and the 12-Steps

The Mindfulness and 12-Steps movement began in California at the turn of the millennium as people gathered to meditate and deepen their spiritual recovery from a broad span of addictions. Described by the St. Paul Pioneer Press as an “anchor” of the recovery community in the Midwestern United States, Thérèse is the author of Mindfulness and the 12-Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment (Hazelden Publishing, 2010).

This page offers a wide array of resources for people in recovery, from audio recordings of past meetings to recovery retreats, Mindfulness & 12-Step meetings, and special events. Enjoy!

Mindfulness & 12-Steps Meetings

These weekly meetings explore basic teachings of the Buddhist practice of mindfulness and their reflection in the twelve steps. The group supplements recovery and is designed to reveal that consistent mindfulness and meditation practice is vital to spiritual progress. We begin each session with a period of meditation and follow with a brief presentation and discussion. Open to all members of a 12-Step recovery program.


“We have a common interest in meditation practices and how they can inform our recovery from addiction. Each month, we discuss one of the Twelve Steps and how Buddhist thought, meditation, and mindfulness practice can inform its application to our life in recovery. We sit in silent meditation together, hear a talk by one of our members, and share our reflections.

A diverse group, we are part of the great stream of beings seeking deeper serenity in our lives, grounded in sobriety by the 12-Step program, and inspired to awaken and live in the present by the practices of mindfulness meditation. In our addictions, we were never here in the moment. We wanted to be gone. Now we are learning to wake up to the joy of being alive.”

Adapted from Mindfulness and the 12-Steps by Thérèse Jacobs Stewart. (MN: Hazelden Publications, 2010.)

7:00pm – 8:15pm
Clouds in Water Zen Center
445 Farrington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55103

7:00—8:15 PM
Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
3343 East Calhoun Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7:00—8:15 PM
Common Ground Meditation Center
2700 E. 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Open to all 12-step program participants. Donations welcome.