Donald Schuster became interested in meditation as a teenager, almost 50 years ago when reading a book about meditation. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in a Transcendental Meditation class while a student at the University of Michigan.
As a former mental health Executive Director over 38 years, Don knew firsthand about the benefits of meditation in his own life but also in helping people deal with the many challenges of life. As a leadership consultant, he often witnessed the harm of stress on employees dealing with work and life balances.
After a life changing medical event two decades ago, he realized medicine would not help him, so off to a 7-Day meditation retreat and an introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) medical school, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine. He credits MBSR with offering a successful treatment option and encouraging him to become a passionate trainer in mindfulness. In retirement, he has a leadership consulting business that incorporates mindfulness, while teaching mindfulness classes throughout Michigan and Florida. He will be offering four free Forest Bathing programs with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy this summer, so check out their website.