Welcome to the Western Mass Recovering Learning Community
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks. We believe that human relationships are often at the center of what heal people who have experienced extreme emotional distress, trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, addiction and a variety of other challenges in life. We also believe that we are a part of a civil and human rights movement and that real change does not happen on a sustainable level unless everyone is involved in the process and issues like discrimination, poverty, imbalances of power and acceptance of natural diversity are addressed.
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is made up of PEOPLE (not places) and is wherever and however YOU and others from the community may choose to connect. Together, we offer a variety of events, workshops, trainings, advocacy and leadership councils, as well as a peer support line, four resource centers (Springfield, Greenfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield) and a Peer Respite in Northampton. Above all else, we create space for anyone who has a genuine interest in taking part in our community and holding its values to share and find connection, information, ideas and opportunities to make change in their own lives and/or the community around them. Our shared experiences and ‘humanness’ are what unite us. Our stories, collective wisdom and strength are what guide us and our community forward.
The new space is next to the Pittsfield Commons, where farmer’s markets happen regularly, there are basketball courts, space for community picnics and more great stuff. We also have room for gardening! Our landlord is connected to a local nursery, so we hope to have lots of herbs and flowers available to our community, and picnic tables out back for folks to lounge in the sun.
Next month’s newsletter will feature a more in-depth look at
the Bowen Center, and the community that has formed around it
and made it so vibrant.
If you have pictures or writings that you’d like to offer and share,
This workshop has been re-scheduled to Friday, May 27th, from 2-4pm.
This month we will be hosting a special workshop & conversation about Gender Identity. All community members are welcome to join in to learn and share experiences about gender. Pizza and salad will be served.
Click on the picture (or here) to read some more about gender identity.
10am to 4:30pm (registration at 9:30)
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
~ Re-define the relationship between a voice and voice hearer
~ Reduce the sense of powerlessness that some voice hearers experience
~ Reduce negative impacts of voices on daily life
a registration form by Friday, May 1st (or until the training is full)
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
San Diego, CA
visit the Alternatives website by clicking here.
We have just a few more spots open for our June
Hearing Voices Facilitator Training, and we will
continue to accept applications until we're full!
Monday, June 20th to Wednesday, June 22nd
(9:30am to 4:30pm each day)
Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke
Hearing Voices Groups do not pathologize hearing voices, seeing visions or other unusual experiences. Instead, group members explore these phenomena in an environment of mutual support and curiosity.
Currently there are a growing number of Hearing Voices Groups in the United States, and our vision includes both supporting and bolstering existing groups and expanding the overall numbers and accessibility. We hope that you will join us in bringing this vision to reality!