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

June 3, 2024
Two of our former interns received certificates for their participation in the re-entry program and work commitments prevented several others from receiving their awards.
June 3, 2024
I am not much of a bumper sticker person, but I do have one on the back of our family Subaru. It reads, “I’d rather be slowly consumed by moss.”
June 3, 2024
Some may think this is witchcraft or magic, but to me, it is women. Women taking a risk, unveiling the mask, letting go of the protective layers, and taking that one brave step to say yes. Yes to themselves. Yes to their power. Yes to their vulnerabilities. And yes to their voices.
April 30, 2024
Volunteers and employees are all given responsibility and allowed to shine. Tasks and assignments are based on desire and love, whether one has been doing that task for a decade or a day, and then given the time to titrate to their own personal capacity.
April 30, 2024
Now, it’s just a matter of giving back. One of the greatest changes in me came from realizing that life itself is not about me at all... it’s about other people and my own interactions with them.
April 30, 2024
A week later, I was able to see more of the passionate side of Exodus. Where they were more reverent with Chongwol there, this day he was not able to make it. But you could feel his influence on the men in the room from the week prior.
April 30, 2024
But this day. This moment. Every line and limitation I’d looked for has blended and blurred. Every idea of what is supposed to be has been erased. We are the ocean, as the Tibetan Monk would say. A variety of waves, a part of the same source underneath.
April 30, 2024
I found every possible way to shame that part of her because I had no access to that part of me. It wasn’t until years later that what I thought was wrong with her was everything I demonized in myself.
April 3, 2024
[F]rom The Age of Eros, a manifesto written by Nicole Daedone, one of the women who birthed Women Over Dinner, “I’m going to ask you to consider the possibility that the way we think about things might not be completely accurate. That we might be confusing force with power.”

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