Mindful Recovery

Awakening to Love


Bill Alexander, Kevin Griffin

December 3-8, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$360 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

At the intersection of mindfulness practice and the Twelve Step process is a deep, rich path to recovery and a return to joyful living. In recent years, the blend of mindfulness and recovery has brought hope, inspiration, and change to many thousands of those in recovery.

Through a range of contemplative practices, including meditation, mindfulness, and loving-kindness, you will practice skills that allow your heart to open and soften while you cultivate a solid connection to your inner strength and wisdom.

Join two sought-after, inspirational leaders in the mindful recovery movement—Kevin Griffin and Bill Alexander—to learn:

  • Meditation practices that you can continue at home
  • How Buddhism enhances your experience of the Twelve Step teachings
  • The practical application of insights from the Buddhist tradition for recovery and personal liberation.

This is a special opportunity to spend time with Kevin and Bill together in a weekend of lecture, practice, and stories told with a compelling mixture of humor, poignancy, and wisdom. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn how to bring meditation and mindfulness into all aspects of life, and practice communication skills to be more effective and connected in your personal life and professional roles.

You will leave with practices and perspectives to successfully continue your recovery journey.

Faculty Bio

Bill Alexander

Bill Alexander is a writer and teacher. He is best known for his book Ordinary Recovery, which has been called “a recovery classic.”

He presents workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, and has taught at venues as diverse as the Union Theological Seminary in New York and the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. For many years, he taught meditation and lead workshops as part of the staff of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, which offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide.

In 1995 Bill was ordained by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh as a member of the core community of the Order of Interbeing. He has been a member of the recovery community since June of 1984, using mindfulness, story, and meditation to help alcoholics and others learn to come back to the present moment and find healing there.

Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin, cofounder of the Buddhist Recovery Network, is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and has been teaching meditation internationally in Buddhist centers, treatment centers, at professional conferences, and in academic settings for almost two decades.

Trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he now teaches, Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, A Burning Desire: Dharma God & the Path of Recovery, and his latest book, Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life after Addiction.

He specializes in helping people in recovery connect with meditation and a progressive understanding of the Twelve Steps.

A longtime Buddhist practitioner, and a Twelve Step participant since 1985, Griffin has trained with leading Western vipassana teachers, including Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Ajahn Amaro. He also plays and writes music and is currently recording a CD of dharma-related rock songs.

He divides his time between writing, teaching, and family time with his wife and daughter.

Why Attend

  • Share your journey of self-discovery and recovery with others seeking true transformation and healing.

  • Discover the power of mindfulness practices and how they complement the Twelve Steps to develop the inner resilience and self-acceptance.

  • Gain insights that can transform your daily experience and strengthen your daily practice of the Twelve Steps.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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