I believe that our learning spaces can be places of healing, fulfillment, and inspiration. But first, they must be transformed into consciously creative environments; spaces where students and teachers express themselves freely and are present in their abilities.
- Kianna Mist
Growing up in the coastal woodlands of Maine, Kianna's experience in the arts began early in her childhood. Before she could speak full sentences, she was singing along to tunes on the radio, and began playing the piano as soon as her hands could stroke the keys. Since then, creative endeavors have been a constant in her life.
Her journey into mindfulness began shortly after, first, when she started practicing yoga, and later as a martial artist. Kianna is a second degree black belt in Isshin Ryu, and has taught students of many ages. In both yoga and Isshin Ryu, Kianna has honed her skills of meditation. She has found that her ability to connect with her breath, her body and the present moment, is enhanced through purposeful action. Her meditation practice consists of meditative movement, art and music improvisation.
As an undergrad at Dartmouth College, she majored in Native American studies Modified with Music and took many studio art classes. After graduating, she taught a high school level digital music class and developed a curriculum that integrated deep listening and mindfulness as tools to enhance creativity. She presented on her work at the Inaugural International Deep Listening Conference.
After teaching, she served as the Interim Director of the Native American Program at Dartmouth College, where she established Dartmouth’s Indigenous Peoples’ Week, and the inclusion of the Eagle Staff Entry and the Native Student Welcome during Commencement.
Kianna is passionate about the creative arts, and believes that the benefits of meditation and mindfulness should be accessible and inclusive. Her classroom is nonjudgmental, and is a space where all participants learn from one another, including the instructor. Utilizing her training in motivational interviewing, restorative justice and mindfulness, Kianna is determined to create collaborative learning spaces. She views the creative arts as a vehicle to share the practice of meditation in a way that is inviting and engaging.
Now, located in New Hampshire, Kianna is pursuing a masters degree in creative writing at Dartmouth College and is working in alumni relations at the Geisel School of Medicine. When she isn't painting, she is playing piano, writing short fiction or paddle boarding on Lake Mascoma.
"Kianna Mist possesses an intuitive aptitude for working collaboratively...she proved to be a steady and trusted model of patience, competence, and courage. Her empathetic and unassuming nature enabled her to develop honest and enduring relationships with students and colleagues alike. She has a rare gift as well as the required skill, vision, and ability to positively affect the lives of others." -Joseph H
"Kianna Mist's skill, good humor and ability to work with teens exceeded even my highest expectations. She was very professional, came prepared and was able to engage a large group of young people very quickly who had no prior knowledge of the subject being taught. She approached teaching with an expertise but also was able to relate to the teenagers in a way that made learning fun." - David K
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