Workshop Descriptions

FRI Workshop
4:00pm – 5:15pm

Healing From Online Trauma (Michael L.):   Most meetings have guidance on preventing Zoombombing, but the trauma of outsiders (or equally often, deranged insiders) assaulting the group has remained unaddressed.

Many group members-particularly trusted servants- survive the experience only to relieve sexual assaults, historic trauma, and other forms of PTSD afterwards.

Traditionally, the “meeting-before-the-meeting” & the “meeting-before-the-meeting” were places to resolve and heal attacks on group members. In the digital age 12 step groups need to develop additional vocabulary, mindsets and practices for healing attacks on the group or individual members.

This workshop will begin to explore the hidden impact of attacks from a diverse range of experiences, and seek ways to equip individuals to help their groups heal as groups (not just individuals) from the experience of trauma.

SAT – SUN Morning Yoga

Kundalini Yoga:  Kundalini Yoga uses breath work, movement, mantra (sacred sound), and meditation to heal the mind, body, and spirit. This class will be one hour in duration and consist of a Kriya which is a series of postures (or repetitive movements), taught in a sequence to produce the desired effect. It helps us deepen our awareness, connect with our creative energy, open our hearts, and guide us into a higher way of living, always in service to others.
Participants Need:  Yoga Mat

SAT Workshops
1:00pm – 2:15pm Workshops

The Mindfulness Recovery Connection:
Mindfulness exercises empower us to intentionally discipline our brain and emotions that gift us greater control, awareness, and joy. Explore 5 core practices to invite and maintain “soundness of mind.”  A Mindfulness Meditation Pause:  An invitation to enhance the day with a brief pause of breath and centering awareness: “And let us remember that meditation is intensely practical. One of its first fruits is emotional balance.”  12&12 Step Eleven, pp. 101-102

Recover Satisfaction: An Introduction to Intuitive Eating: Intuitive Eating is an evidence-based approach that provides a different way of thinking about food, our bodies, and our health. This session will equip you with 10 principles of Intuitive Eating that when applied will helps us let go of the myth of dieting (which leads to deprivation, rebellion, and rebound weight gain). It is a process of learning to trust your body and its signals and honoring your physical, mental, and emotional health. It is about healing your relationship with food.  Download Participant Handout.

 

Gender Diversity Inclusivity in Recovery: This session will cover the basic differences between gender and sexuality and talk about some inclusive practices that could better reach the next alcoholic/addict who is suffering. Download Participant Handout.

 

Higher Power Vision Board: Art Therapy Workshop
In this session, you will learn how Margaret M uses images and symbols in a vision board to represent her Higher Power. You will be invited to consider who, what, or where your higher power is OR consider what you want in your HP. This method of collage generates positive feelings and motivates you to move toward your HP daily.

 
Get It Done – Steps 4 & 5:  The Big Book says that resentment is our number one offender and from resentment stems spiritual disease. If you have some burning resentments or have been putting off steps 4 and 5, please join us for this workshop. In 90 minutes, we will set our resentments to paper and admit the exact nature of our wrongs to another human being. We will pocket our pride and get it done. Participants Need: pen and paper.

2:30pm-3:45pm Workshops:

Young and Restored: Having fun while young and sober!
A discussion about the evolution of being newly sober and having fun/how it progresses as you get more time/how you can have fun being by yourself like solo adventures as well as social ones. How to have fun in sobriety/if they have hobbies/how they are creating joy in their sobriety

Being an Addict and LGBTQ+ in Latinx communities: In Spanish Join us in a discussion of what it means to be an addict, LGBTQ+, and Latinx. We will share our experiences and solutions.
Spanish Description: La adicción y el ser LGBTQ+ en la comunidad latina
Description: Acompáñenos en una discusión acerca de lo que significa ser LGBTQ+, adicto/a, y latino/a. Compartiremos nuestras experiencias y las ” soluciones” de las cuales nos hemos dispuesto.

Dharma Recovery: Recovery Dharma- is a Buddhist-inspired path of recovery. We use Buddhist principles and meditation to heal ourselves from addiction. and we do it together!  Download Participant Handouts.

 
Drop the Rock – Steps 6 & 7:  Is an interactive workshop where we will take steps Six and Seven into our lives and let go of a character defect or shortcoming that is blocking our recovery. It is the Free in (Happy joyous and free) Participants Need: pen and paper.

The 1-2-3 Alanon Dance:   What?  I’m Powerless?  I Have a Problem?  I Need to Let Go?
Understanding Steps 1, 2 & 3 and using them regularly to deal with the problem and take care of ourselves. Download Participant Handout.

4:00pm – 5:15pm Workshops:

Financial Recovery In Sobriety: With sobriety as a foundation of recovery, some people experience challenges with unmanageability and compulsivity around money, spending, and debting. If you think you find yourself struggling to financially make ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck, Under-earning, or have no or very little savings, this workshop may be helpful to you.

This workshop will focus on the basics of the 12 Step Program Debtors Anonymous, looking at the questions one may ask to help determine if they have unmanageability and compulsion around money.
There will be two speakers for 15 minutes each and then the workshop will focus on the tools recovering DA members use to stop debting, compulsive spending, and obtain solvency.”

 
Healing Trauma in Sobriety: We’ll be exploring what trauma is and how it affects us, as well as learning tools to help us cope and heal trauma as a sober person in recovery. Download Participant Handouts.

Overcoming SHAME in Sobriety: Alcoholics and addicts typically have a large amount of toxic shame or low self-esteem, along with the accompanying symptoms: feelings of hurt, insecurity, isolation, depression, and an inability to love or be loved in return. Shame also prevents humility; it cuts one off from a healthy connection with others as one feels less than in comparison. Additionally, shame prevents identification with others and creates feelings of rejection, anger, and bitterness.

This self-centered fear often results in the ego attempting to defend itself from further harm and trying to compensate for its sense of shame largely unconsciously by asserting dominance and control over others and circumstances. This is revealed through false pride, aggression, arrogance, dogmatism, conceit, criticism, and contempt. When we are in shame, we act out.

This workshop is geared towards normalizing the conversation about shame, as well as:
(1) recognizing shame as a primary emotion and a freeze state under all the layers of controlling behavior.
(2) accepting the painful feeling with no judgment, and.
(3) using simple tools to overcome shame by setting a new code of conduct and developing a compassionate adult.
Download Participant Handout.

Steps 8 & 9 Forgiveness and Recovery: No! It’s Step 8 and Step 9!
They’re two separate steps and although one builds on the other, we need to work them one at a time and separately. Step 8 with the help of our sponsor; Step 9 with the help of our Higher Power.

Loss in Recovery: Loss in recovery is a reality, and everyone has or will experience it.  It hurts, life will be changed forever but with grief in hand and gratitude on the other hand, it will bring new life, hope, and transformation. Don’t fear loss, embrace it and heal.

5:30pm – 6:45pm Workshops:

Steps 10,11,12 Emotional Recovery:   Val B. will lead by sharing her experience with Steps 10, 11, and 12 the “maintenance” steps, and then open the interactive session to the group to share their experience. This will be an interactive session that will cover Steps 10, 11, and 12 the “maintenance” steps, the steps we take or practice on a daily basis if we are truly “practicing these principles in all our affairs”. It is by continuing to take a daily inventory, continuing with a daily prayer and meditation practice, and continuing to help other alcoholics that we continue to grow along spiritual lines and keep ourselves fit to be of service to God and those around us. By practicing steps 10, 11, and 12 we are exercising our new-found spiritual muscles.

Shamanic Journey:   Focusing on the 11th Step to develop a spiritual practice for conscious contact with God, we’ll offer a Shamanic Journey as a form of guided meditation. It allows you to connect with your Spirit Guides for greater understanding.

ACA Letting Go of Control:    This workshop will focus on surrendering control to a power greater than yourself, a key part of emotional sobriety for adult children. We will start by hearing the story of one adult child’s path to surrender, followed by a brief meditation exercise and then an open time for sharing by attendees.

Sponsorship: What makes a good sponsor? What are the responsibilities of the addict/alcoholic in relation to a healthy and productive sponsor/sponsee relationship? This workshop will discuss the principles behind mentorship.
Download Participant Handout.

Finding Serenity in All Our Affairs: While 2020 felt extraordinarily chaotic for many, the Big Book gives direct guidance on how to grow serenity in our lives. From “acting as if” to focusing on our own side of the street, from “attraction rather than promotion” to ceasing to fight against “anyone and everything,” this workshop and discussion explore the practical application of spiritual wisdom to live a life that is happy, joyous, and free. Download Participant Handout.