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Meditation Interventions
for the Addiction Process
Ten Month Intensive Class

April 16, 2016 - Jan 28, 2017
Second and fourth Saturdays of the month
2pm - 4pm at Refuge Recovery in East Hollywood

Led by Mettagroup founder George Haas, the techniques and strategies covered in this class are specifically designed to support healing for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues. As evidenced by George's own personal path, mindfulness meditation-based skills training can offer a truly effective behavioral change in the realm of addiction.

Combining traditional meditation approaches, the relapse pattern theories from the work of G. Alan Marlatt, Phd., and John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory, this class provides a simple, easy-to-learn, and very pragmatic approach to addressing addiction.

The instruction is offered as a secular practice, without any prescription for belief. The Buddhist context of the mindfulness meditation instruction is included so that students can reference the original texts if that interests them, but it is not required.

The skills-training explores these topics, offering specific meditation-based strategies for coping with:

  • The desire for unconsciousness
  • The craving and urge for the addictive substance and/or behavior (Marlatt)
  • Persistent negative emotions as a causal factor in relapse (Marlatt, Firestone)
  • Difficult interpersonal relationships as a causal factor in relapse (Marlatt, Bowlby)
  • Relieving chronic low self-esteem (Bowlby, Firestone, Masterson)
  • Developing an addiction-free life worth living (Masterson)

Classes are intimate with a limit of 30 students in-person, 10 virtual students, teacher George Haas, and four experienced mentors to help guide you on your path.

Registration also includes access to Morning Meditation, a live guided meditation held via conference call six days a week, as well as two private one-on-one sessions with an experienced mentor via Skype., and are videotaped and archived in case you miss one. In addition, ten remote Virtual Students will be accepted.

Limited scholarships are available to those who truly need them; please email or call us to find out more and apply.  


Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process
Ten Month Intensive Class with George Haas

April 16, 2016 - Jan 28, 2017
$3,000  ($500 deposit now + $250 per month when course begins)

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George founded Mettagroup in 2003 and was named the Best Online Buddhist Meditation teacher by Los Angeles Magazine in 2011. His own path began in 1978 with a serious exploration of the eleventh step of the Twelve-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. Subsequently, he began walking the Red Road (traditional Native American spiritual practices) and reading Buddhist texts in the 1980s.

In 1992 he began practicing Vipassanā at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and studying Buddhist texts extensively. In 1998 he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, at Vipassanā Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. He began teaching meditation in 2000, and along with his daily Morning Meditation and full schedule of one-on-one students, he continues to teach regularly at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center, and to hold several intensives and retreats per year.



Julia has been studying and practicing yoga and meditation for the past 12 years and has been practicing under the guidance of George Haas since 2012. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2013 and is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. She continues to be inspired by the intersection of attachment theory, neurobiology and mindfulness.

Jason is a mindfulness facilitator who provides practical, relationship-centric guidance, leveraging mindfulness tools to cultivate empathy and enrich interpersonal connections. He has trained with meditation teachers Shinzen Young and Deborah Eden Tull, and he has practiced 5Rhythms movement meditation with Kate Shela since 2011. Since 2008, he has logged over 2500 hours of formal practice and 92 days of silent retreat.


Blake has been meditating seriously in the Vipassanā tradition for five years, during which time he has attended fifteen silent residential meditation retreats, and trained closely for four years with George Haas. He is also a yoga teacher at Exhale Venice, and views the two modalities, yoga asana and seated practice, as facets of one integrated spirituality. Fascinated by the possibilities of linking Buddhist meditation technologies with contemporary understandings of psychology and attachment theory, he is excited to be a part of Mettagroup, a truly cutting edge approach to healing, and to awakening.

Chris is a Buddhist teacher, Hatha yoga teacher, mentor, adjunct professor in alternative medicine and Hospice volunteer. He is dedicated to nurturing and sustaining the insight of contemplative practice in a way that is accessible to contemporary lifestyles, while honoring tradition. He has practiced meditation since 1998 and has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassanā teachers. He has received mentoring from Matthew Daniel, co-founder of Insight Meditation Center Newburyport and Noah Levine, founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.