This change of heart can be a key
element in an individual’s life path.
It enables someone to begin taking
responsibility for his or her own
behavior and supports them in learning
how to cope with confusing emotions.
APO combines elements of service and individual empowerment in its approach, thereby addressing the acute problem of re-entry into society and successful re-integration within the local social
fabric. Our office has the goal of making each communication as individual as possible. Each participant in our program is cared for with warmth, compassion and good will.
Anthroposophical Prison Outreach supports incarcerated individuals inner development and self-rehabilitation by offering:
- Program Packets: Anthroposophy, as developed by Rudolf Steiner, offers new approaches to the
understanding life’s riddles as well as a path of meditation and development which can be followed even behind bars. This initial packet includes: Self-Development in the Penitentiary by
Fred Janney, Facing Karma and Practical Training in Thought by Rudolf Steiner, Introduction to Meditation by Eileen Bristol, a description of the EduCareDo correspondence program and a copy of our library rules and list of books.
- Mail order Lending Library: of spiritual and consciousness raising books. If the prisoner wishes to
explore further, he or she can borrow books by Rudolf Steiner and related authors from our lending library. APO pays postage both to and from a prisoner’s facility. We do this by providing a postage
paid return label.
- Mentorship Correspondence Program: Once a prisoner has begun borrowing books from the
library or has enrolled in the EduCareDo correspondence course, we assign them to a volunteer mentor. As anyone who has done any teaching or
mentoring knows, this provides a growth experience for the mentor as well. All mail flows through our Ann Arbor office and the mentor’s home address is not provided to the inmate. Mentors are crucial
for mutual support of the program and our book-borrowing inmates, while sustaining them on their individual spiritual journey.
- Self-Awakening Correspondence Course: This 26 lesson course is offered in collaboration with EduCareDo, an Australia based distance learning program developed by Erwin Berney. It provides a coordinated, easy to understand journey into
anthroposophy. Participants find it extremely helpful as a basis for understanding many of the ideas presented by Rudolf Steiner. Lessons include: The Three Soul-Forces, The Twelve Senses and their
Development, The Three and Four Fold Human Being, Destiny and Biographies, Cosmology, Introduction to Painting, Speech, and Eurythmy, to name a few. A mentor participates with the prisoner in the
lessons. All mail back and forth flows through the APO office.
- Illuminating Anthroposophy Newsletter: The goal of our twice yearly newsletter is to foster
community and provide practical support for a life that includes study and meditation. Contributors to the newsletter include prisoners as well as others who share out of their years of working with
Steiner’s teachings. It provides a space for sharing questions and experiences, creating a flow of communication within this unique community of students of anthroposophy who are incarcerated.
Additionally, it informs friends and supporters of the program.
Just finishing the book by Rudolf Steiner, How to Know Higher Worlds, I thought to
myself, “This is the key to initiation in the 21st century!” I have a much better understanding of the path I can use to experience the supersensible world of my soul. The book is excellent for
adding direction to my desire to get to know my soul and consciously go where my soul lives. While instruction is given by Steiner, it is in a manner that a person can use it at their own pace, and
can custom make their path so to speak. It is not the rigid “you must do this, only this, or fail” dogma. As it instructs, it allows for an individual to be just that, a special, unique individual.
While following the path in this book may not take everyone into the supersensible world, it will definitely make them better human beings and because of that, make the world a better
place for all living creatures. While reading and studying this book a very profound thought came to me. If the world would take in anthroposophy and its elements, the important problems of the
world could be solved. Ethan Erwin, El Paso, TX
I found the first part of How to Know Higher Worlds most insightful. I had
not realized just how judgmental and critical of others I am. It really opened my eyes about how much I am missing by not listening to others because I automatically assume they are not as
intelligent or do not have as much knowledge about a subject as I have. This is something I will have to really work on to improve. Thanks for everything, Shawn, Brownfield,