Peers, Tears and Pages: Book Making for Mental Health Recovery

The combination of our work backgrounds and lived experience with mental illness inform this recovery workshop. Our belief is that the creative process is a healing process in itself. Our intent is to help people who are struggling to understand and manage their mental health. By having them express their ideas visually in a creative, interactive and open setting, students put together a record of their most personal and meaningful thoughts into a work of art.

Jesse Sanchez and Brian Karas are both experienced book designers and illustrators with quite a few accolades to their credit in the field of publishing, and as well, have a history of mental health issues and lived experience. Their goal is to use their skills in book design to help people manage their mental health.

  • Four 2-hour classes where students create art based on 12 recovery principles
  • Students learn book design and storytelling basics to assemble their artwork into an artist’s book
  • Students bind their books using simple bookbinding techniques taught in class
  • Art materials are provided but use of personal art media is welcome
  • A reception is held (with pizza!) where students are able to share their work with others

Our newest four-session workshop will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, October 7
  • Friday, October 14
  • Friday, October 21 and
  • Friday, October 28, 2022

All classes will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Apogee Center 160 Fairview Ave Suite 234, Hudson, NY 12534

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Oct 07 - 28 2022


Workshop classes will take place on consecutive Fridays during the month of October 2022.
1:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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