TPP Grant Recipient

Lisa Benham

Lisa’s joyful relationship with The Pollination Project began as a grantee, supporting aspects of the research she conducted on a the efficacy of mindful gardening in the Insight Garden Program (IGP) within San Quentin State State Prison. That research has since helped bolster program growth as IGP continues new expansion to other facilities within California and nationally.

Lisa has continued working at San Quentin as program manager and co-facilitatator with IGP after completing her Masters in Science in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University, where her thesis focused on the role of ecological engagement in personal transformation and correctional rehabilitation. She completed her Buddhist chaplaincy training in 2012 and also works as a contract “eco-chaplain” with both women and men at Santa Clara County’s Elmwood Correctional Facility, teaching a blend of mindfulness skills, deep environmental awareness, and green job opportunities.

Lisa hears her calling as a rich and deepening dialogue between beings and places everywhere. Through reconnection with the glorious and humbling Earth systems in which we are daily immersed, may we each be reminded of our inherent wholeness, inner-strength, and joy, through the many ways we receive – and also contribute.