Race and Prison – Training Day

This will no longer be a physical meeting, but will be an on-line gathering on the same day. Exact details will be confirmed to people with booked places once we have finalised things.

Summertown Church Hall, Oxford, 9:30 – 4:30 Sunday 29th March, 2020 – £10

This day is for yoga and meditation teachers and cover teachers already working in prisons, secure hospitals, IRCs and bail hostels, or those about to begin. What is it about our society and criminal justice systems that means a disproportionate number of people of colour wind up in prison? What is life inside like for them? What kinds of issues around ethnicity do we need to be aware of, so we are most effective in our teaching?

Part of this day aims to explore those questions and deepen our understanding of race and prison, with the help of Dr Coretta Phillips, Associate Professor of Social Policy at LSE. Her research interests are in the field of race, ethnicity, crime, criminal justice and social policy. She is involved in a study with minority ethnic young people, including those involved in crime but not detected by the police, those deeply entrenched in the criminal justice system, and those uninvolved in crime. She is particularly interested in why some ethnic groups are easily caught up in the criminal justice system while others are not. Coretta’s previous research in the UK has included work on ethnicity and social relations in men’s prisons and institutional racism. Her book, The Multicultural Prison was shortlisted for the Radio 4 Thinking Allowed / British Sociological Association Award for Ethnography in 2014.

After Coretta’s presentation and discussion with us in the morning, we’ll have time to share the challenges of our classes and also what is working well. We’ll practice asana and seated meditation together and enjoy a bring-and-share lunch. There will be ample time to talk with others engaged in this unique work. The cost is being kept low to minimise expenses for teachers travelling from a distance.

To find our more please email us or get in touch with Sally, Selina or Victoria on 01865 512521