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A PLACE FOR LIKE-MINDED PEERS TO FIND
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 (PST) via Zoom

MIXED MEDIA
MONDAYS

Our mixed-media group curates original artwork, photography, poetry, prose, and narrative into a series of self-published books.

Our current book, "Great Green Things" will be available for purchase soon, and we are currently working on new material for our second book due out in summer of 2022.

5:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

FILM-MAKER
TUESDAYS

Led by A Gap In The Forest's documentarian, Kate Patel, participants will have the opportunity to create a variety of content, including PSAs, commercials, and short-form narratives and documentaries.

4:00 PM (PST) via Zoom

CREATIVE WRITING
THURSDAYS

Our Creative Writing Group is a safe space for writers of all levels to explore and share their creativity among like-minded peers.


Part class, Part workshop each week participants are provided the opportunity to practice their craft by discussing new styles of prose and prompts as well as receiving feedback on their writing workshopped by peers and instructors.

6:00 PM (PST) In-Person*

FRIDAY GAME NIGHTS

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Join other RPG enthusiasts for our weekly in-person game night. This group is ideal for first-timers, beginners, or advanced players looking to meet others and enjoy D&D in a safe, supportive, and fun environment.

Schedule announced monthly

MONTHLY MOVIE CLUB
(IN-PERSON)*

In the tradition of a book club, our movie club meets in-person monthly to get together, see a movie in the theaters, and go out afterwards for a lively discussion over coffee or a meal.

The dates, times, locations, and movies will be announced monthly.

Schedule TBA

MORE GROUPS COMING SOON!

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.

Click here for a sneak peek!

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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!