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.
In 2009 a small Buddhist Sangha in Boise, Idaho brought Winter Feast brochures to the local men‘s incarceration center, where they were teaching meditation. 10 prisoners signed up for the Winter Feast that year. This started us thinking about how we could support incarcerated individuals with finding inner peace by developing a spiritual practice. Since then, we have expanded our outreach through a journal for prisoners known as Freedom Inside and individual coaching. Our outreach program now includes about 50 volunteer spiritual practitioners or coaches who correspond regularly with prisoners who would like support with their spiritual practices during the Feast and year-round.
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.
Using PMI’s Path of Freedom Curriculum as a base, we facilitate weekly meditation sessions in a Brisbane maximum security prison.