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Irene Kraegel

Irene Kraegel, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as director of the Center for Counseling and Wellness at Calvin University. She has worked as a counselor within numerous settings, including psychiatric inpatient, school, community mental health, private practice, and higher education. Irene facilitates mindfulness groups for college students and church groups who are interested in pursuing mindfulness practice within a Christian framework. Her book, The Mindful Christian: Cultivating a Life of Intentionality, Openness, and Faith, explores the intersection of mindfulness and Christian faith, providing Christians with a practical and inspiring tool for deepening their appreciation for the life God has given. Irene also writes at her website,, and on social media at @mindfulxian. She lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband and son.

Festival Years: 2020, 2021