From prison to yoga retreat

We’ve highlighted Robbie Norris’ work in the Richmond City Jail a few times. Others, too, are working to bring yoga to current or former inmates.

But this story is about turning a former prison into a yoga retreat:

Two years ago, Shekhar Patel bought Camp Georgetown for $241,000 with plans to open a seasonal camp for high school students to foster their interest in sciences and technology. He had planned to open the camp this past spring.

That didn’t happen. Instead, he’s now considering a year-round yoga and retreat center for the Madison County site.

“We do see there is good potential,” Patel said in April. “There is a lot of interest from the investors.”

He still wants to open the science camp for teens, after getting the place open for year-round yoga business.

He’s serious. So serious, he says, he quit his job at PepsiCo to work on the Georgetown project full-time. He says he visits the site often, driving 3 ½ hours from Westchester County to the southeastern tip of Madison County.

I’d think someone might imagine a world where all the prisons have become yoga retreats.

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