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.
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