Heather Hendrie

Residence Coordinator

I was called to Quest from Algonquin Park, Ontario, where I worked as a Clinical Counsellor and Wilderness Therapist. Through a year interning in the Quest counselling center I fell in love with the student body and the land upon which Quest sits. I began offering my “walk and talk” counselling sessions on the trail and in the forest. As a result, I have since launched my own private practice in Wilderness Therapy and Clinical Counselling in Squamish. So I leapt at the opportunity to return to Quest to support Student Life and the community as Residence Coordinator in the Red Tusk building.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I spent 20 years as an environmental educator, social and environmental justice crusader, emcee and on-site tour coordinator (with the Banff Mountain Film Festival), and wilderness and international tour guide through Europe, North America and South America. I moved to Squamish upon completion of my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy program from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. This Buddhist-inspired program informs my mindfulness-based, somatic (body) and nature-based healing modalities.

Prior to my graduate studies, I completed a degree in Kinesiology, specializing in Outdoor Pursuits (awesomely called: ODPU. Yes, that’s pronounced “odd poo”). I’ve consistently been passionate about people and place — I feel extremely lucky to be able to weave these interests together in the woods through my therapy practice. It’s a blessing to be able to accompany people in their “aha” moments.

It’s worth noting that I self-published an illustrated copy of Attacked by Killer Tomatoes at seven years old 😉 and have written prolifically since. I maintain blogs at heatherhendrie.com and truenaturewildernesstherapy.com. Feel free to join in and follow along for the ride – and on campus, please pop by to say hi, I’m excited to get to know you!


Quest University Canada is suspending regular academic programming following
completion of the current academic year in April 2023.

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