Nancy Hathaway

Nancy Hathaway, M.Ed., LpastC, 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 lived in a lay monastic Zen temple where her two sons were born and raised in their early years. She has been teaching meditation for more than 30 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. She teaches as an adjunct at Colby College and University of Southern Maine. She has led workshops at Maine Medical Center, University of Southern Maine’s Professional Development Program, Maine General Hospital and Blue Hill Hospital and has offered workshops throughout New England in such places as Harvard’s Work and Family Center at Harvard University, MIT, Brandeis, Holy Cross, Harvard Vanguard. She is a State of Maine licensed pastoral counselor with a private 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". She can be reached at or (207) 400-0494.