Path of Freedom
Winter Feast for the Soul Prison In-Reach Program (www.winterfeastforthesoul.com) is dedicated to creating a global community through a shared 40-day commitment to a daily spiritual practice of meditation or prayer. The 40-day period runs from Jan. 15 – Feb 23.
2013 is the sixth year we have engaged in this practice.
The Prison In-Reach program began in 2009 and has grown to serve approximately 65 men, about 50 of whom are in Ad Seg. We support them via a correspondence program in which they are paired with someone who has an established meditation practice; about half of them have a mentor; we are always looking for more people to help with this project.
I support the men who participate in the Winter Feast by sending materials on meditation, yoga, kindness, gratitude, journal writing, and creative expression. I have been looking for ways to help them extend the 40-day period so they get support all year long. We have about 35 men who seem pretty dedicated to growing and transforming themselves.
The Path of Freedom course will be done entirely by correspondence. Each man will have the workbook, and I will send them a copy of the chapter on the Empowerment Triangle. I will send them worksheets to go along with each section, so they have a chance to engage in “conversation” with someone. I will ask them to send in their responses to one section before we send them the next set. I expect it will take about 6 months for us to do this course; our focus will be on helping them to slow down and really engage with one section at a time, having a chance to practice and integrate the material before going on to the next practice.
Coordinators of Prison Mindfulness Institute’s Path of Freedom project at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center program.
Graduates of PMI’s Path of Freedom webinar run programs in several Eastern Massachusetts prisons.
This project is dedicated to fostering individual insight and compassion among Massachusetts’ inmates and prison staff. Transforming people’s minds and hearts through the practice of various mindfulness and awareness techniques is a first step toward positively transforming society.
Prisons served: MCI Concord, MCI Norfolk
PMI’s Path of Freedom curriculum is used in Solution-Focused Change Groups:5 groups at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Program at Grafton County Department of Corrections in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, are using selected pieces from Path of Freedom.
Path of Freedom Webinar graduate & Zen sangha-leader, Pake Hall, heads up a Path of Freedom program at Gothenburg Prison in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Path of Freedom is regularly offered at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, a maximum security remand centre for adult men in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Using PMI’s Path of Freedom Curriculum as a base, we facilitate weekly meditation sessions in a Brisbane maximum security prison.