Heart of Recovery Retreat: Exploring Higher Power from a Buddhist Perspective

Martha Hildreth and Dennis Southward

April 26–28, 2019

Tuition + 2 nights

Heart of Recovery joins the ancient wisdom of Shambhala Buddhism with the 12-step form in order to support our commitment to the path of recovery from addictive behaviors. During this weekend retreat, we will learn a new way of understanding the recovery path and contemplate how to relate to “higher power” as a non-theistic source of strength and wisdom. We will explore the sacred environment of Shambhala Mountain Center to connect directly to the experience of the moment. Both individually and as a community we will discover how the spiritual steps of AA can be extended with traditional practices of meditation and contemplation.

This Heart of Recovery retreat is open to all who experience any form of addiction. No drug or alcohol use will be permitted for the duration of the retreat.

Martha Hildreth

Martha Hildreth has been a Shambhala and Pema Chödrön student since 1998. At Ani Pema’s instruction she began work in the sangha, addressing addiction to alcohol and drugs and to encourage a hard look at the community’s relationship to these issues. She has practiced her personal recovery since 1978.

Dennis Southward

Dennis Southward has been a student of Trungpa Rinpoche and then Mipham Rinpoche since 1972. He is a recognized founder of the Harmony Protectors, a practice which aspires to embody innate harmony and goodness while helping others to do the same. He has been involved in addiction recovery since the early 1980’s and has spent several years in AA. He has supported Heart of Recovery and helped its formation into a genuine recovery tool steeped in Shambhala wisdom.

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