• CooperRiis, a Healing Farm Community CooperRiis, a Healing Farm Community


  • Interest area icon
  • Interest area icon
  • Interest area icon
  • Interest area icon
  • Interest area icon

Volunteer with us!

Subscribe Get an RSS feed of these Opportunities
Please wait . . .

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help individuals whose lives are impeded by mental health challenges or emotional distress to develop their capacities for creativity, wholeness, relationship, and optimal health so that they may achieve their highest levels of fulfillment and functioning and respond productively to their future challenges and opportunities for growth.


CooperRiis provides Individualized, comprehensive recovery services for individuals with mental illness at two campuses: a 90-acre healing farm community in beatiful western North Carolina, and a more urban campus in Asheville's historic Montford District. At both campuses, we offer a holistic approach to wellness that engages all areas of a person's life, including mind, body, spirit and heart.

Our "healing farm community" gets its approach and structure from a therapeutic community model that has been in practice for over 80 years. The central concept is a living environment where staff and residents live, learn, recreate and work together as a functioning community. To this model, CooperRiis has added the elements of modern psychiatry and psychology, with as emphasis on relationship-centered care, recovery, and a strong holistic component that affirms and honors the "whole" person. CooperRiis nurtures the whole person, rather than just the mind by utilizing comprehensive services and programs.

For more information, please visit our website at www.cooperriis.org.



Report this organization


Average Review 1 reviews

Would you recommend CooperRiis, a Healing Farm Community?

by Ari Z. (2017-04-17 17:12:57.0)
I was an intern on the farm for 6 months then signed on as a volunteer with Campus Crew for another 6 months. With Campus Crew I learned how to clean things to a standard that I didn't even know existed. This was my first encounter with the field and it peeked my interest greatly. CooperRiis stirred something in me that now has me volunteering in another Healing Community and looking into how to best make this field a career path. My time there taught me a great deal about living in community and what that means. I met some incredible people at CooperRiis and it was also a great learning experience. I highly recommend the experience of volunteering there!