Strange Situation: A Mother’s Journey into the Science of Attachment


When professional researcher, writer, and longtime Zen student Bethany Saltman gave birth to her daughter Azalea, she felt like something was missing. She knew she loved her baby but would oftentimes be angry, short on patience, even unkind. Looking back at her lonely childhood, dangerous teenage years, and love-addicted early adulthood, she thought maybe she was broken. In search of answers, Saltman embarked on a ten-year journey in search of answers.
In this webinar, Bethany Saltman will share what she discovered: that attachment is a deeply profound aspect of who we are, and is far more forgiving than she could have imagined.

Bethany Saltman is an author, award-winning editor, and researcher. Her work has been seen in magazines such as The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, and many others. Her first book – Strange Situation: A Mother’s Journey Into the Science of Attachment – was published in April 2020 by Random House.

Bethany also works as a best-selling book coach, a communications director, and an in-demand mindfulness mentor, consulting writers and entrepreneurs at all stages of their creative process. She helps her clients envision and execute projects, from book proposals to content development and messaging to Big Ideas, and more. In 1992, Bethany graduated from Antioch College, where she was one of the architects of the nation’s first Affirmative Consent Policy. She went on to receive her M.F.A in poetry from Brooklyn College in 1994, where she studied with Allen Ginsberg. In 2020, Antioch awarded Bethany the Rebecca Rice Award for Achievement in Profession. A longtime student of Zen, Bethany is devoted to the fine art and game-changing effects of paying attention. She lives in a small town in the Catskills with her family.