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The Zen Of Recovery: Twelve Steps to wholeness and well-being

Teacher: Warren Shaw and Graeme Buchart
Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
Dates: Friday 28 April 2017 - Monday 01 May 2017

warren-shawgraeme-butchartThe lessons that Zen and Recovery teach are no different from what we have suspected all along. When we respond to the call of the Steps of Zen, we are really answering our own cry for help. We don’t need to believe in the Steps, but we do need to have faith in our basic goodness and wisdom. This interpretation of The Twelve Steps conforms to the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of making the rescue vehicle large enough for everyone to define their own “Higher Power”. Just like Recovery, Zen does not seek to convert anyone, only to help in alleviating suffering. People of other philosophies, or none at all, will benefit from this look at Recovery and the Steps through the eyes of Zen - presenting a fresh understanding of what it takes to be rehabilitated from addictions - using Zen as a tool.

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Warren Shaw has enjoyed a successful twenty five year career in information technology. He has had some rich life experiences, such as buying the richest man in the world a coke because he had no money. As an educator he works with many people and cultures. His work in over 60 countries has taken him on a journey of spiritual self-discovery, a journey that first began at the BRC. He now has a deep curiosity about recovery, from personal to business, which has become his main passion.

Graeme Buchart  journeyed into education, following thirty years in the “rabbit hole” of advertising. He lectures in creativity, innovation and communication at numerous institutions and business schools. His passion for the development of the willing mind was the motivation to study consciousness coaching in 2005. Working with such diverse groups and individuals helped him to recognise that everyone has vast creative potential, left mostly untapped, causing many to remain “stuck” in their habits of living. Wishing to contribute, he wrote "The Genius Programme", a practical workbook that helps guide the individual into an innovation of self and the discovery of purpose.