Our main office in Deerfield, MA oversees many thriving prison projects all promoting mindfulness and meditation programs in prisons around the world.
Path of Freedom
The Path of Freedom (PoF) program is a mindfulness-based, emotional intelligence (MBEI), and integral approach to self-transformation, personal development, and leadership capacity for at-risk and incarcerated youth and adult prisoners. The program has received very positive reviews from experts in the corrections field. We offer introductory online trainings for those wishing to facilitate the POF several times a year. Click here to learn more and apply.
Engaged Mindfulness Institute
In 2015 we launched a new intensive mindfulness teacher training and certification program geared for people who aspire to work with at-risk or underserved populations. Click here to learn more.
Mindful Justice Initiative
The first Mindful Justice conference, which took place in September 2015, brought together the pioneers of mindfulness-based programming in the criminal justice system, as well as teachers, researchers, and policy-makers with an interest in this work, to explore how we can establish a shared vision for system-wide transformation drawing on the principles and practices of mindfulness. Click here to learn more.
Mindfulness Research in Prisons
In 2011 we launched our first research initiative to assess the impact of our Path of Freedom curriculum, integrating mindfulness practice with cognitive-behavioral training and social emotional learning. We currently have several mindfulness research projects in the works. Click here for more information on our groundbreaking endeavor.
Massachusetts & Rhode Island Department of Corrections
We have several ongoing weekly Path of Freedom, mindfulness and yoga classes at various facilities in Massachusetts and at the ACI in Rhode Island for men and women prisoners. Click here to volunteer.
Prison Dharma Network: Networking and Community Building
We have organized an international network of prison mindfulness (including meditation, prison dharma, yoga and other contemplative practices) organizations, prisoners and volunteers. Click here to read about our members community.
Books Behind Bars
We have distributed over 57,000 books to prisoners since 1989. All books donated (with the exception of Sitting Inside and Dharma in Hell) are donated by people like you. Click here to read more or for information on how to donate books.
Prison Dharma Press
PDN publishes books on prison dharma. Click here to read more and purchase books.
Support for Prison Chaplains and Libraries
We also support chaplains and prison libraries by providing resources such as books, audio tapes, cd’s, dvd’s and downloadable materials. Click here to learn more.