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...

Empowering Graduation

This facilitator report illustrates a graduation ceremony of 24 men that culminated one Path of Freedom course: We opened with a metta meditation in which I asked them to imagine they were saying loving kindness phrases to themselves as a child. Continuing to speak to that image,...

Holding Your Seat

One of the key metaphors of our Path of Freedom training is to “hold your seat.” This teaching about maintaining calm and poise through life’s ups and downs, comes from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s application of horse-back riding principles to meditation...

Day of Meditation, Prayer & Action for Jarvis Masters Jan 26

Words from Pema Chodron: I believe in Jarvis Master’ innocence. This is not simply because of my love for him, but my certainty is based on having heard much of the evidence. When I asked a judge that I know to look at the Writ of Habeas Corpus findings, his unofficial...

You Can Even Have the Bottom Bunk

At the final session of a Path of Freedom course, facilitators often give out certificates and reflect with participants about the experience. The following report from a facilitator on the last day of 8-week session illustrates how impact can shine through even when early...

Working with Pain & Anxiety

One unit in the Path of Freedom curriculum shares how participants can use mindfulness to grapple with physical and emotional pain. A prisoner in a recent class on pain entered complaining about a fresh injustice by prison administration. Though the event had passed, it was still...

Mindfulness Reduces Domestic Violence

According to a recent report from NPR, the state of Iowa has adopted a new mindfulness-based intervention for domestic violence. The state made this shift after a pilot study of 1,353 offenders receiving the mindfulness-based treatment demonstrated half the reoffending rates...

Path of Freedom: Reports from the Field

As prisoners adopt practice supported by our Path of Freedom (POF) Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence program, it helps reduce reactivity, increase positive feeling and develop skills that will prevent them from returning to jail after release. The following examples from...

As My Time Grows Short . . .

This heart-warming letter was given to one of our Path of Freedom facilitators by a participant:  
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