Synthesis: A Poetic Exploration of the Integral Model Investigating the Interconnected Strands of Mindfulness in Our Educational Landscapes


  • Kimberley Holmes The University of Calgary



education, narrative inquiry, qualitative research


As a researcher, I am seeking a mode of inquiry that would allow for a reflection on mindfulness and the role it plays in curriculum and learning. Needing to merge my personal voice with the diverse educational landscape, I found that poetic storytelling allowed me to “present possibilities for understanding the complex, mysterious, even ineffable experiences that comprise human living” (Chambers, Hasbe-Ludt, Leggo, & Sinner, 2012, p. xx). Using first-person auto-ethnographical narrative as a research methodology and the Integral Model as a theoretical framework (Wilber, 2000, 2006, Wilber, Patten, Leonard, & Morelli, 2008), the interconnected strands of mindfulness are synthesized within the four quadrants of the model. Self, Science, Storytelling, and Systems are components of mindfulness that together formulate a holistic understanding as “integral theory weaves together the significant insights from all major human disciplines of knowledge, including natural and social science as well as the arts and the humanities” (Visser, 2003).

Keywords: education; narrative inquiry; qualitative research

Author Biography

Kimberley Holmes, The University of Calgary

Kimberley has a Master's degree in Leadership, which focused on the use of literature to facilitate leadership development and has worked with the Banff Centre of Management in the Leadership and the Arts department.  She worked with the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement project for 3 years exploring the personalization of student learning and is currently a full time doctoral student and sessional instructor at the University of Calgary.