The first ever Creative Maladjustment Week took place July 7-14, 2013…from Ireland to Toronto, Canada to New York city! Here’s a recap of some of the great events that took place. We can’t wait until next year!

Mad Pride Toronto


Welcome to Mad Pride Toronto 2013: A Celebration of Madness from July 8th to July 14th,2013
(brought to you by Mad Pride Toronto Organizing Committee)

The Mad Market Bizarre
Saturday, July 13th from 11am-5pm
CAMH lawn at Queen/Shaw (1001 Queen Street W, Toronto)

The Mad Market will go all out this year, some might say even Bizarre! There will be many mad goods for show and sale [t-shirts, buttons, mugs, key chains, artwork/sketches/paintings, crafts and handmade goods, jewelry, bead work, purses, cook books, comic books, books of art and writing, memoirs, academic books, knitting, baked goods (including vegan options!), zines, blogs, leaflets, Tarot readings]. Connect with various activist groups and obtain information about local consumer/survivor organizations. Join us in participatory movement exercises like yoga and Tai Chi. Have your portrait sketched. Bring your knitting or learn to knit with the Mad Knitters. | Cost of items varies from $1 to $50+. Cash only.

Do you know a consumer/survivor of the mental health system who may want to show/sell their handiwork? Please tell them about the Mad Market. Email or leave a voice-mail message at 647-931-7563 to reserve a table.

This is a Mad Pride Toronto 2013 event. [Download the event poster]
For the full schedule of events and posters/brochures to print and distribute, visit our web site.


MindFreedom Ireland

Sandra Higgins, Psychologist at The Compassion Foundation of Ireland “Compassion & Activism: how activists can manage the risk of burnout and use compassion to ensure that we are at peace while we work towards justice for others.” This talk takes place as part of the celebration of Creative Maladjustment week organised by Mind Freedom (IAACM) and the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment to Animal Rights Violations and is hosted by Ruuts and Shuuts.

July 16th 2013
Food Served 5:30-9pm, talk starts 7pm

1, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Hosted by Ruuts and Shuuts

Sandra Higgins is Director of Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary and of Matilda’s Promise, Animal Rights & Vegan Education Centre Sandra is also the Founder of The Compassion Foundation of Ireland where she works to help psychological distress and trauma through Compassion Focussed Therapy and Ecopsychology (

2. We will also publish selected personal stories of activism and Creative Maladjustment on our Facebook Page.


MindFreedom New York

The internet makes it easier to connect to people across the globe, however, there is something about meeting someone face to face that provides a real connection. Join activists and peer supporters as we celebrate our Creative Maladjustment connection and activism.

Wednesday July 10, 2013 – 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Meet us at Whole Foods, 14th Street/Union Square –
4 Union Square South
New York, NY 10003

Let’s walk together to celebrate in Union Square Park!
Bring your own beverages. Some light refreshments provided.

For more information: Please contact Celia – cksean@aol. com or Eileen – or Lester – or call 646-576-1634.

See you Wednesday!



Nottingham, UK


We celebrate Creative Maladjustment Week in Nottingham with an exploratory space on July 8th at Nottingham Contemporary Gallery – and we hope that subsequent creative activities will feed into new experiential learning frameworks to support the education, empowerment and well-being of us all – within the focus that people are everything.
And to celebrate this global expression of critical nonconformity, our event is facilitated by Making Waves, a local enterprise of people with lived experience of madness. We aspire to create spaces and possibilities, which bring different people together in new understandings, adventures and relationships.

Events include workshops, drumming with Biant Singh, films, music, bring-and-share picnic, Reggaerobics with Patty Dumplin’, amazing talks and group activities, and the Mad Love project – ‘Design-Your-Own-Asylum’ with The Vacuum Cleaner (aka James Ledbitter).
We invite you to get creatively maladjusted at Nottingham Contemporary or in your own spaces during Creative Maladjustment Week and we would love to network with you over the next 12 months on anything that emerges.

We actively want to network and involve others as our activities emerge! Please contact Julie Gosling for more information.

Thank you.

Julie Gosling, Making Waves
Isobel Whitelegg, Nottingham Contemporary


Mad Hatter drawing Mad Pride Derbyshire (UK)

For 2013, we have decided to hold a number of events across Derbyshire aiming to educate, inform and have a good time whilst doing it.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Wonderland Ball
11th July 2013 from 6pm – midnight

Taking place at The Spot, Derby, this event will be the culmination of all of our activities and will include live performances, creative activities and our declaration of Mad Pride.

More details to follow shortly. . . . . .
If you would like a ticket or for further information, please contact Lou Kowalski via email or tel: 01773 746919.
Tickets are limited at this event.

For more about Mad Pride Derbyshire (UK), see their web site



read about plans for CM Week in Lane County, Oregon


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