Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR Train the Trainer - April 27-29, 2018

Led by the award winning author Dr Valerie Mason-John M.A. (hon.doc)

Low waged $300

mid waged $350

Organizations/high waged $400

EARLY BIRD PRICE - 10%  discount if deposit received by March 5th 2018
Price includes:
A PDF manual of the course with handouts for participants.
Downloads of the guided meditations.


About the Training:
MBAR is a mindfulness-based approach to preventing relapse and promoting recovery from addiction. Originally called mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), the course was developed by Dr Paramabandhu Groves (in collaboration with Valerie Mason-John). Dr Groves has led it at Breathing Space and in the NHS since 2005. Valerie Mason-John has also delivered the course in the UK, Europe, Mexico, Canada and USA. This course will be delivered over three days at the Rocky Mountain Buddhist Center Missoula - April 27th to 29th.

The training will cover mindfulness and meditative techniques including three minute breathing space, four basic needs of the heart, body scan, and working with difficulties in meditation. MBAR models such as the vicious cycle, fact and interpretation, triggers and high risk situations will be introduced. There will also be personal reflection and rehearsal of parts of the course.

Who is the Training for?
The training is suitable for health care providers working in the field of addiction in its broadest definition and/or for people who are familiar (or trainers) with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness for Depression approaches. And for those people who are interested in the field of addiction of working with addiction and or compulsive behaviors in their personal life or in the family. Group skills and teaching skills are preferred but not a requirement.

Outcomes of the Training
· Understand the MBAR course and in your institution as part of your work practice or at your local Buddhist centre.
· Be able to deliver parts of the course one to one in a therapeutic context
· Understand Triggers, Vicious Cycle, Internal Barometers and different types of thoughts
· How to set up an alternative recovery meeting for clients you work with that may have difficulty with 12 step meetings
· Understand the nature of addiction and compulsive behaviours and how it relates to your own life.
· Understanding of meditation and mindfulness in relation to addiction.

· Identify your existing skills in working effectively with mindfulness for addictions and compulsive behaviours and increase your confidence in applying them.

“Vimalasara Mason-John is one of the most profound teachers of our time. She leads her studies with love, compassion and lived experience. Her teachings will change the way you see and treat yourself and other living beings.”
Dr Neil Stephenson - medical doctor and runs a addiction clinic in Norway.

“This fascinating course led by Vimalasara gave us a great insight, on both a practical and theoretical level, of the various ways in which mindfulness techniques can be used to help others recover from addiction – and more importantly stay in recovery. I would highly recommended it to any professional working in the healthcare or substance misuse field.” Liam Watson (MSc, BSc (hons), PGDip), Director,

Valerie Mason-John (aka Queenie) is an award winning author of seven books and several plays. She is ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Community. She pioneered Recovery Mondays in the city of Vancouver and regularly leads retreats for the 12 step community and other recovery communities in Canada. She also delivers the MBRP for Addiction course designed by Dr Paramabandhu Groves.

She has been in Recovery from Bulimia/Anorexia Nervosa for 19 years – and has lived a clean and sober life since 2002. She recovered in the rooms of meditation and has worked the 12 step program diligently and sponsored many people in this tradition. She brings her professional experience as a master trainer, combined with her mindfulness practice and experience of being in a 12 step program to create the conditions to help people recover from addictions and compulsive behaviours. She is known as the Bully Doctor and is a master trainer and life coach in the field of addiction, conflict transformation, restorative justice and leadership skills. She offers her recovery.
She is a Tedx Speaker an award winning author of 8 books inclucing  the co-author of Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction.

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Sangha Night

10 week class by Saramati on the Two Truths

January 24 - March 28, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Open to all experience levels

The Bodhisattva’s Challenge-Reconciling Wisdom and Compassion

The earliest Buddhist tradition characterized the Buddha’s enlightenment as an embodiment of two key virtues: Wisdom and Compassion. Exploring the rich and complex relationship between these two key characteristics became a perennial theme for his later followers. Were they meant to focus on one or the other of these two virtues, or both? In practice, was one more important, and the other in some way less crucial, or perhaps even optional? Are we meant to practice acting more compassionately in order to accumulate more wisdom? Or should we rather seek greater wisdom in order to act more compassionately? Or is it that the two, in some less than obvious way, actually are the same, despite the apparent tension between them, philosophically and ethically? In the following centuries various solutions to this challenge were explored, and the apparent tension emerged as the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice.

The class will run from January 24 through March 28, Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm.  There will be a meditation period in the beginning.  Please arrive a little early so that we can start promptly at 7:00pm.

The course will focus on Tashi Tsering’s excellent book:  Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth (Wisdom Publications, 2008 ISBN: 0-86171-271-4).  The book can be ordered locally or from your favorite book seller.  Please read the forward, prefaces and chapter 1 for the first night and bring the book with you to class.

Suggested donation for the 10 week class will be $50.   As usual, no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.  Please put your donation in the dana bowl during the first week.

For those of you who do not know Saramati, he is the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Buddhist Center and an emeritus professor of Eastern Religious Studies at the University of Montana, Stanford and Princeton.  This class will be a rare opportunity to engage with Saramati’s vast experience and to explore this fundamental Buddhist teaching.  The class will be supported by Varasuri, also co-founder of the center.