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Sponsor a Woman in Prison

Become a powerful partner in growing The Lioness Tale Prison Project into a movement that transforms lives and society from the inside out.


The Lioness Tale Prison Project consists of three programs, each building on the other as women learn skills to support their own growth, support each other, and sustain the building of these skills, and the inner well-being and community culture they foster. These programs also build connection between “us” and “them”, between “inside” and “outside.” They allow each of us, together, to become instruments of transformation rather than various types of victims of a degrading prison system.

Programs and Sponsorship Opportunities

LiT-uPP From the Inside Out (48 hours)


This is the basic LiT-uPP program. Partic
ipants attend 48 hours of workshops in which they are accompanied through a reading of The Lioness Tale using the Enneagram, Gestalt Awareness, basic centering practices and artistic expression. The training is facilitated with assistance by a core group of graduates from the program, building the potential of each participant and the community to guide their ongoing growth using the resources shared in the program.

Lioness sponsorships: $480 per participant

Panther Awareness Development: PAD (96 hours)
This is a program of further development for those who have completed the introductory course and want to facilitate these circles throughout the prison community. In this program, participants deepen their capacity for compassionate presence and the leadership and organizational skills necessary for facilitation and sustaining the program.

Panther sponsorships needed: $960 per participant On-going Panther support

This ongoing support is for graduates of PAD as they continue accompanying their own LiT-uPP groups throughout the prison community. They also assist in the 96 hours of the PAD course and commit another 48 hours of their time to deepening their own skills for accompaniment.

Panther support sponsorships: $100 monthly per core group member

Sponsorship options

Panther sponsor:  an individual or group contribution of $960

Lioness sponsor: an individual or group contribution of $480 
Ongoing Panther support sponsor: a monthly contribution of $100

The Lioness Tale is the story of a lioness that is captured and grows up in captivity. Her experience of captivity shapes her experiences, her possibilities for the future (or lack thereof), and obstructs the essence of who she is. A panther in captivity with her breaks through the hard exterior the lioness has built and shows her love, compassion and ways to connect to her true self despite the control that the captors have over their daily lives. The lessons in this story are potentially life altering for any of us, and are that much more relevant and urgent for those of us who are literally imprisoned.

Make a donation of $10
and provide a copy of The Lioness Tale to a new participant

The Lioness Tale Prison Project brings the lessons of this story to women serving long-term prison sentences and transforms lives, and society, from the inside out.CIW2

“This journey is hard for me but I want this . . . I want to become a better person and find out what triggers my anger, my pain and hurt. I’m learning to open up and I am really thankful for that. I have a lot of issues in my life that I need to deal with and started dealing with, with the help of the Lioness book and Diane. Thank you so much for your support and wanting to help us. . . for seeing us as human beings.”

Make a donation of $30 and provide a Leadership Package for LiT-uPP graduates which includes a Facilitator’s Manual, Workbook and 12 original CD’s

Make a donation of any amount

The Lioness Tale Prison Project is supported entirely by public contributions and receives no government funding. Financial support is tax deductible.

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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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