From Canceled

TO CONTRIBUTING

Unconditional Freedom creates the conditions for the restoration of dignity to the marginalized through our Prison Monastery and Free Food Programs.  Once reclaimed, we believe people naturally find the desire to contribute their unique gifts to society.

FREE FOOD

Liberate Everything

Free Food Harlem creates restaurant like dining experiences for the unhoused and food insecure, and in partnership with chef Massimo Bottura’s Food for Soul, serves 6 days a week at Emanuel AME Church 37 W 119th Street, Harlem, NY.  Free Food also serves meals weekly at Building Bridges in Ukiah, CA.

Over 55,000 meals served.

REHUMANIZATION APPLIED

Activating the unique expression of the discarded

The Prison Monastery Project

Turning prisons into monasteries

Restoring prisons to their original intent; penitence. 

Spaces for contemplation, transformation, and contribution.

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Live Updates

Our Unconditional Freedom Documentary is being watched by 12,223 Incarcerated Soulmakers.
A group of neurodivergent volunteers from AHRC New York City, “an organization committed to achieving equity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” comes every week to help set up for our Free Food meals.
The Art of Addiction digital curriculum is finished and being loaded into the Edovo tablets, where it will be able to be accessed by incarcerated individuals in over 375 facilities across the country.
Feswali Mulanda, originally from Keyna and most recently a chef at meditation and retreat centers in Northern California, is our new chef at Free Food Harlem.
Across the in person and online events, 395 women have attended Women Over Dinner events to build power and connection in a new way among women.
The Prison Monastery team went to the American Correctional Association conference in Washington DC to share about our unique projects in the correctional space and connect with new and old partners.
Our newest initiative, Women Over Dinner, has reached 10 cities across the US and UK in the past 4 months
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In California alone, the number of incarcerated residents who are able to access the Art of Soulmaking program is around 82K.
The inaugural Refettorio Harlem Fundraiser on January 16, 2024 featured an Eight-hands Culinary & Truffle Experience by some of NYC’s finest Italian chefs including Michele Casadei Massari, Owner and Executive Chef of Lucciola, Stefano Secchi, Executive Chef and Partner of Rezdôra, Eataly Scuola & Culinary, and Chef Antonino Settepani and Chef Bilena Settepani. The event featured special musical guest and Harlem jazz icon, Patience Higgins, along with local Harlem artist Aleathia Brown.
Gary York, 30 year Correctional Officer veteran, and spokesperson for Guards to Guardian, wrote an article about the program in Corrections1. Read the article here
Art of Soulmaking is now in 375 facilities across the United States
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has accepted our application for the Art of Soulmaking program to be used at 10 facilities in California, with the potential of reaching 110,000 incarcerated individuals.
The Earth Program met with the founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive based in Michigan to provide the us with baby trees of the most evolved tree DNA in the world for the Earth Program’s prison program.
Free Food has now served over 12,000 meals this year, most of them sit downs in Ukiah, CA and Harlem, NY
Free food Harlem received 300+ lbs of donated produce from Fairway for our delicious farm to table meals

Unconditional Freedom:
AT HOME 
& IN THE WORLD

When incarceration becomes an opportunity for soul making, and organic farming’s aim becomes to feed the hungry, peace and restoration of ourselves and the planet can finally begin. Watch the documentary, Unconditional Freedom: At Home and in the World, and learn about initiatives that drive Unconditional Freedom. 

EARTH

Soil into Climate Salvation

The Earth Program is our initiative to rewild the Earth. When we tend to the restoration of the earth, we are healing ourselves through healing the earth. We provide immersive training in ecological restoration practices both on The Land and to discarded populations.

Black Box

Black into Power

A movement towards the reclamation of the innate power of Blackness, towards a world where the power of Blackness is overt, and is offered freely and it is in service to all of humanity.

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From the Blog

February 7, 2024
I thought back to my friend who wanted me to do Free Food so I could see what I was made of. Now, I get to see how my love can change people, and they bring me into the light.
February 7, 2024
Through optionality, these brilliant students can break the social constructs. The cultural contracts that say to carry a gun is the natural order. That fast money is the only option. That common jobs are beneath them.
January 2, 2024
This has been a banner year for Unconditional Freedom, and I wanted to take a moment to digest the amazing accomplishments that we’ve all achieved together...
January 2, 2024
The freedom of your mind/spirit is not an illusion, it is the foundation upon which real world heavens or hells are built.
January 2, 2024
As I rested and found my way back to being the woman who emanates instead of does to the point of exhaustion, I remembered this time on the bridge in Nepal.
December 6, 2023
Maybe it’s an age thing. Or maybe my taste buds had finally arrived, like the rice that “arrives” when it’s steamed twice. I feel like I’m finally waking up to the taste of food.
December 6, 2023
I felt a simple easeful connection with this stranger who also spends his time feeding people. I also admired his simple confidence that he could rely on others to randomly help him.
December 6, 2023
It isn’t until we start those few shaky wobbling steps towards wisdom that we understand things don’t really matter. Connections and experiences matter.
November 7, 2023
Sometimes my life feels like a feral cat. I feel beat up, my feet and body feel sore, and yet there's still more to do. And sometimes if I have enough loving and patient attention, life can curl up beside me and things can change beyond my expectations.

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