Episode 087 :: David Victorson :: Mindfulness Camping Trips for Youth with Cancer

David Victorson

David Victorson joins us to speak about True North Treks, which does mindfulness trips for teens and young adults with cancer.

Take a moment and think about how mindfulness has influenced your life. What was that like for you, how has it changed things? If you’re like me, you probably encountered the practice later in life, and it’s helped you change the way you engage with what life brings, including suffering and illness. What would it have been like to have mindfulness at an early age, along with others doing the practice, as you go through one of the most difficult times of your life?

Dr. David Victorson is a faculty member at Northwestern University and currently conducts research on mindfulness meditation through his lab, Consciousness in Health. In addition, David is the Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization called True North Treks. True North Treks provides free weeklong backpacking and canoeing trips for young adults with cancer.  
Special thanks to Carly Megan Maletich for her help in making the connections for today’s interview.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

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About Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner has been a meditator since the early 90’s, is a UMass Center for Mindfulness Qualified MBSR Teacher, and is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader as well as several other podcasts, and has presented about mindfulness to various groups including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Harvard Humanist Hub, and Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor program. Ted has been published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, Mindful, and The International Journal of Whole Person Care.

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