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
By Mike I left prison in 2018 after serving a total of three years and four months. When I arrived home, whilst delighted to be out, there were many problems. My mother-in-law had moved in and brought her advanced dementia with her. I returned to a small island community where I was permanently labelled as a criminal. I struggled to find meaningful work, and so undertook all sorts of low paid work. The parole people in Guernsey were unhelpful – &hellip read more
Across British and Irish prisons, Covid restrictions are still having a big impact on life inside, with prisons cautiously relaxing regimes and almost all still operating some kind of ‘lockdown’. The Prison Phoenix Trust is playing a part in helping to get prisoners out of their cells with the resumption of yoga and meditation classes. In the last month, numbers of class have grown by 32%.
Join prison yoga teachers and letter writers for a powerful shared experience of silent meditation on Zoom 9am-4pm, Saturday 4th September 2021. Sitting silently with the breath as a focus for the mind is the simplest – and can be the most powerful – of practices. It is the heart of what we teach in prisons, so effective is it in supporting the wellbeing and personal development of prisoners and staff. For prison yoga teachers and volunteer letter writers, it &hellip read more