Intersangha Working Group on Sexual Misconduct + Culture
Sep
22
10:45 AM10:45

Intersangha Working Group on Sexual Misconduct + Culture

This is an ongoing working group formed by members of the RR PDX Intersangha and all those called to join us!  The purpose of these meetings is to continue to develop our shared language, understanding and awareness of sexual misconduct so that we can intentionally create the community that we want within our Refuge Recovery Sangha! 

All meeting secretaries and those holding officer positions are super encouraged to come!

*PLEASE* Share this event/info in your meetings!

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1st Saturday Retreat @ PIMC
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

1st Saturday Retreat @ PIMC

  • Portland Insight Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is not a Refuge Recovery retreat, but a wonderful opportunity for your practice and journey - Hope to see you there!

Please join us for PIMC's October edition of our regular, monthly, day-long retreat series, led by Gary and Jim. Treat yourself to a relaxed day without the usual distractions, a chance to set aside all other concerns and take refuge in The Buddha, The Dharma, and our sangha. The majority of the time will be walking and sitting, and there will also be short Dharma teachings from Jim and Gary.

There will be a 45-minute silent lunch. Please bring food and/or drink to share (and please bring a clear listing of ingredients for your prepared dishes, so our friends with diet restrictions can easily take care of themselves). PIMC will provide tea and coffee.

The regular monthly retreats at PIMC are always the 1st Saturday of the month.

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LUNCH: Potluck in noble silence (please see Note below)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gary at pimc.gary@gmail.com if you have questions.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $40 per person (No one is ever turned away due to lack of funds.)

TO REGISTER: Please use this link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=19ecdc

While money will be accepted at the door, please pre-register if you can so the teachers can have a good sense of the number of attendees.

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NOTE: There will be a one-hour lunch break with a potluck. Please bring food and/or drink to share (and please bring a clear listing of ingredients for your prepared dishes, so our friends with diet restrictions can easily take care of themselves). PIMC will provide tea and coffee.

Here is the list of scheduled Monthly 1st Saturday Retreats through the end of 2018:

* July 7

* Aug. 4

* Sept. 1

* Oct. 6

* Nov. 3

* Dec. 1

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1st Saturday Retreat @ PIMC
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

1st Saturday Retreat @ PIMC

  • Portland Insight Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is not a Refuge Recovery retreat, but a wonderful opportunity for your practice and journey - Hope to see you there!

Please join us for PIMC's October edition of our regular, monthly, day-long retreat series, led by Gary and Jim. Treat yourself to a relaxed day without the usual distractions, a chance to set aside all other concerns and take refuge in The Buddha, The Dharma, and our sangha. The majority of the time will be walking and sitting, and there will also be short Dharma teachings from Jim and Gary.

There will be a 45-minute silent lunch. Please bring food and/or drink to share (and please bring a clear listing of ingredients for your prepared dishes, so our friends with diet restrictions can easily take care of themselves). PIMC will provide tea and coffee.

The regular monthly retreats at PIMC are always the 1st Saturday of the month.

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LUNCH: Potluck in noble silence (please see Note below)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gary at pimc.gary@gmail.com if you have questions.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $40 per person (No one is ever turned away due to lack of funds.)

TO REGISTER: Please use this link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=19ecdc

While money will be accepted at the door, please pre-register if you can so the teachers can have a good sense of the number of attendees.

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NOTE: There will be a one-hour lunch break with a potluck. Please bring food and/or drink to share (and please bring a clear listing of ingredients for your prepared dishes, so our friends with diet restrictions can easily take care of themselves). PIMC will provide tea and coffee.

Here is the list of scheduled Monthly 1st Saturday Retreats through the end of 2018:

* July 7

* Aug. 4

* Sept. 1

* Oct. 6

* Nov. 3

* Dec. 1

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1st Saturday Retreat @ PIMC
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

1st Saturday Retreat @ PIMC

  • Portland Insight Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is not a Refuge Recovery retreat, but a wonderful opportunity for your practice and journey - Hope to see you there!

Please join us for PIMC's October edition of our regular, monthly, day-long retreat series, led by Gary and Jim. Treat yourself to a relaxed day without the usual distractions, a chance to set aside all other concerns and take refuge in The Buddha, The Dharma, and our sangha. The majority of the time will be walking and sitting, and there will also be short Dharma teachings from Jim and Gary.

There will be a 45-minute silent lunch. Please bring food and/or drink to share (and please bring a clear listing of ingredients for your prepared dishes, so our friends with diet restrictions can easily take care of themselves). PIMC will provide tea and coffee.

The regular monthly retreats at PIMC are always the 1st Saturday of the month.

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LUNCH: Potluck in noble silence (please see Note below)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gary at pimc.gary@gmail.com if you have questions.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $40 per person (No one is ever turned away due to lack of funds.)

TO REGISTER: Please use this link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=19ecdc

While money will be accepted at the door, please pre-register if you can so the teachers can have a good sense of the number of attendees.

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NOTE: There will be a one-hour lunch break with a potluck. Please bring food and/or drink to share (and please bring a clear listing of ingredients for your prepared dishes, so our friends with diet restrictions can easily take care of themselves). PIMC will provide tea and coffee.

Here is the list of scheduled Monthly 1st Saturday Retreats through the end of 2018:

* July 7

* Aug. 4

* Sept. 1

* Oct. 6

* Nov. 3

* Dec. 1

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Intersangha Meeting September
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Intersangha Meeting September

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The Intersangha Meeting is a meeting that happens every 2-3 months. Elected volunteers come together to check-in on the overall progress and direction of the greater Refuge Recovery Portland Sangha. New ideas and positions may be presented and voted on, and the progress or issues at hand are recorded by the secretary.

**Mandatory for all Officer positions to attend**
**Meeting Secretaries greatly encouraged to participate!**

It's great to come if you'd like to be a part of the greater conversation happening outside of meetings, and perhaps pick up a service position, or just get to know others in the community a bit better. Please get in touch if you have any further questions about this!

We are seeking a new Mentorship Chair and Treasurer!

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RR PDX @ Hands Across the Bridge
Sep
3
9:30 AM09:30

RR PDX @ Hands Across the Bridge

Hey sangha, this year for the first time ever, Refuge Recovery PDX will have a resource booth at the 17th annual Hands Across the Bridge! This is a fantastic event which celebrates recovery, decreases stigma and a great way for us to do some outreach to fellow recovering addicts, many of whom have never heard of Refuge as an option!

The event is at Esther Short Park in Vancouver on Labor Day, September 3rd. Set up starts 8-8:30am and the fair starts at 9am.

What to expect: 
🔹There will be speakers on the stage (ASL interpreted,) booths and vendors, in the past there were chair massages, shave ice and other food carts, face painting probably, typical fair stuff. 
🔹They add up everyone's clean time to a very impressive number of years for all attendees (and we want to count your time whether it's one day or thirty years!)
🔹Members of Wellbriety have a drum circle and sing honor songs. 
🔹Faces of Hope will be there which is a group of people displaying their mugshots/photos of themselves from when they were in active use and proudly showing how they've changed. 
🔹Then everyone walks across the I-5 bridge and meets halfway with the attendees on the Portland side, volunteers on a boat in the Columbia will give signals, everyone joins hands and recites the serenity prayer then raises their hands in cheers. 
🔹Doves are released to represent rememberance of those we've lost to addiction and hope for recovery. 
🔹After leaving the bridge, the fair turns into "OxFest" (hosted by Oxford housing) which is a concert in the park that goes until dark.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or think you can help in any way! Hope to see you there!

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Roll Bounce Skate Disco Party!
Sep
1
4:00 PM16:00

Roll Bounce Skate Disco Party!

  • 7531 NE 33rd Dr Portland OR 97211 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hello PDX Sangha!

Super fun late summer, recovery-friendly party coming up Saturday 9/1! Potluck, games, art, roller skating if ya want, dancing to a live DJ, even swimming in an above ground pool, and water balloons if it's warm out...

Also, the-Ism, a band created out of Refuge Recovery, right here in PDX will be playing a set around 7:30-ish. Come check out the unique chill-hop with a rockin' back drop...

Click the picture/flier for full details, and for what you can bring for pot-luckin'. This event is kiddo friendly!

See you there!

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Intersangha Working Group on Sexual Misconduct + Culture
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

Intersangha Working Group on Sexual Misconduct + Culture

This is an ongoing working group formed by members of the RR PDX Intersangha and all those called to join us! We meet monthly in an attempt to discuss the difficult topic of sexual misconduct: what it is, it's consequences, and how we can move forward when these things happen within our community. 

All meeting secretaries and those holding officer positions are super encouraged to come!

*PLEASE* Share this event/info in your meetings!

Notes from the last meeting

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Intersangha Working Group on Sexual Misconduct + Culture
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Intersangha Working Group on Sexual Misconduct + Culture

This is an ongoing working group formed by members of the RR PDX Intersangha and all those called to join us! We meet monthly in an attempt to discuss the difficult topic of sexual misconduct: what it is, it's consequences, and how we can move forward when these things happen within our community. 

All meeting secretaries and those holding officer positions are super encouraged to come!

*PLEASE* Share this event/info in your meetings!

Notes from the last meeting

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Inventory Workshop with Gary Sanders - Salem, OR
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Inventory Workshop with Gary Sanders - Salem, OR

Cost: Dana (donation suggested $5-10 or what you can give)

This four hour workshop will outline the inventory process of Refuge Recovery as its described within the book Refuge Recovery by Noah Levine. The workshop will consist of Buddhist teachings, meditations, writing periods, Q&A, and group discussion.

The written inventory process of Refuge Recovery is one of the most important and transformative aspects of the entire program. Looking back on our history plays a pivotal role in our ability to understand addiction, its causes, its release, and the path that we must follow. We will want to get started on it right away, and should not be taken lightly. We will need to be honest, forthcoming, and diligent in the process. During this workshop we will provide support for those who have started, encouragement for those who have yet to start, discuss how to and why we would want to take inventory.

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective we are all recovering from something.
“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine

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PDX Intersangha Meeting
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

PDX Intersangha Meeting

  • Portland Insight Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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The Intersangha Meeting is a meeting that happens every 3-4 months. Elected volunteers come together to check-in on the overall progress and direction of the greater Refuge Recovery Portland Sangha. New ideas and positions may be presented and voted on, and the progress or issues at hand are recorded by the secretary. It's great to come if you'd like to be a part of the greater conversation happening outside of meetings, and perhaps pick up a service position, or just get to know others in the community a bit better. Please get in touch if you have any further questions about this!

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Intersangha Working Group
Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

Intersangha Working Group

This is an ongoing working group formed by members of the RR PDX Intersangha and all those called to join us! We meet monthly in an attempt to discuss the difficult topic of sexual misconduct: what it is, it's consequences, and how we can move forward when these things happen within our community. 

All meeting secretaries and those holding officer positions are super encouraged to come!

*PLEASE* Share this event/info in your meetings!

There are notes to the previous meeting here: 

 

 

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Inventory Workshop with Gary Sanders
Jul
7
2:00 PM14:00

Inventory Workshop with Gary Sanders

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This three hour workshop will outline the inventory process of Refuge Recovery as its described within the book Refuge Recovery by Noah Levine. The workshop will consist of Buddhist teachings, meditations, writing periods, Q&A, and group discussion.The written inventory process of Refuge Recovery is one of the most important and transformative aspects of the entire program. Looking back on our history plays a pivotal role in our ability to understand addiction, its causes, its release, and the path that we must follow. We will want to get started on it right away, and should not be taken lightly. We will need to be honest, forthcoming, and diligent in the process. During this workshop we will provide support for those who have started, encouragement for those who have yet to start, discuss how to and why we would want to take inventory.Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective we are all recovering from something.

Gary Sanders moved to Portland in the spring of 2016 from the Los Angeles area, where he was the founding teacher of SCV Mindfulness for over 5 years. He was empowered to lead Buddhist meditation and dharma groups by Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and also helped found Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist based recovery program for all addictions, which has now spread worldwide. Gary was recently asked to join the teaching staff at Portland Insight Meditation Community by Robert Beatty and the PIMC Teachers' Council. His wife and daughters continue to be his greatest teachers.

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Jun
1
to Jun 3

Undoing Patriarchy & Sacred Masculinity with Lama Rod Owens

  • Heart of Wisdom Zen Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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On Friday Night Lama Rod will give an Introduction to Un-doing Patriarchy that is open to all. The remainder of the retreat is open to those who identify as male.

**This retreat is open only to those who identify as male**

Through meditation, dialogue, personal storytelling, journaling and ritual, we will unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self. We will take up a dharmic lens to examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love and sexuality along a path to unveiling and honoring non-patriarchal expressions of who we are as human beings. Our intention is to illuminate how patriarchal expressions of self create suffering for all of us as we begin to develop a relationship to a more sacred masculinity. Our hope is that these efforts will not only further our own liberation, but begin to cultivate spiritual communities and a human world where both the sacred feminine and masculine are held in loving balance.

Schedule
Friday, June 1
7:30 pm – 9 pm Introductory Teaching
Saturday, June 2
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, June 3
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Public Talk (Open to everyone)

Suggested Fees $140

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May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Refuge Recovery Daylong Retreat in Olympia, WA

  • 112 4th Avenue East Olympia, WA, 98501 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Join us at our upcoming Daylong retreat w/ Gary Sanders! Gary will guide us through the history and basics of the Refuge program, Guided meditations throughout the day, a brief two question inventory workshop in a safe atmosphere, and information regarding mentorship, Kalyāṇa-mittatā, and Dharma Buddies. Lots of Q&A and group discussions. Potluck Lunch.

Suggested Donation $40 - Any donation is appreciated and no one turned away for lack of funds.

Gary Sanders recently moved to Portland, OR from the Los Angeles area, where he was the founder of SCV Mindfulness. He was empowered to lead Buddhist meditation and dharma groups by Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and also helped found Refuge Recovery. After moving to Portland, Gary was asked to join the teaching staff at Portland Insight Meditation Community by Robert Beatty and the Teachers' Council. His wife and daughters continue to be his greatest teachers.

RSVP on Facebook or Email us at RefugeRecoveryOly@gmail.com

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

End Craving In Just 20 Minutes With This One Weird Trick!

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Do you run away from overwhelming feelings?
Do you sit and wonder why things suck so hard?
Are you mean to yourself about screwing stuff up?
Learn the truth about craving!
This all-expenses paid meditation retreat will expose you to ancient wisdom and teach you one weird trick to bust your cravings for good! Register now for your exclusive chance to:
Tune into your feelings! 
Breathe and listen! 
Sit in silence! 
And even... 
Write and draw!
You’ll leave with a sense of ease, courage, and compassion for your own experience, plus a potluck lunch!
Don’t miss out on this once-in-this-lifetime chance to let go of fear and embrace fear!

Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-craving-in-just-20-minutes-with-this-one-weird-trick-tickets-44517864130

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