2017 LakeShore Retreat
"Mind, Body, & Spirit: A Recipe for Recovery"
A Recovery Focused Mind
Theme Concept: Mind
In this workshop we will look at increasing our awareness of our own mind at work. This awareness is known as mindfulness. We will explore strategies that can help us align our personal goals with our awareness of our thinking (mindfulness) and our subsequent actions. Minds can be trained in much the same way as the training of muscles – through repetition over time. When the process of pairing mindfulness followed by related action is repeated over a span of time, many a desired goal can be reached as well as significant changes in behavior that can become new habits. We will also look at the typical obstacles and challenges that arise when training our minds in new behavior, and brainstorm possible counteractions to deal with them. Emphasis throughout the workshop will be placed on using the tools and principles of Steps One, Two and Three – Honestly, Hope and Trust in a power greater than ourselves – as we try new pathways for our minds.
FYI: Nothing in this workshop will be as serious as the above info sounds. This is a camp after all! We’re here to have a good time.
Your Body Is Your Temple
Theme Concept: Body
Presenter: Kurt K., Tacoma, WA
“Insomnia is one of most common complaints among patients in recovery from a substance use disorder and persists in many patients for months or even years despite continued abstinence. Important aspects of the intersection between insomnia and substance use disorders include the following:
- All substances of abuse directly and differentially impact sleep during active use, acute withdrawal, and with sustained abstinence; thus, differentiating insomnia that relates directly to substance use or to acute withdrawal from insomnia that is likely to persist and require independent treatment can be challenging.
- Insomnia has been linked to the initial development of substance use disorders and to relapse.
- Certain conventional treatments for insomnia should be avoided in patients with a history of substance abuse.”
-From Up To Date https://www.uptodate.com/contents/insomnia-in-patients-with-a-substance-use-disorder?source=search_result&search=alcohol%20sleep&selectedTitle=1~150
Intent: This workshop will address the science of sleep, the effects of sleep on the body, the adverse effects of lack of sleep and current medical evaluation and treatments for sleep problems.
The workshop design is interactive, will be presented using plain language. The duration of the workshop is 75 mins with a 15 summary talk. No medical advice or promotion of any medical treatment or care will be included in this talk. The workshop is not a ‘recovery meeting’ in design. This workshop’s intended audience will be persons in recovery.
Upon completion, participants will be knowledgeable about the health consequences of inadequate sleep the benefits of quality sleep and safe methods to achieve a good night’s rest.
Connecting to God Through Meditation
Theme Concept: Spirit
Presenter: Jo P., Palmdale, CA
Bio: Jo Pierson, LMFT, lives in Southern California and has attended every year but one of Lakeshore’s retreats as a workshop leader or as therapist-at-large; she missed that one only because she was sitting for the comprehensive exams for her second Master’s degree. She has 30 years experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault as a clinician. Jo is also an ordained Interfaith minister and believes that any path that leads us more deeply into ourselves and outward into the world can bring us to the Divine.
Purpose:Participants shall learn 3 different meditation paths through brief lecture and participation. The three paths are: prayer, Insight Meditation (Buddhist), and Walking Meditation (also Buddhist). The workshop will support and integrate material learned in the previous workshops.
Disclaimer: These techniques are simple to teach and learn. The impact can be very powerful. If anyone has any discomfort during the activity parts of the workshop please stop, open your eyes or look around to anchor yourself in the now. Please seek me out afterward if you would like to talk about any experience that you find uncomfortable or challenging.
Prayer as Meditation: Prayer is any focused activity that connects us to our Higher Power. It may be saying words like the Serenity Prayer, repeating a mantra or phrase that connects one to one’s Higher Power, working candle magic, or even washing dishes with spiritual intent. Using a short prayer from The Big Book, I will offer insight to the meaning it may have generally. The participants will briefly discuss the meaning for them as individuals then hear the prayer spoken, say the prayer as a group, then to say the prayer internally. The participants will discuss their experiences with each form of prayer: passive, group, and personal.
Insight Meditation: Introducing the notion of following one’s breathing as a focus, this meditation will offer a means for calming the internal noise, the chatter that most of us have in the background within our minds. Following the introduction, the participants will be offered 3 minutes in which to sit and breath. This will be followed by a question and answer. If we have time, a second 3 minute sit will be offered.
Walking (Activity) Meditation: An ancient form of meditation is motion based. Using walking as an example I will show how mindful movement combined with breath awareness and/or prayer can be used to calm the body and the mind. Pictures you may have seen of monks walking in a line are usually engaged in a walking meditation. I will demonstrate then ask the participants to join me in walking outside (if the weather cooperates) or indoors. After, there will time for sharing the experience.
Wrap Up: I will offer suggestions on how to use the techniques offered and how to manage uncomfortable reactions should they occur. Following this, I will answer questions.
Mind, Body & Spirit: A Recipe for Recovery
Theme Concepts: Mind, Body & Spirit
Presenters: Presenters from previous three workshops
In this workshop we will pull the presenters and key elements from the mind, body and spirit workshops into a complete view of recovery using all these three elements. All three must be present for successful recovery and each of the previous presenters will summarize the work and practice from their workshops. By taking care of our bodies, connecting to the spirit, and becoming mindful of our thinking, our recovery can grow and we can grow.