The Latest

Statistics from pre- and post-program surveys from Art of Soulmaking suggest the following results: – Stress decreased by 31% – Anger decreased by 21% – Optimism increased by 16% – Depression decreased by 29%

John Liu presented a video showcasing both The Earth and Unconditional Freedom Project to the United Nations as a part of the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Edovo, tablet provider for 40,000 incarcerated people, is adding the Art of Soulmaking workbook and video series to their tablets

Courtney Walker on the BlackBox program team was accepted to participate in a panel on black culture at the Liberation Academy

Free Food Harlem has partnered with Glendale Baptist Church on 129th to offer a weekly dinner dine-in meal service on Friday’s

The Land submitted plans for a 100,000 gallon catchment tank and a solar powered well-pump as part of the state water efficiency and enhancement grant application

Art of Soulmaking Correspondence and in-person course now eligible for participants to receive time off their sentences upon completion at Mendocino County Jail

January Free Food Philo is now providing a weekly delivered meal to those unable to leave their homes in the Anderson Valley, CA community

There are now 8 Soulmaker movement groups in prisons across the country studying The Art of Soulmaking

Free Food Harlem and Free Food Philo collectively served 320 Christmas meals to the homeless in dining room setting complete with waitstaff and full course menu

Unconditional Freedom Project partnered with ro*co films and is now authorized to distribute award winning documentaries Kiss the Ground and Mission Joy at prisons and jails across the country

Unconditional Freedom

We received confirmation of the first-ever Art of Soulmaking study group inside a death row unit at Holman Unit in Alabama, with 10 incarcerated men forming a new Soulmaker movement group.

Earth

Fish and Wildlife started surveying the upper part of Rancheria Creek where it meets Anderson Creek on our property. They’re counting the number of Steelhead (threatened species) and Coho (Endangered) in the Navarro and its tributaries.

Love to Table

Love to Table is delivering 200 burritos and wraps weekly in Harlem

Earth

Earth has partnered with a landscape design firm to create plans for 100,000 gallons of new water storage for our garden irrigation that will reduce our use of our river and our well.

Unconditional Freedom

Art of Soulmaking has a waitlist of over 200 women at Central California Women’s Facility, putting our enrollment at 22% of the entire population.

Earth

Earth is transitioning our garden to no-till farming, working in collaboration with Paul and Elizabeth of Singing Frog Farm in Santa Rosa as an effort to reduce our water use and build soil health.

Unconditional Freedom

Unconditional Freedom Project delivered the next round of 60 yoga mats and workbooks to Central California Women’s Facility for the next bath of Art of Soulmaking students, now over 20% of the population at CCWF is enrolled in The Art of Soulmaking

Earth

Earth convened a Water and Soil Summit on our property, including documentary Kiss the Ground’s Ray Archuleta to assess soil health. On the last day during Ray Archuleta’s outdoor presentation, it started raining for the first time in 6 months, and didn’t stop for 2 weeks (and 18 inches later).

Unconditional Freedom

We now have 108 people on death row enrolled in The Art of Soulmaking, which represents 2.5% of the population in the United States on death row

Love to Table

Love to Table delivered Thanksgiving meal to 120 Mendocino County Jail Correction Officers, staff, and Mendocino County Juvenile Hall staff and residents

BlackBox

BlackBox is developing prison programming and Art of Soulmaking with gang specialist and current director of Re-imagining Justice Jason Davis

Earth

The Earth program has lined up support from several top ecologists in the country including John Liu, Jarid Manos (Ghetto Plainsman) to submit a grant to build The Land Earth program & prison-based ecological restoration camps

Unconditional Freedom

We are transitioning the Mendocino County Jail garden—winding down the summer harvest and prepping beds in the winter garden for brassicas and cover crop.

Love to Table

Love to Table has started cooking meals for officers and staff at the Mendocino County Jail and Juvenile Hall, as well as the kids at Juvenile Hall, who have been delighted to taste produce from their gardens featured in these meals

Unconditional Freedom

We have 7 Art of Soulmaking Group Facilitators on the inside across two facilities and recently received an application from a Soulmaker on Death Row to become an Art of Soulmaking facilitato

Unconditional Freedom

Thank you to the three universities which have recently signed on to support The Art of Soulmaking letter volunteer program to their student bodies: New York University, Washington State University, and Eastern Washington University

Love to Table

Love To Table in California has 15 repeating and committed partner farms and food suppliers donating organic ingredients for farm-to-table meals to the homeless

Earth

The Earth Program just wrapped up its Soil & Water Summit at The Land, hosting experts from around the country from Ray Archuleta to Brock Dolman

Unconditional Freedom

The Mendocino Juvenile Hall project is preparing for the rainy winter, plotting out a plan to do kitchen and food preparation work in partnership with Love to Table’s partner farms

Love to Table

Love To Table is now serving fresh, organic meals in Harlem every Friday evening. Since August the all-volunteer team has served over 450 meals.