Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Scott Perkins

August 17 - 25, 2019

Hallway Conversations

What is the relationship between our inherent sanity, basic goodness and natural wakefulness — and our experience of the insanity that addiction can bring to our lives?

How can meditation practice deepen our understanding of what we are powerless over in our lives and how can this understanding give us the power to direct our own lives from a place of sanity, compassion, and integrity?

How can we incorporate meditation and mindfulness practices into our personal path of recovery and sobriety?

This weeklong retreat will explore the relationship between meditation and recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors. It is open to new and experienced meditation practitioners and to individuals working with recovery from their own addiction to substances and behaviors as well as individuals whose lives have been impacted by addiction.

The week will include in-depth, guided meditation instruction, talks on meditation and recovery, practice, discussion groups and exercises. In addition to exploring meditation practices in the context of recovery, participants will also be introduced to various mindfulness techniques designed to support recovery, as well as deepen our experience of, and appreciation for, our own lives. We will also learn specific techniques for working with strong emotions and triggers when they arise. Instead of acting out or suppressing these emotions, we can learn to embody our emotional experiences and open ourselves to the inherent wisdom that exists below the surface of these turbulent emotions.

Heart of Recovery Retreat Includes:

  • Guided meditation instruction and practice
  • Mindfulness meditation and recovery talks
  • Group discussions
  • Mindfulness exercises
  • Optional one-on-one meditation instruction
  • Mindfulness exercises
  • Heart of Recovery Meetings

Application Process

Because of the focus and depth of this retreat, the program's size will be limited to participants who are stable in their recovery and who are committed to developing a contemplative lifestyle in recovery.

We ask that participants complete an application. Once we have reviewed your application, we will send you a registration code which will enable you to register online.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR REGISTRATION to AUGUST 8th! I've your application has been accepted, you still have time to register below with your promo code!

We require alcohol or chemically dependent guests to have at least three months of continuous sobriety before arriving for the program. Those with eating disorders and behavioral addictions (relationships, gambling, spending etc.) should have enough stability to embark on this work.


Arrival and Departure

Please plan to arrive between 3-6pm on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. to register and check-in. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins that evening at 7:30pm. Sunday, Aug. 25th, is a departure day; you are free to leave at anytime.


This program requires pre-authorization in order to register. An authorization code will be included in your acceptance letter.


Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this generosity price to those who can afford to pay a little more. Your generosity makes it possible for Karmê Chöling to offer it's programs at a reasonable price.

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Scott Perkins

Scott Perkins has been practicing and studying Buddhism since 1988. He received his Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University in 1992 and has been teaching on Buddhism and Meditation for over 20 years. Scott is a recovery coach helping individuals craft personal paths/programs that support their recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors while strengthening their ability to fully experience their own lives with sanity, courage, and compassion. He started his path of recovery on Christmas Day, 2005 and has been exploring the intersection of sobriety and meditation since that time.  In 2006, he founded, and has led, the Washington DC Heart of Recovery meditation group for individuals whose lives have been touched by addiction. Starting in 2013, he began teaching meditation retreats and programs for people in recovery across the country. He serves as the Chairperson for Shambhala's International Heart of Recovery Working Group providing assistance to developing Heart of Recovery programs throughout the country. His is also the Director of Development for a health care policy organization in Washington, DC, where he lives DC with his husband and their two dogs.  He has a life-size wooden rocking horse in his back yard.  More background is available at ScottAndrewPerkins.com.

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