The Path of Freedom®

Is the main curriculum we use in our local prison programs and teach to future POF facilitators internationally. Path of Freedom ® is a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) model for at-risk and incarcerated youth and adult prisoners developed by Kate Crisp and Fleet Maull.

The curriculum we use in prisons includes training in: mindfulness meditation, emotional intelligence, communication, conflict resolution, and various resourcing and resiliency building skills.

Participants develop greater self-awareness, improved impulse control, and greater social awareness which will give them a new positive vision for their lives.

The program is presented in a non-sectarian manner and is open to participants of any faith and/or those who do not identify with a particular faith tradition. The curriculum has received very positive reviews from experts in the corrections field.

POF Workbook

Path of Freedom Workbook

by Kate Crisp
The POF workbook  is available for $19.99 plus shipping. The link for purchasing the book will be sent after your application is accepted.


Click here to complete the online application for the January 2017 Training.
After your application is approved, we will email you the online payment link.


POF Certification

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Read more here about the path to becoming a Certified POF Instructor

'Intro to the POF' Online Course

  • The Course

    This 6 week online course is an introduction to PMI's Path of Freedom® curriculum which is used in prisons, youth-at-risk programs as well as other social services agencies.

  • Who Attends?

    Past participants have included: social workers, lawyers, psychologists, teachers, corrections staff, relatives of prisoners, writers, yoga instructors, activists, and various other social services staff and interested persons.
  • Application Requirements

    Since mindfulness-awareness meditation practices are foundational to this program, all facilitators-in-training must have an established mindfulness-awareness meditation practice and maintain this practice while active as a Path of Freedom facilitator. Acceptance into this program is by application only.
  • Upcoming Dates

    POF Course 2016: 
    • September 12-Oct. 23 2016
    January 2017 Dates TBA.
  • Cost

    $275 for the six week online course.
  • Course Outline & Learning Outcomes

    The six-week course will consist of:
    • Video lectures delivered by Prison Mindfulness Institute founder Fleet Maull
    • Quizzes on the Video Lectures
    • Optional class meetings (via video webconference) where we will discuss the material.
    • Ongoing online forum discussions
    • Abundant supplementary online & print resources for deeper study of each topic
    • Detailed POF Course Outline
    • Details on POF Learning Outcomes
  • Course Requirements

    All participants will be required to complete all course modules, including:
    • Watch course video lectures
    • Take short quizzes for each topic
    • Engage in the online forum discussions by posting on each topic and replying at to at least one other persons posts in each topic.
    • (Optional) Attend online group meetings to discuss the material.
    • (Optional)review supplementary material
  • Technology Requirements

    Please read these tech requirements before applying
    • Participants are required to be able to easily navigate online environments
    • All trainees are required to post a photo on the site
    • Your computer must be equipped with high speed internet and have microphone, camera, video and sound capabilities.
    • This course is not built to be completed on smart phones. You will need either a tablet or a computer to complete most of the assignments and quizzes in this course. Please contact us if you need further clarification.
  • CE Credits

    CEU The Prison Mindfulness Institute has been approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6730. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Prison Mindfulness Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. A CEU certificate for our trainings is an additional $25 cost. Please email us for more info.

    Prison Mindfulness Institute (dba Engaged Mindfulness Institute), #1402, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Engaged Mindfulness Institute (Prison Mindfulness Institute) maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/15/2016 – 7/15/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • Cancellation Policy

    Training fees are nonrefundable if a registration is cancelled by the participant within two weeks (14 days) of the start date of workshop. Registrations can be transferred to another individual or a future training (within a one year limit). If a registration is canceled by the participant more than two weeks (14 days) prior to the training start date, workshop fees are refundable, minus a $25 cancellation fee. We reserve the right to substitute faculty at any time or to cancel or reschedule sessions due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the training is canceled by the Prison Mindfulness Institute, registrants will receive full credits or refunds of the paid registration fees. No refunds can be made for lodging, airfare or any other expenses related to attending the training. All refunds will be processed within 30 days following the training.

Map of POF Programs


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Click here to download our Path of Freedom newsletters for prisoners.

Program Sponsors

This project was underwritten by the Kallieopeia Foundation and The Trust for The Meditation Process (a charitable foundation supporting contemplative practice among Christians and encouraging dialogue among all contemplative traditions).
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