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About Me

Ken Dunn (aka Katbird)

Recovery Coach/Group Facilitator/Chief Joy Facilitator

Recovery is not the end of fun, it's just the beginning.

My recovery journey started at the end of a 12 year marriage.  I knew things needed to change.  After starting to meditate for intrusive thoughts, I started attending a Buddhist-based and mindfulness-based recovery program.  That was a life changer for me.

After 2 years in recovery, I still wasn't happy.  Things were supposed to be better but, I wasn't feeling it.  I attended Codependents Anonymous and made progress, however, that didn't feel like the end of the story.

I got back into backpacking and started spending more time outdoors.  I eventually decided to attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail.  After 5 month and 2193, I completed it on October 4, 2020 during the pandemic.  During that time, I realized I wanted to follow a life of purpose.

Shortly thereafter, I took experiential recovery coaching training.  I immediately recognized that to be the path I was meant to follow.  Within 4 months I left my previous career of 30 years to work in peer support.

In the meantime, I started attending Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families.  I am continuing to recover from the complex PTSD (CPTSD) that I experienced.

Over the course of my 7 years in recovery, I have seen how engaging in meaningful fun activities has improved my mental health and well-being and how I can learn valuable life skills from them.

Recovery is not the end of fun, it's just the beginning.

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