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Hilarapy Recovery Project

As the opioid crisis rages on, the story seems hopeless and dark for many. We are losing six people daily to overdose in the lower mainland, and the outlook feels bleak.

But there is hope. The news doesn’t report the thousands of people who have found freedom from active addiction and are living productive lives among us. It’s time to turn the spotlight on the abstinence-based recovery movement using comedy therapy as the vehicle.

Shame and stigma can be one of the most significant barriers to people seeking help and getting well. The HRP aims to eliminate the shame and stigma that follows those affected by addiction (even long into recovery.)

It’s time to change the story.

Enter The Hilarapy Recovery Project

Enter The
Hilarapy Recovery Project

Lizzie Allan, comedian, therapist, creator of Hilarapy, and person in long-term recovery, is creating a troupe of Hilarapists (Hilarapy-style comedians.) The project will train people from the abstinence-based recovery community how to perform their hilarious and inspiring stories of survival in treatment centres, prisons, and stages across Vancouver and the lower mainland, inspiring hope and changing perceptions.

Register for the
Hilarapy Recovery Project Information Session
Dec 15th @ 7PM Pacific Time

I want to Join the Project

Are you a person in recovery from addiction? Have you thought about using your story to help others? If so, your story is the hope many need to hear. Have you ever seen a comedian who has dropped truth bombs and changed the way you see the world? You could do that too! To apply for the HRP, you must be a person from the abstinence-based recovery community. Once accepted onto the HRP, you must complete the Hilarapy Comedy Therapy Course with Lizzie Allan.

The HRP Course

Learn to harness the power of comedy and therapy to change the world.

Hilarapy™ is a ground-breaking type of comedy therapy designed to help relieve emotional pain and stress and improve confidence and feelings of well-being and joy.

Those selected will embark on a Ten-Week Hilarapy Course into a deeper, richer experience of self through the transformative power of authentic, vulnerable connection combined with play, creativity, and shadow work. This dynamic modality is a creative, empowering, process-oriented course revealing that happiness is a result rather than a goal.

Participants will:

  • challenge fears and limitations head-on in healthy ways
  • take ‘ownership’ of their story without need for sympathy or approval
  • write and perform a 5–7-minute comedy set with confidence and self-respect
  • join a loving, supportive community
  • discover tools to open to the inherent creative flow available to all
  • perform shows across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

 

Participants will:

  • challenge fears and limitations head-on in healthy ways
  • take ‘ownership’ of their story without need for sympathy or approval
  • write and perform a 5–7-minute comedy set with confidence and self-respect
  • join a loving, supportive community
  • discover tools to open to the inherent creative flow available to all
  • perform shows across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

 

Is The HRP for me?

  • Do you have 12 months + continued abstinent from all mood and mind altering substances?
  • Do you want to find freedom from shame and stigma?
  • Do you want to use your story to inspire others?
  • Do you have a sense of humour?
  • Do you want to learn how to write and perform comedy?
  • Do you want to be seen and heard?
  • Are you willing to work hard, take risks, and support others?
  • Are you reliable?

If you have said yes to all the above questions the Hilarapy Recovery Project is for you!

Is The HRP for me?

  • Do you have 12 months + continued abstinent from all mood and mind altering substances?
  • Do you want to find freedom from shame and stigma?
  • Do you want to use your story to inspire others?
  • Do you have a sense of humour?
  • Do you want to learn how to write and perform comedy?
  • Do you want to be seen and heard?
  • Are you willing to work hard, take risks, and support others?
  • Are you reliable?

If you have said yes to all the above questions the Hilarapy Recovery Project is for you!

Details

Cost: $1500- The Hilarapy Bursary Fund will fund $1000 for the course cost. (You Pay $500)

Course Dates: Every Sunday – February 5th – April 2nd, 23

Time: 1PM-4PM

Location: Alano Club (Vancouver), 1525 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1
Final Show: April 15th, 2023 Location to be TBC

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I want to Sponsor

Your gift will help us support people in recovery to shine their light

Thank you for considering sponsoring the Hilarapy Recovery Project. When you give, you’re helping people from the abstinence-based recovery community access our ground-breaking comedy therapy course, and find their voice. Our course creates powerful ‘Hilarapists’ who will go on to shine the light of recovery into the darkness of the opioid crisis using comedy. You’re also investing in Hilarapy, ensuring we continue to give our participants the support they need as they embark on reaching as many people as possible across the lower mainland.

I want to BoOk

The HRP performances are scheduled to start summer of 2023. If you are interested in having HRP perform for your organization or your community, simply fill in the form, and we will put you on the list to be contacted when our project is ready to tour.