Renewal Lodge is honored to announce the launch of

The Gale Standen Family and Training Institute

Constructed in 1910, this gorgeous, fully renovated property reflects the hope we share for our families, their loved ones, and the community of licensed providers who guide them on their journey towards more significant health and healing.
Gale Standen

Hosting A Renewed Future

The Gale Standen Family and Training Institute will host several clinical, educational, and experiential programs throughout the year; including:

Family Program & Intensives
Family Case Management
Clinical Trainings
MIR Certifications
Continuing Education Events (CEU’s)
Wellness Groups
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR)
Meditation Retreats & Immersion
Individual Family Therapy
Intervention Training
12 Step Intensives
Community Awareness Events
John Bruna
"One of the greatest gifts of recovery is that I have the opportunity to give back and help others discover their self-worth, dignity, and the skills to fully live lives that they find truly meaningful."
~ John Bruna, Director of Mindfulness

The Gale Standen Family and Training Institute is the Nation's only Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)® Academy.

Founded in 2022, we will be hosting a minimum of one MIR training per month. Open to clinicians, recovery advocates, doctors, nurses, teachers and first responders, we encourage you to contact Eric Button for more details.

Eric Button, PRSS
Eric Button, PRSS
Sr. Biz. Dev. Representative

Upcoming Events:

A Mindful Introduction
Join us at our newly renovated space

A Message From John Bruna, Co-Founder of Mindfulness in Recovery®

In applying the Mindfulness in Recovery® practices and skills, we are able to consciously create a meaningful and purposeful life that is driven by action, attention, values, wisdom and an open heart. In becoming the best version of ourselves possible, we have discovered a recovery from our afflictions imbued with freedom, integrity, a deep sense of well-being and an appreciation for the rare and precious life we have today – a life truly worth living.

Gale Standen

In 1991, David Elliott, Burning Tree’s President & Founder, entered Eagle Crest Ranch, a treatment center located in Tucson, Arizona. It was here that he met Gale Standen who, serving as a mentor, helped David establish his path to permanent freedom from addiction.

Years later, with Gale’s support and stewardship, David founded Burning Tree Ranch, the nation’s only authentic long-term treatment center for chronic addiction. Since its inception, Burning Tree has developed into a nationally recognized brand that now features two distinct programs: Burning Tree Ranch and Renewal Lodge.

Both programs bare witness to Gale’s incredible passion for love, service and excellence.

Today, more than 30 years later, we are beyond grateful to name Burning Tree’s newest legacy in her honor: The Gale Standen Family and Training Institute.

Dear Renewal Lodge Visitors,

My name is John Bruna, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute, and more importantly, a grateful member of the recovery community. I am incredibly fortunate to have found my recovery in 1984. Of course, I did not achieve continuous recovery through willpower or my own efforts, but through the guidance and caring support of countless others that selflessly taught me how to live through the 12 Steps.

My journey of recovery brought this once homeless, shame-based, traumatized, insecure young man to a life far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I discovered self-worth, the joy of helping others, the gifts of parenting and grandparenting, and most importantly the ability to live a meaningful and purposeful life with integrity.

One of the greatest gifts of recovery is that I have the opportunity to give back and help others discover their self-worth, dignity, and the skills to fully live lives that they find truly meaningful. This is the inspiration for developing the skills of Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) to meet the needs of new generations struggling with alcohol and other substance use disorders. MIR is a set of evidence-based skills designed to help people fully integrate their tools of recovery in ways that are personalized, practical, and in alignment with their deepest values.

While we train counselors and therapists throughout the United States and abroad, I personally have chosen to work directly with the amazing team and clients at Renewal Lodge to develop the model MIR 12-step program for the nation. I choose Renewal Lodge because of the vision of its mission and the dedication of its team. Renewal Lodge is an extremely rare environment in which the staff embodies the very mindfulness and 12-step practices and skills they offer their clients. The results have been beyond my expectations. It is an honor to be here and I treasure my personal time with every client I meet.

With Gratitude,

John Bruna
John Bruna
Director of Mindfulness
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