Africa, Europe and Asia
We arrived in Ghana on August 7th where we visited with Kokomon's tribal family. From there we went to Abuja, Nigeria where Ambassador Ebun, Founder of CAH Nigeria, welcomed us. We felt relieved and blessed!
We met with Michael Omotosho, president of CAH Nigeria, to discuss the pending AH 101 workshop for staff, and for the public one-day AH seminar "Leading From Within." We learned that evening that they were expecting nearly 200 people including television, radio and print media.
There were 22 CAH Nigeria participants including Tasha Abdou, Founder of CAH Cameroon. AH 101 provided guidance as well as specific and helpful tools for the staff. This was an absolute joy for us.
The workshop is a great way to strengthen connections and encourage members to engage in community building after the workshop, to support each other in deepening the understanding of the practical use of the Principles.
After the workshop, we visited two orphanages where CAH Nigeria has an opportunity to provide training for the staff and children. We spoke with Ambassador Ebun about ArtEsteem and different creative outlets that could be used to engage the youth, who showed great interest, and the Nigeria Centre will be following up.
We facilitated the "Leading from Within" Seminar. Two hundred people attended including business leaders, NGOs, students, and the general public. The Seminar was widely covered by television, radio and print media. Later in the evening we saw excerpts of the seminar on television news, shown to more than 10 million in Nigeria and throughout the world.
On Sunday we visited Chief Elizabeth Akintonde who had attended the Seminar. She is interested in supporting the work, and spoke about our returning to Nigeria three to four times a year to train businesses, and offer trainings to nonprofits. She spoke about helping the Centre and her desire to build CAH Nigeria a permanent office near Ambassador Ebun's home. We are reminded to believe in miracles. Overall this Attitudinal Healing tour has been exciting and important for the growth of Attitudinal Healing in Nigeria.
On August 17th Mary Clottey, Executive Director, CAH Ghana, and Aeeshah and Kokomon arrived in Kumasi. The following day we held AH 101 at the University of Education Winneba, Kumasi, with 71 in attendance, mostly students between the ages of 14 and 30. The group expressed the desire to go deeper, and is exploring the possibility of a virtual AH Support Group.
The Ghana Centre has been a legal NGO for ten years, with the work focused primarily on support groups for children dealing with personal family crisis or learning difficulties.
Attitudinal Healing has proven to be a powerful tool for improving the lives of citizens of Nigeria as well as for the young people in Ghana. We are all reminded to be the change we want to see.
Thanks to AHI for sponsoring this Training Tour in Africa. We look forward to returning soon.
Aeeshah and Kokomon Clottey
Intro to AH training in Kumasi, taught by Aeeshah and Kokomon Clottey, and hosted by David Owusu
Phoebe Lauren, former Executive Director CAH-Tiburon and also CAH-Sausalito has been living in France for about 15 years. This past year she was requested to give, and has begun, Attitudinal Healing workshops in various parts of France including Paris. We look forward to what will emerge.
The Facilitators' course in Venice has begun. The group was very happy to learn about Attitudinal Healing. Many in the group have very sad life stories with family violence that has been kept hidden for many years. They are all excited about this new experience. Soon we will be training Facilitators in Rome. The love from our Center in Bari is expanding beautifully.
An embrace of Light to all,
Roxanna Castiglione, M.D.
Founder, Girotondo di Luce
CAH - Bari, Italy
Attitudinal Healing Japan, which was founded in 2006, keeps growing. Now we have 16 regional AH Support Groups all over Japan, eleven of which are outside of Tokyo. We have AH groups on Skype, which provide highly safe environments for those who are living in areas without AH groups and those who feel they need especially high-level confidentiality.
Now we are holding Introduction AH workshops twice a month, in addition to other workshops and trainings. We are thinking of ways to make them available outside of Tokyo.
People who are not ready yet to actually join the workshops can access the content through books and DVDs.
Personally, I am involved in various kinds of activities, not only as the Director of Attitudinal Healing Japan, but also as a psychiatrist and a former member of Parliament. I see patients, give lectures, talk in media, train specialists, and do some academic research, but these days I am spending most of the time writing books. The reason I am so committed to writing books is that I think it is one of the most powerful ways to introduce AH perspectives to those who are not familiar with AH. I write various kinds of books, which makes it possible for people with various kinds of interests to get in touch with AH perspectives.
Jerry Jampolsky once told me I was a "magnet," because I connect different areas that normal people usually don't think of (i.e, politics, mental health, ecology, child-raising, social justice, crimes, peace-making, international affairs). To me everything can be viewed either love-based or fear-based, and the solution is always letting go of fear and choosing love!
I feel I am blessed to be in the position to disseminate AH in Japan, but the most important thing for me is that I can live my personal life in AH way, which brings me a lot of inner peace.
Hiroko Mizshima, M.D.
Founder, AH Japan
CAH - Japan Facilitator Training Group in Tokyo
The CAH-Mongolia under the direction of Founder, Undarlaa, is moving forward rapidly in its implementation of the AHI curriculum, Power to Choose (PTC).
In this last year alone, the Center has applied, been granted, and implemented a Swiss Development Agency grant for the Power to Choose program into five schools in the capital, Ulan Bataar. The youth in these schools are ages 12-15. It is a 12 week curriculum 3 hours per week.
The goal of the PTC program is to help students deal with the pressures of school and life and to better equip them in addressing the challenges, choices, and changes they encounter in more peaceful and productive ways.
CAH-Mongolia has just recently been given a Save The Children Japan grant to provide Attitudinal Healing training and curriculum to both staff as well as out of school programs for youth.
Training trainers for these programs as well as Facilitator training for AH Support Groups is ongoing. Congratulations to Undarlaa and the growing staff for their exciting work.
CAH Mongolia Facilitator Training by Undarlaa
Recent requests from both Shanghai and Beijing, China to introduce Attitudinal Healing into their country have initiated a new level of training partially fulfilled through online, interactive workshops.
Carolyn Smith and Trish Ellis, both Senior Trainers and Mentors with AHI, have successfully adapted the first of a number of curriculums to be taught through distance learning. With their mentoring, experiencial Attitudinal Healing Support Groups will begin in a number of locations around these two cities. With in person workshops planned for October of 2013, the online training as well as the availability of "Love is Letting Go of Fear" and "A Mini Course for Life" in Chinese will be excellent preparation.