During our program, we teach yoga and mindfulness meditation practices. Studies have shown both practices reduce stress, reactivity, increase resilience, help manage anger, teach self responsibility, create a positive outlook on life, and in the case of those formerly incarcerated, these practices have been shown to reduce recidivism.

Peter Oppermann

The National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners, Lionheart’s first major and ongoing initiative, gives incarcerated men and women throughout the United States a mindfulness-based, research driven emotional literacy curriculum. The centerpiece of the program is the book Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom  (130,000 copies in circulation). The program is enthusiastically embraced by corrections professionals, prison volunteers, and prisoners alike.

Our Mission
To help youth transform harmful behavior and live meaningful lives through mindfulness meditation and emotional awareness.

Founded in 2000, MBA designs, delivers and researches mindfulness and emotional literacy programs for at-risk youth. MBA also trains educators and youth service providers nationally and internationally.

Roger Miller, Executive Director

Graduates of PMI’s Path of Freedom webinar run programs in several Eastern Massachusetts prisons.

This project is dedicated to fostering individual insight and compassion among Massachusetts’ inmates and prison staff. Transforming people’s minds and hearts through the practice of various mindfulness and awareness techniques is a first step toward positively transforming society.

Prisons served: MCI Concord, MCI Norfolk

Gary Schapiro

Class at the Cheshire County Jail in New Hampshire. Kate Wylie has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1975 at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and with a Tibetan teacher, Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction under Jon Kabat-Zinn. She recently retired after 30 years as a psychotherapist.

Kate Wylie

The Prison Mindfulness Initiative organizes, supports, and trains a state-wide network of volunteers to teach mindfulness-based meditation and yoga programs in prisons and jails throughout California. In the last year, PMI has trained hundreds of volunteers to teach mindfulness meditation and yoga to California’s 235,000+ male and female prisoners. PMI also trains people outside of California.

Jacques Verduin
Prison Mindfulness Institute

Prison Mindfulness Institute (aka Prison Dharma Network (PDN)), is an international, nonsectarian, contemplative support network for prisoners, prison volunteers, and corrections professionals. PDN’s mission is to provide prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development. In particular, we provide and promote the use of proven effective mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s). Our dual focus is on transforming individual lives as well as transforming the corrections system as a whole in order to mitigate its extremely destructive impact on families, communities and the overall social capital of our society.

Kate Crisp
Shanthi Project

Therapeutic Yoga and Mindfulness
Northampton County Prison
Northampton County Juvenile Justice Center

Weekly yoga and mindfulness classes at Northampton County Prison and Juvenile Treatment Center
Denise Veres

The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in the development of their spiritual lives through meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath.

We offer individual support to prisoners and prison staff through teaching, correspondence, books and newsletters. People of any faith or no faith can benefit. We honour all religions.

The Prison Phoenix Trust was registered as a charity in 1988. We work all over the UK and The Republic of Ireland in prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres, secure hospitals and probation hostels.

A key aspect of our work is training and supporting qualified yoga teachers to teach in prison and other secure conditions.

The Prison Phoenix Trust regularly receives recognition for its groundbreaking work with prisoners and prison staff.

(UK exchange) 01865 512 521
Lucy Ayrton

Prison Dharma sharing practice and is essentially pen-pal support for prisoners practicing in the Thich Nhat Hahn/Plum Village tradition.

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