Program Details

The Heart of Recovery: a One-Day Program

with Scott Perkins
April 13 / 9:00 AM - April 13 / 6:00 PM


Heart of Recovery Retreat 

What is the relationship between our basic goodness, natural wakefulness, and inherent sanity—and our experience of the insanity that addiction can bring to our lives? 

How can meditation practice deepen our understanding of what we are powerless over in our lives and how can this understanding give us the power to direct—or rule—our own lives from a place of sanity, compassion, and integrity? 

This one-day retreat will explore the relationship between meditation and recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors.  It is open to new and experienced meditation practitioners and to individuals working with recovery from their own addiction to substances and behaviors as well as individuals whose lives have been impacted by addiction. 

Guided meditation instruction will be provided.  In addition to exploring meditation practice in the context of recover, we will also learn specific techniques for working with strong emotions and triggers that arise in such a way that we avoid the extremes of acting out or suppressing them.  Instead, we can learn to embody our emotional experiences and open ourselves to the inherent wisdom that exists below the surface of these turbulent emotions. 

Snacks and tea will be provided during the day.  However, in order to keep the registration fee low for this program, we are not providing lunch.  There will be an hour and 15 minute lunch break.  We strongly encourage attendees to bring a lunch which can be eaten at the Center while we continue our discussions and fellowship.


Scott Perkins received his Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University in1992 and has been a teacher and leader in Shambhala since 1994. He is the Chairperson for the International Heart of Recovery Working Group and has provided assistance to Shambhala Centers and retreat centers developing Heart of Recovery programs throughout the country.  Scott is the Director of Development for a health care policy organization in Washington, DC.  He and his husband also have a small business helping individuals create a sustainable, ancillary income that supports collaboration and building community.  He lives in DC with his husband, Jonathan Kirkendall, and has a life-size wooden rocking horse in his back yard.

Generosity Policyalways available if the fee is too high
If you are unable to meet any of the pricing levels, please give what you can. No one will be turned away.

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