Human beings have a natural and innate need to bond. And when we’re happy and healthy we’ll bond and connect with each other. But if you can’t do that — because you’re traumatized or isolated or beaten down by life — you will bond with something that will give you some sense of relief. Now that might be gambling, that might be pornography, that might be cocaine, that might be cannabis, but you will bond and connect with something because that’s our nature, that’s what we want as human beings.

- Johann Hari

A mindfulness based approach in recovery.

A mindfulness based approach in recovery addresses the most important aspects of what individuals are trying to accomplish, which is the "rewiring" of their mind/body systems, in order to learn more skillful ways to tolerate increasing amounts of emotional and psychological pain without becoming reactive, shutting down or turning towards substances and behaviours to self-medicate.

The Mindful Recovery Centre was formed in order to offer individuals dealing with addiction and codependency, an innovative and well-researched programme, which can assist them in learning new skills to better navigate the challenges, which arise in early recovery. Our training and programmes are designed to activate integral mindfulness principles to assist individuals and families to develop a balanced and compassionate approach to recovery and to grow towards healthier ways of relating in life. Our intention is to redirect the focus of recovery from abstinence and sobriety, whether of substances or behaviours, to supporting and developing optimal health, resilience and continuous growth in individuals and families. We don't believe people in recovery need to be spoken down to or rescued. We do believe that each human being has innate potential and resources that allow for them to grow and thrive. Many however, just need the support, encouragement and knowledge to navigate and learn how to best access their own authentic power and presence.

Rationale for our chosen curriculum focus:

There is certainly evidence that there is a genetic predisposition to addiction. However, even putting genetics aside, the emotional, psychological and behavioral patterns that get passed down through the generations put each generation at risk for perpetuating the trauma related dynamics that lead to emotional problems across a wide range of indicators. When individuals with a trauma history, try to re-enter adult intimate relationships later in life, they are exposed to all sorts of difficult and "big" feelings. Dr. Tian Dayton, the Director of Program Development for Breathe Life Healing Center and author of fifteen books, most recently The ACOA Trauma Syndrome, Emotional Sobriety, Trauma and Addiction; explains in her PhD, that in order to heal a deregulated nervous system that is impacted by trauma "a combination of body work, therapy and twelve step programmes" and "finding alternative ways to self sooth and self regulate such as yoga, massage, exercise,?meditation/relaxation/breath work can stimulate the body's natural opioid or self soothing systems and heal the nervous system bringing it back into balance."

The Mindful Recovery Centre's programmes are designed to offer a clear way to facilitate the above outcome. The training introduces and explores 8 key elements. These elements work in harmony to bring about radical redefinitions of change, which are the hallmarks of a more mindful and resilient existence in recovery:

  • Awareness of Thoughts, Feelings and Body Sensations
  • Sustained Attention
  • Focus on the Present Moment
  • Non-Judgemental Acceptance
  • Kindness and Compassion
  • Honesty and Humility
  • Balanced Living
  • Emotional Sobriety


To implement, continually develop and deliver innovative and ethically based Mindfulness Recovery Programmes to individuals, families and institutions who are seeking recovery and current psycho-education. 


To empower individuals and families with the foundation principles of mindfulness, to enhance their ability to self-regulate and improve their quality of life, communication and emotional sobriety in recovery.

Our Values:

  • Ethically Minded - We operate with the highest professional ethics and training standards and put the needs of the client first.
  • Embodied Personal Integrity - We practice what we teach and take personal responsibility for our work.
  • Heart & Compassion - We train with heart and appreciation by respecting individual capacities and differences.
  • Innovation - We continually develop & incorporate the latest literature and science-based teachings on mindfulness and recovery in our training material.

How we work:

  • Appreciative Enquiry
  • Mindfulness-Based Recovery Coaching
  • Individual and Couples Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Depth Facilitation
  • Psycho-Education
  • Experiential Learning

Audio Downloads

Awareness of Breath

Awareness of Thoughts

Body scan Long

Body Scan short

Loving Kindness Meditation

Mountain Meditation

Sober Breathing Space

Urge Surfing


Our mindfulness based programmes are designed to activate integral mindfulness principles to assist individuals and families to develop a balanced and compassionate approach to recovery and to grow towards healthier ways of relating in life.

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Mandy Johnson
Cell: 082 568 4806
Address: 74 Regent Road,
103 Gibraltar House,
Sea Point,
Cape Town,