Inner Fire – East Wing Grand Opening 7/23/19

Inner Fire, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit healing community announces completion of the first phase of its $2.7 million residential therapeutic facility intentionally designed to support healing of the mind, body and spirit without the use of psychotropic drugs.

Inner Fire’s facility sits on a leased portion of a 43-acre site in Brookline, VT that on completion will include three main buildings, along with an art and drama barn and several smaller therapeutic studios, gardens, paths, green houses and workshop spaces.

The completed East Wing accommodates 8 seekers/residents and one or two guides. It includes 9 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a common area, full basement for mechanicals and storage, solar panel, heat pumps, water sprinkler and alarm system.

Beatrice Birch, executive director of Inner Fire, says “Inner Fire was founded with the sole purpose of saving lives by offering the choice to avoid or to safely taper off addictive, psychotropic drugs. We are not anti-medications, but believe in choice. From the beginning it has been our dream to build a family sized, fully licensed residential facility that would be a healing, nurturing, comfortable and safe environment with spaces for creative arts, gardening, forestry and more.”

The non-profit will celebrate the completion of the East Wing on Tuesday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Inner Fire Campus. Journalist Robert Whitaker, who’s written two books about the history of psychiatry, Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic and co-authored with Lisa Cosgrove, Psychiatry Under the Influence will speak.  He is also the founder of madinamerica.com. In addition there will be a guided tour of the facility. Anyone interested in attending must RSVP in advance at 802-221-8051.

Inner Fire retains experienced and dedicated professional staff and therapists and works with a homeopath and anthroposophical medical doctor as well as a psychiatrist and registered nurse who are all committed to facilitating the healing process through respectful, holistic, high quality care for the participants.

Inner Fire has raised over one million dollars to complete the East Wing, which includes general site work, architectural design and engineering, all state and local permitting, site grading and trenching, access road and driveway, well and water storage, septic system, underground electric communication services and other utilities, solar panels, heat pumps, water sprinkler and alarm system, and soon will start on the West Wing.  The entire campus is scheduled for completion by January 2021 with funds raised from donors all over the country.

"We’ve already heard from health professionals and struggling individuals from the USA and around the world interested in the Inner Fire model. The Brookline initiative is just the beginning of a movement aimed at deep healing,” says Birch.

Toward the completion of an individual’s stay, the option of living in a creative living community where one can practice all one has learned and receive help in finding meaningful employment will be offered. For further information: www.innerfire.us

Background: Suicide is the 11th Leading Cause Of Death In The US. Suicide is the 8th Leading Cause of Death in Vermont.

A high percentage of Americans are being treated with psychotropic meds, with no clear plan within the psychiatric community for how to help people get off them – the need is great.

While antidepressants are designed to decrease the symptoms of depression, they and other psychotropic medications too often have the opposite side effect and can increase suicidal thoughts and actions with people of all ages.

For too many people, antidepressants and other psychotropic, mind altering medications avoid important issues by numbing and disconnecting the individuals from what makes them human: clear thinking, heartfelt feeling or directed willing. Feelings of despair and isolation typically increase suicidal thoughts and actions. The impact suicide has on the lives of family members, friends, co-workers and the community is devastating. The loss of human potential is enormous.

Birch founded Inner Fire in 2014 to offer a choice to striving 
individuals seeking to be proactive in their healing process
 without the use of psychotropic drugs. Through her years of practicing, she’d met too many young individuals who hated being medicated and chose suicide rather than live in a fog of pain. Birch is a leading
practitioner of Hauschka Artistic Therapy and has worked in 
Europe and Asia in treatment facilities and training institutes. She has applied knowledge from 35 years of professional 
practice in prisons, inner cities, residential facilities and her 
own private practice. She has an undaunted belief in the resilience of the human spirit. For more information about Inner Fire’s new campus for healing, please visit: www.innerfire.us

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