Date(s) - 09/28/2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Dealing With It: What the Buddha taught about our Discontent with Life, and how to find Happiness
A Recovery Dharma Day-Long Retreat for People in Recovery from Addictions
with Brian Arnell

What should I be doing when I meditate? How is that helpful?

This day-long will be focused on developing the skills and understanding that form the foundations of meditation practice.  We will alternate meditation practice with instruction and dialogue.  We will focus on what’s practical and what makes a difference.

We will also pay attention to the impact of being in a practice community.  The Buddha has said that being in a supportive community is the most effective way to develop the patience, resilience and trust needed to navigate this life.

The retreat will be taught by Springboard Sangha’s senior teacher, Brian Arnell.  He has been exploring self-acceptance and wisdom for more than fifty years, and is delighted to share his successes and failures in working with unrelenting habit energy.

Saturday, September 28th, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Springboard Studio, 530 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia
Suggested donation: $10 – $20, or any amount that works for you
Space limited.  Please RSVP by emailing

Bring a lunch or “complain of hunger”! Support Local Co-Op corner store if complaining is not your thing.  Smoke Breaks Available for 10 cents!

After dabbling in meditation and Eastern religions for years, Brian Arnell began a serious practice in 1984. In 1998, he moved full-time to a retreat center in New York’s Hudson Valley and began intensive practice in the Theravada tradition. Following the instructions of his teachers to pass on what he has learned and experienced, he left the retreat center in 2006 and moved to Philadelphia. He has been teaching at Springboard since.