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
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Three new trustees with a wide range of skills have joined the team at The Prison Phoenix Trust (The PPT). Joyce Borgs, Judith Unwin and Liz Wheen have taken on this voluntary role to share their expertise with The PPT. With experience in digital technology, prisoner education and fund-raising, they will help support the charity as it faces challenges from escalating prisoner numbers and changes to the justice system. The PPT director, Selina Sasse, warmly welcomed the new trustees. ‘I &hellip read more
Hollywood star Jeremy Irons has sent his congratulations to The Prison Phoenix Trust on winning Charity of the Year in the Om Yoga Awards. Jeremy, who lives in Oxfordshire, is patron of the Oxford-based charity, which supports yoga and meditation in prisons across the UK and Ireland. He said: “I’m so proud to be a Patron of the Prison Phoenix Trust and for them being honoured with this Award.” ‘In these days when our prison system is suffering such dysfunction &hellip read more
The Prison Phoenix Trust has been voted Favourite Yoga Charity at the largest yoga event in Europe. At the OM Yoga Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday, OM Yoga Magazine editor Martin Clark presented the prize to a delighted Selina Sasse, director of The PPT. “We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Selina. “It’s a real tribute to the hard work and skill of yoga teachers working in prisons. We are enormously grateful to everyone who voted for us and excited about &hellip read more