Program Details

Hooked, Obsessed, and Addicted: Working with Habitual Patterns Through Mindfulness

with Joseph Litven
November 14 / 5:00 PM - November 16 / 5:00 PM

Above Prices Include ALL Meals!

Almost everybody has experienced getting hooked – hooked on thoughts, behaviours, substances or, increasingly, devices. Addictions are part of the everyday life of our culture and they can deprive us of our vitality and our appreciation of nowness--the only moment we have.  Powerful as the habitual patterns surrounding our obsessions are, experience and research have shown that, without doubt, the practice of mindfulness, together with other methods, can enable us to see our patterns, learn from them and eventually let them go.  During this meditation workshop, we will explore the nature of our habitual patterns in order to transform them into wisdom.  The workshop is for people with addictions, professionals working in this area, practitioners of meditation and anyone curious about habits and how to overcome them.

The workshop will be facilitated by Joseph Litven, Ph.D. Joseph is a psychologist, trainer, and coach, working in the treatment of addiction. He is also a long-time practitioner of meditation.  Dr Joseph Litven received his PhD from Stanford University in 1973.  Since then he has been a practicing psychologist and organizational consultant, specializing in mindfulness based executive coaching and strategic interventions in the health care system.  He has also helped to develop and lead a 4-week curriculum for addictions services clients and staff based on the view and practice of mindfulness.  Joe has been a practitioner of meditation for over 30 years and for most of that period has taught meditation programs throughout the world.  He has also been a radio DJ and currently is enjoying his family and bicycling in the countryside of Nova Scotia.

Full program tuition not including accommodations: $250  We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations.   Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level. 

Discounted program tuition not including accommodations:$180 If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep DDL operating year-round.

Discounted tuition plus payment plan  : $30/month over six months   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.   The payments would be $30 per month for tuition

Please Note: Above price includes meals but not accommodations. 

Staying off-land: $5 per person per day, $10 for the program

Drala Cabin (new insulated wood cabin with use of shower house or Gyatso bathrooms): double occupancy $40 per night, $80 for the program

Gyatso Lodge(double and triple rooms with a shared washroom in the hallway): $50 per night, $100 for the program

 All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.



Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.  There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.

To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085

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