How does this program work?
Once approved as an EPP Correspondent, you will be matched with an incarcerated EPP student on the inside and receive an information package outlining our EPP Correspondent guidelines and topics for discussion to get you started. We provide ongoing support to ensure confidentiality, safety, and integrity throughout your twelve-month commitment.
It is important to note that the success of our program is based on the institution’s goodwill towards us, which is maintained by our EPP Correspondent’s ability to uphold all EPP Correspondent guidelines, processes, and procedures. We feel deep gratitude toward the institutions who put their trust in us, so maintaining our integrity to ensure we succeed in our mission is critical.
What is an EPP correspondent
The EPP Correspondent Program is dedicated to the further education and support of our students behind bars as they continue on their journeys of self-discovery and begin to recognize their true nature through the study of the Enneagram. It is a unique letter writing opportunity for seasoned Enneagram enthusiasts — on both sides of the bars — who wish to get to know themselves more deeply through the incredibly healing experience of sharing our type-related challenges, strengths, and hopes with each other.
Why become a correspondent?
Anyone who has travelled their own path of self-discovery knows that, as the spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff said, “It is not just difficult to do ‘the work’ alone, it is impossible.” As an EPP Correspondent you will be supporting an incarcerated man or woman on their personal journey to expand their level of self-awareness, their capacity to self-witness, and their self-care practice. Gaining insight about the delight and disaster of your own type structures, gives correspondents — on both sides of the bars — the gift of “doing the work” together.
Who can become a correspondent?
We are looking for dynamic Enneagram enthusiasts who are genuinely dedicated to their own self-inquiry work and who are able to hold space, without judgement, for another person’s self-exploration. All applicants will be required to demonstrate a solid understanding of and ability to articulate Enneagram theory and have completed a minimum of thirty hours of Enneagram study with an IEA accredited program. Since self-study requires a degree of vulnerability, successful EPP Correspondents will be willing to build relationships based on deep compassion, open-heartedness, and trust. If this sounds like you, and you are willing to commit to regular letter writing over a twelve month period, then we would love to hear from you.
We are committed to developing a diverse group of EPP Correspondents who are drawn to one another across lines of race, gender, and religion. Together we will work to realize our vision of freeing people all over the world from the prisons of our own making. We are interested in learning about who you are, and want to invite you to share with us in a meaningful way during the application process.
“During my 38 years of prison, I came to rely on the sense of release and connection that correspondence with free people brought to me inside of my cell. A letter, particularly a serious letter from a serious friend, pulled me out through the electrified fences and into society. When I was released in 2017, I was able to draw on the sense of belonging and interconnectedness I felt as a consequence of those welcomed letters to transition more smoothly. Letters matter, and only those of us who eagerly awaited mail call can fully appreciate how much they mattered. More correspondence equals more connection, which will equal more successful reentry. It’s both that simple and that consequential an equation.”
– Kenneth E. Hartman Author of award-winning memoir “Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars.” Ken served 38 years before his sentence was commuted in 2017.