Nancy Hathaway is passionate about helping couples, mothers, and groups explore and bring more Mindfulness into everyday life of relationship.
She holds a Masters Degree in Education with a track in Counseling Psychology and is licensed by the State of Maine as the first Licensed Pastoral Counselor in the Buddhist tradition. Nancy began her Buddhist studies in 1974 sitting a one month meditation retreat in Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since that time, she has studied extensively with Asian and Western teachers in the Zen, Theravada, and Tibetan traditions. For six years she was a resident in a Zen Buddhist Temple where she studied and trained in a monastic setting. She has taught meditation for 38 plus years. As a Senior Dharma Teacher in the international Kwan Um School of Zen, she was ordained as a lay Buddhist clergy and pastoral counselor in 1980 at the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, RI.
"I'm Breathing, Are You?" is an essay published in two anthologies for mothers, Finding Your Inner Mama
and Your Children Will Raise You
by Shambhala Publications. This same essay was selected for the anthology The Best Buddhist Writing 2006
also published by Shambhala. Wondrous Child
is an anthology for grandparents that includes Nancy's essay on bringing together Native Maine and Buddhist Kwan Seum traditions for grandmothers. Nancy has written for Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma, and various organizations on Mindfulness in everyday life.
In 1994 she worked with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., in the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program in the Massachusetts Prison System through the Massachusetts Department of Corrections after interning in the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Clinic at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. In the early 90s she founded the program Being Present with Our Children; parenting mindfully
in Cambridge, MA offering classes and trainings for mothers who want to be more mindful with children. She is the mother of two grown, successful, and happy sons who were born and raised in their early years in a Zen temple. She had a weekly Saturday morning short feature radio show on WERU 89.9 FM, streaming online, Tips for Mindful Parenting. In 2005 she founded the Center for Studying Mindfulness - In Work, Family, Health, & Relationship
through which she offers one on one in office and phone consultations, workshops, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction trainings, and retreats for individuals, couples, mothers, and groups as well as CEU and CME continuing education courses for healthcare professionals.
Being 11th generation Maine, Nancy is delighted to be back home in Maine living close to the Morgan Bay Zendo, on the coast of the Blue Hill Peninsula, where she is on the Board of Trustees. She has been a past board member of the Kwan Um School of Zen, Cambridge Zen Center, Providence Zen Center and past president of the Single Flower Sangha at the Cambridge Buddhist Association. She is also the Chairperson of the Surry Conservation Commission, on the board of the Healthy Peninsula Project in Blue Hill, Maine, and on the board of the Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail.
Her private consultation practice is on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Surry and in Portland, Maine. As a licensed psychotherapist her specialty is Buddhist psychological theory and mindfulness-based strategies. Nancy enjoys working with individuals, couples, parents, mothers, families, healthcare professionals who are interested in integrating mindfulness into Work, Family, Health, and Relationship.
Licensed by the State of Maine as Pastoral Counselor, she is most likely the first and perhaps the only Licensed Pastoral Counselor in the Buddhist tradition in the country. As well as private one on one sessions, she offers telephone consultations, workplace wellness programs, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs, classes, workshops, retreats and Two Day Mindfulness Intensives at the University of Southern Maine on a regular basis, and other universities, businesses, schools, and health care settings throughout New England. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine Department of Education offering "Integrating Mindfulness into the Classroom", Univeristy of Southern Maine on the Lewiston-Auburn Campus, and University of Maine at Augusta offering Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction as a college level course for credit in a one week summer intensive. She teaches at Colby College's JanPlan semester.
Nancy has taught in a variety of settings: hospitals, colleges, Harvard Work and Family Center of Harvard University, MIT, Brandeis, Maine Medical Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Maine, grammar schools with teachers and students, banks, the Rubin Museum-NYC, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services
Arts and Literacy Program in New York City, medical centers and nursery school programs for parents. Recently she has been an adjunct professor at Husson University and University of Southern Maine and has taught Mindfulness workshops at Maine Medical Center for physicians and healthcare professionals.
To set up an appointment or for more information email: Hathaway.N@gmail.com