Since 2010, Prison Yoga Project has trained more than 3,000 people. Our trainers practice what they teach, too. All regularly lead practices within prisons and jails in their communities.
In light of the current restrictions and risks associated with gathering and travel, and the uncertainty around when and how we will emerge from this time of “spatial distancing,” we have decided to cancel our in-person US training for the remainder of 2020.
From the outset of this time of social change, we have focused on not reacting to the situation without first reflecting and asking ourselves how we can be in the world in a way that is more sustainable and enhances our connection with self and others. This pause is allowing us the time to evolve the way we offer our service and our training.
We’ve considered online training for quite a while, and we’re excited to have the time to shift in this direction. We’re working on an experience that will allow more in-depth exploration with the material we’ve developed over the past ten years in a self-paced training that allows more time to absorb the material and for self-reflection. There will also be opportunities to connect with others in discussion forums and online meet-ups.
You’ll have the chance to meet and interact with more of our incredible team of skilled teachers and trainers. There will be opportunities to learn from James, Josefin, Bill, Chanda, Kate, and others. We value relationship and the community our training fosters. This evolution of our training programs will include “in-person” sessions via online meetings, and, when “spatial distancing” subsides, we’ll enhance that with “in-the-flesh” retreat and practicum events.
While we may not be going inside to serve for a while, this training remains significantly relevant for contemporary times. There are lessons to be learned from incarceration that we can apply to how we move forward through this moment in history. Now, more than ever, the inequalities in our society and the circumstances that perpetuate trauma are laid bare. We can use this time to deepen our knowledge and cultivate our commitment to our practice so that we can use this time to reflect, grow, and prepare ourselves for service.
Please make sure to subscribe to our email list. We’ll be making the announcement there when our online training launches.