• Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. to Noon, Sunday, December 4, 2022



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Sympathy for the Ego: Compassionate Curiosity for Your Recovery

Center City, MN

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Everyone has an ego. It's a natural, important part of our personalities and the human experience. But when does it become unhealthy? At what point in our lives does our ego start owning us, making us lose control—of our choices, of our awareness and of our recovery? 
At this weekend retreat, Alan Henley will share an in-depth view of the role ego plays in our thoughts, emotions and behavior. If you continue to face roadblocks in your sobriety, come uncover your true-self with compassion and self-awareness to create the person you want to be in recovery. 
This retreat is right for you if you're ready to: 
  • Understand how addiction and obsession are tied to egoic functions
  • Deconstruct harmful patterns, and examine them with compassionate curiosity
  • Overcome your personal recovery barriers
  • Increase self-awareness and self-compassion for a more peaceful, harmonious existence


Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. to Noon, Sunday, December 4

Please call the Renewal Center at 800-262-4882 for more information and to register.

Dan Anderson Renewal Center
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN 55012

About the Presenter

Alan Henley For over three decades, Alan Henley has been involved with the recovery community. He is the author of two books—Being A Human Being and The Story of Little Leaf—a pharmacist, certified medical hypnotherapist, peer recovery coach, poet and perpetual student of life. With a passion for raising awareness in the role of ego in recovery, Henley has been designing and conducting workshops in schools and treatment centers since 2015. 


*COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements
Guests who attend in-person Renewal Center programs on the Center City campus must agree to the following COVID-19 mitigation requirements:

HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION PHOTO POLICY: By attending this public event, I hereby grant the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation the right to use and publish photographs and videos of me, or in which I may be included, for editorial trade, advertising, and any other purpose and in any manner and medium and to alter the same without restriction. I hereby release the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and its legal representatives and assigns for all claims and liability relating to said photographs and videos.


The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.

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