• MENLA Deluxe Queen – $1,248.00
  • MENLA Private Queen – $1,158.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $978.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $924.00
  • MENLA Standard Single – $957.00
  • MENLA Standard Double (Shared Room) – $867.00
  • MENLA Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $777.00
  • Shared Dorm Housing – $705.00
  • Camping – $675.00
  • Commuter – $615.00

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Buddhist Recovery Retreat: Using the Dharma to Overcome Addiction

With Dr. Valerie Mason-John M.A and Kevin Griffin

July 5 - 8, 2018

In this inaugural retreat, we introduce Buddhist recovery through the lens of the 12 Step model and the 8 Step Recovery Buddhist program that can be a complement or an alternative to other recovery programs. We welcome people to this retreat of all genders, sexualities, races, classes and cultures, who are working in recovery from any kind of addictive substance or behavior. This retreat will be co-led by Kevin Griffin, who popularized 12 Steps and Buddhism, and Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John, who co-founded Eight Step Recovery, Using the Buddhist Teachings to Overcome Addiction.

Participation in this retreat will help you:

• Gain deeper knowledge of the basic teachings
• Learn how to integrate core Buddhist principles into your recovery program
• Develop specific Loving Kindness and Mindfulness practices to support your daily recovery
• Invest in your ‘Recovery Capital’, internal and external resources necessary to help achieve and maintain recovery from substance misuse as well as make behavioral changes.
• Integrate traditional Buddhist teachings into a 12-Step program, with special emphasis on finding a non-theistic approach to the Steps.
• Explore the importance of cultivating Loving Kindness towards ourselves, and how this can help to support our sobriety of mind. Many of us with addictions have such low self-esteem or shame about our past actions, that Loving Kindness is an imperative antidote for our “stinking thinking” and proliferation of thought.

Partial Scholarship Opportunities

We are very happy to be able to offer a limited number of partial scholarship opportunities for this retreat. Do note that these will be offered to guests in need on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to our director Michael Burbank at [email protected] for more information.

Work/trade options also available. This rate includes 50% off of program tuition, accommodations and meals in exchange for a minimum of 3 hours of work a day. If you are interested in this option please email [email protected]


Thursday, July 5th

  • 3 – 8pm Arrival and Check-in
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Welcome and Evening Program – Kevin and Valerie – Group Share and Q&A

Friday, July 6th

  • 7 – 8am Morning Yoga
  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 11:30am Morning Program with Kevin
    • Opening Sit
    • Break

    • Introduction to Buddhism 12 Step session
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch
  • 1 – 4pm Free time for spa treatments, hiking, personal activities
  • 2:30 – 3:30pm One on one with teachers (optional) (10 mins slots)
  • 4 – 6pm Afternoon Program With Vimalasara (Valerie)
    • Opening sit – inquiry
    • Four Basic Need Heart
    • The Importance of Attention, Affection, Appreciation, Acceptance towards ourselves. 
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Evening Program: 8 Step Recovery Meetings
  • Silence Overnight until after breakfast

Saturday, July 7th

  • 7 – 8am Morning Yoga
  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 11:30am Morning Program
    • Opening sit – Inquiry
    • Introduction to the 8 step Recovery Program
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch
  • 1 – 4pm Free time for spa treatments, hiking, personal activities
  • 2:30 – 3:30pm One on one with teachers (optional) (10 mins slots)
  • 4 – 6pm Afternoon Program
    • Opening Sit – Inquiry
    • The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path as the basis for recovery from addiction
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Evening Program: 8 Step Recovery Meetings
  • Silence Overnight until after breakfast

Sunday, July 8th

  • 7 – 8am Morning Yoga
  • 8 – 9am Breakfast & Check-Out
  • 9:30 – 11:30am Closing Program with Kevin & Valerie
  • 11am Check-Out of Room
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch and Departure

* Please note that schedule is subject to change at any time


Dr. Valerie Mason-John M.A
Dr. Valerie Mason-John M.A (Hon. Doc) is President of the Buddhist Recovery Network (BRN), an international organization to help promote Buddhist Recovery. She is an award winning author and a co-founder of Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, with 8 Step recovery meetings in three continents. She is also the co-founder of the secular program Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR), an eight-week course for people struggling or wanting to maintain their abstinence and sobriety of mind. Valerie is a successful TEDx speaker and is also one of the leading African Descent Voices in mindfulness approaches to…
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Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and author known for his innovative work connecting dharma and recovery, especially through his 2004 book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over thirty-five years and a teacher for two decades. With teachings firmly based in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, he reaches a broad range of audiences in dharma centers, wellness centers, and secular mindfulness settings. His latest book, Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World, draws from early Buddhist teachings in the Pali Canon.
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