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2019 Program and Schedule

Wellness, Exercise, Meetings

Wellness Workshops

No One is Alone
An interactive experience to help tackle social anxiety and offer some tools to stop the instinct to isolate for those moments in the woods. Download workshop material
David B, Keith B

Fasten Your Seatbelts and Breathe — a Breathwork Healing Circle
The time for healing is right now!  All you have to do is show up, be open, and enjoy the ride.  Your breath will do the work. This form of breathwork is a physical, active meditation technique that uses a two-part breath to open you up, clear stuck emotional energy, and facilitate connection with your spirit.
Chris P, Stephen R

The Healing Promise of Qi (Life Energy): Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong
Start your weekend by aligning your body, mind, and spirit using a series of slow graceful movements combine with mental concentration and deep rhythmic breathing to increase and balanced your vital energy. Qigong is especially effective in reducing stress, thereby enhancing the immune system, preventing illness, increase stamina, improve your sexual energy and aging. Come join us and unlock your blocked energy flow.
Eric Schneider

Start Your Weekend with Imagination and Color!
Express yourself through the wonder of painting and drawing. A safe, non-judgemental art group for all people. Talent or experience not required. Just bring your imagination and an open mind.
Sid K, Jacob H

The 12 Step Buddhist
This workshop takes a systematic approach to blend the traditional 12-Steps with timeless Buddhist teachings and principles of four noble truths and the eightfold path.

What Buddhism offers doesn’t ask for blind faith or belief, it offers a practical set of tools to contemplate, practice and integrate into your own life.  Explore these principles and make it an addition to your existing program. Those of us who struggle with God or Higher Power will find these fundamentals an exciting complement to their recovery. Download workshop material
Noam P, Brett S

This is Me: Moving Beyond Shame to Love Ourselves Again
“I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars, run away they say, no one'll love you as you are”- This is Me, Greatest Showman

During this highly interactive workshop, we will take a look at the effect shame can have on our lives and practical ways to move beyond it to experience new freedom and a new happiness.
Bob K

Be Yourself! Everyone Else is Already Taken
In moving from active addiction into recovery it can be challenging to know where one fits and to what groups one belongs.

In this workshop we will explore aspects of belonging within the recovery community and in the larger world.  We will make use of experiential activities and exercises to help us better understand the dynamic interplay of who we are and where we belong. Download workshop material

Jennifer Z, LCAT, RDT, CPC, is a licensed creative arts therapist, public speaker, and writer/singer/theatre-maker.
Aaron R, CASAC-T and certified recovery coach currently facilitate harm reduction groups at an adult day treatment center in NYC.

Shifting States: Tangible Tools for Healing the Wounded Soul
As one of the nation’s leading trauma therapists, Kathleen leads an interactive workshop to equip participants with tangible take-aways to recover differently.

Kathleen helps answer:
Q: Why do I suffer when I want to recover?
Q: What role does sex play in finding peace + partnership?
Q: How do my senses & insecurities lead to more bad - instead of more good?
Q: How has a beam of recovery tolerance been reduced by meth + trauma?

Shifting States will include a sound healing session. Download workshop material
Kathleen M, Brad L

Sober Sex and Sexuality (Part I): A Healthy Sexual Life in Early Recovery
There is often a great deal of apprehension when it comes to sex and sexuality for those in early recovery. Apprehension includes how to separate sex from drugs or how to navigate sexual triggers and fear of relapse because of sex. We will examine this fear and utilize it to create a more respectful relationship with sex, sexuality, and desire.

Participants are encouraged to attend both part I and II in the series. Although both workshops can be taken separately.

Sober Sex and Sexuality (Part II): Eros, Love, and Self
Building on the first workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experientially explore and enhance capacity for awareness, intimacy, relationship, and connection. There will be some sensual, non-sexual touch in this workshop.

Eric G. Schneider, M.Ed., D.Min., is a sex and relationship counselor, coach and educator who has worked with gay men for the last 30 years. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Sexuality with a focus on the sex and relational lives of gay men. He is a frequent guest on Sirus radio as a guest expert in men and masculinity.  Along with his private practice in NYC, he was the clinical director for Friends In Deed for over 17 years. He has been a practitioner of Taoist arts and sciences for the past 49 years. He is delighted to be joining the retreat for the 3rd year!"

That Thing Where...
…I’ve done the work, and I’m still not happy.
…I want to do more and be more.
…I’m not as excited about this as I used to be.
…I wonder what happiness is anyway.

You’re in a rut and need a swift kick in the rear! Join us to discover ways to welcome back desire, spark inspiration, and honor the gifts you’ve been given. Let’s get to work! Download workshop material
Dana R, David C

Writing Morning Pages
Learn to let go, unblock and live a sober life through creative writing. This workshop will explore the benefits of journaling as a stream of consciousness exercise, how they get integrated into your recovery as morning pages, a gratitude list, or other forms of inventory checklists. Prepare to transform your daily routine into a spiritual pathway to peace. Download workshop material
Ward C, Chris C


Carry Your Weight!
Exercise is a celebration of what the body can do. Celebrate your body in this day-breaking body weight workout that will test your speed, endurance, flexibility, and strength. All levels of fitness are welcome. Be prepared to sweat!
Michael H

Slow Flow Kripalu
Grounding, slower paced alignment flow paired with quieting restorative sequence to relieve stress and balance the nervous system. An antidote to the fast and busy pace of life.

Sunie is a Kripalu-trained Yoga teacher. Her compassion and energy create a sense of focus and ease during class. She has been teaching for 12 years in NYC and New England. Sunie is well seasoned in most styles of yoga with a strong understanding of the physical body. She is responsible for launching beginner's workshops at several yoga studios throughout the northeast.


Refuge Recovery
Refuge Recovery is grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that all individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction. Refuge Recovery currently has nine weekly meetings throughout the city.

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA) is a twelve-step program for people who want to stop having compulsive sex. SCA supports healthy sexual expression and does not expect members to repress their sexuality.