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Buddhism and Recovery
with Kevin Griffin
Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat

107 Holy Trinity Rd Fort Mitchell, AL.

In-Person Retreat • June 20-23, 2024


About the Event

All recovery paths are welcome, whether Twelve Step, Recovery Dharma, Eight Step Recovery, substance, process, or relationship-oriented.

Join us for this unique meditation retreat combining traditional Buddhist practices with recovery and healing. Primarily conducted in silence, the retreat focuses on insight/mindfulness meditation, with additional interactive exercises, lectures, and meetings exploring ways that Buddhism and a recovery program can complement each other.

The emphasis will be on bringing mindfulness to all our activities, whether in formal meditation, movement, speaking, listening, or eating. Participants will practice Noble Silence outside of the interactive exercises and recovery-style meetings.

All are welcome to attend.

*Schedule detail will be posted soon.

Retreat Center Direction :

Retreat Pricing & Expected Support for Teachers

As part of the Buddhist tradition, the teachers of this retreat do not receive any of the retreat fees, apart from travel reimbursement. Their time and teachings are freely offered to the community of practitioners. As a practice of generosity from the heart, participants are invited to offer “dana” (donations-generosity) to the teachers at the end of the retreat. Thank you for your support.

These registration costs pay for your room and meals and some of the costs it takes Flowering Lotus Meditation to continue to host phenomenal meditation Buddhist teachers in the south. Some of the costs include, but are not limited to, teacher travel. insurance, web and marketing, staff and retreat center costs, deposits and rental fees, accounting, event management software, payment processing, etc.

By selecting the highest amount you can reasonably afford, you support our ability to meet the large number of requests we receive for financial aid.

Thank you to The Hemera Foundation for a generous grant to make this retreat possible. All participants only need to pay $125 deposit to attend this retreat. 


Dana to Kevin Griffin is expected at the end of the retreat.

Our teachers rely sole on the generosity of the students for their livelihood. Teachers receive no compensation for teaching at Flowering Lotus Meditation. Please plan to give generously to our teachers at the end of the retreat.

If you have questions or need additional information about this retreat or other Flowering Lotus program offerings, please contact

Beth Herzig, Executive Director

Teacher Bio


Kevin Griffin is best know as the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps (Rodale Press 2004) He has published four other books: A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery (Hay House 2010), Buddhism & The Twelve Steps Workbook (One Breath Books 2014), Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life after Addiction (Sounds True 2015), and Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World (One Breath Books 2018). An audio version of One Breath at a Time was released in 2017.

A longtime Buddhist practitioner and 12 Step participant, he is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and one of the founders of the Buddhist Recovery Network. Kevin has trained with the leading Western Vipassana teachers, among them Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Ajahn Amaro. His teacher training was as a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, CA.

Kevin teaches internationally in Buddhist centers, treatment centers, professional conferences, and academic settings. He specializes in helping people in recovery connect with meditation and a progressive understanding of the 12 Steps. His events range from evening classes, to daylong workshops, and longer silent retreats.

Kevin was raised Catholic in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the youngest of five brothers. He dropped out of high school in the late sixties to pursue a career as a rock guitarist. In his twenties he lived in New England and played the club circuit until moving to LA in 1979 with an Afrobeat band called Zzebra. When the band crashed and burned, Kevin found Buddhism and began to explore the spiritual life. After getting sober in 1985, he returned to school, earning his BA in English from UC Berkeley and MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. He began teaching meditation in 1996 while working as a technical writer. He now divides his time between writing, teaching, and family time with his wife and daughter. He still plays and writes music and released his CD Laughing Buddha in 2013 a collection of dharma-related rock songs.




More Information

If you have questions or need additional information about this retreat or other Flowering Lotus program offerings, please contact:


Beth Herzig, Executive Director


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