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Our main curriculum used in prison programs worldwide.  Path of Freedom ® is a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) model for at-risk and incarcerated youth and adult prisoners


Path of Freedom was developed by K.Vita Pires-Crisp, and introduced in a five-year pilot program at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center (a maximum-security prison for juvenile males) in Golden, Colorado in the early 2000s.   In the past few decades, we have trained over 1,000 facilitators worldwide in delivering the Path of Freedom curriculum.

The Path of Freedom is a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) training that employs key elements of social-emotional learning and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral training.   The program focuses on increasing participants’ resources, capacities, and skills for self-awareness by developing mindfulness, presence, focus, and attention stabilization.  The program offers tools for developing emotion regulation, resilience, deep listening, empathic communication, problem-solving, forgiveness, and conflict management.

The Path of Freedom curriculum also focuses on increasing participants’ resiliency, self-reflective capacity, confidence, and positive life outlook through mindfulness-awareness meditation and contemplative/reflective practices. This direct contemplative experience encourages a shift away from fear-based, anti-social, or criminal strategies for meeting needs to pro-social strategies grounded in emerging confidence in their own innate goodness, the innate goodness of others, and a greater sense of possibility for their present lives and future.  The program is also grounded in a holistic or whole-person, bio-psycho-social-spiritual, integral view of human development.

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.


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Online: Intro to the POF

We offer an online course as an introduction to the Path of Freedom (POF) on our EMI Community & Courses site. 
Our next two "Intro to the Path of Freedom" cohorts begin in May and September 2023. 

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Map of POF Programs

Check out our map of currently running POF international programs.

We've currently completed over 43 cohorts of the POF online training for over 1,000 people around the world and these people have gone on to create programs around the world.


Path of Freedom Book

By K. Vita Pires-Crisp


The POF workbook  is available for $17.99 plus shipping. The link for purchasing the book will be sent after you enroll in the Intro to the Path of Freedom online course.


Doing the POF introductory online course does  not certify you to teach. 
Read more about the path to becoming a Certified POF Instructor.


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