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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

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

Free Food Oakland had its first pop up in July, serving enchiladas, Spanish rice and homemade cookies to those living on the streets of Oakland

Keisha and Casey Ernst, graduates from the Soil Food Web and of Catalyst BioAmendments, visited our property in Northern California and did testing of our living soil with a 40x video enhanced microscope. They’re helping the Earth Program develop our curriculum to include elements of the Soil Food Web school, the premier methodology of soil education in the world.

Matt Sherman, member of Black Box, recently posted about his experience in New York City. Check out his blog post here

Volunteers harvested snap peas and lettuce from our farm for this week’s Free Food Philo meal

Mendocino County Jail received a chicken coop donation from Carolina Coops, and Founder Matt DuBois flew in to help build it with the male and female garden crews

A state prison in Alabama has approved the inception of it’s first ever yoga program, held by members of the Art of Soulmaking community there. UFP is sending over 25 yoga mats and yoga blocks to be used on the death row unit yoga group.

Matt Sherman, a member of BlackBox, is on a Black Joy & Genius Tour along the East Coast. Read his latest blog here

Soulmakers have been sending us beautiful art work as they go through the program. This is an art piece from California Medical Facility

Earth program awarded a $50,000 grant to fund our prison botanical sanctuary program at Mendocino County Jail, a program that will both promote ecosystem restoration, community contribution, as well as education and employment for the incarcerated population at the jail. Watch our video here

The Guards to Guardians program completed it first five week series with five guest speakers taking 20+ officers through the Guards to Guardians workbook. Recordings are available online on our website to view.

John Liu is on an extended stay on The Land and designing a 100 square mile restoration plan in Anderson Valley California to offset early stage desertification.

Jay Davis, leader in the Harlem Bloods organization and long-time peace advocate, and Gary York, 30-year veteran CO, have each signed on as advocates and spokespeople for Art Of Soulmaking and Guards to Guardians program. A North Carolina State prison has given preliminary approval for both to visit over a weekend to launch each program

The Art of Soulmaking, launched 18 months ago, now receives over 350 letters every month, has reached over 3,000 people, and we now have over 250 volunteers

BlackBox released an interview with Jay Davis, Harlem Blood leader, on his path of Soulmaking in gang to prison life. Chowchilla prison then asked if he could come do a program there. Watch video here

Free Food Philo completed a mini-film about the Free Food Philo sit down meal at a local restaurant. Watch here

Golden Rule Garden in Ukiah joined our Free Food partner network, supplying produce weekly for our Philo and Ukiah meals.