Jack MIller

John (Jack) Miller has been working in the field of holistic education for over 30 years.  He is author/editor of more than a dozen books on holistic learning and contemplative practices in education which include Education and the Soul, The Holistic Curriculum and Educating for Wisdom and Compassion.  His writing has been translated into eight languages.  The Holistic Curriculum has provided the framework for the curriculum at the Whole Child School in Toronto where Jack has served on the Advisory Board.  Jack has worked extensively with holistic educators in Japan and Korea for the past decade and has been visiting professor at two universities in Japan.  Jack was one of 25 scholars invited to a UNESCO conference on cultural diversity and transversal values held in Kyoto and Tokyo in 2007. He teaches courses on holistic education and spirituality in education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where he is Professor.
NOTE: Most of my books are listed on my author's page on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/John-P.-Miller/e/B001HPXPQI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education (co-editor) 2010 link is

Whole Child Education.  University of Toronto Press, 2010
The Holistic Curriculum, 2007, University of Toronto Press

Educating for Wisdom and Compassion: Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning. Corwin Press. 2005. 

Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education. (Co-Editor) SUNY Press 2005 . More information

Nurturing Our Wholeness: Perspectives on
Spirituality in Education. Coeditor Yoshiharu
Nakagawa.  2002, Foundations for Educational
Renewal, Brandon, VT.

Education and the Soul: Towards a Spiritual
Curriculum, 2000, SUNY Press. 

The Contemplative Practitioner: Meditation in
Education and the Professions, 1994, Bergin and
Garvey and OISE Press. 

The Holistic Teacher, 1993, OISE Press. 

Holistic Learning, Co-authors: Bruce Cassie and
Susan Drake. 1990, OISE Press. 

Curriculum: Perspectives and Practice. Co-author:
Wayne Seller. 1990. Copp Clark. 


Whole Teaching, Whole Schools, Whole Teachers,  Educational Leadership  (Summer, 2007, Vol. 64) online edition

Ancient Roots of Holistic Education, Encounter, (2006) 19, 55-59.

Holistic Education in Japan: A Gaijinís (foreignerís)  Journey,  Encounter, (2007) 20,28-31

Contemplative Practices in Teacher Education, co-author Ayako Nozawa in Encounter :(2005)  18, 42-48.

Meditating Teachers: A qualitative study. Coauthor 
Aya Nozawa.  Journal of In-service Education,
   (2002), Vol. 28, 179-192.

Krishnamurti and Holistic Education. Encounter
(2000), Vol. 13, No. 4: 36-45. 

Making Connections through Holistic Learning,
Educational Leadership, (1998-99), Vol. 56 No. 4:

Education and the Soul. Co-editor David Hunt.
   Orbit, (1999), Vol. 30, No. 2. 




  • Facilitator of the Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education Network for ASCD
  • Member of the Steering Committee for Spirituality in Education Network 
  • Research on the long term effects of meditation practice for teachers. 
  • Member of Advisory Board and Independent Learning Team for Whole Child School (www.wholechildshool.ca)
  • Member of  Team working with the Government of Bhutan to implement a holistic approach to education in that country


CTL1110 Holistic Curriculum 

The course focuses on curriculum that facilitates personal growth and social change. Various programs and techniques that reflect a holistic orientation will be analysed: for example, Waldorf education, social action programs, and transpersonal techniques such as visualization and the use of imagery in the classroom. The philosophical, psychological, and social context of the holistic curriculum will also be examined. 

CTL1106 Spirituality in Education

This course first explores the nature of spirituality. There is also an examination of how spirituality can be part of the school curriculum in a nonthreatening manner. More specifically, the course explores the nature of the soul and how the soul can be nourished in the classroom through approaches such as imagery, dreams, journal writing, and forms of contemplation. The arts and earth education are also examined in this context. Finally, the role of the teacher will be explored. 

Department of CTL
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1V6
Phone: (416) 978-0221
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