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FROM CRAVING TO COMPASSION: Dharma-inspired practices for Addiction Recovery – Tracie Story

9 February @ 6:30 pm - 11 February @ 2:15 pm AEST


About this event:

Addiction in some form (craving, desire, attachment, aversion) touches the lives of every person in our community.  Whether it is as an individual, family, workplace, road users, healthcare systems, justice systems, and so on, there is no part of our community that is not impacted by addiction to some degree.  This workshop looks at addiction as a continuum, from wanting, craving, requiring… to needing.   Diagnosed Substance Abuse Disorders affect 1 in 20 Australians at any one time.  When you add process addictions (food, technology, relationships, work, exercise) the number skyrockets, and this does not include the undiagnosed and untreated addictions.  

This course is designed to provide an overview of addiction and paths of recovery, along with a suite of tools based in the Buddhist practices and principles of meditation, self-inquiry, wisdom, compassion, and community.  These practices and principles help each of us create a personal path to liberation from the suffering of addiction.

As such, it is primarily aimed at people with an interest in understanding the experience of addiction from the inside out.. whether you already know you have an addiction, suspect you may be heading in that direction, love someone who exhibits addictive behaviour, or are working in the field.

Regardless of which path people choose, recovery depends on many factors; of course awareness, as well as honesty, compassion and connection. 

There are now several  peer recovery models that are based in Buddhist practices of the four noble truths, the eight fold path and the five precepts, along with mindfulness and compassion practices.  The presenter of this program is familiar with several of these, the main one being Recovery Dharma.   Dharma in this case is used in the broadest sense of the word, to mean that which benefits the development and liberation of the mind.  In the field of addiction, this can mean the ability to see the root causes and habitual patterns maintaining addictive beliefs and actions, and creating the space to practice alternative pathways to build lives of personal and communal meaning.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no formal introduction segment in this weekend, and as such you will not be asked to identify why you are attending the workshop.  There will, however, be plenty of experiential opportunities to meet your fellow participants and share whatever is comfortable for you.

About the facilitator of this workshop:

My name is Tracie Story, and I have been a practicing Social Worker, Counsellor and Somatic Psychotherapist since 1991 in a range of health, fitness and educational agencies.  I hold a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Mental Health (Major in Psychotherapy – Mindfulness-Based Therapies), both from the University of Queensland.  I have also practised yoga and meditation for over 4 decades, and am a 500hr trained Yoga Teacher.  I have trained in, practised, and taught mindfulness techniques since 2001, completing a four-year Somatic Psychotherapy Training (Mindfulness Based Core Process Therapy).  I am certified as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher via Spirit Rock and Berkeley University, the main teachers of which are Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, and am also certified as a  Mindfulness Mentor from Cloud Sangha. 

Closer to home, I have been attending teachings at Chenrezig Institute since 2000, and Spirit Rock online for several years.  I stress that I am not a Buddhist teacher, rather I am bringing the combination of my life experiences together in this offering.

I am a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, friend, woman etc and …….I became addicted to alcohol around 2015, aged 50, though I was using and dependent on it long before then.  I have completed a one month residential rehab, focussed on 12 step recovery.  Since then I have attended 12 step, 8 step, Y12SR, Mindfulness Based Recovery, SMART and Recovery Dharma Programs, as well as using Apps such as This Naked Mind and Reframe.  

I am an active member of Recovery Dharma Charlotte, and Recovery Dharma Australia.  I was also successful in being voted onto the Recovery Dharma Global Board this year and have a four year term to serve.  I am committed to bringing this option to people in Australia, alongside the 12 step and cognitive behavioural models.  I am grateful to Chenrezig Institute for partnering with me in this endeavour.

All are welcome to join this workshop – it is open to all!
Accommodation and food at the centre are available to book through .

Download the Schedule for the weekend workshop here

Registration will only be available in person.

 REGISTRATION possibilities have changed!

 You are free to decide just what you are happy to contribute to attend this   whole weekend retreat – with a minimum payment of only $1!

 $1 minimum requested contribution – so everyone can come (or join online)

 $40 will help to cover some of the costs and help us to continue

 $75 for the whole workshop will cover our basic costs

 A $ 150 contribution will cover costs, and help us continue to offer courses and retreats like this into the future, as well as the many events we offer free of charge.

Of course, you are always free to offer more if you can –  please give as generously as you are able to enable others to attend at Chenrezig Institute! 

Register to attend in-person: From $1.00


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Minimum contribution: $1.00


9 February @ 6:30 pm AEST
11 February @ 2:15 pm AEST
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33 Johnsons Rd
Eudlo, QLD 4554 Australia
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