Donald Altman is a practicing psychotherapist, international speaker and trainer, and prolific writer of books on mindfulness. He is dedicated to inviting wellness into our stress-filled lives with the help of ancient practices tailored for modern lifestyles. He leads workshops and retreats about mindful living and also teaches therapists and professionals how to use clinical mindfulness interventions for anxiety, depression, and stress.

He served as adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling and is an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University. In his teaching, he integrates mindfulness with brain science and evidence-based practices. He served on the Board of Directors and as Vice-President of The Center for Mindful Eating and is currently on their advisory board.

He offers this intriguing explanation of his unfolding spiritual journey: "Mindfulness is my passion. I was ordained in a Burmese Buddhist monastery with a wonderful mindfulness teacher — the venerable U. Silananda (author of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness). Later, while leading workshops on spiritual eating, I found many people coming to ask me about eating disorders that they were struggling with . . . .. and so I returned to school and am now a licensed psychotherapist. I believe it only takes a few grains of mindfulness each day to deepen enjoyment in daily life, and I have seen how it has changed lives in a positive way... one moment at a time!"

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  • Mindful approaches to eating and other daily activities
  • Specific strategies for dealing with stress and finding inner peace
  • Evidence-based ways to reprogram your brain through mindfulness