Provides weekly trauma-informed mindfulness classes at York Correctional Institute and Path of Freedom classes at Cheshire Correctional Institution. Also developing curriculum for working with people recently released from prison in the New Haven, CT area.
New England Institute of Buddhist Studies
Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
PO Box 546
Middletown, Ct 06457
We now have guys at two prisons and a jail that we are working with.
Prisons Served: Clinton Correctional in Dannemora, NY Fox Lake Correctional in Fox Lake, Wisconsin Osborn Correctional in Somers, Ct
Prison Outreach is an on-going, integral part of the Contemplative Outreach family. This important ministry is committed to support volunteers and organizations willing to serve the prison population.
Support consists of consultation, resources and access to a central database of all prison ministry activities nationwide involving Centering Prayer. We hope to encourage and assist those interested in beginning a prison ministry or to provide connections between practitioners already in the ministry who want to share and learn together.
Mary Wyman – CO Chapter Coordinator
San Francisco CA- development of Prison Outreach Conference/Retreat.
Barbara Cook – prison ministry
Hobby Unit- (women) Marlin TX, experiences with conferences and workshops
Douglas La Plant – prison ministry
SCI Rockview, Bellefante PA
Teaching “A Pathway to Freedom” course to men.
Khalilah Bilal – prison ministry
Bexar County Jail- San Antonio TX
Teaching “A Pathway to Freedom” course to women
The Greater Hartford Sangha was founded in 1999 following a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Omega Institute in New York State. The Sangha also is involved in various engaged Buddhism efforts. We volunteer to teach meditation and writing in several Connecticut prisons, including MacDougall prison, Osborn prison, York prison and Cheshire prison.
The teachings and practices of Siddha Yoga are brought to incarcerated men and
women through the Siddha Yoga Meditation Study Courses. The 17 year long Course
lessons describe in simple, down-to-earth language the timeless, transformative wisdom
of yoga. Lessons are received monthly and are free of charge to all who are
incarcerated. They are available in Spanish translation on request. Persons of all
spiritual and religious persuasions are invited to participate. Nearly 5000 inmates are
enrolled in the Courses in over 900 prisons in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, the U.K.,
Interested inmates can enroll in the Courses by writing to: Prison Project, PO Box
99140, Emeryville, CA 94662. The Prison Project web page is at: