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The Prison Post #42 Fritzi Horstman, Compassion Prison Project, Founder and Executive Director

The Prison Post

Welcome to The Prison Post. My co-host Jason Bryant was on assignment, so I brought in my dear friend, James Willock as my co-host for this special episode. James was incarcerated from the age of 19 to the age of 47 in California's prison system and has now been free for a little over one year. We are excited to be back and to drop Episode 42 with one of the greatest human beings on this planet, Fritzi Horstman. Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Compassion Prison Project (CPP) an organization dedicated to creating trauma-informed prisons and communities and bringing creative inspiration to all men and women living and working in prisons. With 95% of the incarcerated men and women eventually returning home, Fritzi believes it is imperative that we address the chronic mental health issues in prison with common sense, compassion and urgency. In 2020, Fritzi directed “Step Inside the Circle” at California State Prison – Los Angeles County with 235 incarcerated men. The video has reached nearly 3 million views worldwide and has attracted over 900 volunteers to CPP.  Fritzi and the team at CPP are in production, creating a 12-part series entitled “Trauma Talks” to be distributed to prisons in the US and abroad which launched in September 2021.Fritzi produced HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” directed by Allen Hughes which has garnered several awards including a Grammy for Best Music Film. Her first feature, “Take A Number,” which she wrote, produced, and directed, debuted at the Slamdance festival and premiered on HBO. Fritzi studied at New York University’s summer film program and received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and English from Vassar College. CPP's mission is to transform prisons and communities through compassionate action. Their main focus is on childhood trauma and how it affects the lives of men and women living and working in prisons. In our research, using the CDC/Kaiser Permanente ACEs study (Adverse Childhood Experiences), we have seen that ACE's are disproportionately high within the prison system. At CPP, they are focused on bringing childhood trauma awareness, education and healing to prisons and communities both in the U.S. and globally.Fritzi reached reached out to me and asked if I and members of our team at CROP Organization would be willing to go back into the prison with her for a couple of days to participate in her "Step Inside the Circle" work with the incarcerated and her trauma conversations with officers. We were set to get on a call and she asked me to watch one of her award winning videos first. I watched and called her in tears 7 minutes later which led to over a 2 hour zoom about the addressing trauma and healing in my incarcerated brothers and sisters and within myself. She exudes empathy and compassion as a natural expression of who she is and she's one of those rare people you meet and know your life would never be the same afterwards. Enjoy the show and please hit the red subscribe and like button so we can continue bringing you this inspirational and informative content. I'll include links to two of her other videos and where you can donate to her organization below. Step Inside the Circle: https://youtu.be/FVxjuTkWQiEHonor Yard: https://youtu.be/Xo_RUSuk4s8Donate to Compassion Prison Project here: https://compassionprisonproject.org/Please subscribe to our podcast and follow us here on our linktree: https://linktr.ee/CROPOrganization Our Linktree will take you to all the places you can find us on social media for fresh insights into who we are and what we're doing to reimagine reentry at CROP Organization.Please donate to us at https://www.croporganization.org/ or text CROP at 91999 and donate to our work of transforming lives and healing communities. You can take the Adverse Childhood Experiences Test and learn more about how childhood trauma may have affected you: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/03/02/387007941/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean

1hr 1min

12 Jan 2022

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Fritzi Horstman interviews Peter Crone

Compassion In Action

Join CPP Founder Fritzi Horstman and guests as they discuss the objectives and approaches involved in bringing trauma awareness and compassionate healing to the forefront of public conversation. https://youtu.be/OHwwBcWeM5s Peter is a writer, speaker and thought leader in human awakening and potential. He calls himself the mind architect, which after this conversation, I kind of get it. Peter works with everyone, from world class athletes to stay at home parents, to redesign the subconscious mind. Donate to our Non-Profit Feature photo credit: petercrone.com

1hr 7mins

26 Oct 2021

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Fritzi Horstman interviews Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Compassion In Action

Join CPP Founder Fritzi Horstman and guests as they discuss the objectives and approaches involved in bringing trauma awareness and compassionate healing to the forefront of public conversation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rz_C7C__Ig Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award winning journalist, an internationally recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology and human emotion. Her mission is to translate emerging science in ways that help those with chronic conditions find healing. Donate to our Non-Profit Feature photo credit: donna-jackson-nakazawa.mykajabi.com


26 Sep 2021

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Fritzi Horstman interviews Joe Dispenza

Compassion In Action

Join CPP Founder Fritzi Horstman and guests as they discuss the objectives and approaches involved in bringing trauma awareness and compassionate healing to the forefront of public conversation. https://youtu.be/PoFxrcrLmpY Dr. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is a Doctor of Chiropractic. His postgraduate training includes the fields of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, quantitive electroencephalogram EEG measurements, epigenetics, mind-body medicine and brain heart coherence as a researcher, lecturer, author and corporate consultant. His interests lie in demystifying the mystical so that people have all the tools within their reach to make measurable changes in their lives. Donate to our Non-Profit Feature photo credit: londonreal.tv


19 Aug 2021

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EP188 It All Started With A Book And A Prison | Fritzi Horstman

Roll With The Punches

I came across Fritzi Horstman when I watched Dr Gabor Mate's recently released film The Wisdom Of Trauma.  Wow, enough said. If you ask Fritzi she'll tell you 'it all started with a book and a prison'.  The book was The Body Keeps The Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, and the prison, well that changed everything. Fritzi is founder of the Compassion Prison Project, an organization dedicated to bringing compassion, childhood trauma awareness and creative inspiration to all the men and women living behind bars.  When I spoke to Fritzi in this episode, I felt like I was speaking to someone who is about to change the world. You're going to love what she is doing in the world, but even more so you are going to love her openness to step vulnerably into her own experiences with me (and you) throughout this touching conversations. This episode is pretty special. FRITZI HORSTMAN www.fritzihorstman.com www.compassionprisonproject.org TIFFANEE COOK Linktree:  https://linktr.ee/rollwiththepunches/ Website: www.rollwiththepunches.com.au LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/tiffaneecook/ Facebook:  www.facebook.com/rollwiththepunchespodcast/ Instagram:  www.instagram.com/rollwiththepunches_podcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/tiffaneeandcoSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 4mins

7 Aug 2021

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How Trauma Affects our Prison (& other) Systems with Fritzi Horstman

The Modern Sage Podcast

Fritzi Horstman is the founder and director of the Compassion Prison Project and her work with the organization was recently featured in the worldwide film release of The Wisdom of Trauma, including the works of Gabor Mate and several other leaders in the trauma-informed and healing movement. Fritzi is also a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Vassar College.We talk about trauma, judgment, compassion and healthcare and how our system has gone defunct due to the driving factors of profit and power, and what we can do to be part of the solution instead of the problem. For more on Leah and her work, visit her website LeahGuy, and find her on social @leahguylive. #trauma #traumarecovery #healing #recovery #compassion #compassionprisonproject #prison #overcomingtoxicemotions #traumaticlife


3 Aug 2021

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Impact with John Shegerian - Fritzi Horstman

Impact Podcast with John Shegerian


11 May 2021

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Survival of the Kindest: Fritzi Horstman - Forgive yourself

Survival of the Kindest

CW: Abuse, Adverse Childhood Experiences, TraumaTranscript available here on our websiteFritzi Hortsman’s life turned around when she started to learn about trauma, and adverse childhood experiences. The insight into something which had flavoured her entire life, and the ability to now address this that that had laid dormant and unacknowledged for so long, also formed part a great compassionate drive and inspiration to start the Compassion Prison’s Project. Fritzi’s understanding that we can be almost exclusively shaped by adverse childhood experiences, and that this is far more present in society that we would care to admit, coincided with her visiting a prison for the first time. Instead of seeing what we are trained to see, (ne’er-do-wells) she saw kindred spirits. Fellow human’s also suffering, also weighed down, also living in a state of constant fear created by the experience of many great traumas. Her work has allowed so many to access emotions for so many men and women who are suffering imprisonment, to find forgiveness for themselves so that they can move beyond living in the moment of trauma that they are in. Her extraordinary film Step Inside the Circle shows how the impact of trauma shapes our society, how many of those we imprison are actually some of the most traumatised people, and that becoming a trauma aware culture has unlimited transformational potential. Mentioned in the Episode:Fritzi Hortsman TwitterCompassion Prison Project Website Twitter DONATEStep Inside the CircleThe Defiant Ones Trailer Hustle 2.0 - A Mail Based Correspondence Program For Incarcerated PeopleJohn Kabat-ZinnThe Body Keeps the Score - Bessel van der KolkThe Presence Process - Michael BrownThomas HüblVincent Feletti, Robert Ander research (ACE and adult health)The Aspen Institute - WeaveABCD Institute started by John McKnightJulian Abel can be found on TwitterFollow Survival of the Kindest on Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you like to listen to get our episodes as they are released. Email us compassion.pod@gmail.com

1hr 13mins

16 Mar 2021

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From the High Chair to the Electric Chair with Fritzi Horstman, Founder of Compassion Prison Project

The Inside Circle Podcast with Eldra Jackson III

Fritzi Horstman, Founder of Compassion Prison Project, is committed to better understanding the impacts of trauma on mental health and incarceration, and increasing awareness of these issues. With Eldra Jackson of Inside Circle, she shares a thorough explanation of childhood trauma’s effects, and digs wholeheartedly into the personal experiences that have shaped her work.


29 Jan 2021

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Fritzi Horstman & Tom Bowman - December 10, 2020

The Conversation

Fritzi Horstman and Tom Bowmanspeak with Francesca Fiorentini on The Conversation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Dec 2020