Blossom House is a new nonprofit and is a collective of artists and yogis who facilitate trauma-informed practices at Fairbanks Correctional Center (FCC), Fairbanks Youth Facility, and Family Centered Services Residential Treatment Center. Through applied theatre projects, writing workshops, and contemplative practices like yoga, we create access to healing, empowerment, and just communities. One of our Blossom House projects called Yoga Service Project Alaska (YSPA) offers free yoga classes at our local jail, juvenile detention center, and other residential treatment centers. YSPA currently has the support of Alaska's DOC and FCC staff to write and implement a yoga teacher training program at FCC. YSPA will run the 200-Hour certification program as a pilot which we hope will be sustained by continuing grants and stipends for future trainees and teachers. We have DOC funds for one textbook and one journal each per trainee, but we currently have no way to pay teachers for this extensive training.
Funded by Alaska (July 2019)