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February 21, 2021

Virtual Retreat: The Key to Recovery and Buddhist Practice

Please join us for this Virtual Retreat with Dr. Valerie Mason-John (Vimalasara) and Kevin Griffin. In this half-day retreat we will explore meditation practices and insights that help us to let go of our addictions and their underlying causes. There will be guidance in mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation as well as teachings on Right View, Right Intention and Right Effort, path factors central to letting go.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the support to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution towards our efforts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.

This Half-Day Virtual Retreat will be conducted on Zoom from 1:00 p.m. ET to 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday February 21. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration.


 Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John
M.A (hon.doc) is the award winning author, and is one of the new leading African Descent voices in the field of Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction. Co-founder of Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR an 8 week secular course for people with addictions and compulsive behaviors, and co-founder of 8 Step Recovery, Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, which is also an award-winning book. She tours internationally giving keynote talks, and training professionals in Mindfulness approaches for addiction. She is the President of the international organization Buddhist Recovery Network, BRN, and the chair of Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre. An award- Author of 9 books, her most recent published 2020, I am Still Your Negro An Homage to James Baldwin, a timely book, and is currently editing an An Anthology. Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Speak Black Liberation, Buddhism and Beyondwww.valeriemason-john.com

  Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist teacher and author of several books, including One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, and his latest Buddhism & the Twelve Steps DAILY REFLECTIONS. A longtime Buddhist practitioner and 12 Step participant, he is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and one of the founders of the Buddhist Recovery Network. Kevin is a husband, father and musician. His album “Laughing Buddha” is a collection of rock and world beat tunes with Buddhist themes. https://www.kevingriffin.net

For information on partial scholarships for this virtual program, please email scholarships@garrisoninstitute.org

Registration Options

1 - Registration Fee 75.00