Dave Smith Half-Day Retreat: What is Buddhist Recovery?

May 22, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT

Buddhist Philosophy, Practice and Ethics of as Means for Overcoming Addiction

In recent years, sincere efforts have been made to integrate Buddhist practices into Recovery culture and communities. Because there is no universal definition for Buddhist Recovery or how it works, many people find themselves confused and discouraged while looking for perspectives and practices that have meaningful and practical direction and outcome.

This online workshop was specifically created to provide a simple and comprehensive framework for understanding how Buddhism and Dharma practice can be cultivated as means for overcoming addiction, embracing recovery and creating a meaningful life.

Four core components will be covered in the workshop. You’ll learn:

  1. Mindfulness: the four foundations of mindfulness
  2. Buddhist psychology and the four tasks
  3. The Eight-fold path: the process of awakening
  4. Heart practice: the four brahma-viharas (kindness, compassion, appreciation, and equanimity)

Register and Pay

This workshop is offered on a donation-basis. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Your donation goes a long way to ensure that we compensate our facilitators and teachers fairly for their time, energy and expertise. Not only that, but your donation ensures that we can offer this event freely to all who are seeking recovery. Please consider making a donation at one of these suggested levels:

The following are suggested payment tiers for this half-day retreat:
Pay it Forward Level


If you have more than enough funds and want to help others gain access to this workshop for free who may not have the financial means at this time

Community Level


If you have enough funds to attend)

Financial Aid


If you are under-funded at this time, but would like to attend and support our recovery efforts

Freely Offered


Pay whatever feels available at this time, or attend completely free!
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Dave Smith

About Dave Smith

Dave Smith is an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. Dave teaches residential meditation retreats and classes, provides trainings and consulting in both secular and Buddhist contexts, and works with students through his meditation mentoring program. He recently founded the Secular Dharma Foundation and lives in Paonia, Colorado.

Scholarships are available!

If you are interesting in attending and are unable to contribute, please email us at about available scholarships.