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What Path Are You Choosing?

After my big shake up, things are settling down again. And I like where they've landed. I've made some good choices, like choosing to go back to full-time private practice. I feel like my path is opening up again. I spend a lot of time with clients helping them listen to their inner voice that tells them what they want. We aren't trained to listen to this voice. After we outgrow the child voice that needs others to provide safety and protection, we aren't told to switch over to the adult voice and to value our own wants. So I'm walking the talk and spending lots of right brain time in creative writing and painting. And silence. Lots of time just being with myself. I remind myself that I need to lead by example. Having earned the right to be a leader and an elder, I am reminding myself and others that our paths may change and we are never too old to change paths. What path are you choosing to take today? Is it one of old patterning and stability, or is it one of risk and adventure? To live is to risk, and I want to live fully. 
 

Private Practice is open again!
COACHING & COUNSELLING SERVICES
My private practice is hopping again. I am enjoying seeing individuals, couples, and a few families. I'm open to a wide range of issues, everything from anxiety/depression, relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, and of course anything related to illness, death, & dying. 
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
I am recently EMDR trained and have begun accepting new clients specifically looking for EMDR for PTSD and trauma. I also am finding it helpful for a wide range of issues related to anxiety, anger, and overwhelm. I often add a few EMDR sessions to our usual talk-therapy and it is transformational. I am specifically hoping to offer it in coming months for persons interested in applying it to a fear of death. 
CLINICAL SUPERVISION
I have 17 years of clinical supervision experience, and I am available for both individual or group clinical supervision. My supervision qualifies for psychotherapists applying to the CRPO college. Rates are the same for clinical supervision as other counselling services. There may be a group starting up in May on Saturdays that might have a space or 2 available in it.

Village Healing Centre Website

MULTI-FAITH PRISON CHAPLAINCY Day of Learning & Sharing

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Cres. East, Toronto

The Role of Multi-Faith Chaplaincy in the Rehabilitation of Inmates and their Re-integration in the Community Panel Discussion (10:15 am to 11:15 am)

Providing Trauma-Informed Care to Inmates and Ex-inmates Workshop (11:30 am to 1:00 pm) Facilitators: Ms. Linda Hochstetler, Social Worker & Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW Roshi Taigen Henderson, Buddhist Prison Chaplain. I will be explaining Polyvagal Theory and how it applies to trauma-informed treatment. 

Spiritual Care in Prison: What is needed, what works and what doesn’t? Roundtable (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm) 

Tickets: $30 (includes lunch and refreshments) For inquiry or ticket purchase: Email ut.bccs@gmail.com or Call 416-910-4858
Flyer for this Event

Why a Tiny Home?
I hope you're not one of those persons who thought I sold my house and moved full-time into my Tiny Home. Well, actually, I like it that some of you actually think I would do something that audacious. But no, for now it's just a weekend thing. An occasional visit and brief day of simplicity.

If you've been wondering what living in a Tiny Home is all about, check out my blog. It's got a few posts already, and is still coming along, and you can get a sense of what motivates me to choose Tiny Home living. I'd love to see some engagement with the blog to keep me motivated to write it, so please leave comments and questions, and consider subscribing to on-going posts.

My Tiny Home Blog

Death Cafe #13
Date: April 2, 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: The Bluebird, 2072 Dundas Street West at Howard Park Avenue
We had a lovely turnout for our last Death Cafe on February 6, and enjoyed some profound conversations and made incredible connections once again. However, it was held on one of those infamous Wednesday Snow Storms, and many persons couldn't make it out. So we agreed to hold another one soon - now scheduled for Tuesday, April 2.
 
This informal gathering is 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. 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 (lindafhochstetler@gmail.com).

Death Cafe - Leaside
Date: Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Humphrey's Funeral Home, 1403 Bayview Avenue at Eglinton
I have been invited to host a Death Cafe at a new location that is being sponsored by Better Living Health & Community Services. Please consider joining us at this new site to launch their efforts to encourage the conversations on death and dying. 
RSVP is necessary to save a space at a table (lindafhochstetler@gmail.com).

Death Cafe Website
CBC Radio Podcast about Death Cafes

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.

1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays - 6:30-7:30pm - Meditation class.
Dates: April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, May 30
Meeting Room: Middle Room on the 2nd floor, opposite the Yoga Studio
Will include a dharma talk for the first 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of meditation. I will incorporate some concentration meditation practices, like mantras or loving kindness, with some time for insight questions. From 7:30-8:30, you are encouraged to stay afterwards and engage in asking questions and commenting on the practice.

2nd Thursdays - 7:00-8:30pm - Abundance Practices. NEW!!!
Dates: April 11, May 9

Meeting Room: Corner office #5 on the 3rd floor
Will consist of a theme for the evening with lots of time for group discussion and input. Maybe some writing exercises, or reflection time. Or watching a YouTube video or podcast together, followed by a discussion about how to bring that aspect of abundance into your life. Our topic in April will be abundance of SAVINGS. Possible future classes might be financial, love, clarity of purpose, sexual appreciation, or other suggestions by attendees for areas of abundance to grow into.

4th Thursdays - 7:00-8:30pm - Death, Dying, & Community
Dates: April 25, May 23

Meeting Room: Corner office #5 on the 3rd floor
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. There is an opportunity to share information amongst the group if you have your own area of expertise. A theme will selected for the evening, with relevant materials and handouts provided. Sure to be thought provoking. The idea is that the more you prepare for death, the more joyful your life becomes. The April topic will be Difficult Conversations. 


 
Awaken in Toronto Website
Awaken in Toronto Facebook
Awaken in Toronto Meetups

Meditation Classes - 3 Pillars of Buddhist Thought  

Dates: Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of each month 
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm; optional discussion 7:30-8:30pm
Place: Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue 
(enter at the back of the Howard Park United Church parking lot)
Room: Middle Room on Main Floor, opposite Yoga Village; enter door to church from parking lot


What are the core pillars of Buddhist thought? There are many different Buddhist traditions, that vary culturally, but they all agree on 3 basic principles - impermanence, suffering, and no-self. These are also called the "3 marks of existence", and together they describe the whole meaning of life. In this series of 4 classes, we will look at these 3 pillars one by one. The final class will consider how these pillars relate to the view of death and what happens after one's final breath. If you think you might be a secret Buddhist and want to see how your views line up, come out and join us.


As always, these meditation classes include basic mindfulness techniques including noticing thoughts, feeling, and perception, but are "beyond mindfulness" in that they include challenges to some of the limiting observations. They are great for persons who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation but would like a bit deeper dive now. Each class includes a 30 minute silent meditation practice time. Suitable for beginners to advanced, ages 12+. Attendance at single sessions is permitted, but you'll get the most out of it by attending the whole series (March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2) . Classes are offered on the basis of Dana, which is also "pay what you choose", which allows you to pay what you value.

Meditation Classes - 5 Things to Say at End of Life & Also Every Day 

Dates: Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of each month 
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm; optional discussion 7:30-8:30pm
Place: Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue 
(enter at the back of the Howard Park United Church parking lot)
Room: Middle Room on Main Floor, opposite Yoga Village; enter door to church from parking lot


As one gets closer to the end of their life, conversations matter more. Dr. Ira Byock, a Palliative Care Doctor, teaches 5 crucial conversations for families to have as death approaches - Thank you, I forgive you, Please forgive me, I love you, and Good bye. These conversations don't need to be saved for the end. They can be practiced every day and can help relationships deepen by putting into words ideas that often just stay in our heads. Each week we will focus on one of the conversations and who in our current lives might benefit from hearing these words.


As always, these meditation classes include basic mindfulness techniques including noticing thoughts, feeling, and perception, but are "beyond mindfulness" in that they include challenges to some of the limiting observations. They are great for persons who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation but would like a bit deeper dive now. Each class includes a 30 minute silent meditation practice time. Suitable for beginners to advanced, ages 12+. Attendance at single sessions is permitted, but you'll get the most out of it by attending the whole series (May 16, May 30, June 6, July 4, and July 18) . Classes are offered on the basis of Dana, which is also "pay what you choose", which allows you to pay what you value.
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Meditation Retreat - Awakening Through Relationships
Dates: May 10-12, 2019
Time: Begins Friday at 8pm and goes till Sunday at 3pm
Place: Dharma Centre of Canada (2.5 hours north of Toronto near Kinmount)

"We believe one of the purposes of a spiritual community is to foster relationships that orient around our spiritual practice and development." - Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, in Wasteland to Pureland; Reflections of the Path to Awakening. 

Learning to work with both the Self and its relationship to Other can be frustrating, challenging, but also deeply liberating. This retreat uses activities and explorations related to our various relationships to see our patterns of how we choose to show up. And together we will lean into the connections that arise as we truly support and trust these relationships. 

To view the Dharma Centre Website

Events Led by my Buddhist Teachers - Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat

Riding the Dragon - Awakening in Modern Life

A Four Week Online Course | Starts June 3, 2019

How do we integrate our spiritual practice with the demands of modern life? As more of us embrace contemporary spiritual paths, we are co-creating ways to make it viable, attractive and powerful.

This series of webinars is offered by my Buddhist meditation teachers, Senseis Doug Duncan & Catherine Pawasarat. Webinars will take place live on Monday evenings 9:30-11:00pm (7:30-9:00pm MT). Recordings are also available to listen to or watch at other times throughout the week if that time is too late to watch live.

To Register

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Much love and inspiration to live your life fully!

Linda Hochstetler

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