Kurt Hoelting, MDiv – Senior Teacher and Founding Director
Kurt is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. A Zen student for thirty years, he has taught mindfulness in a variety of contexts for over twenty years. Kurt has taught MBSR for ten years in the Seattle Area, at venues including the VA Hospital, King County’s Healthy Incentives Program, the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound. Kurt grew up in Seattle, and has a lifelong love affair with the Cascadia bio-region. Since 1994 he has led mindfulness-based wilderness retreats in Alaska through his Alaska wilderness guide company Inside Passages, Inc. (www.insidepassages.com), where he brings decades of experience as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, and his lifelong love of the Northwest Coast bio-region, into his teaching.
Kurt has an MDiv. degree from Harvard Divinity School, and is an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. He has led numerous mindfulness trainings for clergy, rabbis, environmental leaders, and health care professionals, at venues including the Garrison Institute in New York, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, North Cascades Institute and the Whidbey Institute.
In 2008 Kurt took a sabbatical to live car-free for a year, as a personal response to our climate crisis, exploring a close radius of his Whidbey Island home on foot, by bicycle and sea kayak. His book, The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life, chronicles that experience, and was a finalist for the 2011 Washington State Book Award.