Mother Earth Whispers is a unique opportunity for leadership, development and coaching for Organizations, Communities and Businesses. 

Our customized organizing system fosters success. We offer a wide range of private and inclusive workshops, training and coaching packages, all professionally designed based on your specific requirements. Combining contemporary and traditional methodologies guides effective leadership in our current economy. Essentially a reinvention of self within organizations positively leads the organization through transformative action. Incorporating Indigenous knowledge, values and teachings increase the emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and social intelligence of individuals rippling throughout the organization. Balance within oneself creates balance in the Organization.

Providing Services to:


Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations BC
Cowichan Tribes BC
Iskut First Nations BC
Dididaht First Nations BC
Ahousaht First Nations BC

Hesquiaht First Nation BC
Yellow Knife NWT
Fort Good Hope NWT
Tulita NWT
Kugluktuk NV
Iqaluit NV
Selkirk First Nations YK
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nations YK
Canoe Lake SK.
Ila La Crosse SK.
St. Theresa Point MB
Snaw naw as First Nation BC
Pacheedaht First Nation BC

Snuneymuxw First Nation BC

Stz'uminus First nation BC

Osoyoos First Nation BC

Kyuquot First Nation BC

Ehattasaht First Nation BC

Nuchatlaht First Nation BC


University of Toronto - Faculty

Vancouver Island University – Nanaimo BC
Royal Roads University – Victoria BC

LCW - Leading in a Culturally Diverse World - Lake Forest, IL USA

Nanaimo Child Development Centre - Nanaimo BC

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre – Nanaimo BC
Hii ye yu lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre – Duncan BC
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres – Victoria BC
Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre – Surrey BC
Port Alberni Friendship Centre – Port Alberni BC
Ila la Crosse Friendship Centre – Saskatchewan

Inter Tribal Health Authority - Nanaimo BC

Snuneymuxw First Nation Health

Stz'uminus First Nations Health
Central Island Multicultural Society – Nanaimo BC

Nenan Dane Zaa Deh Zona Child & Family Services – Fort St. John

Sasaaman Child & Family Services Society, Campbell River BC
Kwumut Lelum Child & Family Services, Snuneymuxw First Nation

Sasaman's Society - Campbell River BC

Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria BC
Archdiocese of Winnipeg MB
Roman Catholic Diocese of Mackenzie NWT
Roman Catholic Archdiocese Surrey BC

Coast Salish Employment & Training

Division of Family Practice - Nanaimo BC

GT Hiring Solutions

John Howard Society

Town of Ladysmith

The Federation of Community & Social Services of BC


Nunavut Government
Provincial Health Services Authority
Island Health
Yukon Government
Nanaimo Corrections Centre
Representative for Children and Youth


Division of Family Practice, Sechelt, 2016

17th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference 2016 -Kelowna BC

TLAFC – Increasing Cultural Competency 2014 - 2019
Advancing Leadership Practice & Possibility - RRU – Leadership Conference 2013 
Cardiovascular Metabolic Health & Wellness Update 2013 - Merck Canada & Lundbeck Inc.  
Diversity the Competitive Edge 2013 - Central Island Multicultural Society
Seasons of Health and Healing 2013 - VIU 
Community Wellness Initiative, 29 years consecutively - Cape Mudge BC 



About Mother Earth Whispers

With experience primarily in the non-profit sector, Courtney has worked in the human service field since 2005. Her training experience includes marginalized and Aboriginal populations ages 0-elderly as well as professionals and business owners. 
With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Care, and as a current Ph.D. candidate she works with a foundation of interpersonal skills, counselling, and activity-based learning. 
With a Master of Arts in Leadership, her consultation includes systems, conflict resolution, dealing with difficult clients, social services, personal development, and organizational development. Further services include statistics, research, and assessments. Courtney is of Coast Salish and European ancestry. Being raised with traditional spiritual tools of the local territories, she was introduced to workshops, training, and coaching with many different healers and teachers in alternative medicine including Chinese acupuncturists, local shaman, elders, medicine people, Reiki masters, and more. She is also a Reiki master and has been trained in medium and aura work and spiritual healing. In the past 5 years, she has continued to practice intuitive readings which are inclusive of Aura assessments and light meditation.

Tammie (Wylie) Myles, MA

Courtney Defriend, MA

Since 1996, Tammie’s consulting company works nationally with those impacted by trauma, abuse, and addictions in Aboriginal communities. Recently, Tammie was on the faculty of the University of Toronto, instructing online in the MSW - ITR program while continuing with contract opportunities. Prior to 2007 working towards reconciliation between the Catholic Church and Aboriginal people in Canada, provided a solid foundation in communication, leadership, and conflict resolution. Achieving a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership and Training, through Royal Roads University, enhanced her ability to expand her work in Leadership and Organizational Development by aligning valuable lessons learned in her previous intensive personal development work. Therefore, embedding indigenous knowledge, while simultaneously raising her emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual intelligence she continues to develop innovative approaches to leadership, mindfulness, and personal development to build strong teams. Further to contractual experiences, her past work comprises of Management of a large Non-Profit agency in Health, Social Services, Education, Justice, Culture, and Recreation for many years bringing proficiencies of strategic planning, budgeting, program development and design, curriculum development, instructing online learning, supervision, program evaluation, proposal writing and contract management. These past experiences, being a woman of Aboriginal/European ancestry and raising four children (now successful adults) as a single parent, while building a business, seeking higher education, and working full time, deepens her understanding for mindful reflection, the importance of raising "our" social intelligence and being present is essential in our currently demanding world. 

  • PhD in Relationship Dynamics, Sedona AZ - currently
  • Metaphysical Science, Sedona AZ, 2007-2017
  • Leadership 2020, Bowen Island July 2014
  • The ALIA Summer Leadership Intensive for Higher Education Leaders and Faculty, Tacoma, June 2014
  • Power and Systems, Systems Theory in Organizations, Boston MA, 2005
  • Satir Family Reconstruction Therapy, Practitioner, Instructor, Nanaimo, 2004-2005
  • State of The World Conference, World Leaders, San Francisco, CA, 1997