Greetings from Refuge Recovery World Services,

We regretfully announce that with continued gathering bans in place through at least January of 2021, our 6th Annual Refuge Recovery Conference has now been rescheduled from the weekend of February 26th-28th, 2021, to the weekend of June 11th-13th, 2021. The conference will be held in Los Angeles at the Against the Stream Meditation Center in Venice Beach.

Our annual conferences are open to all Refuge Recovery members from around the world and are a chance to meet, to learn, to get inspired, to practice and to work with fellow members to create the next phase of Refuge Recovery group representation. 

To learn more and register for the 6th Annual Refuge Recovery Conference

All existing conference registrations will be rolled over to the 2021 Conference. If you cannot join us for the new dates and desire a refund for a prior conference registration, please let us know.

All three days of the conference will offer the chance to meet and hear Refuge Recovery members as they share their experience, aspirations and ideas for how they are helping their groups to offer the best possible RR program in their areas. 

Refuge Recovery World Services board members and staff will offer status reports and present our current plans and goals. The non-profit service group will facilitate workshops and other sessions to help all those doing service in Refuge Recovery. 

Saturday will include a delegate assembly, where together we will begin the process of establishing a RR World Service Committee. This committee will be the future point of interaction between RR groups and the RR World Services board and staff.  

Refuge Recovery conferences offer the chance to practice together. Noah Levine will be offering opportunities to sit with your worldwide sangha throughout the weekend.  

In preparation for the June conference, Refuge Recovery World Services will be holding an Online Service Day on Sunday February 28th. All RR meeting secretaries, group representatives and others participating in group service will be invited to attend. 

Covid-19 pandemic conditions have made our original 2020 plan of holding state level service conventions with RR group representatives unworkable. Instead, RR group reps will be delegates at the service portion of the June RR Conference. The delegates will be instrumental in the eventual creation of the first RR World Service Conference, which will become the democratic deliberative body of service for the Refuge Recovery movement. The RR World Services board urges all elected RR group reps to attend the annual conference in June and begin this work of creating the RR democratic service structure. If your group is not able to send a delegate this year, please know that you will be able to participate in the service discussion and delegate assembly online. 

Noah Levine and Joseph Souhrada of RRWS have been working together to encourage and assist meeting members in holding elections for their group representatives. We encourage all members to participate in building sangha through service at local group business meetings and by attending both our February service day and our June annual conference. Please contact with your questions regarding group service or anything else.

We hope to see you in Los Angeles for three days of Refuge Recovery worldwide community building in June. All groups are encouraged to raise funds to send their representative. This will be one to remember. 2021 promises to bring a major turning point for RR, as we return to in-person meetings in large numbers, while simultaneously expanding our valuable network of online meetings that have kept RR alive and have brought so many new members into our community. The long-awaited second edition of the Refuge Recovery book also is in the works for 2021, with new stories and new lessons for recovery. Production of the feature documentary film about the people of RR is expected to be completed in 2021 as well. The June conference will be a key event of a pivotal year for our movement.  Working together, we can help each other create the future of Refuge Recovery. 

In Service,

Joseph Souhrada

Russ Smith

Rachael Savage

Noah Levine

Refuge Recovery World Services


Executive Director

Hi Sangha- hope this Newsletter finds all of you well and, for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, enjoying the summer. I’m pleased to report that our annual conference, referred to as RefCon, went beautifully this year.

Major props to our Planning Committee, which was composed of Regional Representatives from around the US and Canada, and local arrangements, managed beautifully by the Los Angeles team. They all did an incredible job, both in the planning stages and supporting the conference participants throughout the weekend. RefCon4 was a celebration of sangha, with speakers who helped start Refuge Recovery all those years ago as well as folks who are newer to our community. A whole lot of spirited folks in one place lifting the building off the ground. This was our first year live-streaming and I want to acknowledge one of our crew in Canberra, Australia for suggesting we give it a try. We’re posting a link to each session on the Refuge Recovery website so you can check them out if you were unable to attend or catch the live streams.

Our first Annual Report was summarized at RefCon and that is now posted on the website as well as our 2017 tax return.  The Refuge Board of Directors is well aware that sorting through the various entities tagged as Refuge Recovery can be confusing. Just to be clear,

Thanks so much for everything you do to make our turbulent world a refuge. I look forward to seeing you soon on the Sangha World Tour; next stop is Dover, NH for the first-ever Region IX Conference!

Jean Tuller
Executive Director

Hello Sangha!

Our Newsletter this month is devoted to intentions. What are your intentions for the coming year? How will you make them happen? 2017 was a year of geo-political-social challenges (hmmm… maybe “nightmare” is a better description!), for sure, and so

how do we as a global sangha continue to carve out safe space? How do we hold a lantern for those seeking refuge? Recovery is always dynamic; the support we provide one another strengthens each of us and our sangha as a whole.

Speaking of strengthening, in June 2017, we had 260 listed meetings. We are now at 447 on our new and improved meeting listings web page. This is incredible growth and demonstrates how all of you have made Refuge Recovery a place to come home to. Also, we are on track to build our regional infrastructure, with the plan being that most of our regional representatives will be identified by January 31, 2018. I’m pleased to announce the following representatives:

Region II: (AB, MB, SK, WY, MT): Erin Gail
Region III: (UT, CO, NM, NV, AZ): Ray Rosales
Region V: (SD, ND, MN, MO, KS, NB, WV): Jim Joedicke
Region VII: (LA, AL FL, NC, SC, MS, TS, KY, GA): Taunia Kellerby, George Beecher, Beau Patrick Coulon
Region VIII: (ON, QC, NB, NS, PE, NL): Louise Goodman
Region IX: (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI): John Burns and Joel Osterman
Region XI: (International): Jerry Sulonen
Region XII: (Online Meetings): Kris Roehling;
and Women’s Recovery and Refuge Online: Erin Dunn

Beginning in February, the Representatives will start designing and building the functions and structure of the regions as well as provide assistance in planning for our annual Conference, scheduled for June 8-10, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Please thank these folks for their service above and beyond the call!
And deep bows to all of you as we travel together into the coming year.

Hope to sit with you soon-

Executive Director

Hello Sangha!

Generosity. Some folks associate that word with the season we’re in. In Refuge, generosity is an everyday occurrence. The generosity of starting and supporting meetings. The generosity of serving as mentors. The generosity of giving your phone number to someone who just walked in the door.

The generosity of your donations. The generosity of our incredible volunteer, DIY spirit, which gets this newsletter published, manages our social media presence, and serves on local sanghas and our Board of Directors. All of these things happen and all because of you. Last month, I announced our new Instagram team, lead by Dan Oliverio, which has a couple of new members- Brent Borresson and Scott McNemar. These folks are giving a major jump to our presence on Insta; please send them some metta when you have a moment. This month, I’m pleased to announce that Hillary Hildebrand will be overseeing our entire social media portfolio, working closely with Dan and Co. as well as other Refugees active in our social media world. Hillary is genius for this work and I look forward to seeing how she raises our game. Please extend your gratitude and generosity to her as she takes on this new responsibility. And please accept my gratitude for everything you do every day to give our chosen friends and family a refuge. Hope to see you soon on the Sangha World Tour.

Hope to sit with you soon,