2021 Summit

December 3 – 5th, BRN presented “Creating Community”  an online mini summit

The summit included, two Keynote speakers; Loch Kelly author of Shift into Freedom, and Shun Foreman an expert on sugar addiction, and panels on some of the addictive behaviours we all have.

Friday opened with traditional Buddhists Chants, and Recovery Disco..

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Summit attendees can visit the Event Page for recordings of the events.


All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time (PST) 

Friday December 3rd:

  • 11am – noon – Opening Ceremony by Myokei,  followed by Q and A with the BRN Board 
  • Noon – 1pm- Keynote with Loch KellyAccessing Awareness Greater Than Ourself
  • 1:30pm  –  Creating Community with Recovery Disco!
  • 5 – 6pm – Meditation and Q and A with Dave Smith
  • 7:30 – 8:30pm – Insight L.A. 8-Step Meeting with Vanessa

Saturday December 4th:

Sunday December 5th:

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Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is author of the award-winning books, Shift Into Freedom and The Way of Effortless Mindfulness.

He is a licensed psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of meditation and awakening. He is the founder of the non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute and has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members of 9/11. Loch graduated from He is a licensed psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of meditation and awakening. He is the founder of the non-profit, Effortless Mindfulness Institute. Loch has worked in community mental health and recovery and counseled family members of 9/11. Loch graduated from Columbia University and received a fellowship to study in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. He has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. Loch is dedicated to reducing suffering and supporting people to wake up, grow up and live a life of compassionate service. Loch is known for his warm sense of humor, and his trust that awakening is the next natural stage of development. He teaches the advanced, yet simple, nondual pointers and direct methods of effortless mindfulness, informed by psychology and social justice. Loch lives in upstate New York with his wife Paige and their cat Duffy.

More info at www.lochkelly.org

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Shun Foreman

Finding Healing through the Historical and and Present Day Harm of Sugar

I am in recovery from sugar addiction. When women of color experience health issues, it is not uncommon for them to struggle in silence. My passion is to bring sugar awareness to communities of color through understanding how historical and present-day injuries impact health. By helping women understand how too much sugar relates to metabolic syndrome, they can improve their overall health and ultimately their communities. I know that sugar addiction is real and that everyone may not be able to live a sugar-free lifestyle, so I use history and health to motivate them to make the best food choices.

My educational background includes an undergraduate degree in nursing, a master’s degree in Human Rights and Social Justice, a license in Holistic Medicine Addiction, and certification in SUGAR. 

Questions can be sent to summit@buddhistrecovery.org

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