This six day experiential seminar will examine the sources of addiction in our individual histories and in our culture, and connect us with the inner wholeness which is the final and only answer to addictive drives. Participants are supported to experience genuine self acceptance, and move forward in their lives in healthier, more authentic ways.
How we define addictions:
An addiction is “any behaviour that we engage in on an ongoing basis that causes harm to ourselves or the people that we care about. Behaviours that we are unable to stop.” This definition is a big tent that many of us can find a place within.
Addictions are self-destructive patterns of thought and behavior,that are rife throughout our society. From the respectable compulsions of the professional workaholic to the disease-inducing habits of the street junkie. All addictions originate from a place of deep-seated emotional pain and an unbearable sense of spiritual loss.
This retreat is for:
Participants who are currently struggling with addictions in their lives as well as counsellors, therapists and support workers addressing addictions in a professional capacity. This retreat is not meant for active substance users. It’s intended to be a source of rich personal learning and renewal for all participants.
- the brain science of addiction
- guided self-exploration
- interactive group exercises
- indigenous teachings
- yoga practice & instruction to work with addictive impulses
- meditation & mindfulness practice
- one integrative bodywork session
The program includes indiginous healing techniques plus a facilitated group process designed to help participants integrate the full benefit of their experience. Organic, gourmet meals and accommodations are provided in a secluded mountain retreat facilty.
Additionally, there will be indigenous Medicine Wheel teachings focusing on being in the “right relationship” with what is often referred to as the “hungry ghost” of addiction.
The retreat will be led by Dr Duncan Grady and supported by a team of gifted health practitioners.
Dr. Duncan Grady’s professional experience includes over 20 years of post secondary education and 34 years of counselling and psychotherapy in the fields of addictions, trauma, death and dying. He has studied and experienced Native ceremony for many years. He was raised in the Siksika/Sauk Blackfeet tradition. He uses various ceremonies/rituals taught by his people to bring concepts into direct experience. He has taught spiritual and clinical practices throughout North America and Europe. He is a retired post secondary educator and psychotherapist. He currently co-leads retreats and provides training and consultation using western and non-western approaches to health, well-being, dying and death.