Mountain range just behind the retreat grounds

Beyond Belief

‘An agnostic path through the Twelve Steps and Traditions’

With or Without God: an agnostic path through the Twelve Steps and Traditions.

This weekend is for We Agnostics today (Atheists, Humanists & Freethinkers) as well any 12-Stepper working with today’s newcomer who seek a more secular view to the AA’s versatile and inclusive path.

In 2016 the UK GSO published, The “God” Word: Agnostics and Atheists in AA and in North America, AA Grapevine’s October issue featured atheists and agnostic sharing about sobriety in AA without a belief in a prayer-answering, sobriety-granting higher power. Today’s 12-Step recovery is possible without having to obey someone else’s believers or deny our own. This weekend will be an educational and experiential weekend for anyone wishing to broaden their 12-Step experience.

“…this was the great contribution of our atheists and agnostics. They had widened our gateway so that all who suffer might pass through, regardless of their belief or lack of belief.” — Bill W., Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 167.


Joe C. (Toronto, Canada) is a columnist, author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life and host of Rebellion Dogs Radio (

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October 27 – 29, 2017

Early Bird – Shared: $337, Private: $437

Regular – Shared: $387, Private: $487