We are excited and grateful to be able to offer this new course with our co-founder, John Bruna! This is truly a precious opportunity to learn from an authentic, warm, and accessible teacher who embodies the wisdom he shares. With our online format, you can attend from wherever you are in the world. 


The Mindfulness in Recovery® Course is a new 8-WEEK online course open to anyone.

Therapists, counselors, and addiction treatment professionals interested in MIR certification

The Mindfulness in Recovery® Course will help you:

Develop more inner peace, resiliency, and joy in your recovery

Reduce stress and anxiety

Improve attention, mental stability, and focus

Acquire more emotional balance

Live with more meaning and purpose

Develop insight into personal habits and patterns, enabling healthier choices that support the life you want to live


About Mindfulness in Recovery® 

There is a big difference between doing mindfulness practice and living mindfully with skills to flourish in your recovery. MIR is the first fully integrated mindfulness program specifically designed for addiction treatment and recovery.

If you are new to recovery, have decades of recovery, or are somewhere in between, and whether you belong to a 12-step program or another pathway of recovery, MIR is here to support you. It provides the resources, guidance, and a community to help you flourish in your recovery.

MIR is designed to help you develop specific skills of living mindfully to become more resilient, have a greater sense of well-being, fully engage in life in ways that support your deepest values, and live a life that you find truly meaningful. MIR principles and practices can be integrated seamlessly with your current recovery program, it is not designed to replace it. It provides you with the skills to use your tools of recovery more effectively. 

All too often, even with the best mindfulness practices and recovery tools are not integrated into an ongoing lifestyle and only used when one is struggling. MIR focuses on developing mindfulness skills that can be incorporated into daily life that practical, universal, and based on the recovery lifestyle. In this way, you develop a way of living mindfully, with skills that support your recovery, based on your personal values and belief system.

Everyone can benefit from practicing mindfulness, regardless of cultural, economic, religious, or spiritual background. Drawing from decades of training, personal practice, education, and application in daily life, John will be able to provide you with skills that are practical, accessible, and universal.

Live teaching sessions with John

Exclusive course videos

Private online platform for course members

24 hour access to the course

3 Free Months of MIR membership for new members

Mobile and tablet friendly

Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery Cover

Course includes a copy of The Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery®

About the MIR Course 

This is an eight-week course open to everyone for personal development and for those working with others in the treatment field.

The course begins with an opening session on Sunday, March 7th, followed by weekly sessions on Monday evenings. In between sessions, there are videos with instruction from John and exercises from the Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery

Everyone in the United States receives a copy of the Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery and access to the private course online community platform accessible by computer, tablet, or mobile phone. You are able to interact with others in the course on that platform and in the course sessions. 

*If you live outside of the USA, we will work with you to get you access to the guidebook. 

In addition to John, there will be other certified MIR teachers in the course to support you.

Questions: Email admin@mindfullifeprogram.org or call (970) 633-0163.

Course Schedule

Opening Session: Sunday, March 7th, 2021, at 4 pm Mountain Time (90 minutes) 

One Check-in Session: Friday, March 12th at 5:30 pm Pacific Time, 6:30 pm Mountain Time, 7:30 pm Central Time, 8:30 pm Eastern Time (1 hour)

Weekly Sessions: Begin Monday, March 15th, and end on May 3rd. Time: 5:30 pm Pacific Time, 6:30 pm Mountain Time, 7:30 pm Central Time, 8:30 pm Eastern Time (1 hour)

Cost and Registration

Price: $349 US. There is a $50 discount for members of the Mindful Life Community™ and Mindfulness in Recovery® Community. Contact us for your discount code.

Payment Plans and Scholarships: We always offer scholarships and payment plans. We never want anyone to not access our services due to financial difficulties. To apply for a payment plan or scholarship, click here.

Registration: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details for the course. Look for your Essential Guidebook in the mail unless you live outside of the United States. If outside the US, we will contact you about options.

John presenting Mindfulness in Recovery® at the Aspen Institute

Reviews of courses with John

“John has a very compassionate, peaceful and engaging presence.  I felt very present and joyful all weekend.  The meditations were simple and enjoyable, and I feel like I can apply what we learned to my life in a practical way.  I also felt I made big steps in letting go of some old “stuff” that occupied my mind often, I did this without even trying.   Perceptions shifted, old baggage fell away.  That is awesome and quite amazing.”   –Patti Spadaro

“I look back on my 3 day Mindfulness Workshop and feel the benefits I received. Your approach is so peaceful, loving and motivates one with the feeling of “Yes, I can do that.”  I remember more than once, during another recent retreat, thinking, “This is what John was teaching, but John made it seem so much easier and attainable” and a 24 minute meditation to boot!  You have a marvelous gift for teaching and your talents inspire others to learn.  Thank you so much for the work you are doing.” David Karg, Naples, FL

“I benefited greatly, and so has my family, from my participation in the Mindful Life Program. In two days I learned the tools needed to begin to interrupt my lifetime of preemptive and reactive thinking.   In the month following, I have found some things easy to apply and others very challenging.  I continue to challenge myself towards that change though and that is due to the knowledge gained through John and the other participants.  Thank you, John, for the work you do and I look forward to participating in your future programs and offerings.” Amber Wolfrom, Findlay, Ohio

Growing up in the shadow of dualistic organized religion, my thoughts regarding meditation and mindfulness amounted to a 15 minute time in the morning. After embarking on the journey to become a therapist, I realized there was so much more to mindfulness as a practice. Through taking the course as well as the timely and effective feedback from John, my view of mindfulness as a way of “being” has transformed my personal life, my path in recovery from substance abuse, and my clinical practice. In addition, the presentation style allows for the fabric of my particular faith to be woven seamlessly into the practice of mindfulness in recovery. If you are on the fence, take the course now. You won’t be disappointed! Graham Russell

“Every event I have hosted for John Bruna has had excellent reviews from attendees, the most commonly asked question is “when will he return?” John has a gift for teaching. If you are considering hosting John for your group – he delivers every time with humor and grace, leaving participants with a new view of themselves and the world.” Dr. Joan Coff

John Bruna

John Bruna is the co-founder of the Mindful Life Program™ and Mindfulness in Recovery®.  In addition to his extensive training and practice as a counselor, educator, and former Buddhist monk, John’s wisdom is drawn from his direct personal experience of transforming his own life from homelessness to a life of helping others. John has been in continuous recovery since August 1984 and is still very active in 12-step communities. 

John is the author of The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness, and the Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery. He is a highly regarded teacher who leads retreats, workshops, and trainings throughout the USA. John is especially known for his warmth, humor, and his ability to make the teachings accessible and practical.