What is the
Peak Living Network?
The Peak Living Network has several distinguishing qualities in its approach to healing. We are about building healing partnerships, healing networks, and healing communities. Healing is inherent in all of us. LEARN MORE.
The Peak Living Network is a global community made up of local support networks. Each local group is dedicated to offering mutual support to its participants. Get a network going in your area. LEARN MORE.
Participate in Our Forum
This Forum has been created to facilitate communication between people who are either in the PLN network or are interested in discussing PLN principles and techniques.
You can also use this Forum as a way to find partners to split time with, whether in person or on the phone.
What a Local Peer Living Support Network Does
The core of what keeps a local PLN network strong is regular attendance at open support meetings and frequent splitting of time among participants outside of support meetings. If you want your network to thrive, and your own healing to shoot forward, build these practices into your regular routine with discipline and commitment.
Open Support Meetings
These meetings are offered as often as possible, and we encourage everyone to attend at least one meeting a week. Attendance is free, but we will ask participants to help share the cost of renting the meeting room to the extent that they can afford to do so. (And we are always on the lookout for free and low-cost spaces in which we can hold meetings.)
The open support meeting is a highly structured gathering, and both the facilitators and the participants are asked to follow the guidelines closely. The guidelines and the reasons for them are explained in “The Structure of a Peak Living Network Open Support Meeting.” By having a clear structure, we help to assure that everyone’s needs at the meeting are attended to and that the meeting has a positive effect, avoiding to the best extent we can triggering and re-injuring people.
Splitting time, which is also referred to as “doing a support session” or “co-counseling,” involves two participants taking turns giving each other high-quality, focused attention to support emotional healing and wellness. Like an open support meeting, a support session follows a clear structure, with each person having equal time to talk and an equal time to listen and give support. The goals and the structure of this healing approach are explained in detail in “How to Split Time“.
Like open support meetings, support sessions are free. You can co-counsel as often as you choose to, based on your ability to find other participants who are open to doing sessions with you.
You do not need to split time with other people if you choose not to; many people will choose to just go to open support meetings. In other words, co-counseling is an additional healing approach available to those who choose to try it, not an obligation of participating in the Peak Living Network.
A local PLN group may also choose to offer additional activities, such as support groups that are devoted to particular topics, day-long or weekend retreats, advanced co-counseling trainings, healing outings, and more. To give just a few examples, a local network might choose to offer a women’s support group, a support group for people caring for elderly parents, or a support group for unemployed people. Any of these groups would have a clear structure, with some discussion time and then support turns for each person attending.