Leaders at Canadian justice conferences welcomed the Peace Education Program as a way to help people make better choices and live more fulfilling lives.
Joseph Paul translates Peace Education Program material into Creole for fellow Haitian inmates at Miami’s Everglades Correctional Institution. “This program has enhanced my awareness of the strength, humility, beauty, and love that I already possess,” he says.
So far this year, Miami’s Everglades Correctional Institution has more inmates participating in the Peace Education Program than any other correctional facility in the U.S. Volunteer facilitator Lucy Collins says, “One inmate has been in prison since he was 18. A counselor told us that until this guy started taking the program he never talked to anyone, he never had a smile on his face. He just kept to himself, for 46 years. And now he is never without a smile!”
Tony Cobb has been incarcerated for 28 years, struggling with the haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Attending the Peace Education Program is giving him a new understanding of life and inspiring him to write: “I have a sweet, beautiful reality waiting to be discovered inside. I now step with knowledge, with the freedom of doing things with clarity.”
Karen Beem recently facilitated her first Peace Education Program workshops at Kentucky Circle Village, the senior community where she lives in Denver, Colorado. Participants expressed appreciation for how the program helped them gain a deeper awareness and understanding of themselves.
A cancer survivor, Sally Weaver, and a friend, Mary Jo Fortin, share their perspective on implementing the Peace Education Program (PEP) at the Cancer Support Center in Westlake Village, CA.
In this blog, Ivete Belfort and several other volunteers in São Paulo share their perspectives on what it’s like to be part of the Peace Education Program and how they see it helping participants in Brazil.
Steve Ahsmuhs shares perspective on facilitating the Peace Education Program for inmates at the Osceola County Corrections Department in the Orlando area of Florida.
Cintra Hardy, Jeff Camp, and John Hampton have facilitated 80 Peace Education Program (PEP) workshops for female inmates at Miami’s Metro Dade Detention Center. Cintra shares some of the women’s comments about looking for inner peace in prison.
Lucy Collins shares her perspective on being a volunteer facilitator for the Peace Education Program (PEP) in Miami, Florida, where she and her team have conducted about 400 PEP workshops for inmates at the Metro West Detention Center.
Susan Ramsey facilitates the Peace Education Program in Denver, Colorado, at a shelter for homeless women and transgender individuals. A participant said, “This class is preparing us for when we have our own housing. Because even when we get it, we’ll still have to deal with the problems of the world and find peace.”
Mary Dalgleish writes about her experience presenting the Peace Education Program at the recent International Corrections and Prison’s Association conference in London.
In this letter, TPRF Board Chair Linda Pascotto updates supporters on how their donations are helping people recover from recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Nepal.
In this blog, Soraia Muner shares her perspective on facilitating the Peace Education Program for homeless people in Brazil. “I have degrees in psychology and nursing,” said a participant. “I like the Peace Education Program and learned a lot about the breath and its importance.”
Supporters of The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) have been organizing a range of creative fundraising events in Ottawa, Canada over the last few years. In this blog David Pritchard reports on what they’ve been up to.
After spending 21 years in prison for murder, Sean Walker was released in 2014. Since then, he has been working to help others, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has cited his successful rehabilitation as a sign of what’s possible when inmates are offered the supportive programs they need to re-enter society and live productive lives. In this letter, Sean writes about how the Peace Education Program helped him get his life on track.