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

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)
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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