Mindfulness and Creativity: Is mindfulness for you?
Dr Rich Panico

Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650 x343

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:00 pm

There has been a lot of hype and some early research on mindfulness and its uses in our culture. Dr. Rich Panico will offer guidance to people sifting through the plethora of information and research currently available on mindfulness and its varied programs, teachers, and approaches. Examining the historical, cultural, and contemporary scientific/clinical development of mindfulness makes an excellent starting point for those who are interested in learning more. Dr Panico will look at some of the more commonly available mindfulness disciplines to help you decide if the practice of mindfulness is useful for you.

Rich Panico is a physician and board certified Psychiatrist who recently retired from medicine after 48 years of clinical practice. He is a practitioner of meditation and classical yoga which he learned from his mother and brothers around 1966. Dr Panico practiced medicine in a variety of private and public settings including as medical director of the central intake unit of the Georgia Department of Human Resources A&D unit, medical director of Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, division chief of psychiatry at Athens Regional Medical Center, and founder and medical director of the Athens Regional Mind Body Institute. Over time, his interests shifted from clinical applications to an interest in meditation that cultivates human “flourishing” and the creative process. He currently teaches mindfulness meditation, drawing and pottery making to small groups using meditation, poetry and visual art as a central feature in the learning process.