Refuge Recovery group starting in Vancouver

I, along with others interested in Buddhism and recovery from addiction, are co-creating Vancouver’s first Refuge Recovery group.  This is a model of recovery developed by my teacher Noah Levine and outlined in his recent book. I have volunteered to facilitate this group for the first six months, and we’ll see where it goes from […]

Out of Step: Substance Use Recovery outside the 12 Steps

I practice sobriety. And I haven’t done any of the 12 Steps. Let me be clear: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12 Step programs have helped thousands (millions?) of people to come into sobriety. Some of these people include mentors of mine, close friends, and teachers. Many of my clients have benefitted from this […]

Returning to the Breath, Returning to the Blog

Returning to the Breath, Returning to the Blog

It’s been awhile. When I set up my website as a blog, I actually had the intention of keeping the content current and fresh.  I haven’t been able to do that.  There are many reasons for this, including being the father of a new baby, a very active toddler, and a boy coming into his […]

First published article

Hi all, Happy to announce that I’ve managed to publish by first-ever peer-reviewed journal article, with my colleague Barbara Baumgartner: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: NARRATIVE PRACTICES IN SUPPORT OF FRONTLINE COMMUNITY WORK  WITH HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL HEALTH, AND SUBSTANCE USE We wrote this with the intention of offering a free downloadable article that might […]

Practicing with my teacher, who is two years old

Practicing with my teacher, who is two years old This is my second blog entry for Sharon Salzberg’s 28-day meditation challenge, enjoy!

True life confessions of a busy dad / meditation facilitator

I was asked recently to contribute to a blog related to Sharon Salzberg’s 28-day meditation challenge in February.  Here is my first go at it: with metta: Brian

The “McMindfulness” debate and its relevance to counselling: Five Reflections

Mindfulness had quite a year in 2013 as a cultural phenomenon. It’s increasing in popularity among companies in the silicon valley, being promoted widely as a health and wellness “tool”, and all the rage in my field of counselling for addressing depression, anxiety, and recovery from substance use.  Given the religious/political climate in the U.S., […]

Upcoming Events

Hi there friends and supporters: Here are some upcoming events that I’m involved with over the next few months, click on titles for more information: Lovingkindness:  A daylong meditation retreat  with Brian and Vimalasara Saturday November 16th 9am – 4:30pm Woodwards Community Room – 131 w. Hastings Street Beyond Mindfulness: A Buddhist Perspective on Suffering […]

Upcoming Events – Harm Reduction, Daylong for Beginners, Earth Care Week, Flip the Script

Hey there supporters, Here to update you on a few upcoming events I’m involved in that may be of interest: Beginners Mind Daylong Retreat – space still available Saturday September 7th from 9am to 4:30pm Woodwards Community Housing, 131 e. Hastings Street $20 plus Dana for teacher; no-one turned away for lack of funds […]

First Steps: A Daylong Meditation Retreat for Beginners

Saturday May 18, 2013 from 9am to 4pm * registration is now full, email connect [at] to be added to the waitlist * Mountain Rain Zendo, Vancouver BC facilitated by Brian Dean Williams Have you ever said: “My mind is too busy, I can’t meditate” ? or, “I’ve considered meditation but found the teachings […]