Recovering Sanity: The Art of Being Human

with Scott Perkins

July 21st—July 22nd -Date postponed or cancelled

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  • $75 Patron
  • $55 Sustaining
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Room: Main Shrine Room

We are excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Heart of Recovery retreat with Scott Perkins

What is the relationship between our basic goodness, natural wakefulness, and inherent sanity — and our experience of the insanity that addiction can bring to our lives?

How can meditation practice deepen our understanding of what we are powerless over in our lives and how can this understanding give us the power to direct—or rule—our own lives from a place of sanity, compassion, and integrity?

This day and a half retreat will explore the relationship between meditation and recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors. It is open to new and experienced meditation practitioners and to individuals working with recovery from their own addiction to substances and behaviors as well as individuals whose lives have been impacted by addiction.

Guided meditation instruction will be provided. In addition to exploring meditation practice in the context of recovery, we will also learn specific techniques for working with strong emotions and triggers that arise in such a way that we avoid the extremes of acting out or suppressing them. Instead, we can learn to embody our emotional experiences and open ourselves to the inherent wisdom that exists below the surface of these turbulent emotions.

Completion of this program will count as completion of Shambhala Training Weekend I: The Art of Being Human, and participants will be elligible to take Shambhala Training Weekend II.

If you would like to join us for the public talk on Friday evening please register for that seperately here.


Scott Perkins received his Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University in 1992 and has been a teacher and leader in Shambhala since 1995. He is the Chairperson for the International Heart of Recovery Working Group and has provided assistance to Shambhala Centers and retreat centers developing Heart of Recovery programs throughout the country.  Scott has been in recovery since 2005 and has been the intersection his personal paths of recovery and meditation since that time. Scott is a certified recovery coach helping individuals craft personal paths/programs of recovery that support their recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors while strengthening their ability to fully experience their own lives with sanity, courage, and compassion.  His is also the Director of Development for a health care policy organization in Washington, DC.  He lives in DC with his husband, Jonathan Kirkendall, and has a life-size wooden rocking horse in his back yard.


We are committed to making this program available to everyone, regardless of financial circumstances. If the listed prices would be prohibitive for you, please choose the MyPrice option and enter an amount which is workable for you and reflects generosity for what is being offered. This program has been sponsored by a generous patron to further extend financial accessibility to everyone.



Due to low registration this program is being postponed.