Hooked, Obsessed, and Addicted: Working with Habitual Patterns Through Mindfulness

with Joseph Litven

September 27th—September 29th (2013)

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  • $240 Full Tuition
  • $180 Tuition Assistance 1
  • $30/month over six months Tuition Assistance 2

Almost everybody has experienced getting hooked – hooked on thoughts, substances or behaviours. In almost all cases we experience pain as a result of it. Powerful as the habitual patterns surrounding our obsessions are, research shows that meditation can help us access our innate sanity. During this meditation workshop, we will explore the nature of our habitual patterns and experiment with techniques of bringing the mind back.

The workshop will be facilitated by Joseph Litven, Ph.D. Joseph is a psychologist, trainer, and coach, working in the treatment of addiction. He is also a long-time practitioner of meditation.  Dr Joseph Litven received his PhD from Stanford University in 1973.  Since then he has been a practicing psychologist and organizational consultant, specializing in mindfulness based executive coaching and strategic interventions in the health care system.  He has also helped to develop and lead a 4-week curriculum for addictions services clients and staff based on the view and practice of mindfulness.  Joe has been a practitioner of meditation for over 30 years and for most of that period has taught meditation programs throughout the world.  He has also been a radio DJ and currently is enjoying his family and bicycling in the countryside of Nova Scotia.


Full program tuition not including accommodations: $240  We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations.   Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level. 

Discounted program tuition not including accommodations: $180 If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep DDL operating year-round.

Discounted tuition plus payment plan  : $30/month over six months   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.   The payments would be $30 per month for tuition


Please Note:  Above prices include meals but not accommodations.  For summer programs, we offer three lodging options:

Bring your own tent and set up on one of our tent platforms: free

Hut/cabin/dorm tent:     $20 per night,   $100 for the week

Gyatso Lodge:                $45 per night,   $225for the week

Gyatso Lodge has double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms.  The huts, dorm tents and cabins have 2 - 8 occupants and share an outdoor bath-house.

All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at [email protected] at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.


Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.  There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.

To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085