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Enthusiasts and Teachers of Tai Chi & Qigong wishing to expand their teaching into court rehab. or penal rehab. Internal Arts teachers and schools can use this page as a resource to help local institutions understand what a resource you are. To your right you'll see a video of a Prison Tai Chi / Qigong program you can share w/ local jail and prison professionals; and also a story about how judges are now sentencing people with anger issue charges to mind-body Tai Chi and Qigong programs--which you could share with local judges, etc. THIS PAGE IS A TOOL for YOU. We also help teachers expand into education, special education, corporate, and health network programs --. ALL FREE SERVICES from for a clearer, calmer, and healthier world

Judges write creative sentences - Tai Chi & Qigong Teachers as Societal Resources

People convicted of domestic violence or fighting by Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos in Santa Fe are often sentenced to a twice-a-week ... anger-management class held in the courthouse lobby... offenders experience tai chi, meditation ... as a means of controlling rage. Gallegos calls her methods "therapeutic jurisprudence" and says she turned to the novel approach when she became dismayed by the number of repeat offenders returning to her courtroom. Read USA Today article ...

"In a 15 state study, over two-thirds of released prisoners were rearrested within three years"
-- Bureau of Justice Statistices, 2005

prisoners are often released with no better skills to cope in society"
-- Pell Center Report, Incarceration and Recidivism: Lessons from Abroad, 2014

Folsom Prison turns high VERY COSTLY recidivism rates upside down, dramatically reducing recidivism rates in their Folsom Tai Chi Meditation program. Scroll down for article by James Hecker, "An End to Crime, Qigong in Corrections," by a program coordinator at Folsom's program, published exclusively by

Penal Rehabilitation Professionals! You can click the "Find Local Classes" directory to the right to search by your zip code to find local teachers. You may find many pages in your area, so you can interview several to see who's program would fit your needs. Also, you can contact us at for more information on Tai Chi & Qigong as penal rehab.

Scroll down for videos on the "Science of Tai Chi & Qigong," from University of California at Irvine, and from Harvard Medical School researchers. Also, see Medical Research Library for nearly 100 common health issues Tai Chi helps with.

About one quarter of the world's inmates are in a U.S. prison or jail, according to the Pew Center on the States, which recently released an infographic that highlights both the high costs and high rates of recidivism in the American penal system.
--TheCrimeReport, The High Cost of Corrections in America, July 2012

The below video has some amazing information about penal rehabilitation in Finland.
See 1:38 to 2:05 which deals with law enforcement
and 4:15 to end deals with prison rehabilitation issues

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WTCQD Sponsor - The below products sales go to support our global health & healing efforts.'s and World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's work in Penal Rehabilitation was cited by the National Institute of Corrections in 2011 (above image).

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute is headed by a Director appointed by the U.S. Attorney General. A 16-member Advisory Board, also appointed by the Attorney General, was established by the enabling legislation (Public Law 93-415) to provide policy direction to the Institute.

NIC provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies.

Through cooperative agreements, we award funds to support our program initiatives.

We also provide leadership to influence correctional policies, practices, and operations nationwide in areas of emerging interest and concern to correctional executives and practitioners as well as public policymakers.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day founders, Bill & Angela Douglas, have pioneered integrating Tai Chi and Qigong Meditation into penal rehabilitions programs in Kansas City's Jackson County Court system, and have taught or presented at various prisons including: Folsom Maximum Security Prison in California and the Kansas Topeka Correctional Facility for women, and have suppled Tai Chi and Qigong related books and DVDs to inmates and prison programs across the United States. As always, Bill & Angie and share their experiences and tactics they evolved to make it easier for Tai Chi and Qigong teachers worldwide to replicate the results of their efforts ... to realize the fruits of their labor without having to reinvente the wheel, so to speak. See below.

Here you will find useful tips for . . .

* Penal or Drug Rehab Professionals, can learn the benefits of starting a Tai Chi or Qigong program at your drug rehabilitation, or penal institution . . . and find local teacher contacts

* Tai Chi or Qigong teachers can get ideas on approaching penal or drug rehab programs and institutions, and use these resources, to show why your services could be helpful additions to their programs

* Why Tai Chi and Qigong can help reduce the recidivism rate for prisoners, and ease the stress of drug rehabilitation for users

* Ways to incorporate Tai Chi and Qigong into your facility

* The FREE Online Lessons and Exhibitions section shows you T'ai Chi and Qigong can fit right in at your facility ... perfectly

* Our "Find Local Classes" section can help you find contact information for teachers in your area

NOTE: No prison is going to allow the teaching of combat-focused Tai Chi. Your program has to be meditation and stress-relief focused, with ZERO martial applications. The goal is to create more calm and balanced inmates, not more lethal ones.

Tai Chi & Qigong teacher, Linda Bowers, in the photo on your right, has not only taught dozens of women inmates a Tai Chi long form, and meditative tools, but has certified several inmates at the Kansas Prison facility as Tai Chi teachers.

These women not only have life tools to change their future, but the possibility of gainful socially healing occupations later in life as Tai Chi teachers.

Folsom Maximum
Security Prison

The new super max prison, added to Folsom in the nineteen eighties, is one of the most secure and most violent prisons in the United States. Since 1998 this has been the proving grounds for non martial practices. Nearly seven thousand men have learned and practice both T'ai Chi Chih and sitting Qi Gong.

A small preliminary study has shown that men who have learned these practices are successful upon parole ninety four percent of the time. Other prison activities--such as education, religious and self help programs-- have a recidivism rate (the rate inmates return to prison for new crimes or parole violations) of seventy to eighty percent.

One would think these numbers would deserve greater scrutiny. Perhaps a University of California sponsored study.

Excerpt from "An End to Crime, Qi Gong in Corrections" by James K. Hecker, T'ai Chi Chih Teacher

Click here, to read entire article . . .

Click here to read an article by World Tai Chi & Qigong Day founder, about his Tai Chi experience at Folsom Prison, and what he learned there . . .

Tai Chi science video by Professor at the University of California at Irvine research center. Also, a video on a "Tai Chi as Medicine" lecture series by Harvard Medical School Researchers in celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founder, Bill Douglas, has also taught Tai Chi and Qigong Meditation for the Jackson County Court's drug rehabilitation program.

One participant confided in Bill, after the first day of Tai Chi class, "This is the first day, I haven't been gnashing my teeth, wishing for another dose."

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day donates effective (non-martial, stress management, meditation focused Tai Chi & Qigong) DVDs, CDs, and books to prisons and inmates interested in starting Tai Chi and Qigong programs for penal rehabilitation.

Inquiries, email:

Linda Bowers (Tai Chi & Chi Kung Teacher at the Kansas Correctional Facility for Women) stands with her mother Nan Bowers, who goaded Linda into attending the very first event that started World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day, 8 years ago. Linda and Nan's curiosity about the Tai Chi event was the first step on a journey that has changed the lives of many forever. Read Linda's story.

It costs TWICE as much to send a young man or woman to prison, as it would to send them to Harvard.

A Tai Chi program at Folsom Maximum Security Prison in California, found that their participants dramatically reduced their recidivism rates. (see James K. Hecker's article on left)

The United States, today, imprisons more people than any nation on earth, at a staggering expense in court and prison costs.

By using Tai Chi and Qigong to reduce recidivism rates, the economic savings could be massive, in addition to the saved social costs that un-rehabilitated prisoners cost society.

Bev Abela, of Perth Australia's Tai Chi @ The Beach (Tai Chi & Chi Kung Teacher at the Bandyup Women's Prison in the Perth area) stands at Bandyup facility. Bev communicated with World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day founders for years about their experiences teaching in prisons, which became her first step on a journey that has changed the lives of many forever. Tai Chi @ The Beach owner, Bev Abela, gained approval to begin a groundbreaking Tai Chi program for this Australian Women's Prison.

Medical Research on Tai Chi shows it helps with mood disorders and mental health, offering calming effects. This would be a great help to penal institutions. Click for medical research on nearly 100 health issues Tai Chi is proven to help with, with links to medical research articles on each issue.

Tai Chi & Qigong can reduce health costs in prisons! See video of a Tai Chi Meditation program at the University of Kansas Hospital, profoundly changing people's health and lives.

VIDEO - How Tai Chi and; Chi Kung Help Heal or Prevent Illness

Penal and Drug Rehabilitation Professionals can use our "Find Classes" section to locate contact information for teachers and schools of Tai Chi & Qigong in your local area.

You'll likely find several in your area, so you can meet with them and decide which teacher would be right for your program or institutions needs.

Check for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day articles on various health conditions and Tai Chi & Qigong (Chi Kung) Therapy, that you may publish on your publication or website, by clicking here.

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World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day begins a Life Journey
. . .
benefiting "MANY" women in the Kansas State Correctional Facility for Women

Linda Bower's amazing World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day story, is a CLASSIC example of the world altering potential of this health & healing event we have all created together.

. . . Eight years ago Nan Bowers, pictured right above, saw World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Founder, Bill Douglas, on a television news program at 6 am in the morning on a fine Saturday morning in April. Bill was inviting everyone in the Kansas City area down to try out a free Tai Chi lesson and then participate by playing Tai Chi with a couple hundred people in a mass Tai Chi exhibition.

Bill's appeal worked in a bigger way than he'd dreamed. Not that over a dozen newspaper and television stations covered the event, or that CNN carried it worldwide, . . . but that Nan Bowers, watching on her television, would then encourage her daughter Linda (pictured above left) to attend the Kansas City Tai Chi Club's mass Tai Chi & Qigong educational event (which the next year would become "World Tai Chi & Qigong Day").

Linda knew almost from the day she began enjoying Tai Chi that she would be doing it for the rest of her life. Almost immediately Linda began to feel happier and more vibrant, but she also began to lose chronic pain and regain mobility from an accident years before that had almost taken her life when she was hit by a car while walking across the street. These profound benefits told Linda that she would need to learn Tai Chi well so that she could begin sharing it with others.

This road of personal discovery eventually led Linda to teach Tai Chi at the Kansas State Correctional Facility for Women in Topeka (see above photo). There she has taught dozens of women inmates the Guang Ping Yang Style Long Form, of about 20 minutes of continuous movements. This is no small feat, as the long form is too daunting a task for many people to learn, but Linda has so captured the imagination of women at the prison that she's inspired dozens, almost 40 women to completely learn the entire Long Form of Tai Chi.

Next week is a special week!! Today Linda gave copies of Certificates of Achievement to the Governor of Kansas at a meeting at the state capitol. The other copies will be presented to the newly certified teachers at the correctional facility. These two ladies are the first two of Linda's prison classes participants to become certified as Tai Chi Teachers. They are currently sharing their knowledge of Tai Chi and Qigong with other inmates, and perhaps one day may share it with many more people on the outside as professional Tai Chi & Qigong Teachers, who'll be able to speak from a powerful and authentic place from their own healing experiences with Tai Chi & Qigong.

Linda Bowers, now also teaches Tai Chi at two local community colleges, and other locations, and her work is a "CLASSIC EXAMPLE" of what your (our) work on World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day, and using the media tools and educational resources offered at can do . . . this site, this event, coupled with your knowledge and good intentions can become a catalyst that can change the world for many people . . . and in the end for all of us . . . as we are ultimately all connected.

[also see the Folsom Prison Qigong Program article]

An End to Crime, Qi Gong in Corrections

Folsom Maximum
Security Prison

The new super max prison, added to Folsom in the nineteen eighties, is one of the most secure and most violent prisons in the United States. Since 1998 this has been the proving grounds for non martial practices. Nearly seven thousand men have learned and practice both T’ai Chi Chih and sitting Qi Gong. A small preliminary study has shown that men who have learned these practices are successful upon parole ninety four percent of the time. Other prison activities--such as education, religious and self help programs-- have a recidivism rate (the rate inmates return to prison for new crimes or parole violations) of seventy to eighty percent. One would think these numbers would deserve greater scrutiny. Perhaps a University of California sponsored study.

By: James K. Hecker, T'ai Chi Chih Teacher

This is the dream everyone wants and needs. Imagine safe streets in towns, cities and in the countryside. No need for security systems. Billions in tax dollars saved because police departments and prison staffing is reduced to the size required for service, rather than war zone sized crime fighting departments. Finally we are safe, our families are safe, and especially our children are safe. There is an answer that, in early studies, has been proven to reduce crime by up to ninety four percent. The answer is T'ai Chi Chih and Qi Gong non-martial practices in prisons. This is no laughing matter. In the Orient, morning Qi Gong in prison is a required function. The numbers of prisoners who are released from prison and return after committing new crimes in these countries is miniscule.

Of course prison officials are not going to allow the teaching of martial arts behind the walls. That would not be wise in any case. However, non-martial art forms are now being taught in many prisons through out the United States. The result is always the same. Violence is reduced, prison recidivism is reduced, and community crime is reduced.

The question is: Why are non-martial forms of Qi Gong not being taught in every prison? There are two answers to this question. First, there are just not enough teachers willing to put themselves at risk and enter prisons to teach. Second, there are still many prison officials that are not educated in Chi Kung or Qi Gong, who believe that all forms are martial. The officials either put a stop immediately to requests to teach behind the walls or hinder the programs in such a way that they become ineffective. After all, there is organized crime. On the other hand, there is an organization--built around crime-- that is so large and employs so many, that to threaten it by reducing crime so drastically would cause major socioeconomic shifts.

Folsom Prison blues is not just a country western song. It is a prison that houses over eight thousand inmates just outside of Sacramento California. It is divided into two sections. One is the new super max prison and the other, a medium custody facility known as old Folsom. Old Folsom was built in the 1850's as the end of the line for prisoners. They never left, even after death their bodies were buried in a number marked grave yard behind the prison. The new super max prison, added to Folsom in the nineteen eighties, is one of the most secure and most violent prisons in the United States. Since 1998 this has been the proving grounds for non martial practices. Nearly seven thousand men have learned and practice both Tai Chi Chih and sitting Qi Gong. A small preliminary study has shown that men who have learned these practices are successful upon parole ninety four percent of the time. Other prison activities--such as education, religious and self help programs-- have a recidivism rate (the rate inmates return to prison for new crimes or parole violations) of seventy to eighty percent. One would think these numbers would deserve greater scrutiny. Perhaps a University of California sponsored study.

Yes, an end to crime is a dream in the mind of society. In the past officials have only thrown up their hands, saying an end to crime is an impossibility. But now the T’ai Chi Chih and Qi Gong non martial art practitioners and teachers know that there is a real possibility. A possibility of safety from crime and peace throughout our nation and the world--This dream can come true. It has in one small community in California. If one of the most infamous and tough prisons in the world, Folsom Prison, can have a successful T’ai Chi Chih and Qi Gong program, what is stopping the others.

This is a call to all non-martial Chi Kung and Qi Gong teachers. Consider your Community. Volunteer a little time in a correctional facility.

For more information regarding teaching non martial Chi Kung and Qi Gong in the Correctional system, contact Jim at:

A New Connexion Magazine Article
on Penal Rehabilitation and T'ai Chi

         by World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Founder, Bill Douglas

A Glimpse of Global Liberation at Folsom Prison


by Bill Douglas

Last Monday I had the opportunity to do a Qigong workshop with inmates at the California State Maximum Security Prison known as "Folsom" (made famous by Johnny Cash's song). Thanks to the work of T'ai Chi Chih teacher Judy Tretheway.

I arrived with some trepidation, even though I had spent the weekend preparing by doing my own intensive energy work. My internal preparation came in handy when I arrived, for Folsom is an ancient foreboding looking structure, with endless iron gates and rows of tiny cramped cells, and upon entering I was asked to sign a release stating that "if I became a hostage, the warden would not negotiate for my release." As prepared as I was internally, the endless corridors and heavy steel bars became increasingly disconcerting.

HOWEVER, once I entered into the sanctum of the chapel, which was where, with the help of Judy and several inmate Qigong instructors, a two-year program of Qigong and T'ai Chi Chih had been taking place. This place, in the midst of a yard made of razor wire and gun towers surrounded by massive stone walls, these Qigong students had created a place of calm and safety. Upon entering, four African American Inmates silently flowed through their forms as white, Hispanic, and Indian inmates watched quietly and respectfully.

We began the meditation workshop I had come there to do, and the result was powerful and moving. This group of men in this "intense" situation had created for themselves a real "center" within the chaos. They had found a pathway to peace even through the barbed twisting tunnels of their own pasts and their current lives.

Afterward we discussed the power of energy medicine for healing the pain of pasts that can pull our strings as if we were puppets on a marionette string. We discussed how these tools can provide us a "newness," a possibility for opening to becoming more than we ever were before, to become less an affliction to those around us and more and more to find our flow as a healing force within our world, even when that world is within the iron and stone walls of a life sentence with no parole.

I was moved by the way Qigong can help to empower and transform, enabling these men to find a lifeline to their higher nature, creating men who were determined to heal, to become, and to grow into a manifestation of the life force. I was also moved by how this Qigong project had brought together men of many races and religions, and in fact, had been the only program to bring men of opposing gangs together in Folsom. This Qigong project has shown me the power of what these tools have to offer. The inmate leader of the project informed me that the records show that there has been a dramatic reduction of violent incidents in Folsom since this program began 2 years ago ... for some inmates a 70% reduction in "incidents."

If it has brought mortal enemies together in peace and mutual healing, "What can it do for the world?"

In many of the places where World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day was held this year, little more than 40 years ago, there was a thunderous destruction occurring in the form of the Second World War. I identified with the early tempestuous lives of some of the men I met at Folsom because I too used T'ai Chi & Qigong to heal from the pain of the past. My Father served in 3 years of almost continuous combat, returning home with shattered nerves and a rage that still affects me deeply even though I'm a grown man and he has been dead for many years. The gaping wounds of that war affected us all around the world, through our fathers and grandfathers. We inherited remnants of that absolute violence, and in many ways the world is still trying to heal from that aberration.

Therefore it is a powerful act and statement for our future, as in April of each year the sons and daughters of that past world of pain launch a new campaign, a campaign of collective healing unlike the world has ever seen. We, the participants in World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day, are liberators of the world, as we heal ourselves one nervous system at a time worldwide. And just as the trauma of our fathers affected us, our healing will resonate out endlessly through the concurrent waves of humanity's future. This act of healing we are embarking upon is the highest honor we can pay to our parents. We honor our fathers and mothers sacrifices and pain by our act of deliberate and relentless healing.

Folsom Prison's powerful testament to releasing the past and healing into the future was a microcosmic model to the entire world's need to move past the past and into our limitless future. In that room in Folsom Prison, there were no gangs and no offenders, as they released the grip of their past violence and pain, they self-created a collection of new people who had "redefined themselves" into an event of healing. I was humbled by it, and I was excited by the tremendous possibility that World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day offers us to bring this transformational empowerment to the world at large.

I have invited the Folsom Prison Qigong group to organize a World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Event within the heavy walls of Folsom Prison on April 8th, 2000 at 10 am. On this one day, men who will never be outside those walls will, in some very real yet indefinable way, be in Hong Kong, Pretoria, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Paris, London, Boston, San Juan, and everywhere that the world is joining together to heal itself.

Bill Douglas is Founder of World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day (www.worldtaichiday. org), and Director of Smartaichi ( dedicated to incorporating the healing tools of T'ai Chi & Qigong into society at all levels through business, education, health care, and penal rehabilitation. Douglas asserts that going to the core of human limitation and possibility, or the central human nervous system, we can heal from the past and limitlessly expand into a future only limited by the expansion of our dreams.

Bill Douglas' groundbreaking book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong," is world renowned and used by T'ai Chi & Qigong teachers worldwide as a resource and primer. It has been described as "visionary" by top experts in the field.

You can contact Bill through or World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day.