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What We Do 


Heart-to-Heart empowers men and women to live increasingly free and fruitful lives in correctional facilities and in other community settings. Our work grows out of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (www.cnvc.org). Strongly influenced by Gandhi, Dr. Rosenberg’s approach offers a powerful framework for understanding ourselves, empathizing with other people, and communicating in a way that acknowledges and cares about everyone's needs.

Our staff and volunteers lead mindfulness practices such as teaching the steps of Nonviolent Communication, yoga, meditation, educate on healing trauma, and more. We support learners, both within correctional institutions and in local communities, in developing the skills and awareness needed to thrive.

We focus on skills that help all of us live our lives to the fullest:

  1. Mindfulness
  2. Empathy
  3. Decision-Making
  4. Conflict Resolution​

Why Our Work Matters

  • The U.S. incarcerates a higher percentage of its own population than any other nation on the planet.
  • 1 in every 100 Americans is a prisoner.
  • People of color are disproportionately incarcerated: among African American men age 20 to 34, one in 9 is incarcerated.
  • Over 58% of all prisoners are parents of minor children.

Children, spouses, families and entire neighborhoods are suffering along with our incarcerated brothers and sisters. It is a culture of punishment that gives rise to a system of mass incarceration. This culture of punishment shows up not only in our criminal justice system but also in our families, educational systems, and how we treat ourselves.

There is a powerful alternative to this culture of punishment. It is a culture of relationship, a culture built on relating heart-to-heart. We offer training in the essential skills which make heart-to-heart relating and heart-driven lives more possible.