12-Step Retreat in New York

The following information was provided by the organizers of the retreat, which is not affiliated with SCA, although some members do plan to attend. We provide this information in the spirit of recovery.

Practicing the 12 Step Prayers
We Sought Through Prayer & Meditation…

includes private room, 
materials, & all meals
Little Portion Friary
48 Old Post Road,
Mt. Sinai, NY 11766

– Retreat begins –
Friday November 16th
at 6:30 PM
– to –
Sunday November 18th
at lunch

Little Portion Friary is located about 60 miles east of New York City on the north shore of Long Island.


By Train | LIRR

to Port Jefferson Station
We support your journey by offering our home as a place for prayer, reflection, retreats, meetings of all kinds, weddings, spiritual growth, engagement and rest. 
We hope that you’ll find 
Little Portion a place where you can be yourself. We’re committed to supporting you in finding your way to a 
joyous spirituality. 


Got Prayer?


Join us for a weekend of reflection that will recognize recovery turning points, build fellowship, and add to (or, refresh) your spiritual toolkit.


Please join us if you…

  • are in any of the 12-Step programs, from your first 90 days to many years, no matter where you are in step work;
  • have a prayer practice, or don’t; or, are “acting as if;”
  • are curious (or, afraid);
  • are spiritual, but not religious.

During the weekend, we will explore the four prayers that mark major “turning points” in 12 Step recovery: the Serenity Prayer and the Third, Seventh and Eleventh Step Prayers.


Throughout the weekend, we will spend time together in prayer and reflection, recognizing these turning points, sharing our experience, strength and hope, and discussion. 


Some of the types of prayer we will practice together during the retreat will include meditation, labyrinth walks, contemplative journaling, soulcollage artwork, and deep listening.


No matter what step you’re on, or how long you’ve been in program (and, whatever your relationship is to prayer), join us to deepen your experience with these essential “turning point” prayers of surrender, service and transformation.


Please click on the link below to RSVP or register…
Don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions or thoughts before registering.

Led by Paul Kimmerling & Br. Mark D’Alessio, SSF


Paul Kimmerling is a spiritual director, corporate trainer and 12-step practitioner. He has designed and led a number of workshops on contemplative and active approaches to spiritual development and personal growth, in areas such as Centering Prayer, Forgiveness, Personal Transition, and Career as Vocation. In May 2013 he is taking ten people to Assisi, Italy for a spiritual retreat and is currently developing a mindfulness-based wellness program for the workplace.


Br. Mark D’Alessio, SSF, is a Franciscan friar, spiritual director, author, and past President and Executive Director of the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute. Br. Mark has a particular interest in the science and spirituality of applied imagination, a vocation that has spanned two decades and several continents. A Lifetime Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation and past faculty member of their global institute, he has helped, among others, government officials, community leaders, business people, educators, artists, and clergy, with leadership development, fostering innovation, and managing change. Recently he was blessed to serve both the Office of the Presiding Bishop and Forward Movement on cultivating cultures of creativity for the Episcopal Church. A graduate and former steering committee member of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, Br. Mark is the co-author of the training text, The Imagination of Leadership.



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