With Shahara Godfrey and Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John
Open to all in recovery
During this one-day retreat we will explore, from a cross-cultural approach, ways to heal addiction. We will introduce you to the eight steps to recovery by Dr. Mason-John and practice specific meditation and wisdom teachings to work with our addiction. We believe this inclusive approach can build a solid foundation for those at any level of recovery and for those who have yet to seek help. Through these practices we hope you gain a practice that can sustain you in your recovery.
We ask that you attend this daylong sober with respect for others that may be actively in recovery.
Dr. Shahara Godfrey, Ph.D. is a graduate of the UCLA Mindfulness and Awareness Research Center program and holds a MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning from California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been in recovery for over 20 years and practices in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. In addition, Ms. Godfrey has completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership and Dedicated Practitioner’s programs. Shahara also contributed a chapter on Aging and Illness in the book, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners.
Dr. Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John M.A. (hon.doc) is the co-author of the award-winning book Eight Step Recovery – Using The Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction. She is a TEDx speaker and is the author of eight books including her award winning novel Borrowed Body, and Detox Your Heart, which focuses on anger, hatred and fear. She is the curator of Teachings in Uncertain Times. She works as a public speaker and trainer in the field of Mindfulness for Addiction and emotional health. She is chairperson of Vancouver Triratna Buddhist Centre. She has been practicing for over 25 years and was ordained into the Triratna Lineage in India 2005.
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