The Prison Monastery
Our most radical concept is to restore the penitentiary to its roots; a place to contemplate and meaningfully contribute to society while incarcerated, in the process transforming shame into contribution.
There are now more than 70 graduates from our Art of Soulmaking program.
Mendocino County Jail kicks off its ecological restoration project, providing both education in native trees and tree starters, as well as supplying much needed native plant starts to the state of California.
Ecologist John Liu came to Mendocino County Jail as a guest speaker for incarcerated participants in our Prison Earth Project.
We have started to serve our Free Food meals to residents at Live Oak Apartments, a transitional home in Ukiah where most residents are food-insecure. They look forward to Friday meals every week.
Free Food Harlem is now serving 300 people a week, with a rotation of chefs from Harlem cooking meals at the church before dining service every Friday evening.
Soulmaker group facilitators at Central California Women’s Facility are designing 12-week curriculum based on new version of Art of Soulmaking that’s been expanded to 26 weeks.
Free Food has served over 8,000 meals this year, many of them sit down meals in Harlem, NY and Ukiah, CA.
Art of Soulmaking is now live in more than 85 prisons across the United States.
Free Food Philo hosted our first sit down meal in Philo at The Company Kitchen to a large turnout of people in Anderson Valley, CA. Three other local restaurants have since offered to host future community meals!
Free Food Ukiah brings food every week to the kids at Juvenile Hall who contribute their garden produce to the meals. The kids get to taste the produce they’ve grown and experience home cooked meals.
Janelle Weaver, Executive Chef from the Bewildered Pig in Mendocino County, collaborated with Free Food Philo for an Easter meal to serve to those in need in Anderson Valley, as well as homeless in Ukiah
Love to Table has served over 4,000 meals, many of which were offered at our pop-up restaurant spaces in Harlem, NY and Ukiah, CA
Read a short account written by Angelica, daughter of Tami who is serving life without parole, whose mother-daughter relationship has healed through The Art of Soulmaking program
An Alabama state death row unit is getting ready to launch it’s second in-person Art of Soulmaking group, supervised by a Clinical Psychologist
prisons to their purpose;
TRANSFORMATION IN 4 STAGES:
- HEALING: Soul-restoration through working the earth
- CONNECTION: Food as a love delivery system
- LIBERATION: Reclaiming power based in responsibility
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Consciousness through contribution
Collectively, these form our human ecology.
PRISONS WILL BECOME PREMIERE LOCATIONS / FOR CLIMATE ISSUESPrison residents could be leaders in restoring soil fertility and creating carbon-negative farmland, critical skills in the 2030 initiative to reduce greenhouse gas.
WE CANNOT HEAL THE
SOUL IF THE BODY IS
WEAK AND SICK
The prison diet consists largely
of corn syrup, sugar and
carbohydrates. These foods
are also prevalent in
This contributes to the
significantly higher rates of
heart-related health issues.
PRISON WILL OFFER
THE TOOLS AND
Residents need the space to
carve out their own freedom.
We provide frameworks,
contemplative practices and
healing processes adapted
specifically for people in
prison, many of whom struggle
with issues around addiction,
mental illness, and race.
PRISONS WILL PROVIDE
Residents who have in-prison
job training have reduced rates
of recidivism. The higher the
wages people in prison can earn
after release, the lower the rate
Through meaningful contribution,
people in prison reduce shame
and guilt and restore dignity.
Attracting the top talent in various domains from
cooking to ecosystem restoration to education to teach in
prisons for free and record for public consumption
Builders of the monastery…
…and their stories
“Art of Soulmaking is a way or a tool for people to use to do
some of that inner work they need to do.”
- Kate Feigin, Restorative Justice
Manager at Mendocino County Jail
One Day at a Time
Learn more about The Art of Soulmaking
Working with Pain
Free in My Cell
“Having been able to experience that [Soulmaking] with my mom….We were able to converse about the things that she learns and she does in there, and I try to incorporate it in my life out here. It’s truly just a blessing to be able to do that with her. Because it’s made her happier. Overall, it’s made me a lot happier.”
Angelica, daughter of a woman serving life without possibility of parole sentence and Art of Soulmaking facilitator
Guards to Guardians helps COs re-envision their lives and
their work and connect more deeply with the nobility of their
calling. Seekers will find recognition, insights,
encouragement, and reflections to help embrace and embody
the role of the guardian, and thus to enrich not only their
work but their life as a whole.
For those who believe in redemption, there is no nobler role
than that of a Corrections Officer. Join the Program Online.
Guards to Guardian Book
Brian Dawe, MCI Norfolk Prison
Unconditional Freedom Project Volunteer Letter Writers are at the forefront of our work to advance our mission of turning Prisons into Monestaries and changing the lives of millions of people. These efforts serve to provide thousands of prisoners with a way to thoughtfully connect with the outside world and support them on their path to healing and self inquiry.