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 twenty years, Heart Mountain Prison Project (HMPP), a qualified 501(c)(3), has provided non-denominational meditation and Qi Gong in several prisons in New Mexico.
We also have a Native American Arts Program in the Santa Fe juvenile detention facility.
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:
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.