The Mountain Cloud Prison Project is evolving. We have a new name and will be using the Oxford Prison Phoenix Trust as a model. Our project is bringing mindful movement (yoga) and meditation practices into the New Mexico State Prison (PNM) and Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility. We have several yoga teachers ready to lead yoga classes in the prison and have begun one class at PNM, with more to follow. We hope to also offer yoga/meditation classes to correction officers within the prison. We also work closely with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) which facilitates workshops on non violent communication with inmates and community members. And, we are helping the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility recruit volunteers to work in a variety of capacities in the county jail including education, AA and NA, athletics, yoga and meditation, communication skills and much more.
Anyone interested in learning more about this program or interested in getting involved, please contact Johanna at the Mountain Cloud email. Working inside the prison is extremely rewarding, compelling and satisfying. It requires time and patience to become a volunteer because each volunteer is required take one or more volunteer training classes, undergo a security background check and, then cooperate with the prison officials to work out logistics and schedules.
Sangha member Pancho Burke is our mentor, guide and collaborator and he will continue his vibrant prison work through his Interdenominational Outreach. Pancho was recently given the NM State Prisons Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding service and dedication volunteering in the State Penitentiary.
Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute (RGMI)
The Rio Grand Mindfulness Institute supports public and private school teachers with mindfulness practice in northern New Mexico and beyond. John Braman is the director of this group. RGMI, is gaining impressive momentum working with both public and private schools promoting and organizing Mindfulness in Education. The mission is to support mindful and meditative approaches to education for teachers, students, administrators and parents in in New Mexico and beyond.
For more information about RGMI, contact John Braman though Mountain Cloud
Mountain Cloud Care Network
The MCZC Care Network exists to respond to occasional urgent needs resulting from childbirth, illness, surgery, life transitions and various other personal emergencies. If you would like to add your name to the Care Network or alert the membership to a need in the community, please contact the Mountain Cloud email.
Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha
The Santa Fe Vipassana group uses the Zendo on Tuesday evenings from 5:00pm-8:00pm. For more details about the group please click here: SFVS
A Rinzai group has sitting times at Mountain Cloud as follows:
Monday 6 to 8pm
Friday 5 to 7am
The group is led by Osho Chris Reizan Worth, who trained under Joshu Sasaki Roshi and Sandy Gentei Stewart, of North Carolina (www.nczencenter.org ).
Caring for people with terminal conditions is an inspiring and profoundly life-affirming way to offer help to the wider community. All kinds of help may be offered, from more traditional nursing to housecleaning, conversation, doing the shopping, driving people to appointments, among many other things.
Coming Home Connection is a home hospice network based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, founded and led by Glenys Carl, and affiliated with our zendo. They offer training of different kinds several times a year, and are always looking for volunteers to help meet the needs of their roster of patients. They are highly flexible about the hours people offer, and about the kind of work they are ready to do, and always try to make a good match between a volunteer and a patient. Any amount of time is appreciated, even as little as one hour once a month.
Glenys Carl, a native Welshwoman, is a long-time hospice caregiver, as well as the author of the book Hold My Hand, about her son’s inspiring three-year struggle to recover from a traumatic brain injury, in the course of which hundreds of people stepped forward to help out.
Coming Home Connection can be reached at 505.988.2466 or Glenyscarl33@aol.com. You can also contact Henry for further information.