If you would like to become a Mentor in the faith based Life Connections Program at Petersburg Federal Correctional Facility, or would like more information on other possible ways to get involved in prison outreach, contact Judith Sheldon.

Judith Sheldon

Heart of the Blue Ridge Sangha is a mindfulness practice group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, in Roanoke, VA. We are an ongoing PDN supporting member.

We have partnered with a local organization (Total Action Against Poverty) in Roanoke to provide a mindfulness program at the Roanoke Regional Jail. This program began in December, 2010.


Bon/Buddhist Tradition project.

We are providing inmates a stress-reduction class based on the meditation practice of the Five Warrior Syllables as described in Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s book “Tibetan Sound Healing”.

We have active programs in Albemarle Charlottesville Joint Security Complex in Charlottesville, VA., Oklahoma City Federal penitentiary, Warsaw Prison in WArsaw, Poland, and preparations for programs in Germany, Nederlands, France and Finland.


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