Centre for Mindful Engagement

Respect for the past, awareness of the present, discernment for the future— the Centre for Mindful Engagement (CME) is a gathering place for researchers from across all disciplines and interests to explore the significances of mindful community engagement.

Our Approach


The centre embraces and embodies mindful community engagement through valuing the intersections of varied intellectual traditions.  Our transformative engaged research explores the critical and creative conditions that foster sustainable well-being for ourselves and others across the life course.


The centre brings together scholars, researchers and practitioners invested in cultivating learning contexts for all to live well in the world with others. Our relational and participatory approach incorporates multiple voices and recognizes diverse forms of knowledges and experiences.


The centre is a gathering place for researchers from across all disciplines and interests to explore the significances of mindful engagement.


The centre aims to envision and articulate the educative significances of mindfulness now and for our future. Guided by the Indigenous principles of respect, relationality, relevance and reciprocity (Archibald, Pidgeon & Hawkey, 2009), our projects promote intergenerational and cross-cultural engagement within and across communities who have traditionally been marginalised or excluded from research

Who We Are

The CME Advisory Board provides guidance to the centre’s director, supporting, refining and promoting the centre’s mission to foster research into mindful engagement.

Director of the CME

Karen Ragoonaden, Associate Professor,
Okanagan School of Education

Advisory Board Members


  • Margo Tamez, Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, UBC Okanagan
  • Oren Ergas, Senior Lecturer, Biet Berl Academic College (Israel)
  • Virginie Magnat, Associate Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan
  • Chris Martin, Associate Professor,  Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Sabre Cherkowski, Director of Graduate Programs, Okanagan School of Education
  • Robert Campbell, Associate Professor, Okanagan School of Education

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Get Involved

Faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and community members are invited to become affiliates of the centre. If you are interested in contributing to the centre’s mission and enabling its growth, please contact us.

Mailing address:

The Centre for Mindful Engagement

Okanagan School of Education
1137 Alumni Ave.
UBC Okanagan
Kelowna, BC Canada V1V1V7