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Vancouver | Assistant Professor | Counselling Psychology

Shahar Rabi, Ph.D.



Each unique expression of our life is a whole world waiting to be known, asking to be understood in a distinct way, and every moment can be experienced as a treasure that is pregnant with the possibility of discovering greater depth in, as, and through the wonderful complexity of the mind and the natural world. The more one learns to unravel these constellations of the soul, the more self-knowledge, maturation and intimacy can thrive. When embodied through safe, professional and socially just practice, therapists can help to establish a healthier relationship with both self and others (the ‘other’ here includes the natural world), and a (re)integration with what remains unexpressed and yet painfully disturbing to the self.

Shahar’s academic research has mainly been focused on integral, ecological, and spiritual approaches in treating trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety, using mindfulness, depth psychology, and body-centred interventions. His Ph.D. research was an attempt to think more broadly and deeply about the phenomenology of addiction in dislocated societies. Shahar’s other research interests include group therapy, interpersonal relationships, and the role of psychotherapy in culture. As a meditation practitioner and instructor, he draws on years of study with prominent non-dual teachers from various traditions at monasteries in India, Nepal, and Thailand.



  • Ph.D., Curriculum Theory & Implementation: Philosophy of Education, Simon Fraser University
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, City University of Seattle
  • M.A., Education, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • B.A., Education and Philosophy, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Bai, H., Cohen, A. & Rabi, S. (2014), Post-individualist pedagogy: Relationship as teaching. In Deer, F., Falkenberg, T., McMillan, B., & Sims. L. (Eds.). Education for sustainable well-being: Concepts, issues, perspectives, and practices. Winnipeg, MB: Education for Sustainable Well-being Research Group. pp. 23-36.
  • Park, S., Rabi, S., (2014). Improvising Vulnerability Through Freestyle Rap Inquiry. Ed.. Walsh, S., Bickel, B., Leggo, C., Arts-based and Contemplative Practices in Research and Teaching Honouring Presence. Routledge Research in Education. pp. 125- 239.
  • H. Bai, H., A. Cohen, T. Culham, S. Park, S. Rabi, C. Scott, and S. Tait, (2013). “A Call for Wisdom in Higher Education: Voices of Contemplative Inquiry.” In O. Gunnlaugson, E. Sarath, H. Bai, and C. Scott (Eds.) Contemplative Approaches to Learning and Inquiry. New York: SUNY Press. pp. 287-302.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • S.Park., S. Rabi, “Contemplative and artistic practices in research and pedagogy”. The Canadian Society of the Study of Education. University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia (2013).
  • H. Bai, H., A. Cohen, T. Culham, S. Park, S. Rabi, C. Scott, and S. Tait, “Relationship as Teacher: Contemplative Inquiry as a ‘Collaboratory’ Process” (Presentation), American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California (2013—Forthcoming).®
  • H. Bai, H., A. Cohen, T. Culham, S. Park, S. Rabi, C. Scott, and S. Tait, “An Integrated Approach to Contemplative Practice: Mindful and Dialogical Explorations of Collaborative Inquiry” (Presentation), American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (2012).®
  • S. Rabi, “Ecology, Masks and the Soul” (Workshop), Emergent Learning: Turning Tides in 21st Century Education, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2012).®
  • S. Rabi and S. Tait, “Innerwork for Educators” (Presentation), Emergent Learning: Turning Tides in 21st Century Education, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2012).®


  • Award of Honor (“Tzalash”) from the President of Israel for excellence in education as an instructor

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