Support Groups

At this time, some support groups are meeting in person at the Fearrington Cares (FC) Center, whereas others are available only on Zoom. If the group is meeting at the Center, please follow our COVID safety protocols.

If you would like to practice a Zoom connection, email

Alcoholics Anonymous

10–11 am
FC Center

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is perhaps the most widely known program for overcoming an addiction or chemical dependency. For decades, AA meetings have helped countless men and women begin or continue their pursuit of lifelong recovery. These are closed meetings.

Parkinson’s Support Group

First and third Tuesdays
1:30 to 3:30 pm
FC Center

This group is open to anyone with Parkinson’s and to their families. Sign up for email updates with further details. Contact Jan Cope-Kasten at

Brainiacs Memory Café

10 to 11 am
FC Center

This group is open to anyone who has had a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or similar condition.  

Caregivers Support Group

First and third Wednesdays
1 to 2:30 pm
Zoom links to come from the instructor when you register

Being an effective caregiver requires kindness and selflessness, tolerance, resilience, and loyalty. But the demands of caregiving can sometimes make a 24-hour day seem like a 36-hour day. Those who provide care know that their task can be stressful and frustrating, perhaps putting them at risk for depression or other emotional or physical illnesses. This group offers participants an opportunity to share experiences, vent, find support and comfort, and learn about additional resources in Fearrington Village and the larger community. The group is co-facilitated by Karen and Fred Shectman. Email Karen Shectman to join and for Zoom information.

Living with Chronic Conditions

First and third Thursdays
1 to 2:30 pm
Click on this Zoom link to join

A number of resources address chronic pain, but few help with the emotional roller coaster of living with a chronic condition or illness. This group will help you find support and inspiration. The group will discuss the effects of chronic illness on identity and self-concept, how to communicate with others in ways that are healthy, and fears and aspirations for the future.

10 to 10:45 am
Fearrington Cares Center

Sit in stillness and explore the movement of breath through various techniques that focus the mind. With subtle guidance, we’ll explore directed awareness, open awareness, and insight meditations along with visualizations. This accessible approach is universal, secular, and intention-based, which allows us to bring what we cultivate into everyday life.

One-on-One Counseling

Individual one-hour sessions for short-term grief counseling may be arranged by calling the FC Center, 919-542-6877. We’ll schedule you with our Certified Grief Counselor and share other resources in the area.

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