Leslie Chandler

Courage & Renewal Facilitator
Speaks English

Leslie is an Adult Educator and a Patient Education Specialist at an academic health sciences centre. She holds certificates in Applied Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Based Group Practice, and integrates mindfulness practices into her work and personal life. Leslie was certified as a Center for Courage and Renewal® facilitator with the first Canadian cohort. In 2021, she co-founded The Inside Outside Retreat Centre with certified Courage & Renewal® Facilitator Winifred Hunsburger. Their seasonal and nature-based retreats are held in a variety of indoor, outdoor and online settings, offering participants the protected time and space to step back from daily life, renew their spirits and move forward with integrity and grace.

Leslie is a settler on Treaty 13 Land, the traditional territories of many Indigenous Nations, and home to diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples from across Turtle Island. She is committed to honouring the history the land bears witness to, by responding to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and by walking lightly on the Earth.

Favorite quote

“A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.”

Welsh proverb

Book Recommendation

ANCIENT GREEN: Moss, Climate, and Deep Time (Emergence Magazine April 20, 2022)

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Where I'm Finding Inspiration

'The Lost Words: Spell Songs' is a multi-media project that includes stunning artwork, beautiful music, activities and more. It is all based around the notion of "Singing nature back to life through the power of poetry, art and magic". Check it out! Listen to the song "Lost Words Blessing". https://www.thelostwords.org/

What I Do For Fun, Rest, and Renewal

Swim. When I am in the water - preferably a northern Ontario lake - I am at my physical and emotional best. Calm, happy, at ease, and very grateful. I also love nature journaling (painting and sketching) as a way to decompress and connect with the natural world.