Become an MBAR Trainer - Lead Programs in Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) Training for Health Care Professionals, Addiction Workers, Mindfulness and Meditation practitioners and those with an interest in addiction recovery.


MBAR is a mindfulness-based approach to preventing relapse and promoting recovery from addiction.

The course was developed by co-authors of Eight Step Recovery - Valerie Mason-John and Dr Paramabandhu Groves. The course has been shared in community settings for over a decade. The course can be taught to those recovering from addictions in a 8 week series (2 hrs each week).

The MBAR certificate program trains participants to facilitate the entire course or parts of the course in group settings, and through individual sessions in a therapeutic context. It was designed by Valerie Mason-John, in collaboration with Dr Groves, to teach individuals and organizations to lead the MBAR course in their communities and for their clients.

In this intensive training, participants will learn:

Part I
Mindfulness and Meditative Techniques including three minute breathing space, mindfulness of breathing, four basic needs of the heart, body scan, loving-kindness meditation & addiction, and working with difficulties within a context of mindfulness

The ABC's of Mindfulness Approaches
The different types of thoughts in addictive behaviour
The understanding that thoughts are not facts
The different types of triggers that can create relapse
The Internal Barometer
High Risk Situations
Emergency Action Plans

•MBAR MODELS: The Vicious Cycle: FIDO - and interactive games to demonstrate triggers and awareness.

Part II
How to facilitate clients to become aware of their internal barometers and triggers
How to facilitate clients to become aware of their high risk situations
Supervision of delivery of the whole course or parts of the course in your work/community setting
The Eight Step Approach to Addiction
*Participants will also learn how to run an 8 Step Recovery Meeting, which is an Alternative or compliment to 12 step meetings, SMART recovery meetings or any other support a person may have to assist their recovery.

The Book also covers:
•The Eight Steps to Recovery
•Three Types of Suffering
•Overview of Suffering & Addiction
•The Four Reminders
•MBAR MODELS: The Vicious Cycle: How we deal with suffering
•Craving & Triggers & High Risk Situations
•Impermanence, Addiction & Ending Suffering
•Power of Mantra, Visio & Transformation
•Transforming Speech, Actions, Livelihood
•Five Training Principles
•Values, Teachings & Community
•Staying on the Path of Recovery
•Wisdom, Compassion, Assisting Others
•Tools for Recovery
*Time is allocated to Personal reflection & rehearsal of various elements of the training.


The training is for experienced meditation practitioners, those with an understanding of mindfulness, and health care providers working in the field of addiction in its broadest definition. Group and teaching skills preferred but not a requirement.


Understand the MBAR training and be able to facilitate this training.
Understand the nature of addiction and compulsive behaviours and how it relates to your own life.
Deep understanding of meditation and mindfulness in relation to addiction.
Identify your existing skills in working effectively with mindfulness for addictions and compulsive behaviours.
Increase your confidence in applying these skills.
Confidence to investigate your clients addictive behaviours and or relapses.

*Participants will leave feeling confident to lead part of, or all of the 6-8 week MBAR training. (The material can be delivered as a whole course, one to one, and each session in isolation of each other, dependent on what your working environment needs are). Participants will also feel confident using the tool of "Inquiry".

You will receive a PDF manual of the course with handouts and all materials for participants, including downloads of all guided meditations.

You will also receive the download for the 21 day Meditation for Recovery.


After the completion of Part I & II a certificate in MBAR Trainer/Facilitator will be granted.

Upon completion of this training, both parts I & II, students are required to deliver a 6-8 week MBAR course. You will be provided with one Skype session during the course for support, supervision and mentorship.

Full Training Tuition Plus Supervision: $900 +HST (early registration discount $750 + HST)
If space is available, registration in Part I may be possible. Tuition for Part I ONLY: $525 + HST (Part II ONLY: $525 + HST)

*Partial Scholarships/Student Rates may be available for this program.


Valerie Mason-John MA is an award winning author of several plays and 8 books including: Eight Step Recovery – Using the Buddhas teachings to overcome addiction. She is one of the leading Canadian-African descent voices in Mindfulness and Addiction. She is a TEDx speaker, the Chair of the Vancouver Buddhist Centre, and pioneer of Recovery Mondays in Vancouver City, and across the USA and UK. Valerie is a international speaker, trainer and retreat facilitator for 12 step and recovery communities, and has presented her work to CAMH, in the USA, Mexico, Finland, Spain, England and throughout Canada. Valerie has been in Recovery from Bulimia/Anorexia Nervosa for 15 years – and has lived a clean and sober life for over 20 years. Valerie’s recovery was inspired through meditation and diligently working through a recovery program. Valerie combines her professional experience as a trainer with her own mindfulness practice, to help create the right conditions to help people recover from addictions and compulsive behaviours. As well as working in the field of addiction, Valerie works as the 'Bully Doctor’ for school boards throughout Canada, and as a trainer and Life Coach in the field of conflict transformation, restorative justice and leadership skills. Raised in orphanages, foster homes, on the streets and incarcerated at age 15, she offers her personal recovery story to assist others.