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
Saturday 17th October, 10 am – 4.00 pm, on-line, £10 Our annual retreat was scheduled for 16th – 18th October as a physical gathering, but the retreat venue has closed for 2020, and there are challenges in booking another, and uncertainty about whether we’d be able to gather in person. Instead we are holding this event online. This day, held mostly in silence, offers a chance to deepen your own meditation practice so you feel more confident in offering it &hellip read more
We have a range of yoga and meditation handouts available to help prisoners cope with the increased hours they are having to spend in their cells. These include how to set up a meditation practice, yoga routines to help with worry and insomnia, and soothing breathing practices. Please feel free to print these out and distribute them to those you’re in contact with in any secure setting. If you have any feedback or requests for other types of content from &hellip read more
In light of national and global events we have made these changes to our events – Race and Prison – one-day training for prison yoga teachers – Sunday 29.3.20 This will no longer be a physical meeting, but will be an on-line gathering on the same day. Coretta Philipps, the main speaker, and former prisoner Mike will offer their presentations by remote video (Coretta: Race in Prison; Mike: how one man survived prison with help from his yoga teacher and &hellip read more