The ART of Recovery

Have you ever thought you had to do it on your own?

Have you been stuck in a cycle you can’t get out of?

Have you been condemning yourself for not being able to make a change?

The ART of Recovery

The ART of Recovery Course Description

Have you ever thought you had to do it on your own?

Have you yearned for a way to be restored to flow?

Have you ever thought there was no hope?

Have you been stuck in a cycle you can’t get out of?

Have you been condemning yourself for not being able to make a change?

Have you lost friends, family, or work?

Imagine being welcomed and included as is, with no requirement to be different. Imagine being free from secrets and burdens. Imagine being re-connected to yourself, to others you care about, and to life. Join ART Course Leaders Christopher Gray and Drew Lawson for an experience designed specifically for those seeking freedom from addiction to substances, other people, or compulsive behaviors. We’ll share our best tools and skills for establishing, maintaining, and coming back into connection – with ourselves and with others. We’ll explore the power of owning and letting go of blame, and for claiming our dignity through compassionate humility.

The ART of Recovery course includes skills and practices in these areas:

  • Filling ourselves up through authentic connection.
  • Embracing humility and courage through shared vulnerability.
  • Standing in our dignity by honoring our past and our journey.
  • Freedom and empowerment through letting go of what doesn’t serve.
  • Living into our integrity by repairing damaged relationships.
  • Experiencing the deep nourishment of being there for another.
  • How to use disconnection as a route to deeper connection.

The opposite of addiction is connection. You don’t have to be alone. Join us.

As a graduate of the ART of Recovery course, you will leave with:

  • The ability to engage in deep, meaningful, soulful conversations with anyone, anytime, anywhere
  • A powerful language and skill-set to accurately and transparently express your authentic experience in real time, and to invite others to do the same
  • The awareness to identify your true, core desires, and the ability to articulate them to others
  • A profound understanding of the dignity of speaking your authentic voice, and the humility of using your eyes and ears to pay attention to – and learn from – the world around you
  • The ability to see and reflect the essential being in others, and to gently guide them into a space in which they can be fully, wholly themselves – one of the greatest gifts we can offer each other
  • A complete set of powerful tools to de-escalate conflict and to use conflict as a vehicle leading to deeper connection, understanding, and empathy
  • A restored connection to childlike genuine curiosity, and a perspective that regards the world with awe and wonder
  • The ability to set powerful context at both the personal and collective levels, and a clear understanding of how influential context is in informing our experience of life
  • An experience of profoundly vulnerable, intimate, beautiful connections with other participants that will leave you inspired, delighted, and heart-opened

ART of Recovery Course

Using Zoom as our online workshop platform, highly trained and experienced Senior Course Leaders guide you through a thoroughly tested and proven sequence of advanced authentic relating exercises designed to teach you the most powerful tools to create and deepen connection, with facilitated group conversation after each exercise to ensure maximum learning.

  • Three 3-hour sessions offered once per week on a weekday evening, for three weeks in a row
  • Available to individuals in the US and Europe time zones.

Interested in a course preview? Watch the Art of Recovery webinar with Chris and Drew

ART of recovery Dates

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ART reserves up to two discounted seats at all our courses for those with financial constraints. Please follow this link to access the application!

The ART of Recovery


IMPORTANT NOTE: All payments are processed in USD. Local currencies are listed for reference, based on exchange rates at the time the course was posted.

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Course Leaders

Christopher gray

Christopher is a course leader of The ART of Being Human, Levels 1 & 2, as well as the Authentic Leadership Program (ALP). He’s spent 20 years in the software world as a leader in educational technology, most recently at Facebook. During that time, Christopher has also been doing extensive work supporting people struggling with alcoholism, substance abuse, and codependency. Since discovering and immersing himself in the practice of Authentic Relating, he’s transitioned to coaching and working with ART to bring this transformative, humanizing practice to the world. He teaches Bikram yoga, and, most importantly, is from New Jersey. 

Chris has been sober and active in recovery for quite a while. In addition to recovery from alcoholism, he continues to work with his own issues of codependency and other coping behaviors resulting from growing up in an semi-functional home. Having found Authentic Relating in 2015, he’s deepened his ability to express himself more fully in the world, his capacity to be with and receive others just as they are, and has discovered deeper compassion for those parts of himself that appear difficult, but are ultimately on his side.

What’s worked for Chris thus far in his recovery has been connecting with others, letting go of secrets and blame, repairing valued relationships, and continually seeking compassion for self and other. 

Drew Lawson

Drew has worked and played at the intersection of ecology, well-being, and eros for all of his adult life. Drawing from teachings and practices that include rites of passage, martial arts, Sexological Bodywork, tantra hatha yoga and free-diving, Drew has been offering coaching and trainings in embodied well-being for the last 15 years. He has been a facilitator for ART International since Spring 2019, and currently lives in West London, UK. 

Drew has been active in several 12 Step recovery programmes for much of the last 7 years, as well as exploring multiple other ways to be with his discomfort, from meditation to fasting, sweat lodges to Freediving. Born into an alcoholic family, he learnt very young that drinking was a useful way to numb the pain of connection and disconnection, until it wasn’t. In the last 4 years his participation in the practices of Authentic Relating have supporting him to rest more deeply into intimate connection with others, and ultimately with himself.

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