Nancy Hathaway

Nancy Hathaway, M.Ed., Licensed (Clinical) Pastoral Counselor, is a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. She began practicing meditation at Kopan, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Nepal in 1974. For six-years she trained in a lay monastic Zen temple where her two sons were born and raised in their early years. She has been teaching meditation for almost 50 years. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Kwan Um School of Zen, Providence Zen Center, Cambridge Zen Center and presently the Morgan Bay Zendo. She founded the Kwan Um School of Zen’s Bath Zen Group in 1978. She was also president of The Single Flower Sangha at the Cambridge Buddhist Association.

Her livelihood is offering Mindfulness programs. She founded the programs, "Being Present with Our Children" in Cambridge, MA, and the "Center for Studying Mindfulness" in Surry, Maine, offering Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes, workshops, and retreats. In 2019 she founded the meditation group, Tea House Zen in the Korean Zen tradition of the Kwan Um School of Zen at the Morgan Bay Zendo in Surry, Maine which is now on ZOOM ( She teaches as an instructor at Colby College’s JanPlan semester and the University of Southern Maine with the majority of her courses for educators such as “Integrating Mindfulness, Social, & Emotional Skills into Education”. She has led workshops at many hospitals for physicians and staff in Maine, Maine Medical Association’s annual meetings, prisons, nursery schools for parents and staff, and has offered workshops throughout New England in such places as Harvard’s Work and Family Center at Harvard University, MIT, Brandeis, Harvard Vanguard, Waldo County Jail as well as internationally in South Korea, Egypt, Poland, Czech Republic and Zoom in Israel. She has a private psychotherapy counseling/consulting practice for families, couples, and individuals interested in exploring mindfulness in everyday life. Her essay about raising her two sons, “I’m Breathing, Are You?”, is published in three anthologies by Shambhala Publications including "Best Buddhist Writing 2006". For a hobby, she founded and is passionate about preserving Maine’s dark sky heritage. Her website is and She can be reached at or (207) 400-0494.