A small group of volunteers who serve as Buddhist Chaplains in the Los Angeles County Jails and the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.
Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Noah holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions.
Noah currently teaches in Los Angeles, CA at his center – Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
GETTING OUT BY GOING IN (GOGI) offers low cost and donor-funded inmate self-study and group study programming to achieve the goal of release preparation and lowered recidivism rates. GOGI is respected as an authority in prisoner leadership training, education for maximum security and specialized demographics of prisoners.
Offices in California, programming nationally.
Prison Yoga & Meditation Is a not-for-profit 501(c3) volunteer group that brings yoga and meditation to incarcerated individuals serving time in the correctional facilities of Los Angeles. Our purpose is to share our compassion, love, and respect with a population who find themselves unseen and often discarded. To be seen, heard and treated with kindness and compassion opens the door to healing and increases the potential for positive change.
UpRising Yoga is dedicated to bringing yoga to Los Angeles County Central Juvenile Hall. We started in November 2011 and have taught every Tuesday night for an hour to the Alpha and Omega units. On average we have about seven to ten students per unit each week. This program is offering the participants an opportunity to understand how yoga can be used effectively in all aspects of their life. We have seen some promising results thus far.
Visions for Prisons has been teaching in prisons for 10 years with great success and was the recipient of the 1995 International Jampolsky Award for innovative use of Attitudinal Healing in prisons.
As the founder of the not for profit Visions for Prisons, co-author of `Chicken Soup for the Prisoners Soul’ and `Serving Time-Serving Others’ and author of `The Mudra of Light’ and `The One Minute Miracle’ Dan Millstein has taught meditation for more than 20 years both inside and outside of prisons around the globe. He has facilitated more than one thousand support groups in refugee camps, prisons and communities supporting people with life threatening illnesses.