Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process

A Nine-Month Intensive Class

with George Haas

September 2016 – June 2017

(no class in February 2017)

2nd & 4th Sundays, 5-7pm

Starts September 11



Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process is a mindfulness meditation-based skills training for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues, providing specific techniques and strategies to support healing from addiction.

Combining traditional meditation approaches contextualized around the pattern of relapse described in the work of G. Alan Marlatt, Phd., Attachment Theory developed by John Bowlby, Meditation Interventions provides a simple, easy-to-learn, very pragmatic approach to addressing addiction.

The class will address addictions to substances and behaviors, using both abstinence and harm-reduction models.

The instruction is offered as a secular practice, without any prescription for belief. The Buddhist context of the mindfulness meditation instruction is included so that students can reference the original texts if that interests them.

The nine-month intensive will include two classes per month at the Against The Stream Buddhist Mediation Society center in Hollywood, and two one-on-one interviews per month with a mentor via Skype, and Morning Meditation (a live guided-meditation six mornings a week via conference call).

So often with shorter class series, there comes a point where the training offered exceeds the mediation skills of the student, and the instruction becomes a seed for later exploration. With the ten-month intensive, the meditator will be able to develop the meditation skills needed to directly experience the insight offered as we move through the curriculum, so whether you already have an established practice or are just beginning you can benefit.

The classes are videotaped so if you miss a class you can keep up with the curriculum.

Class size is limited to 40 brick-and-mortar students. If you live outside the Los Angeles area, you can take the class remotely substituting the videotaped classes for the brick-and-mortar classes, meeting with your mentor via Skype and using Morning Meditation. We will accept 10 remote students.

The cost of the class is $2,700 (10% off if paid in full). The tuition can be paid monthly with $500 down and $245 per month for 9 months on a recurring charge on a credit or debit card. The cost for remote students is $2350 (10% off if paid in full). The remote tuition can be paid monthly with $500 down and $206 per month for 9 months on a recurring charge on a credit or debit card. People using a monthly payment plan are obligated to pay the full amount of the tuition whether the course is completed or not. Cost for current mentees is $1,350 (or $150 per month).  There will be no refunds after the first class.

Meditation Interventions for the Addictive Process – Intensive is a Theravada Buddhist meditation class and while we use psychology-based material in the class, MIAP is not a form of psychotherapy or a suitable substitute or alternative for psychotherapy.

Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process – Intensive can bring up difficult intrapersonal material and you may find that the support offered in the class is not enough to keep you emotionally regulated, so for some people the additional support of an outside psychotherapist is recommended, and is the responsibility of the student to organize.



GeorgeGeorge Haas began his path with a period of lightweight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the eleventh step of the Twelve-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. In an effort to make sense of and live with the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road (traditional Native American spiritual practices) and reading Buddhist texts.

Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992 to work in film and photography, George began sitting Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. George teaches regularly at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles as well as around the country. He will be teaching three retreats in 2015.


BarryJulia Barry received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2013 and is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern (Intern #79365) currently in practice at the Well Baby Center where she facilitates mindfulness and attachment based parenting groups and individual and family counseling. In addition, she provides mentorship through the Meaningful Life Intensive. Julia has been studying and practicing yoga and meditation for the past 12 years and has been practicing under the guidance of George Haas for the past two years. She continues to be inspired by the intersection of attachment theory, neurobiology and mindfulness.

CrottyChris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, Hatha yoga teacher, mentor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine. He is dedicated to nurturing and sustaining the insight of contemplative practice in a way that is accessible to contemporary lifestyles, while honoring tradition. He offers classes, workshops and retreats, and one-to-one mentoring to individuals, young adults, and families motivated to understand how yoga and Buddhist practice can foster an awareness that serves both the reduction of suffering and the maturation of an authentic life.
Chris’s work focuses on the practical integration of Theravada Buddhism’s emphasis on awakening and ethics with the Mahayana ideal of compassion and service, and the synthesis of practice and study. He is also influenced by the fields of ecopsychology, attachment theory, and contemplative and palliative approaches to sickness, aging, and end-of-life care.
Chris has practiced meditation since 1998; his main practice is Vipassana (insight). He has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. He has received mentoring from Matthew Daniel, co-founder of Insight Meditation Center Newburyport and Noah Levine, founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, under whom he currently trains through a long-term teacher training program. Chris’s yoga combines yin, viniyoga, and kripalu, with trauma-sensitive methodologies and mindfulness. His classes blend slow vinyasa forms with long static holds, balancing physical strength and meditative awareness.
In 2013 Chris founded Harbor Yoga in Gloucester, MA, providing yoga and Buddhist practice for experienced students as well as beginners, and those with diverse learning goals and health challenges. Chris has taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health’s Institute for Integrated Leadership, the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, and was active in yoga research with Kripalu Center’s Institute for Extraordinary Living. Chris is currently a Hospice volunteer.

RyterbandJason Ryterband is a mindfulness facilitator in Los Angeles. He provides practical, relationship-centric guidance, leveraging mindfulness tools to cultivate empathy and enrich interpersonal connections. Using a combination of traditional Vipassana meditation techniques and modern psychological research, Jason empowers people to move toward more secure, authentic ways of being in the world.

Jason’s offerings include ongoing classes and workshops around LA, one-on-one mentoring, and a growing body of free, online mindfulness resources.  He also provides support on silent retreats for Inward-Bound Mindfulness Education, Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and meditation teacher Shinzen Young.

Jason has completed a year-long certification in mindfulness facilitation under Noah Levine and JoAnna Harper at Against The Stream.  He has been training in meditation mentorship with George Haas since 2014.  Jason has received facilitation training from meditation teachers Shinzen Young and Deborah Eden Tull, and he has practiced 5Rhythms movement meditation with Kate Shela since 2011.  Jason has an extensive background in computer science, music, and the performing arts, with an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  Since 2008, he has logged over 2500 hours of formal practice and 92 days of silent retreat.  Feel free to visit his website for more information:


Facilitator: Zack Oldenburg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience working with substance abuse and trauma. Zack is deeply interested in the intersection of addiction, attachment theory, and meditation. He believes that meditation coupled with an awareness of attachment strategies and a template for healthy relationships can transform our experience of ourselves and the world we live in. He believes deeply that by addressing our own relational trauma and forming supportive relationships as adults that we can go a long way towards making the world a kinder and more habitable place for everyone. He is honored to be a part of this class and curriculum.