Kate Vita Crisp


Kate Vita Crisp has been the Executive Director of the Prison Mindfulness Institute (formerly Prison Dharma Network) since 1999. She has been a mindfulness and meditation practitioner for over 30 years. She has completed numerous intensive mindfulness meditation retreats and graduated from a three-month advanced Buddhist Seminary focused on intensive mindfulness meditation training in 1992. She completed a 24-month Mindfulness Meditation Instructor Training Program and was certified in 1998 as a meditation teacher. She has trained extensively in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and has taught NVC to small groups over the past ten years. She’s a graduate of Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership program, and also a graduate of Matrixworks Leadership Training. She is also a certified yoga teacher.

Kate was a co-founder and is on the board of the Peacemaker Institute. She co-designed the Integral Peacemaker Training™, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) leadership development program completed by over 500 community leaders and activists. She is the author of the Path of Freedom™ Workbook and designed the MBEI-based Path of Freedom™ curriculum .

Kate administers PDN’s various prison programs and serves as a lead teacher in our Path of Freedom (POF) program. She is the lead developer of our many online courses and webinars based on the POF. She has taught mindfulness meditation and the Path of Freedom curriculum at various prisons and jails in the U.S for 16 years. Her training, practice and study over the past 30 years have led her to fully integrate mindfulness, the practice of interacting fully and intentionally with the present moment, as a central part of her life, work, practice and teaching.

Click here to read an article by Kate about teaching a class in the juvi prison.

‘Between the Breaths”, by Kate Crisp, Harvard Divinity Bulletin