The Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017—a collaboration between the Northwest Dharma Association and the Buddhist Recovery Network—will run from October 20 to 22 at the Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey, Washington.
Organizers say the Summit is open to all who are interested in Buddhist Recovery. According to the Buddhist Recovery Network, the movement uses Buddhist teachings and practices to help those suffering from alcoholism and addiction.
Keynote speakers for the retreat include Noah Levine, founder of the Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society; Kevin Griffin, Buddhist teacher and author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps; Valerie Mason-John, co-author of the award-winning book Eight Step Recovery; Vince Cullen, founder of the Fifth Precept Sangha meditation for recovery group; and Ralph Steele, creator of the meditation based trauma center, Life Transition Therapy.
The retreat will give attendees the opportunity to discuss the future of the Buddhist recovery movement, and share their experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. Discussion points include the defining characteristics of Buddhist recovery, the strengthening of national and international recovery networks, and the intersection of Buddhist recovery and the Twelve-Step model.
Organizers say there is limited space for the Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017; those interested should register soon. To learn more, visit the BRS website. Those interested in volunteering with logistics and transportation by contacting George Draffan, executive director of the Northwest Dharma Association.