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There is life after alcohol and other drugs... a good life.
There is life after alcohol and other drugs... a good life.

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Healing the Heart-Mind after Addiction

A day-long retreat exploring Buddhist practices for recovery from addictions... but not so much 'recovery' as 'discovery', finding balance and building a new 'you'.

Saturday 18th July, 2015

The Dharma School, 
The White House, 
149 Ladies' Mile Rd, 
Patcham
Brighton, 
BN1 8TB
United Kingdom

By definition, everyone on the Buddhist path is in recovery from greed, hatred and delusion; or cravings, aversions and confusions. 

This Saturday retreat will be a day of talks, sitting and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to recovery in a wholly Buddhist-oriented sense. We will practice some silent meditation; and some Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practice.

This ethically-focussed mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to recovery from all forms of addiction. The retreat is particularly open to those new to recovery as a support to their ongoing abstinence.

The essential practices of Loving-kindness and Forgiveness - for healing the heart-mind in recovery - will be central to the day’s practice.

This event is offered on a Dana (donation) only basis. Vince does not get paid to teach, so there will be an opportunity to offer a voluntary and anonymous donation at the end of the day. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Please see www.bodhitreebrighton.org.uk for more details.

It is important to note that you do not have to be a Buddhist to practice kindness or forgiveness, meditation or mindfulness. Recovering people of all faiths - or none - are welcome on this retreat.

www.hungryghostretreats.org/html/mindful_recovery_retreat_brigh.html

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Mindfulness & Recovery in Ireland

A weekend residential retreat exploring Buddhism, mindfulness, recovery and 12 Steps.

Friday 7th August – Sunday 9th August, 2015

St. Flannans College, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
(organised by Sunyata Buddhist Centre)

>> Just a few minutes by car from Shannon International Airport <<

Fee: Standard rate €230 per person (excluding optional Teacher Dana-Donation)
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A weekend residential retreat exploring Buddhism, mindfulness, recovery and 12 Steps.

Friday 7th August – Sunday 9th August, 2015

St. Flannans College, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
(organised by Sunyata Buddhist Centre)

>> Just a few minutes by car from Shannon International Airport <<

Fee: Standard rate €230 per person (excluding optional Teacher Dana-Donation)

A retreat of talks, sitting and walking practice focussed on Buddhism, mindfulness, recovery and 12 Steps.. There will be silent and guided meditations; including Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practices.

The retreat is suitable for anyone in recovery as a support to their ongoing abstinence irrespective of whether you are a member of a 12-step Fellowship, a Sangha or a Mutual Support Group (SMART etc).

Importantly, you do not have to be ‘a Buddhist’ to practice meditation or mindfulness; recovering people of any faith or none are welcome on this retreat.

For the period of the retreat, everyone is required to commit to the Five Precepts – the ethical training guidelines that are focused on developing personal harmless conduct (Sīla).

• To refrain from intentionally harming any living being including ourselves.

• To refrain from stealing or taking what is not freely offered.

• To refrain from sexual and sensual misconduct.

• To refrain from false speech (including idle gossip, harsh and divisive speech).

• To refrain from taking substances which disturb the balance of the mind.


Participants will be encouraged to switch-off or minimise their use of telephones and the internet throughout the period of the retreat.

The community will be silent from 21:30 until 09:00 each day including a silent breakfast.

There will be an opportunity on Saturday evening for a volunteer to lead a Buddhist-oriented ‘Sit-and-Share’ recovery meeting (see www.5th-precept.org for more details).

Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm - 6pm on Friday the 7th of August, soup will be serverd at 6.30 and a short orientation talk will be given at 7.30 in the meditation hall. The retreat will begin at 8pm sharp and end on Sunday the 9th August at 4:00pm.


The retreat teachers will be…

Kevin Griffin Mindfulness & Recovery in Ireland

Kevin Griffin has been in recovery since 1985. He is author of the seminal Buddhist recovery book, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, and teaches internationally on this topic. A prolific writer and musician, his work includes a second book, A Burning Desire: Dharma God, and the Path of Recovery, as well as the CD, Laughing Buddha. A meditation teacher for almost two decades, he trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he currently teaches. (www.kevingriffin.net)

Vince Cullen Mindfulness & Recovery in Ireland

Vince Cullen is an ex-alcoholic who has been associated with the Wat Thamkrabok monastery in Thailand and Buddhist-oriented drug and alcohol recovery since 1998. Vince founded the Fifth Precept meditation for recovery group and is a charter member of the Buddhist Recovery Network. In 2012, Vince completed the Committed Dhamma Practitioners Programme (CDPP) run by Gaia House in Devon, England. In 2013, Vince was appointed as Buddhist Prison Chaplain at HMP Coldingley (men) and HMP Send (women).

Generosity/Dana:

In keeping with the ancient Buddhist tradition teachers do not charge for their teachings. However it is customary to offer Dana or a donation for the teacher or their organisation at the end of the retreat.

Fee: Standard rate €230 per person (excluding optional Teacher Dana-Donation)

For more details about the content and costs of this retreat (including the online booking form) please visit the Sunyata Buddhist Centre website : www.SunyataCentre.org

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