The 5th Annual 12-Step Buddhist\12-Step Yogi Winter Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs Breathe Your Way into Right Living Gentle Yoga, Silent Meditation, and Breath Practice Jan 31st-Feb 2nd, 2014 Please pass this on to those who could benefit from this experience! NOTE: We will be moving our retreats at Breitenbush to once a year, Fall only, beginning October 24th, 2014. Our … Read More
The 3rd Annual 12-Step Buddhist Summer Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs
Energy, Healing and Transformation
August 25th-27th – Sunday 6pm-Tuesday Noon
For our third summer retreat we’ll be working with energy, healing and transformation.
We’ll have four-five sessions beginning Sunday evening and ending Tuesday morning. There will be breakout sessions and a weekend creative project. Breitenbush is sacred land and is ripe with energy for all of this kind of work. The program will include silent and guided meditation, all levels yoga (optional but strongly encouraged), ongoing writing practice, group and individual exercises designed to make the practice come alive. We’ll have a more traditional style 12-Step meeting on Saturday evening. This will be open to all and will include a meditation, a speaker/chairperson and sharing. Tysa will also have a session/project that she’ll be leading for women, as long as we have a balance of men and women.
Darren is now certified as a Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader. We’ll be working with some meditations, group practices and gentle yoga on this retreat.
The theme for this retreat is: The Power of Vow: Addict Promises vs. Buddhist Precepts based on my new book, The Power of Vow. We’ll have an optional vow taking ceremony at the last session of the retreat. Our weekend course will include 12-Step Yogi practice, Tysa Fennern will offer Shamanic Archetype Practices and Tarot, Mike Papas giving Zen instruction and sitting sessions. As always, we’ll have silent sitting and daily walking groups, group discussion and the famous Aspects of Self Dialog process. So many people locally and online are participating in the revolution of consciousness in recovery-within 12-Step communities and beyond. We have several groups nationwide. If you’d like to learn how to form groups in your area, this retreat is the time to do it.
For our second summer retreat we’ll be working with some basic Buddhist concepts as they relate to steps 10, 11 and 12 of the AA literature. These are commonly referred to as the “maintenance steps” to be practiced in daily life after working through Steps 1-9. In Buddhism the system of the paramitas (Sanskrit for perfections) are used as a path to enlightenment. The Perfections are
Generosity, Discipline, Patience , Diligence, Meditative concentration and Wisdom. Similar to the way Step Six in the AA 12×12 is discussed as an ideal, we practice the perfections. The difference between 12-Step and Buddhism is that Buddhism aims for total liberation from suffering. Rather than saying we’ll never be perfect so why try, the Dharma teaches us how to get free-total liberation, just like Buddha.