September 26, 2019

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan will be co-presenting at the 37th Annual NYAPRS Conference with OMH’s Celia Brown and The Coalition for Behavioral Health’s Liz Breier in Callicoon, NY. The conference takes place Tuesday through Thursday September 24th- 26th. Our presentation takes place during the Thursday morning session. (Advanced reservations for the conference required)

Food as Medicine: Discussions on Food, Health, and the Peer Movement

This workshop is a peer led conversation on how the food as medicine movement has transformed the presenter’s relationship to food and overall health. Presenters will discuss how processed food and the food industry adversely affects disadvantaged communities and offers insights for future dialog in support of peers. Time 8:30-9:45am

September 18, 2019

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan returns to facilitate his workshop “Leadership Through Public Speaking” for the current cohort of Mental Health Peer Advocates at the Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project’s 12 Week Systems Advocacy series. This workshop series is offered twice a year on Wednesday‘s from 2-4pm. 

To learn more about enrolling contact Peer Specialist Fay Owens by phone at 646-602-5637 or by email at

September 6th and 13th, 2019

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan returns to the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center to facilitate his 6 hour course “Feeding Our Mental Health: Food Justice, Food as Medicine, Shopping & Budgeting for Healthier Eating. 

The course is offered two cycles a year as part of the peer training program’s curriculum

August 6, 2019

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan partners with Baltic Street‘s Community Resource and Wellness Center to provide peer services, including Feeding Our Mental Health workshops and creating a Baltic Street Garden Club by developing an indoor garden space.

To further inquire about these programs email

August 1, 2019

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan discusses Brain Food Garden Project’s peer driven mission to the current class of students at Columbia University School of Social Work. (closed program) 11:00am

July 18, 2019

The 13th Annual Conference for Working Peer Specialists 

This year’s theme: “Setting Sail for Success: Charting Your Career Journey”

Where: New York University’s Kimmel Center

Time: 8:15am-5:00pm

Brain Food Garden Project will co-present a workshop at this year’s conference with Mental Health Peer Advocate Kira Labinger. The workshop title, “The Peer Relationship to Food: A Look at Our Food Choices and Mental Health Through the Harm Reduction Model”. Workshop time: Morning session (90 minutes)

To learn more about this year’s conference go to the Coalition for Behavioral Health website

June 7, 2019

Season 2 of Brain Food Garden Project’s, The Candor Report podcast premieres. Sean Brennan and co-host Sharon Simon return with 6 new episodes. Join us June through August as we bring together guests and create conversations bridging the social justice worlds of food justice and mental health peer advocacy. To follow the hosts, get advanced previews of our guest lineup, show dates, or to join our conversation like the TCR Facebook page.

May 29, 2019

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan will be a guest panelist at this year’s NYC Peer Workforce Coalition’s Annual Working Peer Summit. This year’s theme is: “Envisioning the Future of the Peer Workforce”. The summit features resource tables with job opportunities, a Q&A with Peer innovators, raffle items, and dinner will be served. This is a free event.

The event will be held at the LGBTQ Center from 6-8pm

W.13 Street (btw. 7th and 8th Avenues)

to book your reservation email ATTN: Willie Flora Gaines 

December 7, 2018

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan guest lectures at the NYC School Of Visual Arts for the current cohort of MFA Products Of Design in their Design for Sustainability and Resilience class. The lecture will focus on Brain Food Garden Projects mission and projects, Sean’s lived expierience as someone thriving with a mental health concern and his role in the Mental Health Peer Movement, And BFGP’s connection to the food as medicine movement. (Closed event)

December 7, 2018

The season finale of The Candor Report podcast airs on your favorite podcast app after 2pm today. Join co-hosts Sharon Simon and Sean Brennan as we have a wonderful conversation with medical intuitive and psychic medium Heather Carlucci on the episode Healing Voices:  A Different Perspective on Hearing Outside of Ourselves

November 14, 2018

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan will participate in Community Healthcare Network’s upcoming Integrative Medicine & Community Nutrition Symposium. Sean will  be part of a Q&A panel discussion on  topics ranging from, nutrition program development, free & low-cost community-based resources (WIC, health bucks, ShapeUp NYC), food access issues, food waste reduction, and nutrition/mental health. To purchase tickets click here

October 4, 2018

Founder/Executive Director Sean Brennan gives one of two Key Note Adresses to the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center’s graduating class of 2018. The title of his address is “Avoiding the Status Quo Vortex in Peer Advocacy”

The ceremony will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center in the Eisner & Lubin Room (closed event)