2nd Annual Refuge Recovery Conference
Refuge Recovery Centers where I am Clinical Director is a trauma focused Buddhist addictions treatment center that uses the Refuge Recovery program as described in Noah Levine's book of the same name as its foundation for the treatment. Meanwhile, Refuge Recovery the non profit peer led fellowship has been expanding extensively over the last few years. There are now meetings all over the US and throughout the world, and new ones are popping up every day. The 2nd Annual Refuge Recovery Conference will take place at Against the Stream Melrose in Los Angeles from June 24-26, 2016.
On Saturday, June 25 from 3pm-5pm, Dharma workshops will be conducted for participants by George Haas, Mary Stancavage, Dave Smith and myself. This is a wonderful opportunity to share my Dharma and recovery path through explaining some aspects of the Dharma that hopefully will be helpful to those in attendance at the conference. It promises to be an exciting event --- if you ever wanted to picture yourself in an AA conference in the 1940s when the fellowship was new and going through its growing pains and making decisions about the future, this is an opportunity to get to replicate that feeling.
Refuge Recovery Centers has allowed me to not only synthesize all that the Dharma has brought into my life along with all the elements of my recovery and my professional life thus far, but also allowed me to infuse the Center with the spirit and practice of EMDR therapy in conjunction with Buddhist mindfulness. I hope to touch upon the relationship between trauma recovery and Dharma in my workshop, and I hope to help attendees to a greater understanding of their own journeys.