Ivy Woolf Turk is a proud mother of four amazing children. She has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University and a CPC from Coaching for Transformation/ Leadership that Works.
Ivy has a unique perspective on incarceration, homelessness and re-entry. A former exec in the advertising and real estate businesses, she found herself caught up in a situation with criminal consequences. While incarcerated at Danbury Federal Prison Camp, Ivy taught GED English literacy, Yoga, Journaling and Meditation to groups of demographically diverse women. She also co-created C.H.O.I.C.E.S, a group of Federal inmates that went out into the community to speak to at risk youth about the consequences of poor choices. She has just been awarded a contract with Danbury to conduct Project Liberation workshops there, and will become the first formerly incarcerated woman to re-enter from the other side!!
Ivy is a champion of freedom, storyteller, motivational speaker, workshop innovator and an ICF Certified Resiliency Life and Professional Coach in private practice. She is the founder of Project Liberation where she works with women across all stages of the criminal justice involvement, or who are imprisoned in their lives in one way or another. She also works with both men and women who simply feel stuck in a part of their lives and assists and supports them in using The Resiliency Method to find their way to sustainable freedom and joy.
. . . for the most part the community that was created was amazing. And then you leave, and you’re told you are never allowed to be a part of this community again! It’s the most disturbing thing that you can possibly imagine. That you’re once again ripped now from this new community, and you’re sent out to sea – alone, expected to be perfect and perform and to have no post-traumatic stress and to do it on your own! It’s so broken. For institutions that are one size fits all, they just don’t take into account the need to keep community together. There’s an assumption, it’s a public safety risk, like we’re going to conspire and blow the world up instead of love each other and have each other’s backs to get through what were some of the worst days of our lives! It’s, you know, family really gets created against the most craziest of odds.