We are all addicts, and what we are addicted to is control. Liberation begins when we surrender control, or, as cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous Bill W. put it, when we “stop playing God.” Those of us who take refuge in alcohol, sex, gambling, drugs, food, or other harmful substances or practices all share a common disease: the dis-ease that comes with playing God.
In this retreat we will explore the 12 Steps in this larger context. This is not a “meeting,” but a fresh look at the 12 Steps from the larger perspective of the world's religions. Based on his award-winning book, Recovery: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice, Rabbi Rami will use the steps as a complete spiritual system for everyone. The retreat itself is highly experiential, blending self-inquiry, chanting, small group reflection, and deep conversation to work the Steps on all levels: body, heart, mind, soul, and spirit. If you are open to seeing where else the Steps might take you, this retreat is for you.