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Jill Candlish

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I’m an energetic, outgoing, friendly person; passionate about engaging with friends, family, nature and creative expression. I embrace the philosophy of life-long learning and believe in following our passions to achieve our greatest purpose. Currently, I’m thriving on being a  learning consultant in the alternative education field. I often share my lifestyle and travel experiences through writing in my local paper and my travel blog, I explore expanded states of creativity and consciousness through holistic bodywork, dance, yoga, meditation, music improvisation, conversation, reading and writing poetry.

One of my foremost passions is the subject of my recently completed Masters thesis with the Transformative Learning Foundation – ‘Sustaining a Vibrant Intimate Romantic Relationship as a Pathway contributing to the Evolution of Human Consciousness’.  I’ve maintained my own 40-year marriage by supporting meaningful communication, shared emotional and physical intimacy, equality and freedom to pursue individual goals. I continually choose my partnership as an opportunity for growth as well as wonderment, and I consider its success as my greatest achievement. 

Thesis Abstract

The Art of Intimacy: An Inquiry into Sustaining Vibrant, Intimate, Romantic Relationship As a Pathway to Contributing to the Cultural Evolution of Integral Consciousness

The impetus for improving personal romantic relationships has been gaining momentum in modern times concurrent with the breakdown of the sustainability of long-term marriage. In this paper, I look at the connection between the advancement of relationship skills and the evolution of cultural values. I provide an overview of how the movement toward gender equality has a significant influence on the development of sustainable vibrant marriage, and how the evolution of human consciousness has contributed to this movement. I explore conversations around intimacy, emotional intelligence, feminine and masculine aspects of being, and the changes in attitudes necessary for a new worldview to emerge wherein the prospect of sustaining vibrant romantic relationship becomes more prevalent. This paper describes the emerging values of a new social order, one that moves beyond a domination style of relationship and toward a respectful partnership approach to relationship. I summarize how this could be a most desirable and beneficial cultural model.

Read my complete thesis (pdf) here.


  • Bachelor of Education, UBC, 1979

  • Masters of Transformative Learning, The Transformative Learning Foundation, 2019

Interests and Specialties

  • Relationships, Mentorship, Music, Dance, Writing, Natural birth, Nature, Mountain Biking, Travel and Culture.


  • Hornby Island, BC, Canada


  • Fluent in English, conversational in French and Spanish.