Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute

Training and resources for the first fully integrated mindfulness program specifically designed for addiction treatment and recovery

Mindfulness in Recovery®

Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery CoverMindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) was developed by our co-founder, John Bruna. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research and John’s personal recovery (in continuous recovery since 1984), training as a Buddhist monastic, experience as an addictions counselor, educator, and mindfulness teacher, we have integrated the tools and resources of mindfulness into a practical format that is highly effective for people in recovery. 

Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) is a strength-based, accessible and comprehensive mindfulness program designed specifically for recovery. It incorporates the most used evidence-based therapeutic modalities – MI, CBT, DBT, ACT, and 12-Step Approach with mindfulness skills. MIR supports all recovery pathways using an individualized, mindfulness curriculum that empowers the client to integrate it with their personal values, cultural background, and spiritual beliefs. Using the language of recovery in the curriculum to build connections to recovery communities and literature, the MIR principles and practices can be integrated seamlessly with your current treatment modalities providing clients with the skills to put the therapeutic tools you are offering them into practice.

Many mindfulness programs focus on learning mindfulness techniques and exercises that can offer clients tools to become more present, reducing stress and reactivity, and increase their ability to make healthier life choices. However, all too often, even with the best programs and trained professionals, these tools are not integrated into an ongoing lifestyle that will support the ongoing practice required to develop long-term traits that support their recovery. They become a set of tools that fall by the wayside, only to be picked up in times of duress, if at all. 

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, clients develop a way of living mindfully, with skills that support their recovery, based on their personal values and belief system.


Stefan Bate

“Mindfulness in Recovery has been an incredible addition to our treatment program.  MIR provides our clients with a practical resource that acts as a bridge to twelve-step facilitation and instills positive daily habits and routines.  Our clients are not only learning how to meditate, but they’re learning important tools and skills that help them stay sober and live a life in alignment with their values. It’s been invaluable.”

Stefan Bate, MA, LAC
Chief of Clinical Operations
Jaywalker Lodge

Bob Ferguson

“I’m a happy camper, engaged with my Mindfulness in Recovery daily practice. The tone of the dialogue and the tools available are just right for me. I feel a reassuring cadence between the messiness of my hectic travel calendar and the daily routines in MIR that keep me grounded regardless of the time zone or zip code. After a month of focus and self-discipline, I find I now actually look forward to my morning routine.”

Bob Ferguson
Founder – Jaywalker Lodge and Alpha 180

Oyen Hoffman

As a mental health clinician, human being, husband and father, I have been improving, healing, and growing into a better person for the last 20 years. For the last few years, however, my  growth had stalled. I continued to have challenges with relationships and my own stuff that seemed I would never be relieved of no matter how hard I tried. And then John Bruna appeared in my life. I was invited to join the ranks of Certified Mindfulness In Recovery facilitators. I have now spent months developing my own meditation practice and mindfulness practice which has finally relieved me of the traits and characteristics that seemed would never go away. Today, I am more aware of my actions, thoughts, and emotions in real-time. I am developing genuine happiness by living in alignment with my personal values. I am no longer a victim of my obsessive and untrained mind. Rather, I am living the life my family and I want me to live, with truth, courage, calm abiding patience, and loving-kindness. Mindfulness and meditation through the teachings of the MIR community and the Mindful Life Program has transformed me and my life. My family is now practicing meditation and mindfulness. The journey continues! Thanks to John Bruna and Laura Bartels for their unwavering love and support. 

Oyen Hoffman, MA, LMFT, LAC, MAC
Mountain Family Health Centers
Clinical Specialist and Substance Use Services Supervisor

Mindfulness in Recovery® Resources for Professionals

  • Mindfulness curriculum that integrates into your current treatment modality
  • Staff training and certification programs
  • Mindfulness in Recovery® workbook, The Essential Guide to Mindfulness in Recovery, by John Bruna.
  • Continuum of care support through the Mindfulness in Recovery® Community with daily support and an app
  • Wrap around services for the family with the Mindful Life Program resources
  • Use of MIR meeting format for groups

Who can benefit from Mindfulness in Recovery®?

  • Residential or Outpatient Programs
  • Individual Therapists, Counselors and Treatment Professionals
  • After-care, sober living and alumni programs
  • Drug Court and DUI programs and participants
  • Individuals in recovery at all stages of recovery
  • Family members

Mindfulness in Recovery® Certified Facilitators

Beth Barnes –  Colorado, USA

Brad Osborn – Portland, Oregon, USA

Dan Piquette – Corvalis, Oregon, USA 

Dulcie Austin – Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA

Jenille Gudahl – Grand Junction, Colorado, USA

Judi Johnson – San Diego, California, USA

Keith Bell – Bend, Oregon, USA

Kenny Hamburg, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA

MaryMike Haley – Carbondale, Colorado, USA

Morrika Wolford – Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA

Natalie Bassett – Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA

Oyen Hoffman – Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA

Richard (DJ) Bishop – Carbondale, Colorado, USA

Teresa Spaulding – Sacramento, California, USA

Tom Edman – Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA

Tracy Farmer – Durango, Colorado, USA

Vanessa Kettering, Glendora, California, USA

Virginia (Ginnie) Sharp – San Jose, California, USA

Our Team

John Bruna

John Bruna, Co-Founder

MaryMike Haley

MaryMike Haley LAC, Faculty, Clinical Director of Aspire Recovery for Women

Stefan Bate LAC, Advisor, Chief Clinical Officer at Jaywalker Lodge

Melissa Mose

Melissa Mose LMFT, Program Director

Vanessa Kettering PhD, Advisor, MIR Facilitator. 

Jayme McCormick

“This training is the beginning to a new way of life for me. I am excited to use what I have learned in both my professional and personal life.” 

Leslie Turner

“The experience I have gained through this training is immeasurable. I highly recommend this training!” 

Mandy Owensby

“It is rare that a clinical training tool can provide both a foundational practice for working with clients as well as a tool of true self-care for the practitioner.” 

Judith Johnson

“The Mindfulness in Recovery training is relevant and timely. I believe it is one of the mission components in addiction treatment today.”