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About Nancy

Nancy Hathaway is passionate about helping couples, mothers, early childhood caregivers, groups, those with substance use disorders, basically anyone, 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. along with Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dali Lama.  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 Magazine, Buddhadharma, Primary Point, 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, a member of the Early Childhood Interest Group of the Healthy Peninsula Project in Blue Hill, Maine, Downeast Substance Treatment Network, and on the board of the Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail. 

Her private mentorship consultation practice is on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Surry as well as phone consultations.  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, and basically anyone 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, prisons, recovery re-entry centers in Maine and Massachusetts, early childhood in-service days, 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. She speaks at Empty Gate ZEn Center in Berkeley, CA and has offered workshops in South Korea.

She is an adjunct professior at  University of Southern Maine graduate and undergraduate courses for teachers in the Department of Education and at the Lewiston-Auburn campus. She teaches at Colby College in their JanPlan program and has taught Mindfulness workshops at Maine Medical Center, Eastern Maine Medcial Center, Maine General, Maine Coast Medical Center for physicians and healthcare professionals. She is certified by Mindful Schools. She offers CEU courses for teachers Pre-K through 12, healthcare professionals, counselors, physicians, dental team members. 

In the fall of 2016 she spoke at the annual conferences of the Maine Medical Association, Maine Principal's Association, Maine Association of Middle Level Educators, Early Childhood Conference for the school districts on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Committee on Substances Network including staff of Project Hope.

To set up an appointment for private mentorhip consultations in person or by phone or Facetime contact Nancy at:                                               Inquiries Welcome

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