Protect Yourself Against the

High Costs of Relapse 
and Returning to Active Addiction*

*(we refer to alcohol as a drug, and alcoholism as addiction, as all the same principles apply)

Learn SERENITY Skills

for Recovery Success

with The Fierce Self Advocacy

Training and Coaching Course!

The tools that addiction uses against us are our “uncomfortable” or “problem”

emotions, and the thinking distortions that go with them.

Learning how to think and work with and use our emotions as

allies, instead of as enemies, is a Super set of recovery skills!

Enrollment is open for 

one-to-one or Family

Recovery Coaching and Training

I was "clean", but not "serene"

While I made progress in "getting clean" from using alcohol and other drugs, I came to a point where it occurred to me that there must be something more than "just not using". Recovery for me had to give me something more meaningful.

I realized that the place where I struggled, and the thing that "drove" me, was and always had been the pain of isolation, loneliness, and confusion about my emotions. 

I rarely felt like "I fit" - I even described myself as an alien who got put here by some weird accident. I knew "how to play the game" of social interaction - but I just didn't want to play. 

Deep down inside myself, I felt frustrated. I still rode a crazy making emotional roller coaster without any confidence that I could ever make sense of my emotional experience and the world.

My Journey...

...has been to find, create, and then share the "how-to" of reliably creating true freedom, confidence and emotional strength. I looked at - and experimented with - many different forms of therapy, self-help, and tools for self-improvement. I knew that whatever I found had to be something that was more than "just my opinion". 

The solution had to be proven

For me to present something "to the world" as a solution, it had to be proven in my life and the lives of other people to really work. It had to be easily “doable”, and not just fancy faddish theory or geek-speak. It had to work for almost anyone. Thus, it had to be based on solidly proven practices and principles.

I’ve taught major pieces of this system to graduate students, teachers, business leaders, office personnel, managers, nurses, yoga teachers, writers, actors, marketers, executives, politicians, every-day folks and people in recovery. I’ve used it in my clinical practice and in working with my own family members.

It’s not about a specific "population demographic" according to age, gender, economic situation, or lifestyle circumstance. The unifying principle that all of these people were searching for us the answer to this core question "How do I come out of emotional suffering, and live a more confident, fulfilling, and positively fulfilling life?"

My goal is to "turn you on" to the coolest stuff!

That's right! This is pretty awesome, cool, and even FUN!

If you're anything like me, then I want to help you solve your biggest problems in, and help you remove the largest blockages to, achieving progress and success in your recovery. You’ll be able to handle - with confidence - the big challenges that life is guaranteed to present you with, as you move forward in living free from even the hint of being controlled by the negative forces of addiction. In fact, you'll be able to recognise and transform those "enemies" into your strongest allies!

With the skills you'll learn, practice and integrate In The Fierce Self Advocacy Course, you’ll have the tools and develop the ability to practice solid, time tested principles. These principles have been proven scientifically and in the lives of countless others - but what's most relevant, is that you'll prove them - to yourself - again and again and again.

You CAN confidently connect with peace and serenity!

We’ll avoid the over-simplifications and platitudes of things like “just let it go”, “don’t let it bother you”, or “you’ll get over it”.

Instead, we’ll develop the skills – the “how to's” - of balancing emotional experience and perspective. This will help you lead yourself into how you can move forward with greater confidence, strength, and clarity.

The Fierce Self Advocacy Training and Coaching Course

Fierce Self Advocacy is about how to live emotionally clean, as your own fully and fiercely engaged best friend. How to use your addiction as your most reliable servant in claiming serenity for yourself – and empowering yourself as an agent of serenity in the lives of anyone you connect with.

"Emotional Balance" is one of those buzz words that sounds simple to say, yet I find the people who say it cannot tell me how they do it. With the skills and tools I've put in this course, you'll be well on your way to being able to claim your own emotional balance at will, using your serenity skills!

The Process Consists of learning and practicing: 

  • How to identify your emotional and thinking patterns as the voice of either Saboteurs, or the voice of your inner Sage - the wisdom, beauty and nature of your true self
  • how to identify your emotional and thinking patterns
  • how to recognize your particular distortion patterns 
  • learning how to auto-correct those distortions with ease
  • how to do emotional self-cleansing, strengthening, and lasting empowerment
  • how to positively shift your self-talk for serenity with yourself
  • how to improve your communication and conversation with others to create mutual positive success

Just Imagine...

Imagine being free of feeling enslaved by your negative emotions - the insecurities of worry, chaos, or anxiety; the biting presence of self-destruction, frustration and anger; or the darkness of chronic sadness and perpetual fear.

Imagine deflecting the negativity of slippery old friends, acquaintances, and other associations. 

Imagine being confident in the face of triggers by insensitive relatives, work mates, or social contacts - or ANY trigger!

Imagine living free from worry about returning to active addiction / alcoholism. 

Imagine holding your head up high, and confidently claiming your power in any situation.

Imagine knowing how to create feelings of peace and serenity - whenever you want!

What STUDENTS say...

I came into this course with a mixture of curiosity and desperation.

There's only so long that one can struggle alone before you have to find another way. The concepts and techniques Zander introduces here are deceptively simple, but profoundly valuable. The coaching calls feel like discussing things with a trusted friend. Zander is understanding and responsive, and willing to keep you on track when necessary. Put simply, he's just as invested in your well being as you are. 

In the past, I never spoke about what was bothering me, while desperately hoping someone would ask the right question so I COULD. As I progressed through the course, I could feel myself loosening up, able to release tensions (both mental and physical) that I barely knew were there.

We live in a world of "easy-fixes" and "lose 1700 pounds in eight minutes by blinking!" or other such silliness, so any skepticism is entirely understandable. However, I can speak to the fact that this works.

With Zander's guidance, the techniques helped me not only release stresses and blockages that affected every area of my life, but also helped me understand what caused them in the first place.

When you travel down this road, be prepared to lose some "weight:" mental burdens, psychological stress, and physical tension for a start.

This is not a quick fix; it's a way of being that can be adapted anywhere by anyone. Combined with Zander's gentle but firm guidance, I'd say it's essential in today's world.

Mackenzie Clench

Zander has given me a new lease on life.

One short year ago, I was emotionally despairing, in constant pain; chaos reigned both internally and externally. I had such complex health and mental health issues that other professionals had given up. Though I had made many heroic efforts over fifteen years, I had finally arrived at the sad conclusion that nothing worthwhile in life was attainable—for me.

From our first meeting, Zander offered me validation and tools. He encouraged me to believe that there was a way out of the misery. He never gave up on me, even when I gave up on myself. Patiently, consistently, and generously, Zander worked with me in beginning a healing journey which I didn't yet quite believe was possible.

With gentle skill, Zander was able to be flexible as I rapidly changed tracks, which was often at first. I became able to laugh about what a slippery, reluctant, albeit hungry, student I was — Zander never judged, only guided me back to my highest self.  

Zander taught me daily practices which have changed my life for the better and which increasingly serve me. 

It occurred to me that, one year ago, even six months ago, I would not have been able to even compose this testimonial because my brain and body were too scattered and far far away from any centre. I thank you and all the other angels involved...

Today, I am functioning

(almost unbelievably) well,

enjoying life, pain free. 

And I am sometimes even happy for no reason!


   The methods Zander taught me help me to quiet my mind

    and realign my emotional state with my authentic self.

The combination of mindful breathing, physical movement and visualizations help me. They help me to clear away my emotional and mental clutter, bring me to a state of presence, and help me to re-establish a calm and solid emotional foundation. In that space, facing the challenges ahead are not as overwhelming. 

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about what I learned working with Zander is how quickly I can reach this place of strength, and how good it feels...

I continue to use the methods that I learned from Zander because they profoundly improve the quality of my life. I have faced some of the most difficult and challenging events with grace and power. I’ve been able to centre myself in storms of anxiety, fear and doubt.

Perhaps most importantly, I find that regular practice of the techniques I learned from Zander bring me joy and serenity.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Zander

and wholeheartedly recommend him and his course. 

Mike Salisbury

Ready to Start Creating Your Successful Recovery?

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What makes this different than therapy?

This isn’t about digging into the depths of one or more of your past issues. Those past issues will continue to arise, even after decades of successful recovery time. With these skills, you'll be empowered to successfully deal with all of them!

The training - and coaching on how to apply the concepts and practices of the training - is about creating success in our lives NOW. The sooner you are able to start using these tools, the stronger and better you will be able to use them whenever you need them. This course is training you in knowing how to deal successfully with those problems and pains, when they arise.

Wouldn't it be great, instead of feeling ambushed, paralyzed, and imprisoned by those old familiar voices of self hate, if you knew how to set yourself free whenever they arise? What if you knew how to transform those problem emotions into reliable allies and servants so you can continuously and reliably claim your freedom?

“This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man”

William Shakespeare,  Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3

This program is about developing the skills of knowing - and strengthening - your authentic, beautiful, and fully loving self!

About Zander

His professional accomplishments and history includes:

- 22 years of studying and practicing Oriental Medicine, including being an Honours graduate in Acupuncture;

- Certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture;

- Acupressure Practitioner and Senior Teacher;

- holds a Masters Degree in Medical Qigong Therapy.

He is also a Certified Professional Recovery Coach; Mental Fitness Coach; and Certified Coach in Conversational IntelligenceTM (the neuroscience of conversations). 

He started working as an addictions counselor in 1990. His work developed in "Talk therapy" positions for most of the next 10 years. This included as a team member in a sex offender treatment program; running the counseling department of 7 funeral homes; crisis counselor; youth and family addictions counselor; and working with business owners, executives, and managers.

Zander Townend

"My passion is helping people - helping anyone create a more deliberately skillful

and fulfilling life of

freedom from addiction."


Before working in addictions, he was a circus teacher, juggler, fire eater, actor, and computer store manager. As a special events coordinator, he organized a variety of community events, concerts, and festivals in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

In his "spare time", he does recreation by playing mandolin and flute, going on canoe trips, and cartooning.

He has one daughter, 2 step-daughters (one is married with 2 daughters). He feels richly blessed with a family he loves!

Student comments about Zander as an instructor and coach...

“I highly recommend Zander; he is truly one of the most genuine, caring and passionate practitioners and teachers that I’ve had the pleasure to work with..”

Jeffory Putman

“Working with Zander has been life changing!”

Svetlana T.

“I am always amazed at the clarity you seem to bring in such an easy way that I can relate to it!"

Julie Ferguson

“My overall health has improved, my relationships - both with myself and others - have improved, and I know that no matter what, I am not alone on this path.”

Kathleen G.

"He helps to bring me back in touch with myself. As a result, I have developed a healthier relationship with myself and the world."

Rebekah J.

"Zander really takes the time to work with his clients and really commits to them. While he is challenging, it is always for the better"

Nathan S.

Is the

Fierce Self Advocacy Course and Coaching Program

"right" - for YOU?

This is a good fit" for you if...

  • You're tired of cycling back and forth between using and recovery
  • You're in recovery for more than 6 months, but still finding your emotions are distressful
  • You're willing to see how you participate in your own patterns
  • You're willing to experiment with your awareness - to create a better life
  • You're willing to work daily to develop your recovery skills
  • You want to live free of fear of your emotions
  • You want to accelerate your recovery, so you know how to honestly and confidently say you’re “Clean AND Serene!”

This course is NOT for you if...

  • You're newly in recovery, with less than 6 months clean or sober
  • You're not willing to work daily on your recovery
  • You're not willing to be honest about your  emotions
  • Your mind is closed to trying new ideas and practices 
  • You're unwilling to "own your part" in your behavior
  • You believe "you're just a mess" and that you just have to wait for serenity to "happen to you" (if you're lucky)
  • You still want to do more research on using or drinking 

Give Yourself The Lifetime Gift of Serenity Skills!

Ready to Start Creating Your Successful Recovery?

Schedule a time to meet with Zander by going to:

The Fierce Self

Advocacy Course


8 Week Core Course 

...with Laser Sessions, Video, Text,

.pdf's, .mp3 meditations, 8 Weekly Teleseminars, 

Members Private Group,

& e-mail support
 $795.00 Value


Custom Personalized


(with recording) or

Two 30 Minute

Coaching Sessions 

$250.00 Value







US $ 325


US $ 349

To be heard, I think, is a rare gift in life. Not simply listened to, but truly heard and considered.

Zander has shared this gift with me on many occasions, and it has always been given in good faith and with genuine caring. 

Often in our work together I’ve found myself uncertain as to what I’m trying to say, or of what’s truly bothering me. 

This is, I think, when Zander is at his best.

A blend of exacting questions and insightful metaphor pulls the issue into focus and what follows is always an opportunity to explore myself more deeply - safely and without fear of judgement.

His guidance has had a profound influence in my journey of self discovery, revealing to me, finally, the true potential I hold within.

Colby Marcellus


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