Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coaching Certificate Program Testimonials

For me, the [nurse] coaching skills to use as a CAM have been incredibly valuable. I absolutely love my interactions from the empowering relational way of interacting and have surprisingly found coaching to cure my own headaches. [This] is surprising and a wonderful bonus, telling me I am on the right track. I am currently enrolled in Level 2 Integrative Somatic Therapy which is trauma-focused and uses modalities such as breathwork, yoga, healing touch, mindfulness, somatic processing and music to help clients release energy that has been stored in the body from trauma. This is so far my passion based on my personal history and the major shifts I was able to make when a health practitioner finally used a modality to release stored energy in the nervous system from trauma. I will likely be creating my own business [or, practice)
Brandi Dunn, Cohort 5

Completing the Comprehensive Holistic Nurse and Nurse Coaching Certificate Program, with the Canadian  Institute of Integrative Nursing Development & Education (TheCIINDE), was one of the most  prolific and selfless decisions I have made in my nursing career. The program provided clarity  and supported my desire to uniquely express my passion, skill, and authenticity within my daily  nursing practice. The curriculum was well-rounded and comprehensive covering both the  technical aspects of nursing as well as the importance of holistic health and wellness in client  care. The instructors were always available and willing to provide guidance and support to the  students. This compassion made it easy to stay motivated and inspired throughout the program. 

Overall, the comprehensive program offered a wealth of knowledge applicable to the merger of  the mind, body and soul all-the-while “Reviving the heART of Nursing”. I highly recommend this program for any Nurse looking to reignite their passion and connection within themselves and the nursing profession.

Alicia Whitelock RN, BN, MSN, LNC, RNHHC

First I want to say thank you to all members/ colleagues of the CIINDE program: WoW! The content of this course is so well structured, informed, researched, and valuable! To be honest, I feel like this course is “the life rehab” I’ve desperately been searching for. I have asked my Healthcare support team for connections or resources like that of a “life” rehab center, but I never got a positive answer. As we are moving forward in the course, I’m realizing more and more this is exactly what I needed 3 yrs ago–when I found myself on medical leave. Taking this course has been challenging in the sense of relearning how to learn and to use parts of my brain that had been sleeping for a long time. It’s been a challenge, so far, but slowly and surely I’m moving forward. I’m so grateful and there are times I still can’t believe I found this! It’s like this course (Certificate in Holistic Nursing & Nurse Coaching) is validating me and my past journey of coming back to my true self…like a full circle. 
Thank you so much to you all who spent time and energy on researching/ creating/ assembling the contents of this course. In my opinion, subjects like these should definitely be talked about in schools. In my opinion, it’s the base/ foundation of life.
Joelle Ross, Cohort 5

After class #2, I found a deep sense of peacefulness within me. To the point of wanting to have a little nap. I found the activities, the seed planting, and the yoga paired with the journal prompting following, to be extremely moving. Some deep reflection, realizations and inner knowings surfaced for me following that class. It has been quite some time since I have slowed down, and been present in my life, and in my own body even. And the shifts that are already occurring within me, and around me (environment), since beginning this course have been quite profound.
It’s funny to see how easy it is to forget that when you take care of yourself, you can show up more wholly for others in your life.
I feel this program is developed in a way that allows each of us to have our own personal experience coming “home to oneself”, while we learn how to help our clients do the same. I am really looking forward to seeing how my connection with myself continues to deepen and grow as we move through this course together.
Kayla McKnight

Prior to this course I knew very little about the chakras. As the course went on I had been more intrigued in energy healing practices, trying reiki for the first time and picking up more information on what is meant by the chakras. It wasn’t until this class that I learned about deficiencies and excess of energy in this system, and how imbalance of the chakras can be related to illness and disease. I found this such an interesting concept that I strive to know more-I bought both books mentioned in this class! Knowing about the chakra system imbalances and signs and symptoms with ways to rebalance energy will be a great tool to supplement my holistic nursing assessments. Incorporating this knowledge into practice is part of the CIINDE Way to Nurse Coach because it aligns with Intelligent Energy Management.

Raelynn Swan

I never thought of how nursing can have such an impact on global health, but who better to represent and promote global health than nurses; this is what nursing is all about. How empowering these  women are! I am so grateful to have had the honour of hearing them speak. These woman (Dr. Barbara Dossey and Deva Marie Beck) are exceptional role models for all nurses!
Hearing how they have encountered hurdles, yet they never gave up is inspiring. Hearing them encourage us to start, even if we are not sure of ourselves, gives me the willingness to start. My journey will not be perfect, I will encounter some bumps in the road, but I will use them as learning opportunities.
Thank you for sharing!
Andre-Elaine Bernier

Empowered, excited, at ease, at peace, and joyful are just some of the emotions I have been [experiencing] so far in this course”. I AM SO GRATEFUL for this course, I can not say it enough. So far it has changed my mind set on a lot of things and the result is truly amazing. And I am SO GRATEFUL that I decided to restart the program internally and actually receive what it was providing. It really surprises me that they do not focus a large portion of nursing school around the self reflection journey.

“When I started this program it was hard for me to wrap my head around not focusing on [client’s] weaknesses, but rather on their strengths. Building a therapeutic relationship was never difficult for me, [but I felt like] I was basically there to pick out the weaknesses and try to ‘fix my client’s problems’, whether the person was willing or ready to change or not.

“I am able to handle and deal with obstacles in a more realistic view. It has opened my eyes to a much more beautiful world. Not only for myself but also for others”.

Alanna, Cohort 4

I did not know what to expect from the course, but I went in with excitement, a bit of fear of the unknown but a deep knowing it was the right path for me. The study was excellent, the instructors were terrific, and it was exactly what I needed to fall back in love with nursing. Furthermore, the ongoing support from the CIINDE community is felt and needed on this journey.

Natalie Sawyer, Cohort 3

This course will help ground you in your career, aligning your values with your current practice. You will be inspired to learn about how the system is beginning to transform and integrate holistic health, it is happening! Nurses are infinitely powerful agents of change!

Samantha, Cohort 4

Holistic nursing to me means looking at and connecting to my patient as a whole being, talking with and not to them. I am a visitor within their experience, as I adapt my support of them in the ways that they as an individual need on their health care journey. At its foundation, it begins with a mind shift into what we are doing and how we do it and it is shaped organically within the relationship that is formed. I wanted to grow my nursing skills in the direction of coaching because I see it’s importance to our communities…[and] it certainly is possible to incorporate into hospital practice.


I am one of the first students to graduate from The Ciinde Holistic Nurse Coaching Program. I have just published my website and want to introduce my independent practice Conscious Heart Nursing.

I currently work full time in hospital cardiac care and part time holistic nurse coach. I have been supporting clients with stress management, spiritual care and nourishing healthy self care habits. This month I published my website and hope to build my client base and join a local wellness establishment and or holistic wellness team in the near future. I have so much gratitude for the amazing nurses at The CIINDE and the beautiful souls that I’ve met thought this course!

Jennifer Glass

Conscious Heart Nursing

I absolutely can’t say enough about the Ciinde program and would love to share with the world what I’ve learned.  I would love to share my experience with [future students] if It means more [nurse] coaches and more clients having access to holistic care. Thanks so much for your well wishes and feedback, it was very encouraging and clear you took genuine care in learning about my experience. I have felt the attentiveness and understanding of the Ciinde Faculty throughout this program and couldn’t be more grateful.

Angela Wilkins

The CIINDE and the Institute provide excellent education on Holistic Nursing and health which can help prepare students to sit for the holistic nursing certification examination.

Margaret Erickson


Through this program (reflection), I have made the revelation that I can enjoy life right now…I have learned to incorporate micro-moments throughout the day…simply noticing my breath, the sounds around me, the feeling of my feet on the floor. I do quick body scans that help me notice and release where I am carrying tension (shoulders and jaw). I take time to be grateful, to notice the wonderful things around me…the immediate sense of calm I get when I get out of my mind [and, into my heart space] is truly amazing! I recognize that I have a finite amount of energy in my day and worrying about others–not being present–is detrimental to my own health. I am learning that life is meant to be lived now, that true peace, happiness, and calm are available now…it takes a shift in perception, a slowing down, and a sense of allowing.


This course has been the much-needed mirage in my desert-dry nursing career, and for that, I’m very grateful. This learning experience has created a sacred space for us nurses to “put our hair down” and feel the feelings and emotions that come with the profession. In my opinion, as we thaw out our sometimes hardened exterior and truly take in this experience as our authentic self, an internal shift occurs within us and would forever change the way we practice personally and professionally forever.

Lilian Cheung

An area where I have seen growth for me since beginning this course is in the fourth step of the 6-Steps to Investing in YOU: Self-Acceptance, Allowing & Transcending. The right to love and be loved starts with nourishing and loving oneself…my ‘sacred power’ is to remember the feeling of unconditional love and to make it more powerful than the voice of the inner critic and decrease the power or hold of limiting beliefs. Becoming more aware of this kind of thinking has definitely helped me connect self-love behaviors with healthy behaviors as they relate to optimizing my physical health and well-being. Being able to speak my story of my journey as a nurse and its impact on my physical health and well-being has been heightened in very positive ways during this course. This process has left me with an over-riding sense of “OKness”…I don’t know if this is even a word; however, it is what comes to mind as I move through this part of the journey with TheCIINDE Program(c).

Initially, I wasn’t sure how all the components would work in this course/assignment…I decided to trust the process…what I discovered is that this openness has allowed me to express at a deeper level…the nurse coaching process has somehow allowed me to access some emotional layers that I had thought I had already peeled away! I was not prepared for some of the places that I went [during this process]. This is new territory for me; however, I feel safe in doing this work with my [dyad] partners. I don’t think I was aware of the power of this assignment until I wrote it up. I can definitely see the benefit of this approach for myself as well as helping clients in the future.


Self-reflection is such an insightful process and truly a great service to self. The Self-Reflective Journaling Exercise in the Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coaching Certificate Program takes on a gentle and soft nurturing approach”. Finding self-compassion was a game changer for me. Softness, gentleness, settling in…this use to sound so weak to me! I have learned that self-compassion is true strength and I no longer think of it as selfish. Self-care has been transformed from spa days and hair salons to the everyday practice of choosing the thing that best nurtures my mind, body, and spirit. The Reflective Journal Workbook was the tool that allowed me to truly see with my eyes wide open!

Melissa Jardine-Ridley

… suddenly things clicked and I could see where this all might be taking me. I have been searching and asking and praying for clarity, and I have received an answer! I LOVE travelling and learning about other cultures… As a child, I dreamed that one day I would be travelling and helping people in faraway lands..I believe this is what >led me to nursing. I had no intention of becoming a nurse, but on a whim applied and received my acceptance 2 weeks before classes started. It was a similar occurrence with the TheCIINDE. I was attracted to the holistic nursing part of the program, but not really the coaching part of it, but I decided to just go for it. Now I have this vision of me moving my family to another country in ~5 years (possibly in South America) and using coaching to work with local women to identify their health needs and help them develop strategies and programs to improve the health of their community. When I think about this it feels scary, exciting, hard, but right. I honestly don’t think I would have gotten to this point or realization for a long time were it not for the self reflection, the conversations I’ve had with Dyad partners, and the work I have been doing as a result of this program!

Katie R.

Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you put into the course and for the support you showed to the cohort during our time together. It was a really good course, and I am grateful for the experience and the friendships made along this journey.  Wishing you all the very best and greatest success with the next cohorts through. Proud to be a graduate of theCIINDE! Much appreciation!


Very proud to be part of the first group of graduates. I encourage anyone interested in Holistic Nursing and Nurse Coaching to go to and register for the next course! One of the best decisions I’ve ever made!


It’s been an honour to be a part of the very first cohort and graduation class of the CIINDE’s Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coach course, the premier program of its kind in Canada. Thank you to the incredible faculty, my colleagues and now friends that I made along the way. A love of learning is one of my strengths and self-care tools, so being 27 weeks pregnant to having a 9 week old infant during this process was actually, quite perfect. It’s pushed me to grow in ways I needed, and I feel that growth in all of my family members! Here’s to the future of nursing, Holistic Nurses in Canada, and Nurse Coaching!


I’m proud to be a first cohort CIINDE graduate! Check out the amazing courses the CIINDE has to offer!


A part of history as graduates from a trailblazing institute set out to change the narrative! I was blessed to be coached by one of the graduates and if it is any reflection of the work The CIINDE is hoping to teach… then you will all leave a mark and help so many.


I am so honoured and proud to be a member of this inspiring group of women. But I’m mostly excited for the shifts we’re making to the Canadian nursing & healthcare professions. Follow TheCIINDE for all the latest news, events and updates in holistic nurse coaching or to see how you can get in on the movement!


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Wish the course was a bit more in depth/longer, but overall a good introduction! Cordelia is an excellent speaker and made online learning fun.

Student, Fall 2021 Class

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the course. Having taken nutrition courses before that aspect wasn’t new to me but Cordelia covered other topics that I hadn’t considered to be important when looking at nutrition, and that is the holistic aspect coming into play. Cordelia was approachable and energetic. Her passion for holistic nutrition is obvious and her content was informative and easy to understand.

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Cordelia is an amazing teacher who delivers interesting and engaging classes. This class is perfect for anyone looking to learn about holistic nutrition. I highly recommend it!

Emilia, Fall 2021 Class

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