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July 2014

A Call to Artists

clean V

all you have


This September, Your Art’s Desire Gallery of Art and Framing marks their fifth year of celebrating National Recovery Month with their clean show. This year’s theme will be “all you have”.


We are looking for artists who have been affected by drug or alcohol addiction, who are actively working towards recovery in their life. (This is not limited to the addicts’ experience; people who love someone who has struggled with addiction are also encouraged to submit work.) This is a juried show and we are asking interested artists to create and submit for review, work(s) that specifically explores this year’s theme “all you have”. Artists could look at “all you have” as the benefits of your recovery journey or it could be a look at “all you have” in relation to inner resources you use to achieve your recovery.

For consideration please email no more than 3 images (jpegs) to:



or if you prefer you may submit a CD of images to:

Your Art’s Desire

12928 Minnetonka Blvd

Minnetonka, MN 55305.


Please be sure to include contact information, dimensions of the artwork and medium.


Show runs September 2 - September 30, 2014

  • All submissions must be to us by Sat. July 26, 2014 (be sure to include name , contact information and dimensions of the artwork)
  • The selected artists will be notified by Sat. Aug 9, 2014
  • All artwork must be completed and in the gallery by noon on Mon. August 18, 2014
  • Opening Reception is scheduled for Sat. September 6, 2014 6:30 – 10pm

Any questions? Email at mail@yourartsdesiremtka.com or phone 952-988-9772


Multidimensional Nature of Eating Disorders
July 30th 2014

Join The Emily Program and The Retreat to:

  • Identify the symptoms of eating disorders across the eating disorder spectrum
  • Define treatment modalities delivered by a multidisciplinary team
  • Describe communication skills used in order to address eating disorder behavior
  • Discuss ways to focus on a person’s overall health and well-being without adding emphasis on weight

Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions that require appropriate care and management by a team of mental health and medical professionals. This training will provide a basic level of understanding of the multidimensional nature of eating disorder development and maintenance, challenges related to recovery, and communication techniques to help approach someone who may be struggling. The session will also address the diverse range of people that eating disorders impact and how personalized treatment is effective in managing individual needs.


Two (2) continuing education units available for Social Workers, Psychologists, and LADC’s.


more information and registration

Webinar: Integrating Treatment for Clients with
Co-occurring Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities

Thursday, July 31 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Limited space. Register today!

Click Here to Register


People living with brain injuries and intellectual disabilities often struggle with depression, poor impulse control, and short-term memory problems, which are just a few of the reasons for the increased incidence of substance abuse among this population. Too often, people with cognitive impairments are not successful in conventional drug and alcohol treatment programs which do not accomodate their unique learning styles.


Webinar Objectives:

  1. Highlight the prevalence of and physical causes of traumatic head injuries and intellectual disabilities.
  2. Review the psychosocial, physical and social effects of traumatic head injuries and intellectual disabilities.
  3. Understand the consequences of traumatic head injuries and intellectual disabilities including memory, sensory, initiation, disinhibition and altered self-image.
  4. Learn adaptations of treatment methods for increased effectiveness in working with people with disabilities.


Duane Reynolds has worked in the area of mental health and substance abuse treatment for 35 years. He has spoken throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe on the treatment of addictive disease, group therapy, relapse prevention, and cognitive disability.

Rick Krueger has worked in the area of mental health and substance abuse treatment for 24 years. He has presented on the treatment of addictive disease, group therapy, relapse prevention, and cognitive disability. His most current trainings have addressed co-occurring disorders of substance abuse, mental illness and cognitive disabilities, building resiliency, and trauma-informed services.

Continuing Education:

Attendees will earn 1 CEU credit. This conference meets the standards for the Cultural Diversity Requirement.

Technical Requirements:

  • Please review the System Requirements for GoToTraining.com before the training.
  • You can access webinar audio via a long-distance phone number or through your computer speakers (high-speed internet connection highly recommended for this option).
  • Your computer needs Java to run the webinar; many tablets do not support Java.

Click Here to Register

August 2014

FREE Parenting Seminar Series


August 19
Topic: Building School Success into Our Kids
Erica Gwillim, LICSW and Jenny Miller, LMFT
Do you ever wonder if you are doing the most you can to help your kids be successful at school? Does your child’s schooling ever cause you frustration? Does the school week sometimes seem never ending with homework, projects, activities and headaches? If yes, then join us for a look at how to rejuvenate your child’s motivation, as well as your own motivation, to be successful at school.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

New Brighton Office
Brighton Professional Building
1900 Silver Lake Road
New Brighton, MN 55112
Second Floor
Group Rooms 2 & 3

Registration for the seminars is not required, but is recommended.

To Register, please contact:
Kayla Schultz

September 2014

Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC) presents
Rally Caps for Recovery


September 2, 2014 7:10 p.m. Twins vs Chicago White Sox
Tickets are $15 each and include a FREE hot dog and soda with every ticket.

Arrive early to hear the Recovery Works! pre-game talk and see our throwing out of the First Pitch!


  • Tickets will go fast! Reserve now! *Bring a baseball cap to wear as a Rally Cap for Recovery
  • Individual or group tickets may be purchased online at or by calling
    Julia Parnell at 612-584-4158
  • For Recovery Month Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julia Parnell at 612-584-4158 or julia@minnesotarecovery.org
  • This is a Minnesota Recovery Month event to express gratitude, convey hope and to celebrate all in recovery—family, friends, and everyone in our communities who help recovery happen

more information

Recovery Month Spirituality Breakfast

Presented by Minnesota Recovery Connection, the Augsburg College Step


Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:30 a.m.

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Augsburg College

625 22nd Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 5545

KEYNOTE SPEAKER— JoAnn Campbell-Rice
JoAnn Campbell-Rice, Ph.D. is a spiritual director at Hazelden's Dan Anderson Renewal Center, where she manages the renewal program and spiritual care. A teacher, writer, and inspirational speaker, JoAnn teaches the 12 Steps as a spiritual path in the Lodge program in Center City and leads retreats on grief and recovery. Prior to receiving her certificate in spiritual direction from St. Catherine University, JoAnn worked in higher education for 25 years, as a professor of English at Indiana University, as the co-founder of the IU office of Community Outreach and Partnerships in Service-Learning, and as staff of Minnesota Campus Compact. She is the author of Towards a Feminist Rhetoric as well as articles on spirituality of the 12 Steps, writing to heal, and meditation and listening.


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Workshop: Foundational Truths for Self Compassion and Forgiveness. 

September 14-16, 2014


In this experiential 3 day retreat, facilitators Ellie Hyatt and Laura Davida Preves bring participants on a journey to self love, kindness and ultimately, forgiveness of self and others. We will practice self compassion and forgiveness through meditation, journaling, breath, sharing from the heart and laughter. (A residential retreat Sunday at 4pm through Tuesday noon.)

Fee: $225.00


Location: Our program is offered in the beautiful McIver Center for Spiritual Development at The Retreat in Wayzata, MN. 1221 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, MN 55431.


Register here: 


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MRC's Fourth Annual Walk for Recovery!

Saturday, September 20, 2014 9 a.m.–1p.m.
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, MN


Registration 9 a.m.
Walk 10:30 a.m.
Celebration 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.


This is a National Recovery Month event to express gratitude, convey hope, and to celebrate all in recovery and those who help recovery happen! Bring your family and friends - wheelchairs, strollers, and even the family dog!


more information

October 2014

November 2014

Ongoing Events

Exploring 12 Step Spirituality

2nd Saturday of each month 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Colonial Church of Edina                                  
6200 Colonial Way Edina, MN 55436
This workshop series is for those active in 12 Step programs and those wanting to explore and deepen their spirituality through meditation.

Held on the second Saturdaymorning of each month from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Colonial Church of Edina, in the Hearth Room, starting Saturday October 12, 2013.
Each workshop includes: 

  • Centering Prayer Meditation Instruction
  • Two 20-Minute Sessions of Silence
  • Readings from the Big Book
  • Teaching on 12 Step Spirituality and Impediments to It
  • Testimonials
  • Group Discussions

Please visit please visit http://12StepSpirituality.org for more information about their workshops and for directions to the church.
Workshop Schedule. Each session includes instruction in Centering Prayer Meditation

October 12, 2013
Step 1: "The Gift of Desperation"

November 9, 2013
Steps 2 and 3: "Beginning the Quest"

December 14, 2013
Step 4: "Breaking the Block"

January 11, 2014
Step 5: "Secrets and Lies"

February 8, 2014
Steps 6 and 7: "I'm Not Much, But I'm All I Think About"

March 8, 2014
Steps 8 and 9: Guest Speaker Michael C: "Materializing the Promises of Steps 8 and 9"

April 12, 2014
Step 10 and Codependency: "My Part in the Problem"

May 10, 2014

Steps 11 and 12 and Emotional Sobriety: "Happy, Joyous, and Free-Me?"


Women only 
11th step open meeting

Sundays, 11am - noon

When:  beginning  August 11, 2013

Where:  The Garden At River Ridge

190 River Ridge Circle, Burnsville

(Off Of Nicollet Blvd. And Hwy. 13 -Behind Skateville And Mn Antiques)

- non-smoking building

Contact  Susie P @ benhogan007@charter.net OR 651-492-6400 with any questions or Jody B @ 763-744-6402

New Courageous Caregivers Meeting

Courageous Caregivers is a group for parentsfamily and concerned persons of loved ones who are struggling with opioid addiction and abuse.  Examples of Opioid abuse of narcotic pain pills include Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Opana, Perocet, Vicodin and the drug heroin.

While the unique focus of the group will be to support parents, family and concerned persons of loved ones struggling with opioid addiction and abuse, we recognize that other drugs, alcohol and co-occurring disorders may be included in the addiction process.


Courageous Caregivers Support Group will be held at the University of Minnesota, Fairview Riverside Campus in the North Building, Ground Level in Room NG26 every Monday beginning September 16, 2013,

6:00 pm to 7:30 pmThere is no fee for this group.


University of Minnesota, Fairview Riverside Campus

2450 Riverside Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55454

Please park in the Yellow Ramp and enter the North Building at the circle drive entrance. As you enter the North Building at the ground level go to your right and you will find room NG 26 located immediately to your left.

This group will be co-facilitated by:

Gloria Englund, MA (www.recoveringu.com )

Mary Kay Borgstrom, RN, PMHCNS-BC, MSN (www.opioidcoalition.org)


This group is not a replacement for professional counseling advice and treatment. We will promote a safe, confidential and anonymous environment.


clean IV: the landscape of recovery


Your Art's Desire Gallery of Art and Framing in Minnetonka presents its annual art exhibition clean:  a show about recovery by artists in recovery.  This marks the fourth year that visual artists were invited to share their experience of restoring their lives after struggling with addiction. The show is presented in September in recognition of National Recovery Month and is a personal  service commitment by owners' Ken and Melissa to give back to a community that plays an integral part in their everyday lives of long term recovery.  This year's theme 

is the landscape of recovery

opening reception:  
september 7, 2013  6:30 pm-10pm 


exhibition runs:
september 1 – september 30, 2013


More info:  952-988-9772




12928 Minnetonka Blvd 
Minnetonka, MN 55305


Recovery Yoga at River Garden Yoga Center

12 Step Recovery Yoga with Suzula B.
Sundays, 5:30-7:00pm 

Recovery is more than just abstinence. Recovery is a lifelong process of healing, transformation, and growth. Regardless of how addiction manifested in our lives, we were trapped in a cycle of spiritual disconnection, mental obsession, and physical compulsion. We emerged from active addiction beaten, wounded, and unwell, only to discover that the problem wasn't outside; it is inside ourselves.


Yoga and meditation can be powerful tools in any recovery program. The instructors invite you to come by the studio and see what we have to offer. Everyone is welcome, and classes are accessible to first-time yogis and advanced practitioners alike.


Sunday Kids' Meeting


  • Learn about addiction and its effects on them.
  • Experience that they are not alone.
  • Learn that it’s not their fault, and that there is help.
  • Have some time to just be a kid!

Date: Every Sunday in the Men’s Chapel at The Retreat
Time: 1:00—2:00 PM
Ages: 7—12 Years Old
Location: The Retreat
1221 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, MN 55439
Fee: FREE!


Hazelden's Second Sunday Retreats

Every second Sunday of the month everyone in recovery is invited to come to Hazelden in Center City, MN for an inspirational day of workshops, fellowship, sharing and fun.

Second Sunday is open to anyone 18 years or older involved in a Twelve Step program. 
Cost to attend is $20 per person and the day includes a buffet lunch and information packet.

  • 9 a.m. -- Register at the Cork Center
  • 9 a.m. -- Introductions and orientation to the day
  • 10-11 a.m. -- Lecture at Bigelow Auditorium (the lecture will be the theme for group discussions.)
  • 10:30 - 12:45 -- Small group discussions
  • 12:45 - 1:30 p.m. -- Sunday buffet
  • 1:45 p.m. -- Small group discussions or Meditation group
  • 2:55 p.m. -- Relaxation group, Room 117 of the Cork Center
  • The day wraps up at 3:30 p.m.

View the calender of presenters here

Connecting Resources Together

Job Club At: Woodland Hills Church, Maplewood, MN
The format of this job club is to address a specific topic each night that will help job seekers fine-tune their strategies for finding their next job.

Addressing Concerns Together (ACT)

A Hazelden Outreach Program

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