20 May REFUGE RECOVERY
Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds.
We are a community of people dedicated to the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity, using meditation and kindness to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
Our weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditations, readings from the book Refuge Recovery, and group sharing and discussion.
David McNamara is a Recovery coach, CASAC-T, filmmaker and Zen practitioner. David has worked and volunteered in the recovery field for over 10 years as well as having extensive training in Mindfulness therapy and meditation. Prior to this he was a filmmaker for over 30 years. After many years into his own recovery he began to see the need for alternatives in the way that we treat addiction and the trauma underlying the addiction.
In keeping with the contemporary wisdom for the treatment of addiction, David has spent much of his career investigating how recovery, spirituality and creative expression are integrally related. He began to develop a practice based on his own experience of recovery. Using his extensive Zenmeditation experience, DBT training, martial arts training and Harm Reduction Psychotherapeutic techniques he began a program called Mindfulness Based Recovery. He has implemented this practice into his work at a traditional Drug Treatment center last year with some very promising results.
Last year David embarked on a documentary film called “Disconnected” (Healing an addicted society). In the making of the film he has found an incredible group of people, teachers, mentors and advisors. One of those people, Noah Levine, created in 2008 a community based recovery program called Refuge Recovery. Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic Buddhist inspired group that is based in compassion, wisdom and community. I am excited to be able to bring this program to the people in our local communities.