Enjoy a sober vacation at Canyon Ranch® and attend talks from nationally renowned recovery professionals as they share their personal stories and expertise

Canyon Ranch Lenox

Featured Recovery Speakers & Events

Details on times and locations of talks are posted four weeks in advance at www.canyonranch.com. In addition to their presentations, our featured speakers will lead the Open 12-Step Recovery Meeting each day during their residency.

Dr. Joseph Garbely | Jan. 12-20th, 2020

As the Executive Vice President of Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer at Caron Treatment Centers, Dr. Garbely oversees the following programs and departments: Healthcare Professionals Program, Chronic Pain Program, Neurocognitive Services Department, Detoxification Unit, Medical Management Department, Psychology Department, and Research Department.

During his tenure at Caron, Dr. Garbely spearheaded a high-level initiative to educate and train physicians in Addiction Medicine through the establishment of the Resident Training Program at Caron Pennsylvania. Dr. Garbely established an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Caron Pennsylvania and Reading Hospital. As the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director, Dr. Garbely is a member of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at Penn State College of Medicine, an Adjunct Associate Professor at Stony Brook School of Medicine, and a member of the medical staff at Reading Hospital.

Dr. Garbely is the Chairman of the Physician in Training Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), an ex-officio member of the ASAM Board, and a distinguished Fellow of ASAM. Dr. Garbely received his board certifications through the American Board of Preventative Medicine, Addiction Medicine Subspecialty; the American Board of Internal Medicine; the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Garbely served as the Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director of Caron Pennsylvania. With 20 years of addiction medicine experience, Dr. Garbely has an extensive background in treating substance use disorders, including substance use disorders in healthcare professionals, executives, and pilots. He has worked to develop treatment programs for psychiatric patients involving a 12-Step philosophy. Dr. Garbely has won teaching awards on the local and national level, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Helen Ruske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching.


Join Dr. Joseph Garbely, Chief Medical Officer of the world renown Caron Treatment Center, as he reveals how factors of genetics, environmental trauma and stress affect dependency and recovery.


Learn the science behind one of today’s most pressing topics as Dr. Joseph Garbely, Chief Medical Officer of the world renown Caron Treatment Center, reviews the studies and consequences.

Uncovering Recovery | Feb. 6-9th, 2020

Set healthy intentions and avoid the tripwires of obstacles to healthy living and persistent cravings, including compulsions and addictions (even to cellphones and technology!).


This educational and informative event presents the best combined knowledge of nationally renowned 12-Step professionals and Canyon Ranch practitioners from a fully integrative perspective. 

Dr. Mel Pohl | March 1-8th, 2020

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is the Chief Medical Officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program.

He is a Board Certified Family Practitioner, certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present. He is the author of A Day Without Pain (Central Recovery Press) and The Pain Antidote - Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life with Kathy Ketcham (DaCapo Press).


Mel Pohl, MD, defines addiction, its signs and symptoms, and explains what substances may be involved. He’ll address how addiction develops, various methods of treatment and the road to recovery.


The most common treatment for pain is opioid medication. Treatment may be beneficial, but dependencies have become all too common. Mel Pohl, MD, describes how the opioid epidemic rose in our country.

Jessica Lahey | May 27-June 1, 2020

Over her twenty years as a middle and high school teacher, Jessica Lahey began to suspect that the way we parent children has a direct impact on their motivation, learning, resilience, and the development of obsessive perfectionism and performance anxiety. A deep dive into the research bore this hypothesis out, and resulted in the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed and over five years helping students, teachers, and parents understand that directive parenting and teaching undermines kids' motivation, makes them more likely to give up when tasks get difficult, and ultimately, renders them less able to learn and become more intelligent.

Jessica offers practical advice for fostering deep, meaningful learning by offering kids more autonomy at home and in school, helping them feel more competent, and strengthening parent-child and teacher-student relationships. 


Educator Jessica Lahey breaks down the research on motivation & learning & explains how autonomy-supportive parenting & teaching not only boosts kids’ motivation, but improves educational outcomes.


Educator Jessica Lahey summarizes the research on resilience and competence, and offers tips on helping kids get past learned helplessness and anxiety at home and in school.

Jenni Schaefer | Nov 15-22, 2020

Jenni Schaefer is a bestselling author, popular speaker and a Senior Fellow with The Meadows. Her books include Life Without EdGoodbye Ed, Hello Me; and Almost Anorexic. She is currently writing a book about fighting through post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) She lives in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys singing and songwriting. Learn more about her at http://www.jennischaefer.com.

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Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie | Dec. 26-30th, 2020

The Reverend Ms. Kim K. Crawford Harvie was raised in Concord, Massachusetts and graduated with honors from Middlebury College (Vermont) and Harvard Divinity School. Ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1984, she spent the following year as an intern at First Parish in Brewster, Massachusetts. In 1985, she was called to the Universalist Meeting House in Provincetown, Massachusetts, which she served until 1989. In 1987, she received the Maximilian Kolbe Award for Community Service and, in 1988, she was named Provincetown Citizen of the Year. In 1989, she  was called to Arlington Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts, where she continues to serve as Senior Minister.  

In Boston, Rev. Crawford Harvie co-founded two non-profit organizations: In the Best Interests of the Children, dedicated to providing educational and material assistance to young people and families affected by pediatric HIV/AIDS; and The Shared Heart, a traveling exhibition and book of photographs (released in 1997 by William Morrow) of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers with accompanying text in their own words, designed to support the Massachusetts Safe Schools Initiative.

In 1992, Rev. Crawford Harvie was the recipient of Harvard Divinity School's First Decade Award. In the same year, Rev. Crawford Harvie also received distinguished alumnae awards from Middlebury College and Concord Carlisle High School. In 1996, the Legacy Foundation named Rev. Crawford Harvie Uncommon Woman of the Year. In 1999, Rev. Crawford Harvie was named one of ten delegates from the United States to Women Waging Peace, an international women's peacemaking initiative. In 2002, the Women's Educational and Industrial Union of Boston honored her as one of 100 outstanding women in the Commonwealth. In 2004, Rev. Crawford Harvie performed the first same-sex wedding in a church in the United States.

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