Retreats

This is a list of all (half-day, day-long, and weekend) retreats happening at the Bozeman Dharma Center in the near future.  This page is updated frequently.

Unless otherwise noted, weekend retreats begin at 7 pm on Friday evening and end at 4 or 5 pm on Sunday afternoon.  They are not residential.  Housing for out-of-town participants is usually available upon request. A list of resources for out of town guests can be found here. Commonly asked questions that can help prepare for a retreat can be found on our FAQ page.

Dharma as a Vehicle for Overcoming Addiction

Saturday, March 30
9 am – 5 pm
with Dave Smith

Over the last few decades Buddhism and Mindfulness have emerged as verifiable tools and philosophies to help individuals struggling with addiction develop and sustain a path of recovery. Whether integrated into 12-Step work, or standing on their own, Buddhism has emerged to meet the demands of addiction recovery here in the modern era.

Within Buddhist practice strong emphasis is placed on both wisdom and compassion as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. During this session Dave outlines and discusses the practice of Mindfulness and the process of the Dharma as a means for overcoming all forms of addiction.

This workshop is not exclusive to those in recovery and can be beneficial to anyone. No prior experience in meditation needed.

Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation

April 26-28
with Bruce Tift

Psychotherapy and Buddhism are both powerful vehicles for the relief of unnecessary suffering, though with profound differences.  Psychotherapy explores our conditioned history, our patterns of behavior, the ways in which we re-enact our past in the present.  Buddhist practice investigates how we engage with and avoid our immediate experiencing, how to increase our capacity to be open and kind to whatever is arising in this on-going stream of experiencing.  Rather than search for an integration of these two approaches, it may be more accurate to hold them both in a never resolvable dialogue. 

In this workshop we will address such issues as: the nature of freedom; the nature of neurosis; sanity as a counter-instinctual practice; cultivating unconditional confidence; moving from compulsivity to choice; personal responsibility as an antidote to co-dependent dynamics; the therapist as a location of awareness rather than as a change agent; and more. We will continue an open discussion through the weekend, with exercises and role plays when helpful.

Save the Date!

  • Weekend retreat with Tempel Smith, June 7-9.
  • Weekend retreat with Diane Hamilton, September 27-29.
  • Weekend retreat with Kathie Fischer, November 1-3.