Piers Kaniuka will give a talk about how spiritual practices can help those in recovery from addiction Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. in the Somesville Union Meeting House Parish Hall. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ALCYON CENTER

Recovery, spirituality is Alcyon talk topic

MOUNT DESERT – The Alcyon Center presents a talk about addiction, recovery and spirituality by counselor and educator Piers Kaniuka Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. in the Somesville Union Meeting House Parish Hall. The talk is part of a day of events celebrating the Alcyon Center’s 10-year anniversary.

The title of the talk is, “From dislocation to Communitas: spirituality and the challenges of the 21st century.”

“Kaniuka will share his experience working with addicts and inmates,” Katherine Booth of Alcyon said. “He will also address emergent forms of spirituality that are uniquely suited to meet the crisis of our time.”

Kaniuka has been facilitating contemplative retreats at The Alcyon Center since 2009. His work explores how spiritual practices can best serve addicts and alcoholics in early recovery. He is a graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary (’97) and serves as the director of spiritual life at Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham, N.H.

The talk will be followed by a short question and answer session. The event is free and open to all, but registration is requested.

“We will also have copies available of a short paper called ‘Towards a New Understanding of Addiction and Recovery’ which Piers Kaniuka and Ben Kapelson have just written for us,” Booth said. “It is meant to be a resource for deepening conversation about what addiction is trying to show us about ourselves and the world.”

In the afternoon before the talk, the Alcyon Center will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. at its Seal Cove campus.

The open house will include tours of the center, refreshments and screening of a new short film by recent Mount Desert Island High School graduate Rosie Avila and Grey Burkart about Alcyon. The film is called “A Center that Can Hold.”

Contact 244-1060 or [email protected]. Visit alcyoncenter.org.


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