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
22nd – 26th June, 2020, Carmelite Retreat Centre, Boars Hill, Oxford – £495 This 5-day residential course, designed and run by the Prison Phoenix Trust (and accredited as a British Wheel of Yoga module) is open to all teachers, and equips you with the knowledge and confidence to teach in prison. The Carmelite Retreat Centre is on the quiet grounds of a priory, with views overlooking Oxford. We will explore in depth the issues, challenges and rewards of working behind &hellip read more
Sunday 13th October, 2019, Wytham Village Hall, Oxford – £35 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. To find our more please email us or &hellip read more
Mount St Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois. Sunday 22nd September, 2019 – €30. 9.30 am – 5.00 pm Again and again, prison yoga teachers say they are surprised by how much their prisoner students appreciate and take to meditation. Held mostly in silence, this day offers a chance to discover why that might be, and to develop your meditation practice so you feel at ease to offer it in your classes. There will be short talks on the &hellip read more