Support Groups

These groups are safe, nonjudgmental spaces where devotees will create meaningful relationships through heart-connecting conversations.


Compassionate Listening Circles

Resilience is a way of being in the world that enables a person to face a challenge or a problem, work through it and get back to life a little bit stronger and a little bit wiser. It’s about coping with adversity in ways that boost a person’s own sense of well-being and protects them from getting overwhelmed.

Every second Monday of the month on Zoom

Dates 2022: August 8; September 12; October 10; November 14; December 12.

Group Europe: 7:00am – 8:30am European Standard Time

Group United States: 6pm – 7:30 pm New York Time (EDT)

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Facilitated by Rambhoru Dasi, ACBSP, Certified Professional Chaplain, Crisis Counselor & Spiritual Director.

REGISTER HERE to participate.

Suggested donation: $5 – $25 USD/Session (CLICK HERE to submit your contribution).
Offering a gift of a donation is one of the 6 loving exchanges described by Rupa Gosvami, as is receiving it. Giving lakshmi gifts is truly a loving way to reciprocate with those who give us the gift of knowledge and spiritual awareness. Donations go toward developing our programs and resources.


Bhakti Recovery Group

The Bhakti Recovery Group leads the way into a newfound life. These 12 steps are the foundation of our program. Our experience shows that when we work these steps with a sponsor, come to meetings on a regular basis, help another sick and suffering soul, we do recover. We ask Krishna to help us fully surrender to this program and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

12 Steps
  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and associated behaviors- that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that Krishna, a power greater than ourselves, can restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Krishna as we understand Krishna
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to Krishna, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have Krishna remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Krishna to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them orothers.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and the chanting of the holy names to improve our conscious contact withKrishna, praying only for knowledge of Krishna`s will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to thoseseeking recovery, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
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Honesty, open-mindedness and willingness are all we need. We must remember that many of us have spent most of our lives trapped in various addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex, love, codependency, eating disorders, gambling and many other dysfunctional behaviors, so we beg of you to be fearless from the very start. Our lives didn’t become unmanageable overnight, so we learn patience and go easy on ourselves as we allow the 12 Steps and Bhakti yoga to guide us into this new way of life.

We, who have taken birth in this age of Kali, are especially prone to the never-ending pursuit of material sense enjoyment in its extreme. Repeatedly we continued this cycle of insanity, expecting different results. Bound and blinded by Maya, powerless over the 3-fold miseries, we ran around life trying to fill that god sized hole with material sense enjoyments but the results were always the same: pain, devastation and, for some of us, even death.

Many of us are practicing devotees involved in temple communities. Some of us may be reluctant to share that we struggle with addictions or associated behaviors. The BRG is a safe anonymous space for sharing honestly. This is vital for our spiritual growth.

We are born into this body with this diseased condition. This is our karma. We are not responsible for our disease, but we are responsible for our recovery. We fully accept this fact and work with what we have been given. By working the steps and practicing Bhakti Yoga, we become grateful for what we have, and slowly the veil of Maya lifts. Our outlook on life changes, we come to know that everything is by Krishna`s arrangement, and we then begin to know a life free from the bondage of the false self.

So keep coming back and don’t leave before the miracle happens!

Visit www.bhaktirecoverygroup.com to join a recovery group.


Grief Support Group

As we change and grow there will be so many losses, often experienced as something unexpected and unwanted. We might lose a job, a limb, our identity, our home, our faith… Grief is the natural, necessary, normal response to loss. The degree of grief feelings we will have following that loss will depend on how attached we are to the object of our attachment. Grief is a long and arduous process of learning to digest and integrate the pain of loss, and a grieving person never returns to being “normal”.

Starting date: Tuesday November 8th, 2022
Duration: Every Tuesday (12 sessions total)

Time: 6:30pm to 8pm New York Time (EST)
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Group size: 12 members maximum*
* Once the group reaches its maximum, prospective group members will be put on a wait list for a future Grief Support Group.

Group members are responsible for buying two books

  • Understanding Your Grief” by Alan Wolfelt, and
  • Understanding Your Grief Journal”, by Alan Wolfelt

You may find them free in pdf form on google.com. They can also be purchased used on Amazon, thriftbooks, abebooks, etc. pdf They are also available as an audio book.

Reading Group: Group members may decide amongst themselves to meet on the alternate week to read the next chapter of the book, “Understanding Your Grief” by Alan Wolfelt and discuss Journal questions in the book “Understanding Your Grief Journal” by Alan Wolfelt. This is completely optional, however, very helpful to stay on track.

REGISTER HERE

Fee: $40 US dollars through Monthly Patreon Membership during 6 months. Participants must join www.patreon.com/KarunaCareAssociation and select the Support Group Attendees $40 Tier. They can opt out after the Support Group has come to an end.
Offering a gift of a donation is one of the 6 loving exchanges described by Rupa Gosvami, as is receiving it. Giving lakshmi gifts is truly a loving way to reciprocate with those who give us the gift of knowledge and spiritual awareness. Donations go toward developing our programs and resources.


Healing Circle

Experiencing any kind of loss or change of circumstance can have an impact on our life big or small and at times we grieve knowingly or unknowing in silence and/or alone.  In this healing circle we are invited to utilise expressive arts to access what is sitting on our hearts, a pathway of self-discovery and expression through poetry, free writing, drawing, in a space that honours, choice,  confidentiality with compassion, respect and deep listening.

Healing Circles are  Peer Support Groups, an opportunity to express oneself in community and not alone, to learn to walk with grief, sorrow and change rather than suppress it.  To explore expressing emotions in a space where safe connections are  experienced, valued and upheld.  Where we listen to each other in attentive silence, and connect with our shared humanity amongst the current world issues impacting us: geo-polical transgressions, pandemic and climate change.

Starting date: July 22, 2022

Healing Circle focus: Expressing grief through the arts

Facilitators: Krsnangi Devi Dasi and Sri Haripriya Dasi

REGISTER HERE


Divorce Grief Support Group

People seeking to join a Divorce Grief Support Group will be put on a wait list. A Divorce Grief Support Group will be formed when enough interest is generated. If you are interested to join a Divorce Grief Support Group, please fill out this form.


Suicide Grief Support Group

People seeking to join a Suicide Grief Support Group will be put on a wait list. A Suicide Grief Support Group will be formed when enough interest is generated. If you are interested to join a Suicide Grief Support Group, please fill out this form.


Men’s Only Support Group

Challenged by circumstances or personal weaknesses? Join our group and iidentify debilitating emotional patterns and increase self-awareness for spiritual growth. Ultimately, get empowered! This is a space for compassionate listening, inspirational readings, mutual support and group japa.

Facilitated by Yamuna Jivana das (Spiritual Educator, Mediator and Lay Chaplain)

THIS GROUP IS NOW CLOSED AND IS NOT ADMITTING NEW PARTICIPANTS.

Register here to be included in the Waiting List.


Wisdom Texts: Caitanya Caritamrita

Every Thursday on Zoom
11 AM – 12 PM New York Time

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Facilitated by Rambhoru Dasi, ACBSP, Certified Professional Chaplain, Crisis Counselor & Spiritual Director.

REGISTER HERE to participate.

Suggested donation: $5 – $25 USD/Session (CLICK HERE to submit your contribution).
Offering a gift of a donation is one of the 6 loving exchanges described by Rupa Gosvami, as is receiving it. Giving lakshmi gifts is truly a loving way to reciprocate with those who give us the gift of knowledge and spiritual awareness. Donations go toward developing our programs and resources.


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