Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process 10-Month Intensive

Date: 1st and 3rd Sundays, Starting 9/20 - No class in February
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Against The Stream, 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (map)

Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process is a mindfulness meditation-based skills training for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues, providing specific techniques and strategies to support healing from addiction.

Combining traditional meditation approaches contextualized around the pattern of relapse described in the work of G. Alan Marlatt, Phd., Attachment Theory developed by John Bowlby, Meditation Interventions provides a simple, easy-to-learn, very pragmatic approach to addressing addiction.

The class will address addictions to substances and behaviors, using both abstinence and harm-reduction models.

The instruction is offered as a secular practice, without any prescription for belief. The Buddhist context of the mindfulness meditation instruction is included so that students can reference the original texts if that interests them.

The ten-month intensive will include two classes per month at the Against The Stream Buddhist Mediation Society center in Hollywood, and two one-on-one interviews per month with a mentor via Skype, and Morning Meditation (a live guided-meditation six mornings a week via conference call).

So often with shorter class series, there comes a point where the training offered exceeds the mediation skills of the student, and the instruction becomes a seed for later exploration. With the ten-month intensive, the meditator will be able to develop the meditation skills needed to directly experience the insight offered as we move through the curriculum, so whether you already have an established practice or are just beginning you can benefit.

The classes are videotaped so if you miss a class you can keep up with the curriculum.

Class size is limited to 40 brick-and-mortar students. If you live outside the Los Angeles area, you can take the class remotely substituting the videotaped classes for the brick-and-mortar classes, meeting with your mentor via Skype and using Morning Meditation. We will accept 10 remote students.

The cost of the class is $3000 (10% off if paid in full). The tuition can be paid monthly with $500 down and $250 per month for 10 months on a recurring charge on a credit or debit card. The cost for remote students is $2600 (10% off if paid in full). The remote tuition can be paid monthly with $500 down and $210 per month for 10 months on a recurring charge on a credit or debit card. People using a monthly payment plan are obligated to pay the full amount of the tuition whether the course is completed or not. Cost for current mentees is $1,500 (or $150 per month).

Limited partial scholarships are available; please call or write for information.