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This photo is one of a series I shot on a new digital SLR camera for a Digital Photography course I took at George Brown. I conceded that I needed help transitioning from my old film camera to my new digital one. I have been so pleased by the joy that photography is bringing me once again as I relearn about apertures and ISO numbers as it relates to the new camera world. There's no quitting, or even slowing down, learning. The world keeps turning and we all need to keep up. I'm doing my best with photography!

Recent Media Requests

Toronto Star - March 2, 2020. Some Funeral Homes Really Are Out to Gouge You, written by Carola Vyhnak. With photo and quotes about the high cost of dying.​

While it’s “a hard thing to talk about,” pre-planning can save a lot of money as well as spare your family additional anguish, Linda says. “It’s your decision, your money and your financial and emotional responsibility to your loved ones.”​

Grieving family members often spend “way too much” in the mistaken belief that it shows their love, says Hochstetler, who’s also a psychotherapist.

Toronto Star Link
Toronto Star PDF
Global News Radio 640 AM, March 3, 2020, interview with Mike Stafford about Why Pre-planning Your Funeral is Important for You and Your Loved Ones. I explain how spending more money doesn't actually show more love.
Global Radio 640 AM
Podcast interview, February 22, 2020. What Makes a Good Death, by Willem Kerr. Willem talks with various professionals on what makes a good death and more. Guests: Linda Hochstetler, Penny Rhodes, and Jenna Wyncoll. ​
Podcast Interview

Setting Up a Private Psychotherapy Practice

Date/Time: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON M6R 2L8

Cost: $80

A how-to workshop for individuals who have graduated with a Masters degree that prepares them to practice counselling or psychotherapy and are interested in getting a jump start on their practice. 

Topics:  Requirements, Paperwork forms, Payment, Scheduling plan, Contact info, Marketing, Self-employment, Supervision, Resources for clients​

Registration and fee payment required. Send etransfer and register to Almost full, so register soon! There will likely be another one this spring, so email to get on the list to be notified.

Workshop Flyer

Private Practice
My private practice is open and I have days, evenings, and Saturday appointments. I am available Monday-Saturday. I am enjoying seeing individuals, couples, and families. I'm open to a wide range of issues, everything from anxiety/depression, health issues, working through fears, relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, and of course anything related to aging, illness, death, & dying. 

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
I am EMDR trained now and really find it helpful for many clients to add a few EMDR psychotherapy sessions for persons with PTSD and trauma histories. Clients are finding it helpful for a wide range of issues related to anxiety, anger, and overwhelm. I am still looking for referrals for persons dealing with a fear of death or to help persons who have witnessed a traumatic death of a loved one. There is little research for using EMDR in these situations, but my anecdotal evidence supports the tremendous help this provides. 

HPCO CONFERENCE - April 26-28, 2020
I will be presenting at the HPCO conference for the 3rd year in a row. This time the topic will be “EMDR Psychotherapy for Fear of Death or Traumatic Death Moments”. I will be sharing case studies on using EMDR Psychotherapy related to death and how it helps unlock old memories connected to the fear of death, or release reactions to recent traumatic death moments that were not well supported in the moment.


Village Healing Centre Website

Teaching Schedule for Awaken in Toronto

We've got things going on every week at the Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, with the following schedule. I will be leading the classes, with support from the rest of the AIT group. All group classes are offered on the basis of Dana, which means "pay what you choose", as an opportunity to put in the bowl what you value and can afford to keep the learning accessible. Participants are eligible for receipts from me, a registered social worker, to use for insurance reimbursement for the Dana that you give to attend any of our meditation sessions. If you would like this, feel free to attend, and just let me know, and I'll be happy to provide these to you. 

Weekly Meditation Classes- Wednesdays, 7:45-8:45 pm 
Meeting Room: Boomerang Pilates Studio, 3rd floor
Will include a short dharma talk, followed by 30 minutes of meditation. Each week we will explore a given Buddhist concept or principle, and then join in a variety of different meditation practices. There will be time to ask questions related to meditation practice each week. 

Integral Spirituality Discussion - Sunday, March 15, 2020, 7-9pm

Meeting Room: 3rd Floor, Office #5; meet in the waiting room till 7pm
Ken Wilbur has introduced the idea of Integral Spirituality, through his seminal book by the same name. Essentially, he inspires us to aspire to heightened states of enlightenment, but evenly matched by elevated stages of development. He shows a way to balance our conscious actions in both the spiritual world, but also the material world. RSVP to get a copy of the information we'll be discussion this time.

Death, Dying, & Community - 4th Thursday of each month- 7:00-8:30pm
Dates: March 26, 2020 - Supporting Children with Death
April 23, 2020 - Moving On From Traumatic Death Experiences
May 27, 2020 - Understanding MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying)
Meeting Room: Corner office #5 on the 3rd floor, Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue
Will continue the exploration of death and dying, and the various decisions one makes to prepare for death. The aim is both practical and existential, and is discussion based. The idea is that the more you prepare for death, the more joyful your life becomes. 
Awaken in Toronto Meetups
Awaken in Toronto Website
Awaken in Toronto Facebook
17th Death Cafe - Toronto West

Date/Time: June 2, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: The Bluebird, 2072 Dundas Street West at Howard Park Avenue

We look forward to another informal gathering for persons interested in telling stories and asking deep and profound questions related to death and dying. We sit in small groups of 4-5 and share as much as each person wants. We will be sitting outside on the patio at the back, weather permitting. Cost is free to join us, but you are responsible for paying for your own drinks.

RSVP is necessary to save a space at a table (
Death Cafe Flyer
Tiny Home Village

Are you interested in the Tiny Home Movement? Are you interested in purchasing your own Tiny Home one day? Would you like to be a part of a Tiny Home Village? Would you like to spend time with people interested in art, environment, and spirituality?  We may have found such a place! I am hoping to visit on March 8 and will share information once I've checked it out. Here's what it looks like they have:
  • 60 spots for Tiny Homes
  • $0 investment needed
  • $399/month + hydro for year round access
  • 52 acres of land with lake access
  • 1.5 hours from Toronto, probably in the Kawartha's
  • each site has hydro, sewage, and water
  • each person brings their own Tiny Home on Wheels (up to 250 sq ft)
  • personal space plus shared activities and amenities
If you'd like to attend the discussion on March 27, 2020, at 7:30pm following my road trip to discuss this possibility, send an email to be invited! 
Tiny Homes Village Discussion Flyer
RSVP to Discussion

Meditation Retreat - Moving from Transitions to Transformations
Dates: April 3-5, 2020
Place: Dharma Centre of Canada (2.5 hours north of Toronto near Kinmount)

What would it be like to spend a weekend contemplating, reflecting, and exploring the ways you can transform yourself and open a new chapter of your life?

Life is full of transitions. Maybe you’re ending a relationship. Or a career. Or simply aging and saying goodbye to a youthful body. Or maybe you’re just ready to let go of an old fear you’ve carried with you all your life.

Using both traditional meditation and modern exploration practices, we will embark on new journeys. We will move beyond powerlessness and look for the opportunities that transitions offer us. Together we will say goodbye to old, worn-out habits and limitations, and imagine new beginnings.

Rates: Friday-Sunday: $220.00 + dana for the teachings

For more information, please email, or check out

To view the Dharma Centre Website
To Register

More dates in the Fall 2020. Fees for either course are only $50 for 15 hours of classes. To get on the list to learn of fall courses, email

Introduction to Buddhist Counselling Module

The module is designed to provide basic Buddhist counselling skills to individuals with little or no clinical experience or training. It is intended to prepare participants to volunteer with Sangha members, friends, and family. No previous training is required. It includes learning about the following skills: attending, rapport building, use of silence, paraphrasing, reflecting, showing empathy, focusing the conversation, clarifying, appropriate questioning, and summarizing. Participants will learn to integrate Buddhist concepts into their supportive counselling conversations and will be encouraged to practice these skills in their many conversations. 

Contemplative Care at End of Life Module

The curriculum of this module will follow the training guidelines of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario for volunteers. It will help people to better prepare themselves to serve their Buddhist Sangha as well as friends/family needs. Students are expected to have completed or are completing the Introduction to Buddhist Counselling Module or its equivalent.

For More Information

Clinical Supervision and Consultation

I have 18 years of Clinical Supervision and Consultation experience, and I really enjoy working in groups. All sessions will be held at the Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue.

1. Monthly Clinical Group Supervision: 1.5 hours, $75, 2nd Friday of the month, 9:00-10:30am

- Reflective Practice model of supervision
- 3 month commitments for Jan-Mar 2020 and Apr-June 2020 $225
- limited to 3 or 4 persons

RSVP and payment is required in advance, as space is limited to 4 persons maximum. Send to

2. Bi-monthly Clinical Group Supervision: 1.5 hrs, $60, 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 12:30-2pm

- Reflective Practice model of supervision
- 3 month commitments for Jan-Mar, 2020 and  Apr-June, 2020 $360
- 4-8 persons

RSVP and payment is required in advance, as space is limited to 8 persons. Send to


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Life is for living and loving! Live slowly and be ready to die fast. 

Linda Hochstetler
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