Lineke Heus, ND, MSc, PT

As an introduction I would like to divulge a bit about myself to you. I was born and raised in the Netherlands; a country you may know for its tulips, wooden shoes, windmills, and a guy that stuck his finger in the dyke to stop it from leaking. Or you may have heard of its liberal views on matters like abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage and legalized cannabis. While I’m certainly a product of this open minded culture, when I think of my home country, I think of the lakes where my dad taught me sailing, the vast network of bicycle lanes that connects each and every part of the country, and meeting friends over “koffie verkeerd” (café-au-lait) on a patio on one of the many picturesque squares or canals of downtown Amsterdam.

My work as a physiotherapist, medical anthropologist, and Naturopathic Doctor took me across the world (China, Malawi, Canada), and I have encountered and studied many traditional, spiritual and religious healing traditions, which helped me open my mind to see beyond the western bio-medical model, and understand how each approach has a role to play, depending on each individuals unique needs and characteristics.

There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle”. Albert Einstein

In my work I combine academic knowledge accumulated over a total of 10 years of University studies, with a healthy dose of common sense, open mindedness and “life wisdom”.   I’m also a keen student of sustainable living principles, like permaculture, natural housing and energy sources, and living in community. I spend half of the year at an intentional community and retreat centre in Northern Italy, and the other half in Ontario, Canada.  In my free time you can find me enjoying outdoor sports, rock wall climbing, yoga and mindfulness meditation. 

My first 10 day silent meditation retreat in 2005, made me realize (experientially) the healing power of the mind. Contrary to what I had known thus far, this source of knowledge had nothing to do with books and academics, but rather with a deep connection to my own inner self and intuitive knowing. This realization fueled another stream of retreats, courses and workshops in various energy / mind-body medicine modalities (Reiki, psychosomatic therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy). The aftermath was that I found my work as a Clinical Research Specialist at Toronto’s St Michaels Hospital (see Publications) no longer fulfilling, albeit financially rewarding. I needed to integrate my analytical mind with my inner healer – which lead me to become a Naturopathic Doctor.

Take some time. Treat yourself. You deserve it.