Ivy Woolf Turk is a Certified Professional Life Coach in Private Practice and Founder of PROJECT LIBERATION. Recently she was named a 2016 Agent of Change Fellow by the Center for Social Innovation. Formerly Co-Creator and Director of The Blackbird Project at the Women’s Prison Association, she is also a Board Member of Liberation Prison Yoga and a consultant to the Justice Advocacy Group, LLC in Alexandria, VA.
Ivy has a unique perspective on incarceration, homelessness and re-entry. A former executive in the advertising and real estate businesses, she found herself sentenced to Federal Prison. She served 4 of her 5 years at Danbury teaching GED English literacy and other healing workshops to her fellow inmates. Upon re-entry, she realized that it was necessary to bring this work outside.
PROJECT LIBERATION workshops are a unique fusion of transformative modalities that combine arts based intervention, life coaching, yoga and meditation. The project assists its participants in building a new foundation for their personal and professional lives. It provides invaluable tools to assist them as they re-enter families, communities and society with increased social and emotional skills, reduced emotional barriers to goal achievement and the ability to maintain housing, job stability and a law abiding life.
What is your interest in the Visions of Confinement exhibition?
I am formerly incarcerated and have devoted my life to the personal development of criminal justice involved women and advocating for awareness of the issues they and and their famil! ies and communities face. I have founded Project Liberation as a way to address this so we may Re-Write the Story and Re-Right the System. I feel that this wonderful exhibition is aligned with that mission.
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