The Prison Mindfulness Initiative (PMI) 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.

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way;
on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”
~ John Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is taught as a secular tool to help practitioners shift from having a blind reaction to cultivating a skillful response.  Our goal is to make it available to people from religious or non-religious persuasions in support of each persons unique spiritual development.


PBS correspondent Kate Olson, and her team, took an in-depth look at Insight-Out’s GRIP Program at San Quentin. Their three day visit highlights the spiritual underpinnings of the program in a segment of PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly program, which offers distinctive, informed and one-of-a-kind coverage of religion’s role in American life, international news and major ethical issues.

This PBS segment profiles GRIP program members, correctional department officials, and the 52 week intensive curriculum of nonviolence and emotional intelligence.

Watch it here:  GRIP Guiding Rage into Power on PBS.

See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.