Retreat Ahead

11-Step Retreat – open to members of all 12-Step or other recovery programs, friends, and family

“There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation and prayer. Taken separately these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life.”  (Pg 98, 12 &12)

“Emotional balance is one of the first results of meditation, and our experience bears this out.” (Pg 47, NA Basic Text)

Peter Kuhn

Join us for our annual weekend of contemplation and practice focused on the 11th step. This year we are very excited to be able to offer a virtual retreat to support the Mercy Retreat Center so they can continue to support their staff and until they are once again able to host physical retreats. We look forward to returning there in person.

Our retreat will begin on Thursday evening, June 4th, and we will maintain the same schedule we have when we are at Mercy. The retreat will be online using Zoom so everyone can participate wherever they are and will include talks, time for practice, small group discussion, and plenty of time in between sessions for reflection. Our retreat is open to all, whether you are in recovery or simply want to enhance the use of prayer and meditation to improve the quality of your life. We often have friends, partners, and family members join us.

About the Facilitators

Peter Kuhn enjoys 34 years of recovery, is active in 12 step service, and regularly facilitates meditation groups at Donovan State Prison. He also facilitates a monthly 12 Step Zen Group in San Diego and is ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh.

John Bruna enjoys 35 years of recovery, is a counselor, educator, spiritual teacher, and former Buddhist monk. Currently, he co-founder of the Mindful Life Program and Mindfulness in Recovery®, as well as spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center. John leads workshops, trainings, and retreats throughout the USA and Canada.

John Bruna

Retreat Schedule (All times Pacific Standard Time)


7:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Opening Session

Friday and Saturday

7:30 am to 8:00 am: Morning Meditation
9:00 am to 10: 30 am: Morning Session
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Breakout Groups
12:00 pm: Lunch and afternoon break
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Afternoon Session
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Breakout Groups
5:00 pm: Dinner and evening break
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Evening Session


7:30 am to 8:00 am: Morning Meditation
9:00 am to 11: 00 am: Closing Session


Cost: By donation. You may donate any amount to attend. Use the donation button below to register.

The retreat is normally $185, however, the Mercy Center wants to make sure everyone that wants to can attend and offer what they can afford. John and Peter are donating their time and this is a benefit to keep the Mercy Center going in these challenging times.

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