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A PLACE FOR LIKE-MINDED PEERS TO FOSTER CREATIVITY, EMPATHY, AND EMPOWERMENT

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PEOPLE, PLACE, AND PURPOSE

It was once believed that trees in a forest compete for sunlight. We now know this is not true. In fact, when a tree is struggling, others around it will open their canopy, allowing the sunlight in, creating space for healing and growth. This is called “A Gap in the Forest.”

This healing power extends itself to our mental health community, where people, place, and purpose meets creativity, strength, and opportunity.

Make your tax-free donation to A Gap in the Forest, a 501(c)(3) Organization by clicking below

WORKSHOP & GROUP SCHEDULE

Our current line-up of free workshops, groups, and activities led by our volunteers and peer mentors

5:00 PM (PT) via Zoom

MIXED MEDIA
MONDAYS

Hang out and create with us! We open our virtual workroom on Zoom to our community as a space for creatives to work on individual endeavors, collaborate on projects, hold each other accountable to productivity and receive feedback from peers in real-time. From editing photos or making music to working on school projects or organizing your online portfolio, you’re invited to drop in every Monday from 5-6.

5:00 PM (PT) via Zoom

FILM-MAKER
TUESDAYS

A Gap in the Forest's resident filmmaker and documentarian Kate Patel leads group participants to create and produce a variety of film-based projects, including PSAs, social media content, short-form narratives, and experimental films. Participants will collaborate and develop these projects from the ground up, from writing the scripts through filming

and post-production.

4:00 PM (PT) via Zoom

CREATIVE WRITING THURSDAYS

Calling writers of all levels to explore and share your creativity among like-minded peers! Part class, part workshop, each week we explore new styles of poetry through in-group prompts. Writers in the revision process also have the invaluable opportunity to have their works close-read by peers in a safe and supportive environment, facilitated by writer-editor duo Erika and Matt.

5:00 PM (PT)

FRIDAY GAME NIGHT:
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Put down the remote, unplug your gaming console

and join our weekly Dungeons & Dragons group!
Create your character and form a party. Through dialogue and open-ended prompts players are transported to a medieval realm where strategy, diplomacy and creative thinking rule — literally. 
Open to beginners and experienced players alike, please register as there will be limited seats available! Our current campaign is still running. Register for

a seat in our future campaigns!

Please Note: This group will be meeting virtually.

October 22 @ 7:30 PM (PT)

MONTHLY MOVIE CLUB
(IN-PERSON)*

Join our movie crew over cinema and a snack! Every month our movie club meets in-person to see a movie in theaters. Whether you are casual watcher or a big movie buff, you can expect a lively discussion after the movie over coffee or a meal with peers. Our next outing will be held on Saturday, October 22 at the New Beverly Cinema 

*Movies dates, times, and locations will be announced monthly.

4:00 PM (PT)

PEER SUPPORT
WEDNESDAYS

Check back here often as we'll be adding more groups in the near future, including a Podcasting Round Table, Community Outreach and Advocacy, and a weekly Hiking Group, all coming soon!

*In-Person Groups require proof of current Covid vaccination


Help keep our workshops and groups free for all participants through a charitable, tax-deductible donation via PayPal

CURRENT PROJECTS

We are currently working on multiple projects being created by members and volunteers with lived experience. Through collaborative creative projects, and through the process of sharing and storytelling, our art, words, and vision tell of our personal stories in living with and overcoming their mental health conditions

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GREAT GREEN THINGS

A Gap in the Forest presents Great Green Things, their mixed media book containing original poetry, personal narrative, photography, and illustration.

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PRESENCE OF MIND

A frank conversation about our mental health care system and living with a mental health condition, between peers, their doctors, mental health providers, and community leaders.

Image by Will Francis

IN OUR OWN VOICE

A series of short films, PSAs, and forum-style discussions, where we explore the insights, challenges and successes shared by those of us living with mental health conditions.

If you would like to get involved, please contact us for more information or to volunteer!