Oregon State Penitentiary
An innovative healing garden for a maximum security prison.
- Salem, Oregon
- 12,940 square feet
- Spring 2019 ← Back to All
But that is exactly what a small group of inmates and Department of Corrections leaders at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) have dared to do: follow their inspiration and innovate. With hope and a vision, they reached out to Kurisu.
As Japanese gardens have done for thousands of years, this garden will offer unique opportunities for self-realization, tranquility, and peace. For inmates experiencing depression, anger, stress, and total disconnection from natural elements, recovering a sense of awe and appreciation for nature’s beauty can inspire transformation at the deepest levels.
Funding for the Memorial Healing Garden project at Oregon State Penitentiary is made possible entirely by donations from individuals both inside and outside the walls and generous grants from community supporters including the Oregon Community Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Social Justice Fund and Meyer Memorial Trust.
Groundbreaking is expected in Spring 2019.
To learn more about this truly unique prison healing garden project, please visit the Asian Pacific Family Club's project page or download this PDF.
To me, this [garden] will be the first place where it's all-inclusive, where everyone can go there, of any culture, of any power structure, staff, inmates. We can all go there and feel some sense of safety, some sense of peace. In this type of place, that's almost unheard of.
Johnny Cofer, Adult in Custody and Asian Pacific Family Club Garden Project Coordinator, 2017
It is amazing to see how this project and its story is inspiring people to see beyond the typical perspective of prison. We are very grateful and appreciative for all the blessings and positive responses. Hoichi Kurisu had said this to us upon our very first meeting with him, concerning how we were supposed to raise the money and gain support from the community. HK calmly expressed 'believe in yourself and in your heart that it is the right thing to do, it has a meaning.' HK's blessing has given us the strength to overcome all the challenges and barriers through this process.
Toshio Takanobu, Adult in Custody and Asian Pacific Family Club President, May 16, 2018