Book Club: The Master Plan by Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson’s The Master Plan: My Journey From Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose provides a window into the multiple layers of trauma the author experienced that contributed to his eventual incarceration. It paints a vivid picture of the traumatizing nature of punitive incarceration. It’s a tale of redemption through personal will and a portrait of resilience. It offers a vision for a better way to address harm, one which should be available to all incarcerated people, but the author believes was only available to him by luck. Everyone working with people impacted by the punitive justice system should read this book and join the conversation.

Book Club Panel Discussions
Thursdays, September 8th/15th/22nd
4:00-5:30 pm ET

Q&A w/ Author Chris Wilson
Thursday, September 29
4:00 – 5:30 pm ET


Registration is free and open to everyone. Trauma Research Foundation will co-host a discussion panel with Prison Yoga Project Leaders and a group of 15 panelists each week. Following the four-panel discussion, TRF will host a Q&A with the author. All meetings will be broadcast live on the TRF YouTube Channel. Participants will be able to engage with each other and the panel via live chat.

Bonus workshop from Prison Yoga Project! 

In collaboration with the Trauma Research Foundation’s Book Club, Prison Yoga Project will host a two-hour immersive workshop to hold space for deeper discussions around trauma and incarceration.

Incarceration and Trauma
Friday, September 16th
5:00 – 7:00 pm ET


In this workshop, we’ll learn to recognize trauma, including signs of vicarious trauma, in the context of incarceration. This workshop reflects on the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and future incarceration and the trauma experienced by incarcerated people and those who work in the system, including correctional officers, staff, and program providers. As a group, we’ll reflect on what it looks like to interact with an entire system imbued with trauma.