Member of the Month Archive

Avraham Cohen – February 2017

I am currently a psychotherapist in private practice, Professor in a Master’s in Counselling program, author, and an avid fitness, nutrition, and longevity practitioner. I practice Ki-Aikido and am currently at the green belt level. Having a black belt in a martial art has been for some curious reason a life-long dream.

For the past decade, I have been working on developing and establishing, along with my wife, Dr. Heesoon Bai, and other colleagues, various initiatives to work with psychotherapists, educators, and people in leadership positions. These initiatives concern: leadership training and development; humanization of organizational and educational environments through multi-dimensional generative integration of contemplative practice and process-oriented psychotherapy methods;applying group and organizational theory and practice to educational environments;and providing holistic self-care-development for psychotherapists.   [Continue Reading..]
2017-02-02T17:39:42+00:00
I am currently a psychotherapist in private practice, Professor in a Master’s in Counselling program, author, and an avid fitness, nutrition, and longevity practitioner. I practice Ki-Aikido and am currently at the green belt level. Having a black belt in a martial art has been for some curious reason a life-long dream. For the past decade, I have been working on developing and establishing, along with my wife, Dr. Heesoon Bai, and other colleagues, various initiatives to work with psychotherapists, educators, and people in leadership positions. These initiatives concern: leadership training and development; humanization of organizational and educational environments through multi-dimensional generative integration of contemplative practice and process-oriented psychotherapy methods;applying group and organizational theory and practice to educational environments;and providing holistic self-care-development for psychotherapists.   [Continue Reading..]

David Forbes – March 2017

David Forbes, PhD, LMHC, is Associate Professor in the School Counseling program in the School of Education at Brooklyn College/CUNY and an affiliate faculty in the Urban Education doctoral program at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.He writes:

I’m honored to be considered forMCE Member of the Month. Your fearless leader, Deborah Orr, and I appreciate each other’s work, and share the Wittgensteinian notion that ultimately it’s not what goes on in one’s privatized heads or in neural circuits that matters,it’s the actual social activity of our lives that creates the context of meaning of what we value, feel, say, and do with and for each other. So I’m a socially engaged broodhist—In my teachings and writings I critically brood on and question the prevalent lack of awareness of the social, cultural, political, and moral contextsin which mindfulness is employed in a neoliberal, racist, patriarchal etc. society.

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2017-03-06T23:45:15+00:00
David Forbes, PhD, LMHC, is Associate Professor in the School Counseling program in the School of Education at Brooklyn College/CUNY and an affiliate faculty in the Urban Education doctoral program at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.He writes: I’m honored to be considered forMCE Member of the Month. Your fearless leader, Deborah Orr, and I appreciate each other’s work, and share the Wittgensteinian notion that ultimately it’s not what goes on in one’s privatized heads or in neural circuits that matters,it’s the actual social activity of our lives that creates the context of meaning of what we value, feel, say, and do with and for each other. So I’m a socially engaged broodhist—In my teachings and writings I critically brood on and question the prevalent lack of awareness of the social, cultural, political, and moral contextsin which mindfulness is employed in a neoliberal, racist, patriarchal etc. society. [Continue Reading..]  

Jack Miller – April 2017

I have been working in the area of holistic education for over 30 years. Much of my work is based on my contemplative practices. As a young American facing the draft, I began doing hatha yoga in 1969 and this led me to start doing vipassana, or insight meditation, in 1974 and have continued doingthese practices on a daily basis. These practices can help one understand how everything is interconnected which is one the main principles of holistic education.

I have been working at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education since 1972.  For 25 years I worked in the OISE field Centres in Thunder Bay and St. Catharines.  This work involved doing consultative work with schools and school boards.

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2017-04-02T15:44:46+00:00
I have been working in the area of holistic education for over 30 years. Much of my work is based on my contemplative practices. As a young American facing the draft, I began doing hatha yoga in 1969 and this led me to start doing vipassana, or insight meditation, in 1974 and have continued doingthese practices on a daily basis. These practices can help one understand how everything is interconnected which is one the main principles of holistic education. I have been working at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education since 1972.  For 25 years I worked in the OISE field Centres in Thunder Bay and St. Catharines.  This work involved doing consultative work with schools and school boards. Continue Reading
Heesoon Bai

Heesoon Bai – October 2016

Dr. Heesoon Bai is an educational philosopher who teaches and researches in the intersections of ethics, ecological worldviews, contemplative ways, and Asian philosophies. Her co-edited books include: Fields of Green: Restorying Culture, Environment, Education (2009); Speaking of Teaching: Inclinations, Inspirations, and Innerworkings (2012); Speaking of Learning: Recollections, Revelations, and Realizations (2014); Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across Disciplines (2014); The Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines (forthcoming). She is a recipient of Simon Fraser’s University Excellence in Teaching Award, Dean of Graduate Studies Supervision Award, as well as Canadian Society for the Studies in Education Graduate Student Mentorship Award. Dr. Bai is also a practicing psychotherapist in private practice. You can find her downloadable published works.
2016-10-05T20:12:29+00:00
Heesoon Bai
Dr. Heesoon Bai is an educational philosopher who teaches and researches in the intersections of ethics, ecological worldviews, contemplative ways, and Asian philosophies. Her co-edited books include: Fields of Green: Restorying Culture, Environment, Education (2009); Speaking of Teaching: Inclinations, Inspirations, and Innerworkings (2012); Speaking of Learning: Recollections, Revelations, and Realizations (2014); Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across Disciplines (2014); The Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines (forthcoming). She is a recipient of Simon Fraser’s University Excellence in Teaching Award, Dean of Graduate Studies Supervision Award, as well as Canadian Society for the Studies in Education Graduate Student Mentorship Award. Dr. Bai is also a practicing psychotherapist in private practice. You can find her downloadable published works.
Charles Scott

Charles Scott – October 2016

Dr. Charles Scott: I work in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Working on integrating theory and research into teaching practice (and vice versa) is an ongoing, dynamically reciprocating focus for me. My research interests include the development of theories and practices in contemplative inquiry and their applications in education in a key area of investigation; my own contemplative practices are based in the Raja Yoga tradition. Dialogue and its applications in developing learning relationships in educational settings is another area of focus. I am also interested in narrative writing and the roles narrative plays in identity formation.
2016-10-05T19:57:47+00:00
Charles Scott
Dr. Charles Scott: I work in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Working on integrating theory and research into teaching practice (and vice versa) is an ongoing, dynamically reciprocating focus for me. My research interests include the development of theories and practices in contemplative inquiry and their applications in education in a key area of investigation; my own contemplative practices are based in the Raja Yoga tradition. Dialogue and its applications in developing learning relationships in educational settings is another area of focus. I am also interested in narrative writing and the roles narrative plays in identity formation.
Dr. Shahar Rabi

Shahar Rabi – December 2016

Dr. Shahar Rabi - Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Founder and Director of Education for the New Earth Institute, Dr. Shahar Rabi is currently the Program Director at the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island. He also teaches at City University of Seattle and Adler school, both located in Vancouver. His academic research has been mainly focused on mindfulness and body-centred interventions as means for well-being, connection and growth. He has a great deal of experience in teaching and bringing together Eastern and Western wisdom in a practical and accessible manner.

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2016-12-05T15:06:26+00:00
Dr. Shahar Rabi
Dr. Shahar Rabi - Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Founder and Director of Education for the New Earth Institute, Dr. Shahar Rabi is currently the Program Director at the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island. He also teaches at City University of Seattle and Adler school, both located in Vancouver. His academic research has been mainly focused on mindfulness and body-centred interventions as means for well-being, connection and growth. He has a great deal of experience in teaching and bringing together Eastern and Western wisdom in a practical and accessible manner. [ Continue reading … ]
Abid Azam

Abid Azam – April 2016

Greetings fellow Contemplative Education members,

I’m honoured to have this platform to introduce myself to you and share my current interests and projects. I am currently in the first year of the PhD Clinical Psychology program at YorkU, and completed my Master’s in Kinesiology & Health Science Master’s during 2013-2015. I came across the teachings, practices, and perspectives of mindfulness late during my undergraduate years, and consider myself quite fortunate that they presented themselves to me as they have provided great traction for me in both my personal and academic life.
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2016-04-06T20:05:30+00:00
Abid Azam
Greetings fellow Contemplative Education members, I’m honoured to have this platform to introduce myself to you and share my current interests and projects. I am currently in the first year of the PhD Clinical Psychology program at YorkU, and completed my Master’s in Kinesiology & Health Science Master’s during 2013-2015. I came across the teachings, practices, and perspectives of mindfulness late during my undergraduate years, and consider myself quite fortunate that they presented themselves to me as they have provided great traction for me in both my personal and academic life.
Tom Culham

Tom Culham – March 2016

Tom, an engineer with a 30-year career, held a variety of senior business leadership roles including: consulting engineer, trade association representative, and forest products manufacturing executive. Tom completed his Ph. D in 2012 at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Education.

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2016-04-06T20:36:19+00:00
Tom Culham
Tom, an engineer with a 30-year career, held a variety of senior business leadership roles including: consulting engineer, trade association representative, and forest products manufacturing executive. Tom completed his Ph. D in 2012 at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Education. [ Continue reading … ]
Oren Ergas

Oren Ergas – February 2016

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be featured as member of the month. I'll say some quite informal words about my"self", or what I've managed to gather so far about "it". By the time this will be posted it might not be fully relevant anymore, but I'll do my best. So I'm Oren, the meaning of which in Hebrew is a "pine tree".
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2016-04-06T20:39:52+00:00
Oren Ergas
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be featured as member of the month. I'll say some quite informal words about my"self", or what I've managed to gather so far about "it". By the time this will be posted it might not be fully relevant anymore, but I'll do my best. So I'm Oren, the meaning of which in Hebrew is a "pine tree". [ Continue reading … ]
Dave Chang

Dave Chang – January 2016

I am humbled and honoured to be featured as a member of the month. Currently, I am a doctoral student in philosophy of education at SFU, where I intend to investigate ways of living outside the industrial/capitalist juggernaut that locks us into perpetual ecological harm.

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2016-04-06T20:41:40+00:00
Dave Chang
I am humbled and honoured to be featured as a member of the month. Currently, I am a doctoral student in philosophy of education at SFU, where I intend to investigate ways of living outside the industrial/capitalist juggernaut that locks us into perpetual ecological harm. [ Continue reading … ]
Remington Cooney

Remington Cooney – December 2015

Hi there! My name is Remington Cooney and I am a student in Simon Fraser University’s Contemplative Inquiry program - a first of its kind M.Ed program, which features contemplative approaches to teaching and curriculum design. My specific area of research is in the use of mindfulness meditation techniques in the enhancement of curriculum structure and student well-being.
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2016-04-06T20:43:34+00:00
Remington Cooney
Hi there! My name is Remington Cooney and I am a student in Simon Fraser University’s Contemplative Inquiry program - a first of its kind M.Ed program, which features contemplative approaches to teaching and curriculum design. My specific area of research is in the use of mindfulness meditation techniques in the enhancement of curriculum structure and student well-being. [ Continue reading … ]
Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson – November 2015

Hi, my name is Laurie Anderson, and I’m honoured to be profiled here. I’ll tell you a bit about myself and how I ended up here. My day job is Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Vancouver campus, a job with a “management” function (budget, space, library, IT, operations, etc) and a much more stimulating “leadership” function (deeply engaging students, faculty, staff and the community). In my “spare” time, I’m an Adjunct prof in SFU’s faculty of Education, as well as the Associate and Senior Facilitator with SFU’s Centre for Dialogue. I like to joke that I took this job at SFU (after 30 odd years in the K-12 system) to recoup my tuition fees for my three degrees from SFU over the decades.

2016-04-06T20:48:49+00:00
Laurie Anderson
Hi, my name is Laurie Anderson, and I’m honoured to be profiled here. I’ll tell you a bit about myself and how I ended up here. My day job is Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Vancouver campus, a job with a “management” function (budget, space, library, IT, operations, etc) and a much more stimulating “leadership” function (deeply engaging students, faculty, staff and the community). In my “spare” time, I’m an Adjunct prof in SFU’s faculty of Education, as well as the Associate and Senior Facilitator with SFU’s Centre for Dialogue. I like to joke that I took this job at SFU (after 30 odd years in the K-12 system) to recoup my tuition fees for my three degrees from SFU over the decades.
Helen E. Lees

Helen E. Lees – October 2015

Faculty Member and lecturer, Dept. of Education and Professional Studies, Newman University

Hi. It's really great to be profiled here as it is a chance for Other Education to become better known. We think we have something to share that might be of interest to readers of the contemplative education website. The work profiled in Other Education is either about difference in and of education or is different itself. A look at our archive and current issue will give you a flavour of what is on offer: www.othereducation.org

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2016-04-06T20:50:37+00:00
Helen E. Lees
Faculty Member and lecturer, Dept. of Education and Professional Studies, Newman University Hi. It's really great to be profiled here as it is a chance for Other Education to become better known. We think we have something to share that might be of interest to readers of the contemplative education website. The work profiled in Other Education is either about difference in and of education or is different itself. A look at our archive and current issue will give you a flavour of what is on offer: www.othereducation.org [ Continue reading … ]
Claudia Eppert

Claudia Eppert – September 2015

Claudia Eppert is an associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. She received her doctorate from OISE/University of Toronto in 1999, and was an assistant/associate professor at Louisiana State University for eight years, during which time she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in English education and curriculum theory, and also served as faculty for the interdisciplinary program in Women’s and Gender Studies. [Read more]
2016-04-06T20:52:23+00:00
Claudia Eppert
Claudia Eppert is an associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. She received her doctorate from OISE/University of Toronto in 1999, and was an assistant/associate professor at Louisiana State University for eight years, during which time she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in English education and curriculum theory, and also served as faculty for the interdisciplinary program in Women’s and Gender Studies. [Read more]