Gnosis Retreat Center Startup Fund

For: Gnosis Retreat Center
San Francisco, CA
Organizer: James Norwood
Gnosis Retreat Center Startup Fund (Gnosis Retreat Center)
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 37 donors
20% Complete

The Story

Prizes for Donations!!!

*$20:aromatherapy oil, healing stone, and card

*$60:above included plus electronic copy of the Ethic of Honestybook by Michael Thompson

*$100:above included plus signed copy of Soul Whispering book by Nita Gage

*$200:above included plus signed copy of Legacy of R.D. Laingbook by Michael Thompson

*$300:above included plus signed copy of Death of Desirebook by Michael Thompson

*$400:above included plus Shamanic Breathwork session with Nita Gage OR90- minute consultation to discuss love life with Michael Thompson

*$500:above included plus DVD set of all lectures and presentations at the first ever R.D. Laing Symposium at Wagner College

*$1,000:above included plus lunch with Fritjof Capra (Author of The Tao of Physics-signed book copy also included)

*3,000:above included plus a ticket to R.D. Laing Symposium 2018 at Esalen Institute

The Need

The San Francisco Bay Area boasts a rich history of acceptance of diversity. However, for people in extreme forms of mental distress there are few alternatives to psychiatric and impersonal forms of treatment. If you or a loved one came to feel overwhelmed and at a loss for how to navigate the challenges of daily life and relationships. If you came to be confused and isolated in an experience of reality that no one else seems to validate, to whom would you turn? Would sedating medications and a mechanical regimen of treatment activities be sufficient? No, these approaches, while they may be useful at times, do not address the isolation that is at the bottom of even the most extreme forms of our suffering. Instead, you would want hope for connection, a place where you are supported, and there are people who are sensitive to your predicament. 

Gnosis Retreat Center aspires to start a Laingian house in the Bay Area.

We are working extensively with communities here to find the necessary resources and community support to acquire a house. We need your financial support to cover the initial year of operations costs. There are already a number of people eager for this home to be opened so that they can move in and begin to live in community with others similarly struggling and receive support from those who are sympathetic to their predicament. 

Gnosis In-Home Services is a recently and successfully funded program to provide in-home support to people in crisis. 

Donate to see the Difference you can make in the Mental Health World! 
If we hope to make humane, personal support widely available, we need a culture-wide shift in how we think about human suffering. To this end, we host lectures, monthly salons, and annual symposia at Esalen. 

We need your help. Our fundraising goal is an essential startup fund that will help us secure a house and provide the first year of operations costs.

If you are able, please donate however small or big. Your help could not come at a more opportune time. 

Watch your contribution grow our vision by staying connected on Facebook. Get free access to our publications, lectures, and project updates. You can also stay connected by emailing James Norwoodor Michael Guy Thompson. We would love to connect and meet you at one of our events :)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 2, 2017


Posted on November 2, 2017

It's time to gear up for the end of the year! And there is so much still in store, such as our upcoming fundraising event, The Science of Experience with Fritjof Capra... and taxes. Now is a great time to donate. Money that we receive now helps us provide Gnosis in-home services to people who have limited ability to pay. Help us help people who might otherwise only have hospitalization as a resource. 

Take advantage of the prizes we are offering! There is some good stuff there!

Also, now is the time to get tickets to the Fritjof Capra event while they are only 25 dollars for the first 50 attendees. 

Finally, we now accept car donations from anywhere in the country. It's easy, just click this link!

Posted on October 15, 2017


Posted on October 15, 2017

Prizes for Donations

Thus far, Gnosis has been 100% donations based and we are incredibly appreciative of your generosity which has made it possible for us to provide personal alternatives to treatment for people with altered experiences of reality. Thus, we have decided to start offering a slew of prizes to say “Thank you so much!” We hope these prizes convey our appreciation and are a way for you to take a piece of Gnosis with you in the form of gifts, signed books, and personal experiences provided by Michael Thompson, Nita Gage, and Fritjof Capra (who have all offered their time and expertise to donors who contribute certain levels). There is even a prize to go to the gorgeous Esalen for our annual R.D. Laing Symposium. Please take a moment to visit our page at, where you can see a full list of prizes, share our page with friends, and stay up-to-date with our activities. As the year is coming to an end, this is an excellent time to donate. Not only will you receive prizes and tax deductions for your contributions, we will also be able to use the money for a house! We are receiving a lot of interest, both for residential spaces, and for staff positions, and anticipate acquiring a house in the upcoming months. Please support us in this pursuit by donating to the house fund.

Posted on September 6, 2017


Posted on September 6, 2017

On the evening of the 31st at 9pm, our requests had been made, the fundraising efforts were put forth, the $2000 matching offer was yet to be met, and time was running short, when... suddenly, the clouds parted and an angel appeared! She unfurled her mighty wings of pearl white and flew down. The wind of her flight and the radiance of her generosity blinded and bewildered the masses. She left without ever having been seen. But lo! In the light of the setting sun, her gift was revealed, and just in time! The remainder of the $2000 yet to be raised was provided, and Gnosis In-Home Services launching fund was made complete. $2000 raised, $2000 matched. $4000 to add to our previously donated $6000. $10,000 to launch In-Home Services and provide support to those who previously had few other places to which to turn! 

You're generosity has made launching In-Home Services in the Bay Area possible!
With all our love and gratitude,
James and Gnosis Retreat Center Team

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