San Francisco

BayNVC’s Safer Communities Project teaches nonviolent communication (NVC) classes in 6-month and year long courses to incarcerated people at San Quentin State Prison and in jails in Sonoma County. Our students behind prison walls learn practical skills founded in self-awareness and compassionate communication that support a shift from blame and judgment into empathic connection, authentic expression and inner freedom.

Weekly classes train students to cope with the real-life challenges of prison life, foster compassionate relationships with their families and other prisoners, and enable incarcerated people who want to change to address many of the issues that have kept them locked into violent patterns of behavior and communication.

Meganwind Eoyang

Insight Prison Project was founded in 1997 with one class for 14 male prisoners at San Quentin State Prison. Today, IPP offers unique and effective programs for thousands of men, women, and youth at 15 state prisons, three county jails, several reentry facilities, and one juvenile institution.

We are a restorative justice based organization that goes into prisons to offer programs about accountability, empathy, emotional intelligence, and restorative justice.

Outreach activities provided by Kadampa Meditation Center San Francisco include:
1) Sending Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books to inmates in jail and prisons around the country and the world who request them.

2) Providing meditation classes to inmates at San Bruno Men’s Jail and SF Women’s Jail.

3) Providing meditation classes to residents and staff at A Woman’s Place homeless drop-in center, Atria Senior Housing, Agesong University Senior Housing, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, and members of the Tenderloin Boys and Girls Club.

Liberation Prison Project offers spiritual advice and teachings, as well as books and materials, to people in prison interested in exploring, studying and practicing Buddhism. A Tibetan Buddhist organization and social services project affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, since 1996 the project has supported the Buddhist practice of over 20,000 prisoners. Active mainly in the U.S. and Australia, where we are established as nonprofit organizations in San Francisco and the Australian Blue Mountains, we also have branches in New Zealand, Spain, Mexico, Mongolia and Italy.

Our Mission
To help youth transform harmful behavior and live meaningful lives through mindfulness meditation and emotional awareness.

Founded in 2000, MBA designs, delivers and researches mindfulness and emotional literacy programs for at-risk youth. MBA also trains educators and youth service providers nationally and internationally.

Roger Miller, Executive Director

The word seva means “selfless action that serves community.” This path of yoga is committed to surrendering our actions to a higher purpose. By developing innovative and cost saving programs that serve the people of our communities, and delivering such programs in an accessible and complimentary manner to existing services, the Purusha Seva Project seeks to create communities of healthy, flourishing people.

• To provide a vehicle for socially conscious investors to support the teaching of classic Hatha/Raja yoga and Holisitic Life Skills (including Breath Work, Holistic Therapies, Mindfulness Practices and Meditation) in the style of Purusha Yoga to at-risk and underserved populations who would greatly benefit from the philosophy and practices.

• To recruit instructors trained in the style of Purusha Yoga to utilize their specialized skills to serve underserved populations. Purusha Seva Project offers scholarships to students willing to become teachers who have a desire to serve their communities.

• To design and implement Holisitic Life Skills programs and Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) curricula designed to accommodate our target clients. To work with experts in the areas of Health Education, Transpersonal Psychology, Yoga Therapy and other health fields to deliver classic yoga in a way that is comprehensive and compatible with the needs of our communities

Joy Ravelli
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