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Snake River Prison Retreat

Chaplain Trimé Persinger, Skylar and Ted Fremd, Steve Ryman and Frank Ryan led a seven-day meditation intensive at SRCI several weeks ago.  Chaplain Persinger did a herculean job of establishing all the right conditions for a successful retreat.  Forty inmates completed the retreat. Frank Ryan reports he was struck by  “the incredible, ineffable longing that haunted the whole experience.”

Snake River 

Room of speckled grey tile floor pale green cinderblock walls,

worn denim and navy blue meditation seats;

threading in each morning

through cavernous hallways,

bringing stories we’ve never been told.

Does it really make sense to calmly abide

in the midst of tedium and tumult?

Explore terrain of the heart

with a tender touch?

At count time give both name and unit number.

Within the silence

fresh approach discovered,

even as outside

hot desert winds are stirring—

some other place they’d rather be.

~Frank Ryan, 2012

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