Jackie Mitchell has lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1987 and is a founding member of the Shambhala Elementary School. She became a teacher at the school where she taught for 20 years, teaching and developing curricula based on the Enki Education approach. More recently she has been engaged in curriculum development projects under the auspices of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, both in Australia and in Bhutan where she designed curricula for the young monks at his monastery. Jackie has been a practicing Buddhist since 1980, is a meditation instructor and a graduate of Naropa University. She recently completed a master’s degree in education at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and wrote a thesis on the integration of contemplative practice and sacred world outlook into curriculum.