The Art of Soulmaking

Excerpt from the Book – The Path to Unconditional Freedom Dear Soulmaker, Building a soul is the work of a lifetime. It never stops. It is the work we are all here to do and it is the work that must be done, because without a fully functioning soul — in you, in me, in […]

Inside the Walls

By Marissa Ward We sit at the smooth, white round table; Tanya, Marla, our group sponsor on the facility’s staff, and me. This is our first visit to Central California Women’s Facility — the prison in Chowchilla, California. There’s a moment of silence, and I notice the love and gratitude welling up inside of me. […]

Turning Prisons into Monasteries

The Unconditional Freedom Project’s mission is to turn prisons into monasteries. We aim to create flourishing members of society by recasting the penitentiary as a place to contemplate and meaningfully contribute. We currently run programs at the local juvenile hall and county jail, as well as the country’s largest women’s prison. During the pandemic, we […]

First Soulmaking Yoga Class

We stacked the Hugger Mugger donated mats so high on our rolling cart, they almost toppled off. Before heading over to the women’s housing unit, we called the tower and the deputy on duty told us the participants were waiting for us with “great anticipation.” We, too, felt excited. Tonight’s yoga class was not only […]