All of our work, whether seasoned or just beginning, stems from our theory of change that if
we can move people along the growth continuum by first focusing on their own healing path, they will become
teachers, guides and mentors for others in the prison and to their families.
CWFA staff and volunteers bring concentration and mindfulness meditation techniques to correctional facilities in Arkansas and talks and readings from Buddhist teachers to encourage community and compassion in correctional facilities. Dharma Talks is a balance between practice (meditation) and discussion about how to examine the mind, cultivate altruism and accountability, and find freedom from within.
Compassionate Communication is a program developed by CWFA that marries meditation, nonviolence, movement, study, and play
to deeply explore ways to infuse our relationships with kindness and compassion. This is an intensive 9-week course offered at adult correctional facilities in Arkansas.
"Your class had more of a positive impact on my life than any other program, course or punitive action I’ve experienced since beginning my sentence in 2008. I have found myself relating to other inmates and communicating on a deeper more honest level. I make connections with men outside my circle which leads to understanding in situations that would normally escalate. In sharing my new way of thinking with those I associate with I help influence the barracks towards peaceful conflict resolution resulting in a positive environment.
My point is: your program has touched more lives than you could possibly imagine.”