Saturday, Sept 24th, 2022 – 10am-3pm

This annual event gathers people from the many paths of recovery to celebrate our common goal of freedom from addiction, to increase awareness of addiction and recovery, and to inspire collaboration and community.

For this years event, we present 7 speakers covering recovery topics such as:

  • Art, music, and collective dance as a path in recovery
  • Discovering our identity in recovery
  • Being comfortable and thriving in society while in recovery
  • Utilizing meditation and mindfulness, a Buddhist approach to recovery
  • Family healing together in recovery
  • And more

Our speaker, Salvador Gaeta, will perform with his band, Los Improviders during our event.

  • Free admission
  • Optional $10 spaghetti lunch
  • Door prizes and raffle
  • And more

We’ll also have representatives for various recovery groups and organizations available to provide literature and answer questions. We pride ourselves on being one of the few events where different recovery groups come together under one roof.

For those unable to attend, live stream available at:

Our Speakers

Salvador Gaeta/Los Improviders

Los Improviders is group of Bay Area musicians that love to improvise their sets. They play in the moment without rehearsal which allows a rare freedom of expression to unfold during their shows. Their founder Salvador will share how music and art has been a outlet and path to recovery.

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Gabrielle Antolovich

Board President for the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center. Her talk will discuss her discovery of her identity as LGBTQ+, and overcoming obstacles in recovery.

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Mustafa Kahn

Mustafa is the head of the SF chapter of Daybreaker, a wellness community & sober dance party. Daybreaker is a morning dance community of 500,000+ members in 28 cities around the world that inspires humans to start their day unlike any other—by waking up and dancing in iconic spaces, sober, first thing in the morning.

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Kelly Taaffe

Kelly Taaffe is a world-traveling word nerd and artist. She thrives on the fact that life outside of addiction is not only possible — it’s beautiful. A graduate of the University of Illinois (M.S., Advertising), she is the lead copywriter on the brand team at Box.

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Garry Johnson

Garry Johnson is a nurse, professor and comedian. He has been sober 25+ years and has worked in bars and clubs and hospitals and homeless shelters. Garry worked in both roles as a nurse and comedian drunk, high and sober. He is a regular host of sobriety events and fundraisers particularly for the LGBTQ+ community. Garry will share his experiences and successes navigating through difficult situations in venues where temptations are everywhere!

Thomas Tran

Thomas Tran is a Bay Area representative of Recovery Dharma, the a peer-led movement and community that is unified by trust in the potential of all to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. Recovery Dharma believes that the traditional Buddhist teachings, often referred to as the Dharma, offer a powerful approach to healing from addiction and living a life of true freedom.

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Craig Hinkley

Nar-Anon groups are primarily for people who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. You are not alone. Nar-Anon members have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind. Craig has been attending Nar-Anon for 4+ years and it has changed his life and how he interacts with his ALO. Craig’s presentation will talk about what Nar-Anon is and share his experience, strength and hope of the Nar-Anon program and how it has changed his life


Live Stream Update: Sorry, our live stream didn’t happen. We’ll post a recording on demand (on YouTube). Stay tuned here for link.

Sponsors and Featured Organizations

Momentum for Health

Momentum for Health exists to help individuals achieve mental and emotional health, discover and reach their potential, and fully participate in life. Our organization focuses on a seamless delivery of comprehensive behavioral health services that are accessible, integrated, effective and engaging, resulting in the best treatment possible..

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Support Systems

Support Systems Homes (SSH) is an internationally accredited, state-licensed and certified substance abuse treatment provider dedicated to the innovative and cost-effective treatment of substance use disorders (drug/alcohol addiction). Based in Northern California, our rehab facilities offer a comprehensive structure of treatment programs, sober living environments, and services.

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Crystal Meth Anonymous

Crystal Meth Anonymous is a non-profit 12-step fellowship for those in recovery from addiction to crystal meth. There are no dues or fees for membership. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs.

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The Camp Recovery Center -Scotts Valley

If you or a loved one is need of comprehensive care in order to win the war against addiction, look no further than The Camp Recovery Center. We provide an environment that is designed to foster each individual’s opportunity for transformation of the mind, body, and spirit, allowing you to rediscover the freedom of a life without drugs or alcohol.

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Recovery Dharma

We are a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together.

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Family Giving Tree

The Family Giving Tree envisions a world where Giving brings joy, offers hope and opens possibilities. By inspiring community kindness, generosity, and volunteerism, The Family Giving Tree fulfills exact holiday wishes and provides backpacks filled with STEAM-based school supplies to those in need.

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LifeRing Secular Recovery

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. LifeRing’s emphasis on the positive, practical present-day can turn anger and despair into hope and resolve.

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SMART Recovery

Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating).

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Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center

The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center provides community, leadership, advocacy, services and support to the Silicon Valley’s LGBTQ People and their Allies. We strive to be the community’s premier resource hub and a recognized leader in promoting health, strength, diversity and inclusiveness.

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