After a busy few months, we’re starting to look ahead to the end of 2017, and the start of a beautiful new 2018!
2017 saw THS assist in the launch three new Refuge Recovery Groups, bringing the Georgia total to four! Our Sangha grew a little and changed a little as it does every year, with new people discovering the group. I had the pleasure and honor of speaking in front of a class at GGC about Buddhism, and in front of a group of clinicians about Refuge Recovery. In my own practice, I focused a lot on the Brahma Viharas, spent my whole year digging deeper and deeper in to the Satipatthana Sutta as I proceeded through the Against The Stream Facilitator program, which wraps up early in 2018. Another Sangha mate and I attended the Dave Smith Metta-Vipassana Retreat at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center. And so many other things that made 2017 memorable!
As 2018 fast approaches, we look forward to the Cumming GA Refuge Recovery Meeting launching in January. We expect to see at least a few other groups start as well. The first (officially) Refuge Recovery Southeast Regional Conference will happen in late January at the Nashville ATS Center. ATS Facilitator Training will wrap up in March. I’ll be leading meditation for a few other groups to introduce them to the practice. I’ll be doing another retreat. The Sangha has been slowly growing a little. If that trend continues and is maintained, we’ll be adding some more cushions. We’ll have our usual Day of Mindfulness, and might add a second next year. And hopefully many other wonderful things await us in 2018.
So, in this reflective mood, we invite you to join us on New Years Eve for our 4th annual Intention Setting Ceremony! We will be open to anyone wishing to join us for an intoxicant free evening of Dharma practice, meditations, Tea Tasting, fellowship, and we will be watching a very special Dharma movie! And, of course, setting intentions for 2018!
Hope to see you there! Sunday, New Years Eve, 6pm until ???
Enjoy the holidays!