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About Recovery College

Recovery is a journey, not a destination

Phone 403-297-1402
Address 105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW

At Recovery College, our educational-based approach focuses on helping people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves or their loved one’s recovery journey. All of our courses are developed and delivered in partnership with our peer supporters who are experts by experience: they have their own story of a mental health or substance use concern, or are supporting a loved one.

Everyone is welcome to attend our free courses and drop-in classes. No previous experience is required and with more than 45 courses to choose from, there is a course for everyone.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you soon.

45 Courses

45 Courses

All our courses are interactive and create positive learning experiences, emphasizing connection, hope and belonging.

239 Sessions

239 Sessions

Courses runs for 3-5 weeks, giving students time to consider future opportunities and move towards personal empowerment.

21 Locations

21 Locations

The majority of courses are held at our Welcome Centre, but also in community venues across Calgary.

Discovery College


A youth adaptation of Recovery College that has been imagined, built and led by our young people! If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, come join us to discover the meaning and purpose in your journey. It’s an opportunity to really delve into who you are, what you want out of life and the possibilities available to you because of all the hidden qualities you possess. Discovery College is about learning from each other, sharing experiences and ideas, and exploring your own interests and potential outside the limits of mental health.

Join a relaxed environment where everyone is equal and there are no “rights” or “wrongs”. Participate in groups with others who will listen without judgement, offer support in who you are as a person, and learn what actually works to help you stay healthy and be the best version of who you are meant to be. Our Discovery College courses are found under the “youth category”- look for the purple courses! Take action and learn to become an expert in your own wellbeing today!

Popular Courses

Sign up for an upcoming course or get more information in our course catalogue.

Circle of Friends Drop In

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm MDT

Start Monday Sep 21, 2020
End Monday Sep 21, 2020 (1 sessions)
Location CMHA Recovery College
Virtual Treat Yourself Tuesday Drop-In

10:30 am to 12:00 pm MDT

Start Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
End Tuesday Sep 22, 2020 (1 sessions)
Location Online
Virtual Discussion Group

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm MDT

Start Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
End Tuesday Sep 22, 2020 (1 sessions)
Location Online
Virtual Caregiver Connections

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm MDT

Start Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
End Tuesday Sep 22, 2020 (1 sessions)
Location Online
COVID-19: Adapting to Change: Online

10:00 am to 11:30 am MDT

Start Thursday Sep 24, 2020
End Thursday Sep 24, 2020 (1 sessions)
Location Online

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If you require any help registering for courses please call us at 403-297-1402 or email us at

Still have questions about our courses?

Anyone aged 16+ affected by mental health or addiction who want to explore the recovery journey and their own wellness. Those who are supporting a family or friend, as well as people working in the mental health field are welcome to attend. No referral is needed.


Our courses are friendly, informative, engaging and enjoyable to help students on their recovery journey. Two trainers co-facilitate each course – one an expert by profession, working in their field of expertise; the other an expert by experience, those who have personal experience who will share their experience as part of the course.

Nothing! All courses are free, but you must register before attending. Drop-in courses do not require registration and are open to everyone.

Our courses offer more structured learning experiences than a typical group program. They’re designed with input from qualified and experienced educators based on contemporary learning theory. Each course has clear learning outcomes and activities to explore and build knowledge.

None. All of our courses are open to everyone at all levels and at all stages of recovery. All we require is an open mind and a willingness to participate.

If you need help registering, please contact 403-297-1402 or email us at

Creating programs that are designed to empower

CMHA Calgary has been providing community-based programs and services in the Calgary Region for over 60 years. We are part of a national association of 120 CMHAs scattered across the country continuously evolving to serve the needs of our communities since 1918. We work closely and collaboratively with local community serving agencies to foster better system coordination and to share and learn current, or emerging best practices. CMHA Calgary is recognized as a national leader of recovery. Our staff has participated on local, provincial and national working groups. We have been developing and testing recovery model practices with local, provincial, national and international health agencies and their community providers, clinicians and peers.

We are a recovery-focused organization – our programs and services are designed to empower individuals with the tools and resources to live a meaningful life, despite diagnosis or condition. We are proud to walk with individuals living with a mental health or substance use issue and their families as they travel along their recovery journey.

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