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Have an awesome 2020!

Life unfolds in layers. Sometimes slowly over decades. Sometimes a bit faster like years. And sometimes moment to moment, like clouds on a mountain.

I've just returned from my annual (4th time!) 2 week silent meditation retreat in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Once again it feels like the perfect place to push ahead into new territories of mind exploration, rather than getting lost in the consumption world that is December in most other parts of the country.

I feel gratitude for the opportunity to reflect on the year past, and to notice the changes... more personal satisfaction in my private practice... more enjoyment in life without children at home any longer... deeper connections with Richard, my life partner... greater appreciation for the friends, colleagues, and Sangha members (spiritual friends) who are a part of this second half of my life... a sadness, but recognition of 
changes that aging brings... and an overall feeling of richness for life experiences still ahead. 

Here's hoping you'll be accompanying me in my 2020 year, and together we'll make it an awesome one!!!

Introduction to Buddhist Counselling Module
Taught by Linda Hochstetler, MSW RSW
10 Saturdays; January 18 – March 28, 2020; 3:30-5:00 pm (No class on Feb 15)

The winter 2020 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.

This module 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. 

Registration fee is $50. Please send completed application form to by January 11, 2020

Contemplative Care at End of Life

Taught by Linda Hochstetler, MSW RSW, Stephen Hudecki, MA RP, Kitty Wong, RN, and other speakers
10 Saturdays; January 11 - March 28, 2020 1:30-3:00 pm
First Saturday, Jan 11, 1:30-4:30 pm
Orientation to Buddhist Hospice Palliative Care  – Hart House (Debate Room), U of T St. George Campus, 7 Hart House Circle
Nine Subsequent Saturdays, Jan 18 to Mar 21, 2020, 1:30-3:00 pm (no class on Feb 15) – 33 High Park Gardens

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.

Registration fee is subsidized and costs only $50, thanks to donations to the Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada. 

The fall module on Introduction to Buddhist Counselling, or its equivalent (such as HPCI Hospice Training), is a pre-requisite for this second module. 

For More Information or To Register

Clinical Supervision and Consultation

I have 17 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

Buddhist Group Supervision: Online, 1.5 hrs every 2 weeks, $80
Date and Time TBD

This will be our 3rd session of a special group supervision expressly to help individuals connect their personal Buddhist practice to their professional psychotherapy practices. It included Buddhist practitioners from the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions.

Toronto Centre for Applied Buddhism

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 have provided many EMDR psychotherapy sessions for persons with PTSD and trauma histories. 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 love having a body-centred psychotherapy to help people access their feelings and stored negative memories. I am 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. 

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.

I recently learned it is possible to give receipts from me, a registered social worker, to you 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, January 19, 2020, 7-9pm

Location: TBD
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. I will prepare a short summary of Integral Spirituality for those that are new to the topic. and then this gathering will be open for a discussion, with contribution from anyone else attending.

Day of Practice - Including a Chenrezig Wongkur and Initiation Ceremony - Sunday, February 9, 2020, 10am-4pm
Meeting Room: Boomerang Pilates Studio, 3rd floor
Today is an invitation to commit to a longer period of meditation and silence, to allow for deeper realizations. The day will begin with a celebratory Chenrezi Wongkur initiation ceremony to increase compassion led by Lama Linda. Prayers and chants practiced over the last 4 weeks of classes will begin the ceremony. For those new to this Vajrayana ritual, an explanation and Q & A time will follow the ceremony. It is a joyful and playful ceremony that generates great merit for attending and participating.

Performing Chenrezi mantras and visiualizations are the first step of Vajrayana Foundation Pratices. The rest of the day will include hourly sits to allow for Chenrezi practice. An introduction to other Foundation Practices will be also be included throughout the day. Peace and calm and greater compassion are sure to follow you out the door as you head home.

Death, Dying, & Community - 4th Thursday of each month- 7:00-8:30pm
Dates: January 23, 2020 - Typical Trajectories of Illnesses and February 27, 2020 - Choosing Power of Attorney Roles

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

Death Cafe #16
Date: February 12, 2020
Time: 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. 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 (

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? Maybe one focused on art, environment, and spirituality?
The latest collection of vision ideas is:

  • 8 individuals/couples
  • $50,000 investment each
  • purchase a property together for less than $400,000
  • find 2+ acres of land on a lake (or possibly a large river)
  • less than 2 hours from Toronto, probably around Peterborough or the Kawartha's
  • each person also purchases their own Tiny Home on Wheels (up to 28 ft long)
  • share the central cottage with 2-3 bedrooms, full kitchen, bathroom with shower, and laundry
  • personal space plus shared activities and amenities

If you're ready to sign on, or maybe just want to check out who we are, come out and join the discussion. 

Flyer for this Event
My Tiny Home Blog
Tiny Home Village 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

I send news only once every few months.  This is my first newsletter for 2020. However, if you want to be removed from this list, please know, and I have no problem if you Unsubscribe.

Make 2020 your best year yet. Regardless of your age, know that life is short, and there are no practice lives. 

Linda Hochstetler

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