Silent meditation day – online, Saturday 4th September

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 is also an essential part of their own practice. The support we give to people in prison depends on us also being nourished and resourced by regularly sitting with our breath.

We offer this one-day online meditation retreat to support yoga teachers and volunteers in developing their own meditation practice, to dive deep into the silence within and to experience the acceptance and joy that can be found even in the midst of trying circumstances.

What is involved?

The day-long event includes a series of 25-minute sits, 5-minute walking meditations, and a talk about the impact of the practice for prisoners and teachers.

The morning session is 9am-12 noon; afternoon session 2pm-4pm.

Participants can attend at home on Zoom, while being held safely in the arms of a supportive prison yoga community. We will send you guidance notes in advance.

Booking information

  • sponsor rate £50
  • standard rate £35
  • included free for Teaching Yoga in Prison 2021 trainees

Please make payments by bank transfer to CAF Bank sort code  405240 a/c no: 00029577. Use SIL21_Surname  as your bank transaction reference and email to let us know you’ve made a payment. We will then send you the information you need to take part.

The benefits of meditation have proven to be profound in my case. Awareness of how I feel has allowed me insight into how my actions were affecting those around me, and also that be being aware of that, I was able to create a more positive immediate environment. Every morning I practise meditation for 30 – 45 minutes. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes but thankfully I learn quickly and prevent any further problems. Long may this continue!’

A letter from a prisoner, HMP Oakwood