This mindful recovery retreat offers the opportunity to experience a wholly Buddhist approach to recovery from all forms of addiction. The course expands upon and follows the Hungry Ghost Retreat Part One. it aims to deepen our understanding of recovery from addictions and compulsions that manifest as craving, aversion, and confusion. We will explore alternative and complementary approaches to recovery that support our aspiration of total-abstinence. For the period of the retreat, retreatants are required to commit to Sila (the Five Precepts – the ethical training guidelines for laypeople). It is important to note that we do not have to be a ‘Buddhist’ to cultivate any of these qualities or to adapt or adopt any of the principles discussed or the meditation practices explored. Recovering people of all faiths or none are welcome on this retreat. The retreat will begin on Monday 1, June 2015 and end on Friday 5 June, 2015. The language of the retreat is English.
The retreat will be led by Vince Cullen. Vince is an ex-alcoholic who has been associated with the Wat Thamkrabok monastery in Thailand and Buddhist-oriented drug and alcohol recovery since 1998. Vince facilitates the Fifth Precept meditation for recovery group in Berkshire and is a charter member of the Buddhist Recovery Network. Vince says of his own experience of this path that “it leads to the unbinding from addiction and the fading away of cravings”. In 2012, Vince completed the Committed Dhamma Practitioners Programme (CDPP) run by Gaia House in Devon, England. In 2013, Vince was appointed as the Buddhist Prison Chaplain at HMP Coldingley.
This retreat is generally only open to staff, residents, and volunteers of New Life Foundation, with a few limited spaces for outside guests pending room availability. The fee for outside guests is 4000 THB including 3 meals per day and accommodation for the 4 nights of the retreat.