Hooked Obsessed and Addicted :: Working with Habitual Patterns Through Mindfulness

March 10th - March 12th, 2017

$150 Program Price

  • Fri March 10th: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat March 11th: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sun March 12th: 7:00 PM - 6:00 PM





Fredericton Shambhala Centre
20 Serenity Lane                                                                                             Fredericton, NB
Tel. (506) 449-3051

Everyone has experienced being hooked – hooked on thoughts, behaviours, substances or, increasin gly, devices. Addictions are part of the everyday life of our culture and can deprive us of vitality and our appreciation of nowness--the only moment we have. Addictions are powerful and tenacious, habitual patterns that have both biological and societal underpinnings. Experience and research have now shown that the practice of mindfulness, together with other methods, can help us to recognize our patterns, learn from them and eventually overcome them. Letting go of tough habitual tendencies is not easy but it is possible--and very rewarding. It takes commitment and a lot of practice. In this meditation workshop, through deep practice and reflection, we will explore the nature of our habitual patterns in order to master them and even transform them into wisdom. There will be mindfulness practice, discussion, mind-body experiential exercises, engaging in provocative ideas and fun. The workshop is for people with addictions, professionals working in this area, practitioners of meditation and anyone curious about habits and how to overcome them.

The workshop will be facilitated by Joseph Litven, Ph.D. Joseph is a psychologist, trainer, and coach, working in the treatment of addiction. He is also a long-time practitioner of meditation. Dr Joseph Litven received his PhD from Stanford University in 1973. Since then he has been a practicing psychologist and organizational consultant, specializing in mindfulness based executive coaching and strategic interventions in the health care system. He has also helped to develop and lead a 4-week curriculum for addictions services clients and staff based on the view and practice of mindfulness. Joe has been a practitioner of meditation for over 30 years and for most of that period has taught meditation programs throughout the world. He has also been a radio DJ and currently is enjoying his family and bicycling in the countryside of Nova Scotia.