In this workshop, Dan will introduce mindfulness to participants and explore with them ways it can help all of us manage the challenges we are facing related to the coronavirus. In these days of social distancing, the need to see things clearly is heightened. With that need comes an opportunity to develop qualities within ourselves such as patience, discipline, and nonreactivity. Our days require turning inward as well as acting for the greater good of our community, our country, and the world. Mindfulness can help us do all of those things—and emerge as more centered, wise, and compassionate human beings.
Dan Huston, MST
Professor of Communication & Writing
NHTI—Concord’s Community College
Professor Huston teaches mindful communication and writing in the English Department at NHTI—Concord’s Community College. He has been incorporating mindfulness, meditation, and emotional intelligence in his communication curriculum for over twenty years and was awarded NHTI’s 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Huston is the author of the textbook Communicating Mindfully: Mindfulness-Based Communication and Emotional Intelligence, which has been adopted at numerous colleges and universities, as well as other publications on mindful communication. His Communicating Mindfully course is required of students in several degree programs at NHTI and strongly recommended for others. The course doubles as a form of professional development for faculty, and it serves as the foundation of NHTI’s Mindful Communication Certificate.
Huston works extensively with a variety of departments to expand mindfulness in their courses, including information technology, dental, human services, and early childhood education. Huston’s training has inspired curriculum development to infuse mindfulness in courses ranging from cross-cultural literature to internship practicums.
He regularly presents at professional conferences, as well as at public and private institutions, and he provides training to businesses and educational institutions. He has received training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.