"This retreat focuses on mindfulness meditation and how to use that as a foundation for working with the 12 Steps. It offers us a new understanding of recovery from a Buddhist perspective, and we leave the retreat with a deeper experience of the spiritual dimensions of recovery and practical tools for maintaining a daily practice.
Buddhism and the 12 Steps combines the deep stillness and peace of Buddhist practice with the power of community sharing. The days include periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, exercises in mindful speech and mindful eating, periods of inquiry, lecture, and group sharing.
Interactive exercises are based on 12 Step and addiction recovery themes; lectures bring together traditional Buddhist teachings with a 12 Step understanding. During some evenings there will be a typical “meeting,” open to all Omega guests and all 12 Step orientations.
The retreat is open to anyone interested in the themes of recovery and Buddhism. You need not be in a 12 Step program nor do you need to have any experience in meditation. Introductory meditation instruction is provided.
People with substance abuse addiction should have at least 30 days clean and sober before attending this retreat. Bring a journal.
Kevin Griffin is author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and A Burning Desire: Dharma, God, and the Path of Recovery. A meditation teacher for 16 years, he trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he currently leads dharma and recovery classes and retreats. He has been in recovery since 1985. kevingriffin.net"