The subject of this video is recovery from mental illness in a therapeutic farm community. Don and Lisbeth Cooper, the founders of CooperRiis, such a community, tell about how and why they started this effort after retiring from careers in very different fields. The mother of one of the current residents tells about her daughter’s experience there and what a blessing it has been in their lives.

Taped July 8, 2009.

Discussion Questions for Therapeutic Farm Community

Resources for Therapeutic Farm Community

Note: Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare and Comcast do not necessarily endorse the content of this program.

Notes on music and art:
The composer of the music and the painters of the pictures used in the show lived with serious mental health problems.

Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Francesco Bassano
Old Man in Sorrow by Vincent van Gogh

The Erythraean Sibyl (Sistine Chapel) by Michelangelo

To view a captioned version of this video, see Captioned Video