How do I register for the summit?
When does the summit start and end?
Will there be transportation from the airport to the summit?
What’s the summit camp like?
What’ll the weather be like?
Is the retreat wheelchair accessible?
What kind of food will there be?
Are there private bedrooms?
What is on the Agenda?


How do I register for the summit?

The summit is designed to bring together people who are actively engaged in making a significant contribution to the development of the Buddhist Recovery movement.

If you are interested in attending, please register at http://buddhistrecoverysummit.org/register.

When does the summit start and end?

The retreat will begin at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific time) on Friday October 22, 2017.
The retreat will end after lunch 2pm on Sunday October 22.

Will there be transportation from the airport to the summit?

Camp Gwinwood is 50 miles from SEA (Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle). We will provide transportation from the airport to the retreat center on October 20th between 10:00am and 3:00pm. If you would like us to include you, send your flight number and your arrival time at SEA to george@northwestdharma.org by October 1st.

What’s the camp like?

A fantastic woodsy property on a lake, with big trees, lots of trails, a comfortable lodge-style meeting hall, a variety of bunkhouses, campfire rings and other surprises, and more.

What’ll the weather be like?

Temperatures on October will range between 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit (5-15 degrees Celsius). Classic Pacific Northwest weather in October: it’ll both rain and shine most days. Best clothing is layers, sun and rain hats, and sturdy shoes for the trails.

Is the facility wheelchair accessible?

Camp Gwinwood is not certified as “accessible” but there is a ramp walkway at the entrance of our retreat building, so that should not be a problem. The showers can be wheeled into, but are not officially setup for accessibility. The grounds of the camp are mostly gravel roads and paths, much of which should be accessible with assistance (of which there will be plenty).

What kind of food will there be?

We’ll be served vegetarian meals three times a day in the cafeteria, and we’ll have our own small kitchen right in our retreat building. Of course bring any special medications or dietary items you know you’ll need, but there are also stores near the camp.

Are there private bedrooms?

There are a variety of shared rooms, which will be arranged according to how many people register, although none are private.

What is on the agenda?

The main goal of the retreat is to bring together leaders of the Buddhist Recovery movement to explore several questions:
● What are the defining characteristics of Buddhist recovery?
● How does Buddhist recovery intersect with the Twelve-Step model?
● What are the pros and cons of facilitated and peer-led recovery groups?
● How do we strengthen national and international networks (BRN)?
● What does sponsorship or mentorship look like in the movement?

We are designing the retreat to include a range of formats: sharing circles, panel discussions, including a public panel on Saturday evening, and small group breakouts.

Who can I contact for more information?

Vimalasara Mason-John
Retreat content

Timothy O’Brien (Amara)
Registration and financial questions

George Draffan