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David Trachtenberg Adjunct Instructor Department of Health Studies

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Dave Trachtenberg is a Mindfulness Circle-Facilitator, Wellness Coach and Restorative Justice Educator who has dedicated his life to creating inclusive communities of trust, where people can authentically share, learn, and grow together. With over 20 years of experience in mindfulness practice and tai-chi, Dave believes that a mindfulness circle's ability to hold space for deep listening is a vehicle for individual and societal healing.

He is an advocate for racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ & immigrant rights, and consults with organizations to design inclusive systems and practices that create cultures where people are seen, valued, and empower diverse perspectives.

For five years Dave had the honor of serving as Program Director for MINDS, a nonprofit providing mindfulness programs to over 18,000 educators, students, parents in Washington DC. Currently he teaches mindfulness at American University’s graduate school of Health Studies, Mindfulness First, Millennium Forum, Montgomery County Public Schools, and is on the Advisory Board of Peace of Mind. For 12 years Dave has provided classes integrating mindfulness & community building in schools, organizations, and communities (

In addition to his passion for integrating mindfulness, community building and inclusion, Dave also coaches people to find their voice through storytelling, trains athletes in his Mind-Body Basketball program, and creates empowered spaces for empathetic cross-cultural dialog. Dave has trained with The Engaged Mindfulness Institute, MBSR, Mindful Schools, Restorative Justice in Education, Soliya, The Academy of Guided Imagery, Tai-Chi in the Cheng Man-Ching lineage, and earned an M.S. Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University.
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Spring 2022

  • HLTH-485 Contemporary Topics in Health: Mindfulness

Fall 2022

  • HLTH-485 Contemporary Topics in Health: Mindfulness