SEPTEMBER 3-6, 2020

11-Step Retreat to Benefit the Mercy Retreat Center
Open to members of all 12-Step or other recovery programs, friends, and family

Peter Kuhn

“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)

“Loving-kindness does not mean making sure you’re feeling good all the time – trying to set up your life so that you’re comfortable every moment. Rather, it means setting up your life so that you have time for meditation and self-reflection, for kindhearted, compassionate self-honesty.” Pema Chödrön

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

John Bruna

Our retreat will begin on Thursday evening, September 3rd, and end late Sunday morning. 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.

Peter Kuhn has been in continuous recovery since 1985. Peter is active in 12 step service, and regularly facilitates meditation groups, Buddhist teachings, and teaches a 12 Step Zen Group in San Diego. Peter was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh.

John Bruna has been in continuous recovery since 1984. John is also active in 12 step service and has had careers as a substance abuse counselor, a teacher in a low-income minority high school, and as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition.  John has authored two books, The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life and The Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery.

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

9:30 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

9:30 am to 11: 00 am: Closing Session

Cost: By donation. You may donate any amount to attend. The normal rate would be $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.

To Register: Click on the donation button below.