Spirited Dissent

| January / February 2006

Five activists talk about staying centered

Making social change is demanding work; progress can be slow, and personal burnout is high. These inspirational activists have chosen to travel inward for sustenance. And in so doing, they've found that their spiritual practice, no matter what form it takes, isn't an escape from activism -- it's the wellspring.

Kyra Bobinet, 35, is the co-founder of Vision Youthz, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps at-risk youth build life skills and inner awareness, with programs based in schools, communities, and detention centers. A graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, Bobinet indefinitely postponed her research and medical career after she had a vision at the age of 24 that pushed her toward a life of service to youth.