Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR)


Date: TBD.
MBAR is a secular mindfulness-based approach promoting recovery from addiction and working positively with the prevention of slips and relapses. Join us during this eight-week course to experience, learn and integrate mindfulness principles, meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that help people break the link between negative thinking and negative moods/behaviors and become more aware of the habits of thinking that can lead into addictive behavior.

why do you want to join this course?

If you want to avoid slipping back into any addictions or addictive behaviors, you could find MBAR very helpful. Because, many people are able to give up an addiction to a substance or behavior in the short term, but then find themselves relapsing again and again.

During the course, you will learn how to develop mindfulness through meditation. Mindfulness means being aware of what is happening in your experience – in your mind and your body. This forms the basis for learning to tolerate difficult experiences without the need for a substance or other addictive behavior. You will learn this in a group of up to 10 people, with the course facilitator guiding you through a series of meditations. The course also draws on ideas from CBT to help you challenge negative thinking.

Addiction & Recovery + Mindfulness

What is mindfulness and how does it relate to addiction and recovery?

Mindfulness means being aware of what is happening in your experience – in your mind and your body. We become more mindful of body, speech, and mind, and feel remorse when we blow a gasket or lose our cool. We become aware of the impact of dwelling in negative mental states and “stinking thinking”. Many of us get caught up in greed, hatred, and delusion. Mindfulness has the capacity to dissipate these mental states and cultivate a feeling of inner peace, stillness, and contentment. We can change our world, but to do that we must release the wounds and the trauma of our past. We all experience trauma. It is inescapable, but we can be free of it too.

Valerie Mason-John
co-founder of the MBAR program

“The MBAR course was really what I needed without knowing that I needed it. Marina is a great facilitator who shows enthusiasm and passion about what she teaches. It was great to be in a group setting and hear others stories and experiences. I knew mindfulness was important but the course gives you a structure to apply it to everyday life.”

~ Chrystaline L.

Master the three elements

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Developing awareness

Becoming aware of the body, thoughts and feelings through meditation, mindful exercises, and being mindful of other daily activities.


Being with the experience

Instead of pushing away unwanted thoughts, emotions or other experiences, we try to cultivate an attitude of acceptance.


Making wiser choices

We can choose how best to respond to our experience.

Each week we cover different topics and meet on Zoom for 1.5-2 hours. You will be part of an intimate group of up to 8 people, with the course leader guiding you through a series of meditations and exercises. One of the advantages of this course is participation in small groups, safe space for the participants to share their personal struggles and experiences, numerous handouts, materials, and resources useful for home practice, as all as recordings of the meditations.

“Marina is calm and steady without judgment. She has a natural gift for providing an atmosphere of safety and intimacy. Time spent exploring mindfulness was an experience I will hold onto with a smile. Meditation techniques, discussions on addiction, and learning new tools to utilize in the recovery process, will be helpful to me in my personal and professional life. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in MBAR. As a nurse in a recovery center, I will continue to explore  these approaches, both for myself as well as for those I serve.”

Stephanie Schilling, Colorado Nurse

Weekly topics


MBAR course includes home practice. It’s important that you do as much of this as you can because it takes some effort to learn the skills you need to break long-held patterns of thinking. You will be asked to practice every day between the course sessions. Like any tool they can only benefit if you practice using them. So the more you can commit to practicing between classes the more you will benefit from the course.



Welcome session: We explore group expectations, ice breakers, and the foundation practice of the 3-minute breathing space.


Becoming aware

We become aware of the body, thoughts, feelings, and triggers that lead to addictive behavior.


Vicious cycle

We look at the habitual cycle of addiction, and how we can step off the Vicious Cycle.


Accepting experience

We become aware of habitually turning away from experience with blame, self-pity, distraction. We learn to be with our internal barometer, which is a host of pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral feelings.


Thoughts are not facts

We become aware of automatic thinking and learn that our thoughts are not facts.


Taking care of myself

We become aware of early warning signs in the body that alarm us that we are at risk of using, of picking up our choice of distraction. And we create an Emergency Action Plan, to help us when we are at risk.


Keeping the practice going to stay on the path of recovery.

We focus on recovery by reviewing what happens in a relapse. We also review things that we have learned on the course to help us keep abstinent and give us sobriety of mind.



This session can be helpful because endings are often a trigger that can sabotage an individuals recovery. We explore endings and encourage people to use some of the tools they have learned on the course in this session.

Like to join Marina?

Course facilitator
Marina Kolaric

Psychologist, MBAR coach, and Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner
Marina specializes in alternative approaches to health, spirituality, and life in general. Originally from Serbia, she spent her life traveling the globe earning various certifications, and collecting valuable life experience. Marina has a BA in Psychology from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and her MA in Communications is from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. She trained in conflict resolution and mediation, yoga, and meditation, and she completed a two-year program for Ayurvedic counseling. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) trainer and this is the approach she mostly uses in her work. Marina is also a certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, a therapy approach developed by Dr. Gabor Mate.

“What I realized through the sessions that I am worthy of life itself…my first priority is to MYSELF…and it is my right to have “me time” whenever I need to…and if I want I can connect my inner self any time anywhere…I am very much thankful to Marina for the awareness that she gave me…

~ Melisa Biryol Pektas

Join Marina’s 8-week
MBAR program

Live Online Group


Course includes
weekly Zoom meetings (8 in total)
daily exercises with worksheets, practice record forms, and journaling
10 guided meditations (10-20min long)
weekly emails with additional inspirational quotes, reminders, and coaching
facilitator’s availability to answer any questions that participants may have during the course

*Transaction fee is not included in price.

Extra care package
Include 1-on-1 sessions
with Marina


Course includes
everything from the live online group course…

extra elements:
2 (two) 30-minute individual sessions with Marina
weekly personal feedback with Marina

*Transaction fee is not included in price.

“May this MBAR program proves to be just the door you need to open, and if so, then enter, enter, enter, and give yourself over day by day, thought by thought, moment by moment to this reliable and profound form of nurturance and healing.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Founder of MBSR


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