EPP Canada’s In Custody Programs teach self-regulation through self-knowing. By learning their Enneagram personality type and engaging in the deep work of self-study and self-regulation, our participants learn how to be compassionate with themselves and others. They understand and change antisocial attitudes, emotional outbursts and ultimately risky behaviours. They learn how to transform and improve their lives. They learn about their essential inner qualities, their divine spark!
But don’t just take our word for it! See what some participants and staff had to say about EPP Canada’s program at Pine Grove Women’s Correctional Facility in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 2022.
“This experience at Pine Grove has opened my eyes, mind and soul for the best. You could say that being incarcerated was a “blessing in disguise”. EPP Canada taught me that I am worth so much more than I thought I was, or ever could be... During our lives, situations or conflicts arise and if we don’t know how to calm ourselves and deal with the issue as it’s happening, we end up losing control and becoming defensive, then we react in a manner that lands us here - incarcerated. This program helped us find out who we truly are and learn how to control our reactions… It showed me exactly how to search deep inside myself and taught me how to ground myself and my thoughts so I can handle situations… in a calm, non-violent manner. This new way of thinking and self-reflecting really helped me to become happier, more positive and showed me I’m worthy of my own love...”
“...I highly recommend [EPP Canada’s] program because it truly made a positive impact on me… You get to reflect on your own life. It will open up people’s eyes to the inner person and make the light shine within them. I am truly happy I completed this program because it helped me grow in a positive way… It’s never too late to change and grow…”
"I was privileged to be the Chaplain at the launch of the first Enneagram Prison Project in Canada, and it was a profound experience for all involved. The trust and rapport that developed between the EPP team and the students showed a deep sense of respect and safety. The contagion in learning and sharing of personality types was formative and lasting... We got raw and honest with ourselves and each other in a new way. It has changed the relationship between Chaplain and students! I would wish this for everyone who comes through our doors.”
Kathy Hawkins, Chaplain
“Pine Grove was very fortunate to be selected as the Facility which would offer [EPP Canada’s program to our incarcerated women]... This program had a huge impact on the [women] who were fortunate enough to take part. Some, who were initially very distant with staff and other [women], suddenly came out of their shells and had very open and candid discussions with the case management team. Others, who were initially very aggressive or reactive, became much calmer and were open to hearing praise and acknowledging they were deserving of change and self-respect. The change in the group was an amazing experience to watch as an outsider. They became a much closer group of 13 ladies, supporting each other through some difficult discussions and homework. Any Facility offering this program will be very fortunate! The Facilitators were amazing and a true pleasure to work with!”
Shannon Holick, Assistant Deputy Director Programs
EPP US has been delivering its programming to people who are incarcerated since 2012. For information about the impact of EPP’s US programming, see this link.