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The Sanctuary Course™


Group Facilitators: Leslie Giacomelli, JJ Soriano (Tues. mornings); Gavin Caldwell, Riley Harper, Donna Pearson (Tues. evenings); Samuel Grottenberg, Corinne Nairn (Thurs. evenings)

Time Commitment: 8 weekly sessions of about 1.5 hours

Cost: FREE (printed or PDF Course Book will be made available)

Description: The Sanctuary Course is a study guide for small groups, designed to raise awareness and start conversations in local churches regarding mental health. Over the course of eight sessions, participants will: explore the intersection of faith and mental health, expand their understanding of mental health and mental illness, examine the effects of stigma, define the principles and processes of recovery, reflect on the importance of companionship, learn about self-care, and discuss next steps for their community.

The sessions include informative reading, discussion questions, reflection exercises, and prayers. Compelling films featuring people of faith who have journeyed through mental health challenges accompany each session.

Meeting Times (3 separate groups):

  • Tuesdays, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM (starting Nov. 30th) | IN-PERSON or HYBRID
  • Tuesdays, 5:00–6:30 PM (starting Nov. 30th) | HYBRID
  • Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM (Dec. 2nd) | VIRTUAL


  • This Learning Circle will have three groups (listed above)
  • The first four sessions will be held prior to Christmas (Nov. 30/Dec. 2 through Dec. 21/23)
  • The last four sessions will be held in the New Year (Jan. 4/6 through Jan. 25/27)
  • We're planning for in-person, hybrid, and virtual options; this is subject to change based on the COVID-19 situation, restrictions, and group comfort levels.