Comienzos is an educational, therapeutic program serving men and women who are incarcerated at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. We teach the skills and cultivate the awareness that is needed for men and women to live in freedom.
Our classes include:
* Learning and Practice in Nonviolent Communication, as developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg;
* Meditative practices, including seated meditation, T’ai Chi Chih, and yoga; and,
* 12 Step Recovery
For the past ten years, Heart Mountain Prison Project (HMPP), a qualified 501(c)(3), has provided non-denominational meditation and yoga classes at six prisons and juvenile facilities throughout New Mexico.
Meditation and awareness classes at 5 adult prisons in NM. Classes at the Santa Fe juvenile detention facility include yoga, Native American drumming, and theater games. Weekly meditation classes and weekend workshops at adult prisons.
Prisons Served: currently at 2 facilities: medium security in Santa Rose, NM and the Santa Fe Youth Authority. Plans to expand to more facilities.
The Upaya Prison Outreach Project is a non-profit organization organized under the tax exempt umbrella of the Upaya Zen Center, based in Santa Fe, NM. The mission of the Project is to teach meditation and other mindfulness practices as a means of ending the cycle of addiction, violence and incarceration for men, women and youths.
After years of service to and for others and his on-going commitment to Vipassana Meditation, Grady Bankhead has earned the right to be known as a Dhamma Brother. Day by day, action by action, Grady follows the sacred Dharma path of awakening that unfolded during a 10 – day Vipassana meditation course, as taught by S.N. Goenka, at the Donaldson Correction Facility in Bessemer, Alabama.