The mission of the Upaya Prison Project is to help inmates cultivate wholesome and prosocial changes of mind and behavior that help facilitate a more positive experience during incarceration and a successful re-entry into society.
During this time of Covid19 all in person visits at the prisons are suspended. We are offering classes via zoom, as the NMCD has installed cameras and computers in NM state prisons.
We offer a variety of programs including meditation and mindfulness instruction, yoga, Buddhist teachings, qigong, and stress management. We also support inmates through one-on-one visits in maximum security and nationwide letter correspondence (now over 30 inmates served)
The Upaya Prison Project supports incarcerated inmates in the Penitentiary of New Mexico – PNM (Santa Fe), Western New Mexico Corrections (Grants), Central (Los Lunas) and Southern NM Correctional (Las Cruces)
For the right sangha practitioner, this can be a wonderful form of practice and service. We ask that everyone who considers volunteering to serve in this way to really consider if you have the resources and resiliency required for this work, as contact with inmates and recovering addicts and alcoholics requires a consistent and compassionate presence.
Upaya Prison Project volunteers should have an ongoing meditation practice, a basic understanding of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, and the availability to check in regularly with other members of the group.
The path to working “inside” requires training and certification from the State of New Mexico which can take time to facilitate.
The Upaya Prison Project gratefully accepts donations for the purposes of purchasing educational DVDs, books and meditation supplies.
Please note that Upaya is unable to accept calls from inmates; however, prison administration and staff can contact us.
For more information please email: email@example.com