self-care practice: a 4 week series

painting by my friend Margaret Ferraro

Earlier this year I invited people to have conversations with me about their relationship with their own mental health. One theme that surfaced was that most of us are aware of what supports our mental wellness … but we aren’t putting that knowledge into action, not even towards the things that we actually enjoy doing! This is true for me too!

I decided to share some of the practices and tools that I had been finding useful, for myself and in my work with others: this includes marrying guided Focusing meditation and the expressive arts. Both help us connect with ourselves, our emotional landscape and our perfectly-imperfect-humanness in a gentle, curious and sometimes surprising way.

For those who are new to me and this work, I have been coaching individuals and teams and facilitating public workshops for well over 20 years. This past year I have been experimenting with various online offerings: pop up sessions, a weekly drop-in practice, and more recently a 6 week pilot program this fall.

By request, I’m offering this 4 week series as an introduction for some and a continuation for others. Everyone is welcome. After registering you will receive a link to a few short introduction videos.

I think Linda’s leadership helped create a real atmosphere of kindness and inclusion

(or perhaps those were just the type of folks to show up).

self-care practice:
expressive arts & community based

“Linda held the group beautifully, gently encouraging participation, sharing her personal examples and stories to help illuminate ‘lessons’ and keep the energy flowing. ~ Debbie

Through a guided personal process, mini teach pieces, optional breakout groups and community reflections, we explore the nature of caring for ourselves, what helps and what hinders our own path. It all starts with a pause… an invitation to connect with yourself, with patience and compassion.

This is an opportunity for you to:

  • learn about yourself and explore the cues from your body
  • feel supported and part of a community
  • start/continue the ball rolling on a sustainable self-care practice for yourself

The program includes:

  • several short video’s introducing me, my approach and the materials you might want to have on hand.
  • four live, online, weekly guided practice sessions
  • discussions and mini teach pieces around change and transition and personal development woven in
  • small group breakout sessions (optional)
  • a small cohort; maximum of 12 per program time/day
  • audio recordings of the guided mediation part with which to practice with between our sessions
  • the occasional handout with a few aligned resources

I am in the process of creating a few introductory videos that will give an overview of my approach.
Contact me if you would like the link to those once they are ready.

Choose one of these three day/time offerings:

Sunday 10 – 11:30 AM (EST) Nov 21 – Dec 12

Monday 12 – 1:30 PM (EST) Nov 22 – Dec 13

Monday 8 – 9:30 PM (EST) Nov 22 – Dec 13

We will meet via Zoom and a link will be sent to you after registering. You are welcome to keep your cameras and mics on or off as you feel comfortable or as your internet allows. I encourage you to use a computer or tablet rather than your phone if at all possible.

Investment :

Sliding scale:
$100 to $150 based on your ability to pay.
(Taxes are included)

Please register through our contact form, by Friday, November 19,

indicating which group you wish to attend.


I feel like Linda is deeply sincere in her desire to support others in exploring and understanding themselves better. I felt respected, honoured, reassured/validated by Linda’s facilitation and the content she chose to share with us.

~ Debbie

Linda always has a way about her that is very appealing to me.
Light-hearted and playful (always smiling, offering laughter,
out the small things that bring her joy) while at the same time,
bringing up a sense that she is quite serious about her approach
and is fully there for you.

~ Mary

Amazing facilitation and tools. Linda knows her stuff!

~ Anonymous


Linda Vanderlee, M.A. is a change facilitator who coaches individuals and teams who want to make a difference. Her inviting, creative, non-judgmental approach helps each person and group tap into what matters most. She believes in the power of creative self-expression – for connection, fun and health. Linda renovated her century old barn (near Wakefield, Quebec) into a welcoming workshop/meeting space and home. While in-person gatherings are paused she is busy moving her workshops and programs to an online format. A favourite form of self-expression for Linda is that of song writing and performing.



“I have known Linda for over 10 years. What she does is amazing! Spend 5 minutes with her, and your life will change.”

~ Federal government director and long-term client