Embracing Yourself: A Day of Self-Appreciation

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is 
out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a 
light from within. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Find your light within in this one day journey into self-appreciation with veteran Art Therapist, Joanna Tan, and strengths practitioner, Vadivu Govind on 21 January 2013 (Monday).

For more information, see


Register with me at vadivu[at]joyworks.sg by 17th Jan.

Online Classes

Various Online Classes coming up (or some have started)…

Awakening Joy by James Baraz. The course has been celebrated in media publications such as O magazine. Bill Gates has recommended Awakening Joy on his 2012 Summer Reading List.

Finding Happiness as a Parent by Dr Christine Carter, Greater Good Science Center

Cultivating Contentment

Choosing to Love

Working with Worry

Art Therapy Events

I recently met the lovely, contemplative Joanna Tan, a pioneer in the field of art therapy in Singapore.   Please check out her upcoming workshops and retreats, which fuse art with personal growth.

I think art has immense value especially in helping us put onto paper, what we may have problems speaking. Please pass on to those who would love to combine personal growth with art. No experience in art is necessary.

Joanna has a special interest in working with people in transitional periods of their lives.

Returning Home – July 2012

Being & Becoming advert – Aug – August 2012

Heartspace by the sea 2012 – September 2012



Event: Facilitating Transformation

Doug O'Loughlin, facilitating our transformation.

Watch out for Organisational Development expert, Douglas O’Loughlin’s hit workshop, “Facilitating Transformation” based on his book, “Facilitating Transformation: 12 Strategies for Creating Extraordinary Breakthroughs with Groups” I went for it last year and loved it.

My favourite strategy is to be intentional. Doug writes: “Being intentional means having our hearts and mind aligned with what is possible in the sessions we facilitate” and quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson: “A good intention clothes itself with sudden power”. If you think that sounds pretty similar to having objectives, think again…and read the book or attend the workshop. :) 

Alexandra Hsieh, expressing her enjoyment of the two-day journey we took together.

I also asked two others who attended the workshop for their thoughts on the workshop:

Angela Koch of invitro said that what was most powerful for her was Doug’s presence. She appreciated his ego-less presence and his authenticity. He was “just himself”.  She also said: “In terms of the strategies, number 12 was the most powerful. BRING YOUR WHOLE SELF TO WORK.  For me it meant that no matter what tools and techniques I master, ultimately it is ME that I bring to a facilitation session. That I don’t need to try be a “better me” or “more skilled me’ but just be “fully me”. This had such a powerful impact on me that I wrote a cheeky note to myself on my wall, see photo attached.”

Angela's reminder to herself from Doug's workshop: Be authentic

Chui, another participant shared how the workshop had impacted her personally and professionally:

I remember that on the same day after my workshop, my nephew who is about 10, was at my place. He usually likes to talk to me when I’m home, but I’m always too tired to be listening to him actively. On that day, I told myself to listen and engage with him. At the end of the day, he taught me how to play chess and I had a game with him! A meaningful way to start the transformative journey. 
I have used a few tools and techniques that Doug has shared with us like Learning Partner, Ice-breaker, Quality of Conversation, Celebrating with Choice of “H”. They really worked well with the participants by engaging them with the right intention.
I have also made an effort to connect with the participants during breaks, I realised that knowing them at personal level did not drain my energy. Instead, it re-energised me each time! 

Although facilitators would benefit from this workshop, I feel that other catalysts who enjoy enabling positive transformation in their own communities of influence (however small) would also be able to get alot out of it, along with leaders who would like to enable transformation.

Sign up with Facilitators Network Singapore.

Related: The Power of Facilitation

Here are some articles by Doug on organisational development.

The walls of the room were plastered with inspiring posters...and made us think of how the physical environment could remind us of what is important.