(starts evening of the 9th)
with John F. Kelly, PH.D., ABPP, Founder & Director of the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH),
Don Coyhis, Founder and President of White Bison, offering healing resources to Native America since 1988. White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American/Alaska Native community nationwide.
Nikki Myers, Founder Y12SR and
Anita Johnston, Ph.D., CEDS, a clinical psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist, with over 35 years of experience in this field.
Phone: 1-866-446-5934 or 242-363-2902
Join those on the recovery path as we learn about, share, discuss, and practice tools from yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. These are proving to be the most sought-after, long-term solutions to sustainable emotional sobriety.
Learn from renowned presenters about pioneering systems of care to meet the needs of people in recovery today. Discover the healing power of collaborative care in a global community that is guided by ancient spiritual wisdom systems. Gain holistic knowledge and practical advice for natural and safe solutions for the path of recovery.
Topics covered include integrated engagement for long term recovery, living our values, the power of communication, taking responsibility, and serving others.
The presenters in this symposium have each developed programs and organizations, over decades of work and research, to address treatment, recovery, and healing from all issues related to addictions, eating disorders, dysfunctional families, intergenerational trauma, institutionalized racism, and suicide.
Each speaker will contribute to our understanding of the underlying causes of addiction and how we can enhance and sustain recovery through research, science, spirituality, yoga, and Ayurveda.
This symposium goes beyond being ‘sober’ to include thriving in the community and being balanced emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Join us and contribute to this drive to make change and raise our awareness about all issues surrounding addiction and how we, our families, and communities can heal from these issues.
John Kelly, PhD, is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The first-ever endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard, he is an expert in both addiction treatment and recovery. John is is the founder and director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine.
Serving on numerous scientific advisory boards and as a consultant to United States federal agencies and foreign governments, John’s work highlights the mechanisms of behavior change and the effects of discrimination toward individuals suffering from substance use disorders.
With more than two decades of research, John has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction science. He is also an associate editor for several academic journals and the blogger of Addiction & Recovery 101 for Psychology Today. www.recoveryan
Anita Johnston, PhD, is a psychologist, storyteller, and writer. Serving the eating psychology field for more than 35 years, she is the clinical director of Ai Pono Hawaii’s residential treatment program in Maui, as well as outpatient eating disorder programs in Hawaii.
Anita is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling, which has been published in six languages. She is the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Café, which offers online self-study courses and interactive women’s support circles based on her book.
She provides individual consultations online and conducts Soul Hunger workshops and professional trainings around the world. Using metaphor and storytelling, along with her training as a clinical psychologist, Anita addresses the complex psychological and spiritual issues that underlie struggles with eating, exercise, and body image. www.DrAnitaJohnston.com
Don Coyhis, Mohican Nation, is the president and founder of White Bison, an American Indian non-profit organization in Colorado. For more than 25 years, Don has developed series of culturally-based programs to address recovery and treatment for youth and families. Originally setting out to treat alcoholism in Indian youth on reservations, he later expanded his mission to include drug addiction, dysfunctional families and relationships, and suicide.
Implementing his programs throughout the United States and Canada, Don trains others in the teachings of “wellbriety” so they may become physically, emotionally, and spiritually balanced. He has provided assistance to national policy organizations including the White House Office of Drug Control Policy and has developed many national recovery programs. Author of several books on recovery, Don is a recipient of the Purpose Prize Award and continues to devote his life to helping families and communities heal.
Nikki Myers, MBA, C-IAYT, is the founder of the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, a relapse prevention program. A writer, teacher, and wellness practitioner, she is a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation, and Recovery Conferences at the Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center, and was named a Yoga Journal Game Changer.
A yoga therapist, somatic experiencing practitioner, and addictions recovery specialist, Nikki received the NUVO Cultural Visionary award in 2014. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, the Huffington Post, and CBSnews.com.
Durga Leela is an Ayurvedic Specialist and the founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and yoga with recovery tools for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. She teaches a holistic approach to recovery, integrating mind, body, and spirit. She overcame her own struggles with addiction and is a grateful member of 12-step fellowships for over 18 years.