Our mission is to empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust.
Founded in and developed from the real life experiences of prisoners and others, and building on a spiritual base, AVP encourages every person’s innate power to positively transform themselves and the world.
AVP/USA is an association of community based groups and prison based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth and creative conflict management. The national organization provides support for the work of these local groups
AVP is a nationwide and worldwide association of volunteer groups offering experiential workshops in conflict resolution, responses to violence, and personal growth.
AVP is dedicated to reducing the level of violence in our society. Our goal is to reduce the level of violence by introducing people to ways of resolving conflict that reduce their need to resort to violence as the solution. The Alternatives to Violence Project is designed to create successful personal interactions and transform violent situations. We’re dedicated to teaching the same non-violent skills and techniques that were used by Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We do our training where violence is found.
Our workshops use the shared experience of participants, interactive exercises, games and role-plays to examine the ways in which we respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behaviour and violence.
An AVP workshop can help you to:
manage strong feelings such as anger and fear
deal more effectively with risk and danger
build good relationships with other people
communicate well in difficult situations
recognise the skills you already have and learn new ones
be true to yourself while respecting other people
understand why conflict happens
We are a coalition of faith communities and individuals committed to helping reduce recidivism through the development and delivery of educational and personal growth programs in prisons. CPO strives to prepare inmates for returning to society as responsible and productive citizens.
We provide services primarily at MCI-Concord And Northeast Correctional Center, both in Concord, MA.
The International Association For Human Values Prison SMART(Stress Management And Rehabilitation Training) program provides the structure to deliver the common goal of uplifting human values within the criminal justice community. The program is a valuable tool for all those working to end the cycle of violence and abuse in society, whether through law enforcement, social rehabilitation, conflict resolution or human development. We work in tandem with probation departments, family and juvenile court systems, administrators and correctional officers of penal institutions, law enforcement departments. We teach powerful breathing techniques that have immediately calming physiological and psychological effects. We work nationwide in the U.S.
Sahaja Yoga Meditation in jails has been practiced in 22 countries all over the world. The inmates follow the courses on a free will ; the organizers are volunteers.
Sahaja Yoga meditation helps the prisoners :
– to reduce the stress of lack of freedom
– to have peace and positive feeling inside
– to get rid of addictions
We visit agencies in Ohio, bringing yoga and healing to individuals in their communities. We are currently serving youth in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, providing yoga classes which help young adults De-stress, increase perceptions of mental and physical energy, improve mood, and decrease negativity. The Mothering Wheel is continuously writing grant proposals to keep working in these agencies. Over the next year, we will expand our work with at risk youth, as well as other at risk populations in our community.
The Parinaama Prison Project (Fundacion Parinaama) is a totally voluntary effort by yoga teachers of several different traditions (including Iyengar, Anusara, Vini Yoga, Ashtanga, Power Yoga and Kundalini) mostly from Mexico City, Cuautla, Cuernavaca and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to taking Hatha yoga, meditation, pranayama, body-mind & stress management tools behind Mexican prison bars.
We were founded in 2003 by Ann Moxey, Anusara Certified Instructor with a training in Vini-Yoga and Iyengar. In 2011, Ann started a Yoga Teacher Training for the inmates in the Men’s prison, which continues to this day and was attended initially by two female yoga participants from the Women’s prison until they went free. Five ex-inmates are currently working as yoga teachers, some of them in Juvenile Detention/Reform Centers.
Fundacion Parinaama estimates that over 1,500 inmates have attended the classes its members have offered. In the Men’s prison attendance is between 60 to 30 inmates per class. The Women’s prison yoga attendance is currently at about 15.
The Parinaama Prison Project proposes a complete change of paradigm: replacing the present War against Drugs with Drug Prevention Programs . Parinaama Yoga is a registered school which runs a 200 hour Teacher Training in Stress Management and Yoga for Addictions / Prevention. It targets yoga teachers who already hold a Certification or Psychologists/Medical Professionals interested in learning yoga tools to complement the work they already do.
Parinaama has served as inspiration to teach behind bars in Queretaro, Puebla, Toluca, San Miguel Allende, Morelia, Chihuahua, as well as Mexico City and abroad, in Costa Rica’s San Jose prison, and Argentina’s prisons in Tucuman, La Plata, Mar del Plata, and Buenos Aires.
Assists Vietnam Veteran inmates and other inmates in a process of rehabilitation through a Buddhist Spiritual Practice, which includes meditation, study, dialogue and empowerment.
Claude AnShin Thomas is serving following prisons: Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem, OR; Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Wilsonville, OR; McLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Woodburn, OR; prisons in Eastern Oregon, Washington, other US states (works on invitation basis), South America, Germany, Italy.