Calm in the face of difficulty

From June Tanoue at the Cook County Department of Corrections in Illinois: The poʻi na kai uli, kai koʻo, ʻaʻohe hina pukoʻa. Though the sea be deep and rough, the coral rock remains standing. Said of one who remains calm in the face of difficulty. ʻOlelo Noʻeau, Hawaiian...

Getting Above the Line with Accountability

A recent class at Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania illustrates the way participants internalize concepts connected to responsibility and transformation. As part of the regular Path of Freedom curriculum, facilitators shared the difference between Above the Line (ATL) and...

Path of Freedom: July Reports from the Field

  The following quotations were gathered from facilitators offering the Path of Freedom (POF) curriculum around the U.S.. This month’s collection highlights the benefits reported by participants. Their comments show how they look forward to attend and apply POF...

Pre-release: I See My Basic Goodness

In a Path of Freedom class for women at the Barnstable Correctional Facility in Massachusetts, one participant shared inspiring words. After attending the class for many months and developing a strong, steady practice, she will be released next week: I think sometimes people...

Can Mindfulness Reduce School Violence?

A recent article from Pittsburgh illustrates the benefits of our mindfulness-based emotional intelligence curriculum. Under the leadership of former teacher Executive Director Stephanie Romero, Awaken Pittsburgh has offered the Path of Freedom curriculum with two groups of...

Path of Freedom Achieves Positive Impact

Facilitators offer the Path of Freedom course developed by Prison Mindfulness Institute in correctional facilities all over the world. Staff often express appreciation for the positive impact they observe resulting from the course. A recent report from Rhode Island illustrates...

Crossing Divides: Kenya jail’s ‘mindful’ scheme aims to bring sides closer

Kenya’s prisons are hotbeds of violence. But could an experiment with mindfulness bring inmates closer to their hated guards, asks BBC Africa’s Mercy Juma. The prison gate stands some 2.4m (8ft) high, a black mass of steel bars, topped by sharp, shiny razor wire. This...

Japanese prison launches ‘mindfulness’ meditation to calm inmates

MAEBASHI — A prison here has introduced “mindfulness” meditation in an attempt to help inmates control their emotions. The American meditation method is already in use at nine female juvenile detention centers across Japan, but Maebashi Prison in Gunma...

Building a New Foundation

In Washington state and Rhode Island, Path of Freedom (POF) facilitators are training prisoner graduates to become POF facilitators. One of these prisoner-facilitators, in Washington, offered an innovative new method. He prepared by drawing several dozen bricks on the chalkboard....

Prison-Facilitated Group Creates Safety

Six sessions into the sequence, a prisoner-led Path of Freedom course in Washington state is hitting its stride. Prisoners who completed the course are receiving collaborative support and guidance from experienced POF facilitators from outside. As described below, the...
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