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.canyonranchdestinations.com. In addition to their presentations, our featured speakers will lead the Open 12-Step Recovery Meeting each day during their residency.

Jessica Lahey | October 13 - 20th, 2019

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. 


Veteran teacher, author, and education journalist Jessica Lahey breaks down the research on motivation, resilience and learning, and explains how autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching not only boosts kids' motivation, but improves educational outcomes. Using personal narrative and humor, Lahey explores the research on extrinsic and intrinsic motivators, praise, and learned helplessness, while offering instruction and assessment methods that promote deep, durable learning and engagement.


Jessica Lahey, veteran teacher, journalist, and author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, shares the research on the most effective ways to prevent childhood addiction. Lahey outlines the risk factors, explains which positive interventions can overcome those risk factors, and offers parents and teachers actionable, useful tools for raising happy, healthy kids who will be less likely to turn to addictive substances when faced with the increasingly toxic stress and anxiety adolescents face at home and in school.

Rabbi Paul Steinberg | Nov. 23-Dec. 1st, 2019

Paul Steinberg is a rabbi and nationally recognized transformative educator. Rabbi Steinberg previously served as a principal of a Jewish day school in Dallas, Texas and the Senior Educator at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He has published many articles on Jewish thought and education, as well as five books including, Study Guide to Jewish Ethics (JPS, 2003) and the three-volume series Celebrating the Jewish Year (JPS, 2009) which earned the National Jewish Book Award. After getting treatment for his own alcoholism, workaholism, and depression, Rabbi Steinberg now serves as the Beit T’Shuvah Community Rabbi and Spiritual Advisor, a synagogue community in association with an addiction treatment center. His most recent book is Recovery, the 12 Steps, and Jewish Spirituality: Reclaiming Hope, Courage and Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2014), which tells his personal struggles with addiction, as well as provides the first comprehensive approach to integrating Jewish spirituality with the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.


Rabbi Paul Steinberg, a youth prevention educator and addiction spiritual advisor, discusses spirituality and how 12-step wisdom may benefit youth, parents, and educators.


Rabbi Paul Steinberg, an addiction spiritual advisor, explores how Kabbalah provides insight and meaning to the psychological and spiritual processes involved in addiction and recovery.

Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie | Dec. 26-30th, 2019

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.


Join featured presenter Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie, distinguished alumna of Harvard Divinity School, for a peaceful morning Berkshires saunter with stops for brief, beautiful poems and quiet reflection. 


Holding on to pain doesn’t make things better. Keeping the past on repeat doesn’t change it. Join Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie, alumna of Harvard Divinity School, to discuss the freeing power of letting go.

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