- November 8, 2014
- 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
This experiential workshop is grounded in an understanding that the growth of the prison industrial complex has compromised the health and well-being of communities of color and impoverished communities in the U.S., and a need for a national movement to end mass incarceration. Over the course of the weekend, we will explore hands-on trauma healing modalities for men, women, and young people in prisons and jails through the use of restorative justice practices, including the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG), yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and strategies for addressing trauma on individual, community, and systems levels. Faculty will include members of the staff and facilitators of Insight Prison Project.
JAMES FOX is the founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, an organization dedicated to establishing yoga and mindfulness meditation programs in prisons and rehabilitation centers worldwide. Since 2002, he has been teaching yoga and meditation to male prisoners at California's San Quentin Prison as well as other state prisons. His book, Yoga A Path for Healing and Recovery, published in January 2010, has been sent to more than 10,000 prisoners. James provides training both in the U.S. and internationally for yoga instructors interested in teaching in prisons and rehabilitation facilities. He is specially trained in applying yoga practices for addiction recovery and trauma-related issues. James is also on the staff of the Insight Prison Project, and has several years of experience with that organization as a facilitator of victim/offender education, violence prevention, and emotional literacy classes for prisoners.
SONYA SHAH is Associate Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She serves as the Restorative and Social Justice Program director at Insight Prison Project (IPP) and oversees the VOEG program in California and nationally. Sonya also serves on the leadership team for Californians for Safety and Justice. Within the past five years, she has been a member of the advisory board for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth and the board of trustees at CIIS. Sonya has been teaching social justice education and developing curriculum for over 18 years.
BILLIE MIZELL is the Interim Executive Director of Insight Prison Project. Billie has spent the last two decades working in criminal and social justice. As an investigator and litigation specialist, she worked first on inmates' rights cases, and later on death penalty post-conviction defense. Billie has worked on a number of cases of the wrongfully accused, including the Angola 3. She is currently a consultant for the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), and teaches an investigation class at Santa Clara with NCIP. She is on the Board of Directors of Death Penalty Focus and on the Support and Opportunities Subcommittee of the Reentry Council of San Francisco.
GIVELLE LAMANO is a criminal defense attorney and maintains her offices in Oakland, California. Givelle is a member of the Board of Directors of Insight Prison Project. She is also a founding partner of Three Strikes Justice Center, an organization focused on alleviating the overcrowding of prisons through Proposition 36 (Three Strikes Reform Act). Preceding her criminal defense work, Givelle advocated for the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers in employment law matters and worked with several nonprofit organizations towards prison reform.
Saturday & Sunday
November 8-9, 2014
CIIS Main Building
$230/$250/$270 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
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This class is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students.