The Insight Garden Program has been teaching inmates at the San Quentin Prison in San Francisco, CA gardening skills since 2002. With about 40 of the 1,000 male prisoners enrolled, the program hopes to give inmates a vocational skill that they can later use to get a job in addition to providing them with a spiritual outlet.
California’s First Vegetable Garden Behind Bars
I find this item (Insight Garden Program, below) encouraging. Brings to mind the Anastasia series of books, based on the true tales and teachings of a very unique being – the beautiful Anastasia – who “came in” with total, innate earth wisdom. She has always known inherently how to work with the energies, elements, plants, and animals that surrounded her in the remote, forested Siberian wilderness in which she “raised herself” without parents.
If living in absolute, even “conversational” (and spiritual) oneness with nature is of interest to you, you might check into the Ringing Cedars book line of nonfiction accounts of Anastasia’s life and substantiated beliefs. Her world view is now influencing the world in ever-expanding ways — including a program that teaches Russian prisoners how to garden, and then grants them a plot of otherwise unused land upon their release, so they may contribute to the organic food supply in their area. This program has been a fantastic success in Russia. It gives people whose lives had been derailed in hard times not only a new start, but a valued (even nurturing) role in their community. A beautiful success story.
The teachings of Anatasia (pronounced Ah-nah-stass-eee-ya) have launched a huge movement around the globe, somewhat similar to Rudolph Steiner, in his day. www.ringingcedars.com
Anyway … the following is the lead to a story over on lime.com: