The Lioness Tale Prison Project (LiT-uPP) brings transformational tools for spiritual freedom and emotional literacy to women serving long term to life prison sentences at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.  Participants then facilitate the sharing of these resources throughout their prison community.
Based on the story of a young lioness captured from the wild and silenced by her life in captivity, LiT-uPP is about moving toward the deepest truth at the center of our beings and discovering our unique voice. It is about letting our voices blossom into full, meaningful and profound lives, no matter our external circumstances. lt gov. certificate litupp 20  

In August 2016, the LiT-uPP program received a Certificate of Honor from Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, commending its “ongoing commitment to provide hope and healing to women serving life sentences in maximum security prisons.”

A short video of Diane Pendola speaking about the Lioness Tale Prison Project.

  Link to Union Newspaper article
  Read an October 2016 article about the Lioness Tale Prison Project from the Nevada City Union newspaper.

Join this movement that is awakening a liberating spirit that frees from the inside out of both literal prisons and the myriad prisons of our fears. Together we can ignite a flame of transformation that burns at the center of our personal lives and our collective soul.  Contact us for requests, questions or comments.

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“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Nelson Mandela
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EARTHLINES Online Journal

"When did you know that we weren't on the margins but at the center?" The question felt poignant. It came from one of the women in our LiT-uPP core group as she looked up from reading a book that held a chapter on The Lioness Tale Prison Project. I knew the lines she was referring to because I had written them...

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