Spiritual Deepening for Those in Long-Term Recovery
“You have it (spirituality) as long as you seek it. As soon as you think you have it, you’ve lost it.”
Bill W., Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
As part of its ministry supporting people in the recovery community, St. Stephen’s in Richmond, VA is offering a weekend workshop “Spiritual Deepening for Those in Long-Term Recovery.” The Session, designed for people with ten or more years in recovery, will be Friday, November 10 from 6:00 –9:00 pm and Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 am to 4:30pm. Spaces are limited and registration is through the St. Stephen’s website.
As someone in long term recovery (defined as ten or more years of sobriety/abstinence), you may well be wondering if there is a way to enrich your recovery, to deepen your “conscious contact with God”, to access a deeper wisdom --to embody the recovery you have worked so hard to achieve.
If addiction is related to “spiritual bankruptcy”, your recovery journey has been the opposite—it has been about embracing the spiritual. You have acknowledged the existence of “ a power greater than ourselves.” Perhaps you can now imagine having a way to enhance your 12 Step practice. This workshop will allow you to take a deeper dive into the spiritual underpinnings of your recovery.
Guided by experienced facilitators in a safe environment, this workshop will provide you with opportunities to engage in a thoughtfully designed dialogue and practices with others in long-term sobriety. We will help you drop deeper into a bodily experience where your Higher Power communicates wisdom in profound ways and will help you clear the way for deeper listening to the Divine.
Using the tenets and practices of the 12 Steps, spiritual direction, and somatic coaching, we will guide you to a new level of self-discovery. You will be able to shift from the “what” to the “how” and from “knowing” to “embodying.” You will see that the possibility for sustained transformation exists and a deeper, richer relationship with your Higher Power is yours to access.
About the Facilitators:
Sharon Machrone, a leadership coach and Spiritual Director certified by the Haden Institute, is about to celebrate 29 years in recovery. Over the course of a long career, she has held a number of professional positions in Human Resources and Organizational Development. She studied coaching at the Strozzi Institute and has had her own executive coaching practice. Sharon moved to Richmond from Salem, MA in 2006 and she is an active member of St. Stephen’s church.
Clare Myatt was licensed in California as a Marriage and Family therapist in 1995 and became Strozzi Institute’s first Master Somatic Coach outside the US when she moved back to her native UK in 2005. She is a member of the British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy and has a thriving therapeutic-coaching practice in London UK where she specializes in trauma and addiction. She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and has 29 years of sobriety.
"Master Somatic Coach Clare Myatt brings a depth and breadth to her work that is wise, pragmatic, and highly skillful. Her sensitive touch and caring heart opens doors into new actions and new ways of being. I unconditionally recommend Clare for her Somatic Coaching and Bodywork."