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Dr. Shahar Rabi ~ The future of spirituality in the 21 century: How to belong, collaborate and build your spiritual tribe

Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

Dr. Shahar Rabi, Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology at Adler University, offers insight for a new paradigm of spirituality, and speaks on his new book Spiritual Misfits: Collaboration and Belonging in a Divisive World.

In this book, Dr. Shahar Rabi suggests that planetary destruction, divisiveness, and collective pain can be slowed down by offering a more inclusive story of who are. What is called for is an upgrade to our cultural operating system. 'Spiritual Misfits' is part guide book and part call to action. For those who long to “come home” to traditions that cannot hold the breadth of their experience and values, it provides a map to co-create the future of spirituality. It also serves as a guide for those who long to reconnect with fellow humans found on the other side of ever-deepening political chasms. If you sense the tectonic shifts underway in the geopolitical atmosphere around the world, if you discern how social media and the internet at large are contributing to epidemics of loneliness and isolation, and if you do not know what to do, then you are ready to start the difficult work of dialoguing with the unknown.

Shahar Rabi, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology at Adler University. He formerly served as the Clinical Program Director at the Orchard Recovery Centre. He has years of experience in treating addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety. He is also the Co-Founder of the New Earth Institute in Vancouver. Shahar has a broad spectrum of work experience as a choreographer, philosopher and yoga teacher, meditation instructor, and even as a clown. As a clinician, he draws on years of formal studies at universities in Israel and Canada, as well as practice with prominent non-dual teachers in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Israel. He lives on the West Coast of Canada with his wife and two children and can frequently be found on the forest and mountain trails of the island he calls home.

"Shahar Rabi is one of the more brilliant and creative people I have ever met, and I have met some brilliant and creative people. Having had the opportunity to spend significant time with him over several years I have been impressed by his powerful presence that is significantly integrated with an enormous intelligence and ability to sense the other and the world. I recommend him unconditionally as a psychotherapist and an inner guide."

Dr. Avraham Cohen, Ph.D., RCC, CCC

"Shahar's achievements as an intellectual, activist, contemplative, and therapist are immense and extraordinary. He is one of the few people that I have known who can fully encompass such a wide range of human capacities. In particular, I have always been impressed by the quality of presence that he manifests with people. He has a rare level of ability to sense, feel, perceive, attune, and intuit with respect to himself, in relation to others, and to the biosphere." 

Dr. Heesoon Bai, PhD., Professor, Faculty of Education