Way of Compassion Recovery Resources

Recovery Retreats with John Bruna

We are grateful to now be able to offer recovery and 12 step retreats with John online. This allows people from all over the world to participate, making time to cultivate the tools of prayer and meditation to deepen their connection to their spiritual path and flourish in their recovery. 

John Bruna

John Bruna

John Bruna has been in continuous 12-step recovery since August 21, 1984. Having had to opportunity to transform his own life as a result of the 12 steps, John has devoted his life to helping others transform theirs.  This lead to careers as a substance abuse counselor, a teacher in a low-income minority high school, and as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition. In 2012, John transitioned from monastic life and continues to be of service in any way that he can, remaining active in the 12 step communities. John has authored two books, The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life and The Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery,  is the co-founder of the Mindful Life Program and Mindfulness in Recovery, and the spiritual director for the Way of Compassion Dharma Center. To learn more about John, visit his website, A Meaningful Life

Contact: [email protected]

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Upcoming Retreats and Workshops

October 18th:  Returning to Sanity, Step 2 Workshop with John Bruna

In our current times, with a pandemic, instability, social, and economic upheavals, many of us have struggled with increasing stress, anxiety, and fear.  It is easy to get caught up in rumination and let our mind drag us around from one potential outcome to another.  In the process, we forget that the majority of that stress, worry, and fear is coming from our own minds and not from our actual experience.  We also forget that the real source of our well-being does not come from external events,  rather it comes from how we perceive and respond to them.

The second step invites us to remember there’s a much greater truth than our mental and emotional ruminations and fears. That we are not the center of the universe rather a valuable part of it.  Instead of being a prisoner of our self-centered ruminations and exaggerations, we can return to sanity, grounding in our recovery and reality – the current moment. 

Offered on a donation basis to benefit the Way of Compassion Recovery Resources program. Click here to learn more and to register – Returning to Sanity Workshop

September 13th: Workshop on Steps 6 and 7 with John Bruna

Steps six and seven focus on the skills of removing our defects, unhealthy habits and tendencies, and increasing our connection with our spiritual path to recognize our value and purpose.  We get to discover that we are not broken or less-than, we are worthy, capable, and have much to offer the world.

Offered on a donation basis to benefit the Way of Compassion Recovery Resources program. 

Here is a link to listen to an audio recording of the workshop – 6th and 7th Step Workshop Audio.

September 3-6, 2020: 11th Step Retreat with John Bruna and Peter Kuhn

“There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation and prayer. Taken separately these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life.”  (Pg 98, 12 &12)

“Emotional balance is one of the first results of meditation, and our experience bears this out.” (Pg 47, NA Basic Text)

This is an online retreat offered on a donation basis to benefit the Mercy Center in Auburn. 



Video Resources – Recovery Education


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