Dr. Shahar Rabi

Shahar Rabi, Ph.D., is a registered Clinical Counsellor and Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology at Alder University. He formerly served as the Program Director of the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island, with years of experience in treating trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the New Earth Institute in Vancouver. His academic research has been mainly focused on mindfulness and body-centred interventions as means for well-being, connection, and growth. His therapeutic orientations include: mindfulness-inspired psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused therapy, existential therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, archetypal therapy, and embodiment work, where he addresses issues such as grief and loss, trauma, pain management, spiritual and/or emotional crises, and personal development. Shahar believes that counselling should provide a healing space for his clients to explore the feelings, thoughts, behaviours, and relationships that cause difficulties in their lives. For his work with disadvantaged soldiers, he earned a medal of honour from the President of Israel. Shahar also has a broad spectrum of work experience as a choreographer, philosophy teacher, yoga teacher, meditation instructor, and even a clown. He brings his knowledge from all of these fields to his work with students and clients. As a meditation instructor, he draws on years of study and practice with prominent non-dual teachers from various traditions at monasteries in India, Nepal, and Thailand.


Academic Background: 

  • Ph.D — Explored integrative approaches to addiction recovery and created a new model for relapse prevention named ‘integrative recovery model’.

  • M.A in Clinical Counseling— Focused on mindfulness based modalities in mental heath.

  • M.A in Education— Dedicated to improving peoples sense of Coherence. published author 

Saskia Tait

Ph.D Candidate, MA, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Saskia Tait (E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) is Co-Founder and Program Director at Bowen Island Yoga, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Contemplative Education. She is currently completing her MA in Counselling Psychology (a second MA degree), which includes the completion of a clinical practicum at the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island. She runs a private practice focused on mindfulness based psychotherapy, details for which can be found at

Saskia leads the development of community events and educational workshops and retreats, led by leading teachers in yoga philosophy, psychology and the postural practice it has become identified with in the West. Her hope is to develop and host programming that explores the questions that ignited these traditions in the first place—questions about the nature of the mind, the culturally conditioned self, human development, and the deeper dimensions of the self that lie beyond the mind and personality. 

Saskia's interest in the yoga traditions of India started during a family trip to the Himalayan states of northern India when she was 14-years old. Following an undeniable intuition that she had much to learn from India, she journeyed there many times to live, travel, study and volunteer. An always-deepening love and appreciation of India propelled her to focus her undergraduate and graduate studies on the region—its religious and cultural forms and history, its social and ecological development challenges, and especially its ancient wisdom traditions. Following an intensive period of study with a siddha from the Nath lineage, Saskia started a daily personal practice of yoga and has cherished her transformative relationship with the path ever since. 

One of the most important gifts Saskia has benefited from in her relationship with India is a deep fascination with integrated approaches to living and change. Inspired by the holistic view embedded in all traditions of yoga, Saskia has sought ways to bridge the gap between the felt need for healthy and sustainable transformation in larger social structures with pathways of deep personal integration. How can "coming home to yourself" shift the way that you choose to act, live, work and play in the world? Her Ph.D. and MA in Counselling Psychology, both underway, beg these questions in relation to the fields of self-psychology and transformative education. 

Saskia lives on Bowen Island with her husband, Shahar Rabi and daughter, Annika. She has a Master’s degree in International Development and a B.A. (Honours) in International Development and South Asian Religion. She is a published author, applying integral models to a variety of topics including sustainable development, community development, consciousness studies and global issues. She is also a yoga philosophy teacher for World Conscious Yoga Family, which offers 200-hr and 500-hr certification programs in India, Canada, and Australia. 

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