Saskia Tait is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the New Earth Institute, a non-profit research and education organization that offers integral education programs for youth and adults in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, Canada. She is also Media Arts Director for Windhorse Farm and Windhorse Education Foundation in New Germany, Nova Scotia.
She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Education at Simon Fraser University, with a focus on integrating contemplative and integral theory in curriculum and instruction. Saskia has an MA in International Development and a BA (Honours) in International Development and South Asian Religion. She is a published author, applying the integral model and approaches to a variety of topics including education, global issues, sustainable development, and community and youth development.
Saskia has had a long-standing interest in the intricate relationship between the larger natural and socio-economic structures we inhabit and our personal and collective sense of agency. An early hypothesis that the former shapes the later invested her with a sense of urgency to work for “outer” change. She spent over 13 years working with grassroots, national and international development agencies in Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Bhutan and India. Through this work and various serendipitous experiences in her personal life, she discovered the inseparability of outer and inner transformation.
Over the last six years, she has been rigorously and joyfully dedicated to her own evolutionary spiritual journey, as well as to supporting others through the educational programs of the New Earth Institute. She is particularly interested in the ways in which intimate relationships awaken the impulse towards evolution. Saskia is a long-term practitioner of yoga. She teaches yoga psychology and philosophy for advanced (500hr) Teacher Training programs in Rishikesh, India.
Saskia and her husband, Shahar Rabi, are hosting monthly “Integral Education and Community Conversations” in their home city of Vancouver, British Columbia, with the intention of building the momentum to found an eco-village or cooperative centred around a school for adult or post-secondary integral studies. For more information about Saskia’s work, visit www.newearthinstitute.com
Lauren Worsh is a writer, social entrepreneur, and yoga and meditation instructor. She is the founder of The Art of Spiritual Embodiment and has been training practitioners since 1997. Her teaching centers around the cultivation of a spacious and refined attention, and an invitation to relax into who you are at the core – an expanse of awareness, presence and love.
Her primary asana training has been in Anusara and vinyasa yoga. As an integral practitioner she recognizes that the gift of an illumined and balanced practice is realization, and the integration and embodiment of that realization. She works with compassionate practices that invoke a true integrity and create alignment between the gross, subtle, and causal bodies.
Kim Carpenter began dancing before she could walk and by the age of 14 she was choreographing dance classes for younger children. She now teaches Zumba on the side of her full-time life coaching business as her favourite way to bring people together to stay fit, healthy and happy. One client told her, “God smiles through you when you teach Zumba.” Now, that’s a pretty nice endorsement!
Meg O’Shaughnessy has embraced Compassionate Communication as a life practice since 2006. She currently facilitates The Heart of Listening trainings in San Francisco where she also volunteers and serves as patient advocate at Maitri – a residential care facility offering Compassionate Care for people with HIV/AIDS.