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
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, and to those already working in secure settings. Sunday 14th October, 2018, Wytham Village Hall, Oxford – £35 To find our more please email &hellip read more
This two hour session is for yoga teachers interested in exploring teaching in secure settings such as prisons, secure hospitals and bail hostels. Come find out how classes get started, hear from teachers who are already working in these settings, find out what kind of yoga and meditation works best, the training and support the Prison Phoenix Trust offers, and practise yoga and meditation with Prison Phoenix Trust staff. Maitri Studio, 4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA, 1st May, 2 &hellip read more