Vita Pires, Ph.D., has been the Executive Director of the Prison Dharma Network/Prison Mindfulness Institute since 1999. She is the co-founder of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She is the author of Path of Freedom: Building Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence. She is the creator of the Path of Freedom training that has enrolled over 70,000 prisoners in the US. She is also a certified mindfulness teacher MTT500 and yoga teacher and has been practicing and studying mindfulness meditation for 30+ years.