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).
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. http://www.awakeningjoy.info/
Mark your calendars! The craft fair by the Handmade Movement Singapore is happening on 19 Jan. When we make things with love with our hands, something special happens. It’s grounding, and brings out our creativity. In a highly mechanised world, we get in touch with our uniqueness – and humanness.
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.
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. :)
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.”
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.