Kate Crisp, BA, RYT, has directed the day-to-day operations of Prison Mindfulness Institute (formerly Prison Dharma Network) since 1999. She has been the primary creative force in developing new programs and resources at PMI. Kate has been a mindfulness and meditation practitioner for over 30 years. She has completed numerous intensive mindfulness meditation retreats and graduated from a three-month advanced Buddhist Seminary focused on intensive mindfulness meditation training in 1992. She completed a 24-month Mindfulness Meditation Instructor Training Program in 1998 through Shambhala International and is a Shambhala International certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. She is also a certified yoga teacher (RYT300). She has trained extensively in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and led numerous NVC study groups over the past eight years. She s a graduate of Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership program, and also a graduate of Matrixworks Leadership Training.
Kate was a co-founder and is on the board of the Peacemaker Institute (now Engaged Mindfulness Institute). She co-designed the Integral Peacemaker Training™, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) leadership development program completed by over 500 community leaders and activists. She is a trainer in EMI’s year long Mindfulness Teacher Training. She is the author of the Path of Freedom™ Workbook and co-designed (with Fleet Maull) the MBEI-based Path of Freedom™ curriculum .
Kate administers PDN’s various prison programs and serves as a lead trainer in our Path of Freedom (POF) program. She is the lead developer of our many online courses and webinars based on the POF. She has taught mindfulness meditation and the Path of Freedom curriculum at various prisons and jails in the U.S for 15 years. Her training, practice and study over the past 30 years have led her to fully integrate mindfulness, the practice of interacting fully and intentionally with the present moment, as a central part of her life, work, practice and teaching.