What if our prisons became monasteries? Some have. This is the plan that allowed more than 20,000 incarcerated individuals to rebuild intimacy with their lives.
The Art of Soulmaking for the Incarcerated was designed by Nicole Daedone. She imagined reframing the prison experience as an opportunity for growth and transformation. The Art of Soulmaking for the Incarcerated is the manifestation of that idea and has been used in over 200 facilities across the United States. It provides the tools for individuals to find meaning and purpose in their lives, unlocking creativity to enrich their lives, the community around them, and society.
The Art of Soulmaking for the Incarcerated offers a series of lessons and practices to help those in prison access their inner voice, or soul, and develop a deeper connection with themselves and the world around them. Participants often use the sometimes harsh conditions of prison as material for that awakening. The program is structured around weekly practices and exercises, with the aim of fostering a commitment to growing one’s soul and living a more fulfilling and flourishing life in prison. As of April 2023, more than 20,000 incarcerated individuals have engaged in The Art of Soulmaking.
Anyone living in prison who would like a copy of this book receives one for free. All proceeds for The Art of Soulmaking for the Incarcerated go to Unconditional Freedom, a 501(c)3 to further support the development of this program. You may also sign up to volunteer as a penpal and exchange letters with those in prison studying the material.