Who We Are
The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in the development of their spiritual welfare, through the practices of meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath.
We offer personal support to prisoners around the UK and the Republic of Ireland through teaching, workshops, correspondence, books and newsletters – and to prison staff too. We work with people of any faith, or of none, and honour all religions.
“I still find it hard to get in touch with my feelings. My gut tells me sadness is something I have a lot of. Today after my morning sitting I stopped and thought about how I feel about myself. My awareness shot to the memory of me as a little boy, and I felt a cocktail of sadness, feeling sorry, and maybe compassion for this little boy, who I realise is still within me. Sometimes I feel a vast space down inside my body that is so still. Anger can come back like a tidal wave and if I’m quick I observe it and the flames die very quickly and I feel like I’ve grown or maybe changed. This is so empowering.”
Frank, HMP The Mount
We’d scheduled this day for 2018, but the speaker fell ill, so we couldn’t hold it. We’re pleased that she’s agreed to be with us in 2019. This day is for yoga and meditation teachers already working or offering cover in prisons, secure hospitals, IRCs and bail hostels, or those about to begin. The incidence of autism among prisoners is estimated to be higher than the general population. This day will help you identify signs of autism in your students &hellip read more
This year, the Prison Phoenix Trust turns 30 years old. The picture above is of PPT Patron Jeremy Irons helping us celebrate this milestone at a recent event! To help us towards seeing another three decades, we are looking for 30 friends and supporters on the outside who would like to commit £500 each year (or £42 a month) for the next three years. The demand for our work is increasing – there are 23% more yoga classes than this &hellip read more
Is it possible to give unconditional support, affirmation and encouragement through yoga and meditation in a highly regulated, stressful setting like prison? Come find out more on this day, when we will explore the challenges and rich rewards of sharing yoga and meditation with prisoners, ex-prisoners and staff. Open to teachers interested in finding out more. Sunday 14th October, 2018, Wytham Village Hall, Oxford – £45 To find our more please email us or get in touch with Sally, Brent &hellip read more