“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (Death: The Final Stage of Growth, 1975)

Kindarma is a platform connecting those facing everyday life challenges with people who have lived through a similar life experience. Amid the loneliness and emotional pain of modern life, we are reaching out a hand of empathy and compassion that is greatly needed for many.

We are an accessible and affordable support network for those unable to access traditional support services due to cost, availability or social stigmas. Kindarma deals with common issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, addictions, parenting, grief, surviving abuse and more challenging life events.

Kindarma’s name originates from ‘Kin’ signifying our connectedness and ‘Darma’ the Sanskrit word for “that which upholds and supports”. Our Darmas have been background checked and screened to ensure they can share the tale of their own recovery and offer real hope to individuals who may not have much at this particular point in their life.

Although we are not professional therapists or counselors, when people want to talk to someone who can truly understand, we offer support, connection and insights learnt in overcoming similar experiences.Our Darma’s fees start at $15-25 per hour. In line with the new “Uber economy” this allows people to earn extra income by listening, providing compassion and sharing their personal Emotional CV

“ There is power in the sharing of our stories. The connection felt by two people who have lived a similar experience is unique & creates a different kind of hope for those going through challenging times. It can become a crucial support to people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. Our Darmas and their stories of hope demonstrates the innate human desire to help others. Through sharing our own vulnerability, we can provide hope and inspiration for others.” – Shelley Buchanan – Founder and CEO.


  • Provides emotional support and empathy for life traumas and challenges
  • Creates acceptance, a sense of belonging, and decreased isolation
  • Affordable and easy to use
  • Driven by people who want to help others and change lives
  • Offers an alternative avenue of support to Professionals or Support Groups
  • Able to reach people in remote areas
  • Private and confidential
  • All Darmas are background checked and screened

If you would like to connect to someone who has gone through a similar experience as you, click here and you will be taken to our main site, Kindarma.com









About Shelley

Shelley Buchanan is the Co-Founder of Kindarma. She is passionate about educating and empowering others who are on their own journey towards finding connection, joy and healing in their lives. Kindarma was created to support those who are in need of support whilst on that journey.

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