Biography

Biography2019-01-06T16:07:16+00:00
Linda has developed a work philosophy that can transform cleaning into caring and has paved the way for a broader view of why we clean and how we clean.

Linda Thomas was born in 1953 in South Africa where she and her six sisters and brothers spent their childhood and youth.

After finishing school she met her future husband and, in 1977, the couple moved to Switzerland, where their two children were born. It was to enable her children to attend the Waldorf School that Linda founded an ecological cleaning institute in Arlesheim in March 1988 – a unique enterprise in Switzerland at the time. After remarrying in 1997 she managed this firm together with her husband up until 2009.

An intensive 21-year period of work began in 1991 when she took on cleaning the washrooms at the Goetheanum in Dornach. In January 1993 she became head of the Goetheanum’s cleaning team, a position she held up until Easter 2012. After passing an instructor examination in 2008 she started training home economics students and cleaning apprentices.

Because she had always loved her work as a homemaker, Linda discovered a different meaning in the everyday ‘chores’ and, once she started cleaning professionally, a whole new world opened up for her. Increasingly, she was guided by the question: if one can work spiritually anywhere in the world and in any occupation, it must also be possible if one cleans and cares for a home. Her research was supported by work she did with Manfred Schmidt-Brabant within the preparation group for the task of the housemother at the Goetheanum that organized annual conferences on this theme.

Linda has developed a work philosophy that can transform cleaning into caring and has paved the way for a broader view of why we clean and how we clean.

In 2004 she initiated the first international cleaning conference at the Goetheanum, followed by two further conferences in 2006 and 2008 and a Movement in Facility Management symposium in 2009.

After publishing her first book in 2011 – Why Cleaning Has Meaning: Bringing Wellbeing Into Your Home (originally written in German, with English and Italian translations following later) – Linda began to work more widely as a consultant, lecturer and seminar facilitator.

In April 2012 she became head of housekeeping at the Lukas Klinik in Arlesheim. When this hospital merged with the Ita Wegman Klinik in 2014 and became the new Klinik Arlesheim, she joined the hospital management as head of Services. Linda retired at the end of August 2017.

Qualification based on experience:
  • Establishing and managing her own cleaning firm

  • Years of experience with organic cleaners and care products

  • Years of experience in housekeeping and house management

  • Years of experience in training her own staff, staff in hospitals and homes, carers, students, etc.

  • Years of experience in adult education

  • A long-standing interest in the elements and elemental beings and in working with them

Take some time. Treat yourself. You deserve it.

Bringing Wellbeing Into Your Home

Few of us enjoy cleaning: it often feels like a thankless, repetitive task which we force ourselves to do.

Linda Thomas is an expert, professional cleaner who ran her own ecological cleaning company for over twenty years. In this unique book, she explores her passion for cleaning, and argues that cleaning can have a profound effect not just on the spaces we care for, but on our own wellbeing and personal development.

This lively and readable book is full of anecdotes, practical examples and ecological cleaning tips from Linda’s decades of cleaning experience. Ultimately she argues that if we raise our understanding of cleaning, we might even begin to enjoy it!

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