In 2018, LakeCity opened its doors to creative individuals living with mental illness or addictions with the launch of its 12-week Therapeutic Woodworking Program. In an effort to expand our reach to groups underrepresented at LakeCity, we now offer woodworking activities tailored to three specific demographics: Veterans and Civilians living with PTSD, Youth aged 16–30 living with mental illness, and self-identified Women, Transgender and Gender Non-Binary People living with mental illness. The goal of the Therapeutic Woodworking Program is to create an inclusive and compassionate space where participants at all stages of recovery can develop their own sense of self-worth through creative recreation and community support.

We believe that every person has unique skills and abilities, and that resilient communities are born when these abilities are channeled into compassionate support for ourselves, and others whose struggles resemble our own. With that in mind, a portion of each Therapeutics session is dedicated to a collaborative project that will be designed by the group, and sold at LakeCity Marketplace to ensure the continuation of the program— actualizing our sense of self as part of a larger community that we care for, and likewise cares for us.

Program sessions are guided by participants, with support and direction from LakeCity staff. Participants are encouraged to be creative in imagining and designing a personal project that they will work on for the duration of the program. The sessions are free and open to people who self describe as living with mental illness. No experience with woodworking is required. Our current Therapeutics session is running from January to April 2019.

LakeCity gratefully acknowledges the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation, RBC Foundation and the Dartmouth Heritage Museum.

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Veterans & Civilians Living with PTSD

Tuesdays 4:30 - 7:30 pm – January 15-April 2

Thursdays 4:30 - 7:30 pm – January 17-April 4

Self-identified Women, Transgender & Gender Non-Binary People

Tuesdays 4:30 - 7:30 pm – January 15-April 2

Youth (aged 16–30)

Thursdays 4:30 - 7: 30 pm – January 17-April 4


Please note that all of our groups are fully booked due to space limitations and program timeline.

If you are interested in participating in future programming or need more information, please contact us directly at or by filling out this webform. We will contact you regarding future program offerings (spring/summer 2019) when available.