Empowering individuals in custody to take care of their mental health through the practice of Mindful Meditation. Please read the information below to find out how you can get involved with this project. Together we can make a difference to many peoples lives.
How it Works?
Mindspace in Prisons starts with individuals in custody reading the book ‘Guide to the Mindful Way of Life’. The book is designed so the reader can self-guide through the mindfulness exercises presented and learn to take care of their mental health. This unique format enables authentic experience to arise while reading, and releases the dependency on an external trainer or a teacher.
The text reveals eight mindful themes which empower prisoners to live in the present moment. By integrating the instructions with their daily activities, they will be able to develop the confidence needed to establish a mindful meditation practice, and consequently enjoy all the mental health benefits from the training. The eight mindful themes are:
Mindful Listening – Introduction to Mindfulness and Improving Attention
Mindful Body – Learning to Live in the Moment and Increase Flow
Mindful Breathing – Discovering Meditations to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Mindful Mind – Developing Emotional Intelligence and Stillness
Mindful Movement – Establishing a Flowing Mindfulness Practice
Mindful Eating – A Tasty Session, Using Mindful Eating Exercises
Mindful Sleep – How to Fall Asleep Peacefully and Wake up with Positivity
Mindful Heart – Improving our Relationships with Mindfulness
Following time spent with the book, there will be the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion along with the chance for in-person training based on the text to clarify the practices. This live training will encourage a more profound experience of the subject matter.
To bring this to your prison, please get in touch to discuss opportunities.
If you work within a prison or know anyone currently in prison and would like them to benefit from this service, please also feel free to get in touch.
Please considering sponsoring copies of Guide to the Mindful Way of Life below if you would like to get involved. Your sponsored book/s will be given to individuals in custody; helping them learn to take care of their mental health and contribute significantly to their personal development.
Mindspace in Prisons Activity
November 11th, 2021: sees the launch of Mindspace in Prisons with twenty-two sponsored copies of Guide to the Mindful Way of Life, delivered to Oakwood Prison in Wolverhampton.
March 12th, 2022: for the first time since Mindspace in Prisons was launched, an in-person Meditation class was delivered yesterday inside Oakwood prison to a group of men and several staff members.A guided practice lasted twenty minutes, incorporating a series of mindful meditation practices. Following this, there was guidance on how to use the book, Guide to the Mindful Way of Life to self-guide and help others outside the sessions. It was a very positive first session, and there will be another in-person session in May. This work is crowd-funded, with the opportunity to sponsor copies of the book Guide to the Mindful Way of Life, which is sent into prisons.
March 16th, 2022: Third printing of Guide to the Mindful Way of Life arrives from printers in Poland.
April 21st, 2022: There have now been fifty copies of Guide to the Mindful Way of Life sent to prisoners in Oakwood Prison. Sponsor a copy below so we can send more copies.
June 17th, 2022: Second in-person workshop delivered at Oakwood Prison to ten individuals in custody. Watch the video update below.
Upcoming: Eight guided mindful meditations taken from Guide to the Mindful Way of Life to be broadcast through Oakwood Prison TV to prison cells each morning and evening.
June 20th, 2022: First set of books sent for distribution through GP Clinic to Brinsford Prison and Young Offender Institution.
October 26th, 2022: Liasions with Head of Safer Custody at Oakwood Prison as to how we can further assist those in custody
January 27th, 2023: Liasions with Commuity Mentor Co-ordinator at HMP Five Wells as to how we can begin to assist those in custody.
February 9th, 2023: Forty copies of Guide to the Mindful Way of Life sent to men at HMP Five Wells (who requested a copy) so they can learn how to self guide through a series of Mindful Meditation practices.
March 10th, 2023: Discussion of plans to bring offer in-person training to those in custody at HMP Five Wells.
March 14th, 2023: First book sent to HMP Stafford.
July 21st, 2023: First book sent to HMP Suffolk.