Graymoor – OLA Retreat House

8th Spiritual Life Retreat for Men in Recovery at Graymoor in Garrison, NY

John Bruna

“The doors that open and close in our lives are not nearly as important as the person we are when we walk through them.”  John Bruna

Join us for our 8th retreat at Graymoor with John Bruna. This is a precious opportunity to step out of the busyness of life, reconnect to your deepest values, and develop the tools of meditation and prayer to support you in living a life of recovery you find truly meaningful. It is open to all men in recovery and all spiritual traditions and backgrounds.

The retreat is facilitated by John Bruna and will include meetings, meditation, talks, discussion, and reflection to deepen one’s personal spiritual practice in recovery.

This retreat is not run by John or an organization. It is organized each year by a dedicated group of men that value recovery and work selflessly to give men the opportunity to experience the healing setting of a retreat.

The retreat will be at the Retreat House of the Sister’s of Atonement at the bottom of the hill at Graymoor and is limited to 40 participants. 

John Bruna has been in continuous recovery since 1984, had successful careers in addiction treatment and as an educator prior to spending over six years as an ordained Buddhist monastic. Grateful to have found recovery in the 12-steps and for all those that have carried the message helping him and countless others, John has dedicated his life helping others do the same.  He is known for his warmth, humor, and ability to make teachings practical and accessible. John is the author of The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness and The Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery, and has presented at TEDx and conferences throughout the country. 

*This retreat is currently full. To be put on a waiting list, contact Bruce at 516-965-9928.

Location: Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, 1350 Route 9, Garrison, NY, 10524

Cost: $250 – includes retreat, lodging, and food. There will be a donation basket for John’s facilitation.

Dates: September 25-27, 2020 – Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.


11th Step Recovery Retreat in Wappingers Falls, New York

Open to members of all 12 step or other recovery programs, friends, and family.

Laura Bartels

Join us at Mt Alvernia, in Wappinger Falls, for a weekend of contemplation and practice focused on the 11th step. Our retreat is open to all, whether you are in recovery or simply want to enhance the use of prayer and meditation to improve the quality of your life. We often have friends, partners, and family members join us.

The retreat begins on Thursday evening with dinner and concludes Sunday mid-morning. During the retreat, we will spend our time in the peaceful, contemplative environment of Mt Alvernia cultivating the universal tools of mindfulness, meditation, and prayer to support our personal growth in living in alignment with our deepest values.

The retreat will be facilitated by John Bruna and Laura Bartels and will include exploration and unpacking of the 11th Step, instruction and practice in meditation, as well as time for self-reflection, group discussion and personal time.  

Registration is first-come, first-serve.  

Dates: July 23-26, 2020

Location: Mt Alvernia Retreat, 1260, 158 Delavergne Ave, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Cost: $400 single room, $350 shared room. 

To register or learn more, click here.

Learn more about John Bruna

Learn more about Laura Bartels