Heart of Recovery Retreat

Tamara Sell and Dave Garton

October 30–November 1, 2020

Tuition + 2 nights

Note: This program is being rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.

Heart of Recovery introduces the ancient wisdom of meditation to the path of recovery from addictive behaviors in order to support our commitment to our journey. During this weekend, we will learn a new way of understanding the recovery path by exploring the practice of meditation as a source of strength and wisdom, and settling into 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 spirituality of twelve-step programs and other wisdom traditions can enrich our lives and address any addictive or obsessive behavior.

This Heart of Recovery retreat is open to all who experience any form of addiction, regardless of any affiliation or non-affiliation with any religious view or 12-step program. No drug or alcohol use will be permitted for the duration of the retreat.

Note: This program is not intended as a rehabilitation program and participants will be best served by having already committed to a path of recovery.

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Teachers TBD

Tamara Sell

Tamara Sell has been a meditation practitioner in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for the last 32 years. She has held various positions in the community during that time, including co-director of Marpa House and Head of Societal Health and Well Being at the Boulder Shambhala Center. She brings her Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, as well as many years as a meditation instructor. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2 - 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.