need- thankyou)
Registration – e transfer: – quote retreat
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all inquiries to above email
Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR 4 week online course @
Jan 13 @ 8:00 am – Feb 9 @ 9:00 am


(A course for those in recovery, struggling in recovery, related to people in recovery, working in recovery, and for those of you who want to let go of a bad habit.)

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) is a secular mindfulness-based approach promoting recovery from addiction and working positively with slips and relapses. It was developed by Dr. Paramabandhu Groves in collaboration with Valerie Mason-John. Originally influenced by the mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP),  Dr. Groves and Mason-John saw a need, based on their own research, for a focus on the aspect of recovery. MBAR was also initially based on the work of  Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression authored by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John D Teasdale.

Groves and Mason-John hope that their course Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery will help clients focus more on their recovery. Dr. Groves has led the course at the UK National Health Service, and Breathing Space, since 2005. Valerie Mason-John has also delivered the course in the UK, Europe, Mexico, Canada, USA, and India.

Dr. Groves and Mason-John provide the Train the Trainer course for professionals, medical, health and addiction workers, and mindfulness teachers so they can deliver the MBAR 8-Week Course. Valerie Mason-John also offers the MBAR Online Course as a 4-week intensiv