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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 Tucson

Featured Recovery Speakers & Events

Speaker dates are tentative pending Covid-19 updates. Details on times and locations of talks are posted four weeks in advance at

Jessica Lahey | September 9-16, 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.

Uncovering Recovery | Oct 1-4, 2020

Explore  your 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. 

Rabbi Paul Steinberg | Nov 14-31, 2020

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.

Jenni Schaefer | December 11-18, 2020

Jenni Schaefer is a bestselling author, popular speaker and a National Recovery Advocate with Eating Recovery Center’s Family Institute. Her books include Life Without Ed; Goodbye 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

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