Cloud Thinking: The Beginning
It started at the intersection of two impossible ideas. In 2012, Malcolm sat in a poor mountain district of China, as a Buddhist monk, appalled by the dilapidated state of the crumbling temple before him, dating back many hundreds of years. The first idea begun from the desire to run weekend Mindfulness Retreats for international guests; any donations would help the temple revive itself. A great idea but there were more than a few serious obstacles to overcome; no phone connection, no internet, no marketing skills, a very basic Chinese language ability and absolutely no seeding money. It seemed quite hopeless. The second impossible idea was when Malcolm was asked to help a poor young orphan woman as well as abandoned persons with mental health issues achieve their dreams despite their poverty, disability, and social barriers.
It was these two seeming impossible projects that summoned up the alignment of years of mental health work and Buddhism studies to ignited another idea. Malcolm needed to look at the way he thought and the more he studied the more he noticed the natural way of thinking standing in the way. “I had never observed my own thinking before and I realized I needed a way to think that brought results – quickly. It was not just thinking positively. I needed a way to think that reframed the challenges and guide a step by step process to emergence of innovative action.”
From Malcolm’s profession as an experienced psychotherapist and mental health worker, he began to synchronize strategic thought processes both from Eastern philosophy as well as modern psychological modalities to enable him to reframe the obstacles and tap into his own strengths. To enable easy transfer of these psychological skills to others, each process was designated a ‘Cloud’ because clouds emerge and from precipitation cause growth.
Three years later over 800 people had come on Mindfulness Retreats and the temple began to be repaired. A young orphan woman and several others achieved their aspirations, attained education, employment and had valuable mind skills to help through their life journey.
With further studies the Cloud Thinking Method of Coaching and thinking eventually emerged. You see, we have, for the most part, grown with a default mindset. When we change our mindset to a ‘growth mindset’ the impossible gives way to ‘possible’ and we can emerge free. By rethinking the way we think great achievements can take place.
Join us in the journey to a new mindset and not only discover what you can achieve but perhaps go on and teach the skills to others that they in turn may realize their deepest aspirations.
MEET THE TEAM
Director and Founder
Malcolm is an experienced professional in psychotherapy, mental health and mental health program management having worked with Anglicare Mental Health Project, A Place to Belong, Brisbane, GROW Queensland and Arafmi Queensland.
In 2011 Malcolm left his career to pursue studies and life in Buddhism and became ordained as a Buddhist Monk at Guang Jue temple Zhejiang Province China. There he led word class Mindfulness Retreats for people across the globe; from top executives, celebrities, people struggling with mental health issues and the like. It was during his time as a monastic that he developed the Cloud Thinking Method based upon teachings of Buddhism and Taoism but modified to a modern contextual and psychological framework. Malcolm has a passion for helping people emerge to their highest potential. He returned to Australia in 2013 to resume lay life further developing Cloud Thinking Coaching.
Malcolm is a highly sort out speaker, author & coach and currently is Vice President of Youth for Global Peace Inc, situated in Sydney Australia.
Advisor & Coach
Fiona has extensive management experience having worked in both Government and over 15 yrs in the Community Sectors, including within the disability sector, aged care, mental health, and community support sectors.
She holds a Master of Human Services (Disability Studies), a Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling and Mediation, Community Development, and Sociology), a Diploma of Professional Counselling, and a Certificate IV in Frontline Management.
Advisor & Coach
Silvia is a communications and project manager working in international development and cooperation projects, particularly in Asia.
She has been working with more than 20 countries and for 7 years was based in China.
Silvia is passionate about sustainable development and women's empowerment and is a certified Cloud Thinking coach.
ESTHER VIVIAN KAY
Advisor & Coach
Esther is a social and climate justice journalist and trauma recovery coach from Germany. Through her experience of being born with a rare form of spina bifida and facing a life-threatening bone infection, she has gained an endless passion for life, the strength to sit with suffering and the desire to make a difference in the world and add value to people’s lives.
We have a multilingual team with coaches throughout the world. Our team speak French, Italian, German, Norwegian, Sudan dialects and English. To find a list of coaches near you, use the contact form below.
Vandana Mohture is a Mindset Coach and the founder of MindArt Coaching and Consulting, as well as board member for Youth For Global Peace.
Having worked as a software professional over a decade with corporate organizations across continents (India, US and Australia), she realized that a healthy mindset Is key to success. Vandana is a Pro Coach member of The Coaching Institute and a member of the International Coaching Guild and is pursuing her passion of helping people improve the quality of their day to day life.
Vandana works with individuals to help them tap into the power of their mindset to achieve clarity, direction, self love and inner peace. She works with corporate organizations and business leaders to build emotional resilience, enhance overall wellbeing, improve performance, support growth and create new opportunities. Vandana also works closely with international students helping them to embrace uncertainty, overcome fears and create beautiful possibilities along with meaningful relationships.