Occupational Therapy (OT) Education and work experience

  • B.Sc. OT 1989-1993, Queens University, Kingston On, Canada
  • OT on Palliative Care, Chronic Care and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Units Freeport Hospital, Kitchener On, Canada, May 1993-May 1994
  • OT on Dementia and Palliative Care Units, St. Peter's Hospital Hamilton On, Canada, 1994-1995
  • OT at Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programme, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton On, Canada 1995-2002
  • Sacred Circles, Healing Hands, Independent Practitioner, Hamilton On, 2006-2009 & Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island Canada, 2010- Feb 2012
  • Oceanside Pathways 2 Wellness-Holistic Health Services, Independent Practitioner, Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada March 2012- present.

To learn more about 
Occupational Therapy:
www.caot.ca, and
www.COTBC.ca

To learn more about Reiki:
www.reiki.ca

To learn more about Labyrinths:
www.veriditas.net
www.labyrinthnetwork.ca
www.labyrinthsociety.org​

About Holly

Holly Carnegie Letcher BSc (OT) is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) and has been practising for 20 years +. She works in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia on Canada's beautiful Vancouver Island.  Holly began her private practice Sacred Circles, Healing Hands, in Ontario and her practice has now evolved into Oceanside Pathways 2 Wellness- Holistic Health Services.  She presently sees clients in her home office, at Qualicum Commons, as well as providing offsite and home-visits and Labyrinth Health and Wellness Workshops in the community. She works with clients of all ages.

Holly has experience in palliative care, dementia care and Psychosocial Rehabilitation.  She is a life-long learner and has continued to enhance her skills and compliment her OT practice. Some of Holly's early training includes: NDT(Neurodevelopmental Treatment) and CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Dr. Donald Meichenbaum.  Her most recent training over the past ten years includes: Energy Medicine and Healing Arts techniques with Dr. Sharon Forrest, Laughter Yoga Leader certification, Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Certification with Dr. Lauren Artress, 1st and 2nd Degree in the Traditional Usui System of Reiki Healing, EFT(r) (Emotional Freedom Techniques),  and Dr. Marshall Rosenberg's Compassionate Communication/NVC with special interest in Peace Education in the schools.

Both Physical and Emotional Pain Management and Accessibility have been a primary focus with recent Chronic Pain Self-Management Leader Training through the Institute of Aging and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria and  Best Practice Chronic Pain Management and Assessment for Occupational Therapists at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists National Conference in Banff, 2016.   

Holly incorporates Labyrinths, Reiki and many other tools into her Holistic practice; considering mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. 

To learn more about Nonviolent Communication/Compassionate 
communication:
www.cnvc.org

To learn more about Emotional Freedom Techniques ( EFT r)
www.emofree.com

To learn more about Laughter Yoga
www.laughteryoga.org 

Wishing you Peace, Joy, Health and
​Healing on your Path, Holly

Other Skills & Training

  • NDT I &II - Freeport Hospital, Kitchener On, 1993
  • CBT with Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton On, 1996
  • Reiki 1st and 2nd degree- Usui Shiki Ryoho method initiated by Reiki Master Ellen Sutherland 2004/2005
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFTtm)training levels 1 &2 completed Oct 2007
  • Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator Training with Dr. Lauren Artress, June 2008
  • Non-Violent Communication/compassionate communication training (NVC-by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg) taught by Henry Wai 2008/2009
  • Ongoing Labyrinth learning "Living an Authentic Life" with Dr. Lauren Artress, Chartres France May/June 2010
  • Ho'oponopono (forgiveness/reconciliation) technique with Dr. Sharon Forrest, Sept 2011
  • Laughter Yoga Leader Training  Certification, Oct. 2011
  • CCMBA, CCSMC & Black Pearl with Dr. Sharon Forrest, Jan. 2012
  • 14 Day Intensive "Results Guaranteed" Certification Training, Sept 2012 with Dr. Sharon Forrest
  • Yuen Energetics-Chinese Energetic Medicine-Yuen Method (tm)Introductory and Level 1,  with Colette Stephan, January 2013
  • Co-Chair of the 15th Annual International Labyrinth Society Gathering Planning Committee 2013, Labyrinths for Global Healing, Landscapes for the Soul, Vancouver Island BC, Canada.
    ​Sept 16-22nd.

  • Journey to Peruvian Andes to learn from the Paqo Andino Wisdomkeepers, September 2014
  • Transformational Healing with Dr. Robbie O'Dwyer, January 2015
  • ​Chiron Medicine Horses Wayshow-9 month course of Practical Instruction with Halliday Walsh, chironmedicinehorses.ca July 2015-March 2016
  • ​ Best Practice Chronic Pain Management and Assessment for Occupational Therapists Pre-Conference Workshop, CAOT National Conference, April 18-19, 2016, Banff, Alberta 
  • ​Acutonics tm Level 1 Sound Gates to Meridian Harmonics with  Ron Laplace, May 2016
  • Acutonics Harmonic Geometry: The Fibonnacci Process with Ron Laplace, May 2016
  • ​Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, Program Leader Training completed October 2016 at Campbell River, BC.  University of Victoria,/Institute of Aging and Lifelong Health Program in collaboration with Stanford University
  • ​Facilitated Vancouver Island Labyrinth Pilgrimage in cooperation with Bethlehem Centre, September 2017
  • ​Co-Chair of  Universal Access Qualicum Beach (UAQB), a table of The Qualicum Community Education and Wellness Society (QCEWS), www.qcews.com November 2016-present
  • ​Trauma Informed Practice with Occupational Therapist Kim Barthel, May 2018
  • ​Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Maté, May 2018

Conference Presenter:

Laughter and Labyrinths: Just for the Health of it! The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering October 2012, Wisconsin, USA

The Labyrinth: Symbol, Tool and Space for Building Sustainable Peace in Education and Beyond.  International Peace Research Associations 25th General Conference, August 11-15, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

Building Our Therapeutic Equine Labyrinth. ​The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering, October 2015, Waycross, Indiana, USA.

Learning Stress Management Tools that Enhance the Labyrinth Experience. ​The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering, November 2016, Houston, Texas, USA.

​Nature's Gifts of Meaning, Messages, Mystery and Miracles-Stories from the Labyrinth.​ The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering, September 2017, Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA.




“My work began at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programme at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario and has evolved into my private practice Oceanside Pathways to Wellness- Holistic Health Services in Qualicum Beach, BC.  As an OT, I offer group Health & Wellness Workshops on the Labyrinth. I also work one on one  and provide follow-up.  I  have OT work experience in Palliative Care, Dementia Care, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and  Post-traumatic stress.

As part of my more recent ongoing personal and professional learning and growth;  Laughter Yoga Leader  Training has brought a wonderful dimension of  laughter exercises and breath work to my  clients. Energy Medicine has also been an area of interest and study. I completed intensive Labyrinth Facilitator Training with Dr. Lauren Artress in June 2008. I completed further learning at the Chartres Labyrinth in France in May 2010 “Living an Authentic Life”.

I have been continuing my Communication and Peace Education studies with a main focus being on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication/Compassionate Communication and Naomi Drew’s Win/Win guidelines. I have spent many volunteer hours working with children and adults sharing these tools. In November 2009, I presented at the McMaster University International Peace Conference, sharing Labyrinths with Educators and students.

My training as an Occupational Therapist has always been the foundation of my practice. I have been a member of CAOT (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists) since 1993.  I have been in good-standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and most recently COTBC. I have integrated Labyrinth work into my practice over the past 10 years. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to co-found theSt. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Labyrinth Committee; to be connected with the Toronto Labyrinth Network, The Labyrinth Society and Veriditas. I feel grateful for all the wonderful Labyrinth interest and connections in my new home on Vancouver Island.

I also offer Reiki as a healing modality within the scope of my OT practice, if indicated. Reiki is also a very important part of my personal daily practice and I am continuously stretching and growing and challenging myself as I share this loving forgiving, healing energy with myself, my family and my community.

My experience is that we are all interconnected.

Sometimes we walk together on  this circular path of life, sometimes we pass each other on the path and sometimes we walk at a distance…. we are all together somewhere on this journey, with the same basic set of needs. "