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Mindfulness in Recovery® Online Course

Together with Renewal Lodge

The online Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) course has been specifically designed to support people from all walks of life, whether you are in recovery of any kind, a family member or friend, or a professional working in the treatment field, to develop the skills to reduce stress, increase resiliency, and more fully engage in their lives with more connection and joy.

Note: This course is not for people seeking residential treatment, but is designed for people already firmly established in meaningful recovery. 

What's Included in the MIR Course?

The seven skills of MIR enhance the four pillars of mental health described by Dr. Richard Davidson:

  • Awareness
  • Insight
  • Connection
  • Purpose

Who Should Register for This Course?

This course is designed to support the following:

  • People in recovery (all pathways, including 12-step)
  • Family and friends affected by people struggling with substances or other mental health issues (receive the Family and Friends Guidebook to MIR)
  • Clinicians, therapists, and addiction treatment professionals (receive 36 NAADAC CEUs and serves as a prerequisite for the certification course)
John Bruna
“Our genuine happiness comes from doing things we feel good about, not from doing things that make us feel good.”
~ John Bruna, Director of Mindfulness
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What's the Benefits of MIR?

The course incorporates the latest evidence-based therapeutic modalities into a fully integrated mindfulness program that empowers participants to apply the therapeutic tools of mental and emotional well-being in their daily lives in ways they find most meaningful.

In addition to the above benefits, the MIR skills help you:

  • Improve attention, mental stability, and focus
  • Acquire more emotional balance
  • Live with more meaning and purpose
  • Develop insight into personal habits and patterns, enabling healthier choices that support the life you want to live

Mindfulness In Recovery® Course Details

This is an eight-week course with open enrollment. You can enroll and begin at any time. It is experiential and focused on helping participants cultivate a daily mindfulness practice that integrates the MIR skills into daily life.

The course is interactive with live weekly sessions, daily activities, and exercises from either the Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery or the Family and Friends edition.

Lessons include videos, instruction with John Bruna, and interaction with others in the course in our live sessions.

Once you begin the course, you will have 10 weeks to complete the 8-week course. To allow more flexibility you will have at least 3 different live sessions to choose from per week.

Our current live session times are:

  • Mondays at 6 – 7 pm Mountain Time, USA
  • Wednesdays at 12 – 1 pm Mountain Time, USA
  • Wednesdays at 7 – 8 pm in the United Kingdom
  • Thursdays at 6:30 – 7:30 pm Mountain Time, USA


We plan to add additional days and times as needed.

Everyone in the United States receives a copy of the Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery or the Family and Friends edition, and access to the private online course platform accessible by computer, tablet, or mobile phone.

*If you live outside of the USA or UK, we will work with you to get you access to the guidebook.

If you have any questions, email

Note: This course is not for people seeking residential treatment, but is designed for people already firmly established in meaningful recovery. 

Mindfulness Techniques for Addiction Recovery

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