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Sarah Kinsley

Sarah Kinsley, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. (Primary), M.Ed. (Counselling)


Adult Education

Abbotsford campus, D218a

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Sarah Kinsley is grateful to live on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees) and W̱SÁNEĆ nations on beautiful Vancouver Island. Sarah is a guest and teacher on traditional territories of the Stó:lō (People of the river) on which the University of Fraser Valley is located.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indigenous Studies from Trent University and has had the privilege to study and train with Indigenous Elders and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge holders in the field of healing.

Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors and provides counselling services for First Nations Health Authority. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Master of Education in Counselling from the University of Victoria. Sarah is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SETM) certified through the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.


Mindfulness Studies and Facilitation

Sarah has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  She has completed the MBCT Facilitation Certificate and the Advanced Teacher Training Intensive at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto.  Sarah has offered MBCT courses at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and various locations in Victoria. 

Sarah is a former Primary School teacher and served as a senior facilitator at Mindfulness Without Borders, an organization that brings practices in mindfulness and social-emotional learning to advance mental health and well-being in youth, their educators, school teams and health professionals.

At the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, she co-created, coordinated and facilitated the Embodied Mind stream of the Certificate of Applied Specialization in Mindfulness Meditation.  Sarah continues to facilitate workshops at the University of Toronto and has presented at the Mindful Society Conference in Toronto. 

In 2014, Sarah approached Royal Roads University with the idea to create a similar certificate to the one offered at the University of Toronto.  Sarah co-created the Integrated Mindfulness Certificate in Professional and Continuing Studies.  Today, she continues to teach the core and elective courses.  Recently, Sarah presented on the ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ at the B.C. Mindfulness Summit at the University of Victoria.


Buddhist Studies

Along with formal Mindfulness training, Sarah has been a student of Buddhism for over twenty years and is grateful for her teachers in the Zen, Vajrayana and Theravadan traditions.  She has been fortunate to participate in many retreats with various teachers from True North Insight including Molly Swan, Norman Feldman and Pascal Auclair.  For the last 10 years, she has facilitated Yoga at various retreats for True North Insight.

Sarah has received teachings from the His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Thích Nhất Hạnh. 

Other influential teachers include: Christopher Titmuss, Pema Chödrön, Lama Rodney Devenish, Carly Forest, Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, Ajahn Viradhammo, Ajahn Kusalo and various teachers at Open Dharma in India including Ajay Singh. 


Yoga Studies and Facilitation

One of Sarah’s many passions is sharing the practices of Yoga as a mindfulness-based practice.  Sarah is a registered Yoga teacher for adults and children (E-RYT 500, RCYT).  She has completed four Yoga Teacher Training courses and has studied with various schools in North America and Asia, including Yoga Vidya Gurukul: Institute for Research and Education in Yoga, The Sanada Devi School of Yoga, Yoga in Your School and Insight Yoga with Carly Forest.  

Most recently, she studied Trauma Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson and Bessel van der Kolk.  Sarah is grateful for her time at The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria where she received a fellowship to write “Yoga Therapy: Ancient Therapy for Today’s Body, Mind and Spirit”, a textbook chapter used in counselling programs throughout North America.  She enjoys teaching Yoga classes and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher trainings courses in Victoria and Toronto.   

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Since participating in the Adult Education program, I have incorporated many of the skills and concepts into my everyday work. I feel strongly that my involvement in the Adult Education program has enhanced my work, and has given me the critical thinking skills needed to develop new programming and further my career.

  • – Garrison Duke
  •    Director of Employment at Abbotsford Community Services

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