Ramping Back Up!

Summer has been awesome. Maybe my best summer in decades. I have really enjoyed spending so much time up at my cottage this summer. Sometimes hosting friends or family, and sometimes totally alone. I start each morning with a short swim across the lake, and try to squeeze in the perfect trifecta of a hike and a kayak paddle as well. Some mornings I'm accompanied by the pair of Great Blue Herons that live in the water lilies, and other times it's me and the many turtles. 

I'm trying out working remotely one week a month and driving back and forth from the city to the cottage most other weekends. While I hated commuting daily to Caledon several years ago for more than 2 hours each day, I enjoy these longer drives, and take advantage of the time to listen to podcasts and webinars. (If you have a favourite podcast to share with me, please do!)

It's been almost a year since my book was published, and it's been close to a decade since I've followed my passion deep into the study of Hospice Palliative Care and the many dying and death practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. I've become an expert and will continue to work passionately in this field for years to come. But at the exploration level, I find myself turning more to nature and the climate crisis that is upon us globally. My bedside table is filled with books about nature as a human right, connecting spiritually with trees, plants, and water, and appreciating the truth in the wisdom traditions of Buddhism and Indigenous spirituality.  You're sure to be reading more of that here in the months to come. 
'Last Aid' Public Education Course

'Last Aid' is a public education initiative that was created in Germany, and is "a concept built on the presupposition that palliative care knowledge should become a part of public education." Much like better-known 'First Aid' courses that help people save lives and minimize the threat of death, 'Last Aid' courses were created to help people help others die better. If you liked my book on the dying process, you'll love this course, as they dovetail well together.

The four modules of this oh-so-practical course are:
1. Dying is a part of life
2. Making provisions and decisions
3. Relieving suffering
4. Saying goodbye

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario has jumped on board to sponsor Last Aid training in Ontario, and eventually roll this program out to all of Canada. There will be many more opportunities to sign up for a FREE 3-hour public education training later in 2022 and into 2023. You can see options throughout Ontario on the HPCO website.

I will be co-leading with my death buddy, Dr. Julie McIntyre, a retired family doctor who specializes in Advanced Care Planning. Many of you already know her, and I'm told we're an awesome team of presenters. We've decided to offer the next session on line again, as it seems unclear what will be happening with the pandemic this fall.

Our next session will be held Thursday, October 6, 1-4pm. Please RSVP on EventBrite, as space is limited. Zoom details are provided with the registration process.

More about Last Aid
HPCO Website for More Dates

In Person Gathering!!!
Date: Monday, October 3, 2022
Time: 7-9 pm
Location: BlueBird Bar, 2072 Dundas Street West, Toronto

After 2 1/2 long years, the Death Cafe is planning to be held in person again. We have enjoyed the reach gained by meeting online and have extended our community throughout North America, but our local community of Roncesvalles in Toronto is needing to regroup and meet in person again. Caitlin, owner of the BlueBird Bar, is happy to invite us back. The lovely BlueBird Bar has a cozy outdoor patio in the back, where we hope to sit to discuss all things related to dying and death. If it rains, we'll meet inside. It still seems hard to plan a month in advance, but hopefully the outdoor venue will allow us to meet regardless of how bad the next round of Covid gets. 

For More Information
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Meditation Retreats In Person at the Dharma Centre of Canada
Location: Kinmount, Ontario
November 18-25, 2022
- Introduction to Vajrayana Buddhism: Basic Tenets, Tantra, and a Variety of Meditation Practices.
Come prepared to study many of the various Buddhist Lists (4 Noble Truths, 8-fold Noble Path, 3 Marks of Existence, 6 Paramis, 8 Poisons) and see how they hang together. Add in a Vajrayogini (a red, dancing energetic feminine energy) Wongkur ceremony to understand Tantra in an experiential way and participants are assured of returning home changed and invigorated. Students are encouraged to attend the full week, but you are also allowed to register for just the weekend or 2-7 days, beginning with the weekend. Attendees of the weekend will have the opportunity to attend the Vajrayogini initiation ceremony on Sunday. Registration for just the weekend, as well as the whole week, is now available. Register soon to ensure a spot, as spaces are limited and the retreat is already almost full. 


Awaken in Toronto Meditation Classes

After 2 1/2 years fully on Zoom, we are looking to have a mixture of classes in person and on Zoom. 

For Zoom classes every week:
Room: 3695356130
Password: 108108

For in person classes: 
September 19, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, December 7, December 21
Village Healing Centre, Boomerang Pilates, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Meet at the locked parking lot door at 7:30pm to be let into the building

I lead these classes with support from the other AIT senior students - Richard Clark and Bat Fung. All group classes are offered on the basis of Dana, which means "pay what you choose", as an opportunity to pay what you value and can afford and still keep the learning accessible. Dana can be sent by etransfer to or by PayPal to

Weekly Meditation Classes- Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm 
Will include a short dharma talk and opportunity for discussion, followed by 30 minutes of meditation. Each week we will explore a specific Buddhist concept or principle, and then join in a variety of different meditation practices. Classes are usually often in a series, but you can attend single classes as well. 

September 14 - October 5, The Purpose-Driven Life
October 12 - November 2, Becoming an Ecosattva
November 9 - December 7, Buddhism as a Wisdom Tradition
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Awaken in Toronto Meetups
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Dying, Death, & Community morphs into Quarterly Topics - Aging At Home Until...

After 6 years, I have decided to end this group, and move my attention to other areas. Thank you all for attending through the years. I have enjoyed your contributions and questions, and most of all your interest!

I will continue to offer occasional gatherings on similar topics, maybe quarterly. I'm also looking to move these groups to afternoons. My first such gathering will be on November 3, 2:00-3:30pm. The topic will be - 'Aging At Home Until..." Registration will be through EventBrite and a nominal fee of $10 is required. 

Private Practice - Online & In-Person Sessions
The pandemic has been tough on people, and even with the latest provincial rules removing all restrictions, many people are feeling vulnerable and not yet ready to meet in person. This applies to not only clients, but also many therapists! I'm enjoying the hybrid version of letting clients choose to meet in person or on line. This balance works well for them, and me too.

After 8 years in private practice, my practice is full, with a long waitlist. I will only make space in my practice for new clients looking for my illness, dying, death, and grief specialty. I enjoy doing EMDR for trauma, but at this point, have no room in my schedule for new clients for this. I am grateful beyond belief to all of you, my extended community, who have sent referrals to me over the last 8 years. Word of mouth seems to be most common ways of finding a therapist these days, and so many recent requests have all been sent by colleagues and friends. I'm still full, and won't consider new clients till the fall. I do have a large referral list of therapists that I know well (and often supervise), and will share this with people looking for a new therapist. 

Referrals to Other Therapists

Clinical Supervision and Consultation

I have 20+ years of Clinical Supervision and Consultation experience, and I really enjoy helping new therapists launch their private practices. I use a Reflective Practice model of supervision. The groups cover clinical questions, as well as self-employment guidance. Supervision is open to persons with varied clinical backgrounds. All sessions are held online for now.

Monthly Clinical Supervision Group: $75 for 1.5 hours, with maximum of 4 persons
I currently have 4 groups, and they are currently all full. If you would like to join a group, I will put you on a waitlist until there is space available in one of the groups.

Monthly BIPOC Clinical Supervision Group: 1.5 hours, with maximum of 4 persons
For 2022, I'm again offering a BIPOC Clinical Supervision Group to 4 therapists who are growing their own psychotherapy practices. I offer my clinical services for free to this group to provide one small and practical way of righting an imbalance in our society of bias and discrimination. We talk opening about race, power, and politics, and the way that this impacts individuals both seeking and offering therapy services. I'm already appreciating this new group and the richness of the discussions!

Note: I will be raising my fees for my Clinical Supervision Groups on January 1, 2023 from $75 to $90.
Village Healing Centre Website

One year since Book Publication - 21 Days to Die: A Canadian Guide to End-of-Life
I can't believe I'm coming up to my one year anniversary since my first book became available for purchase. My publisher tells me that sales continue to be strong, as the word slowly gets out about the practicality and helpfulness of this book. I'm so honoured to be an ongoing part of this discussion about doing death better than the last generation.

The best place for Canadians to purchase a book is still through my publisher, Sumeru. If you're in my neighbourhood of Roncesvalles in Toronto you can pick up a book at Another Story Bookshop, at 351 Roncesvalles, or stop by my office at the Village Healing Centre to buy one directly from me. 

To Purchase a Book

Shoreline Erosion Prevention Project Update

I have taken on the stewardship of my cottage land, and am deeply concerned with the soil erosion happening along the shoreline. I'm so excited to have found an organization that will help me with this. I met Chantal this week who came onsite to consult with me and plans to send me a personalized site plan next week. Next, she'll order 100+ trees, shrubs, berries, and wildflowers specially chosen for my location. I'll pick them up just before Thanksgiving and am looking for people who want to help me plant them that weekend, or possibly later in the fall as well. And the best thing about this is that all this great support is subsidized greatly and will cost me very little money. It's also available to others who own lake properties across Canada. It's supported by The Natural Edge, and was developed through Watershed Canada. 
Info about Natural Edge

I'm looking forward to another busy autumn, with lots of connections with so many of you, whether in person or virtually. I'm am grateful for my on going health and eligibility in the club of persons who don't believe they have ever gotten Covid. Here's hoping the Covid virus loosens its influence on our lives and we taste the sweet joy of anticipation and planning again. 

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Much love to all!
Linda Hochstetler
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