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
We have a multilingual team with coaches throughout the world. To find a list of coaches near you, use the contact form below.
Fiona has worked in both Government and Community Sectors and has an extensive management experience, including within the disability, aged care, mental health, and community support sectors.
Professional qualifications include 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.
Working with people and community is Fiona’s passion. Fiona has been working in the Community Sector since 2005.
Fiona can provide services in Workplace Counselling and Mediation, General Counselling, Support-group facilitation, Supervising/mentoring/coaching/debriefing, Team Development, Training / Workshops, and Strategic Planning Support.
Vandana works with individuals to help them tap into the power of their mindset leading to beautiful possibilities that exits for them. She works with a state of curiosity, using powerful questions that facilitate introspective thinking to create a solution for a focused outcome.
Professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Computer Science Engineering, a Certification from the Coaching Institute Professional Coach (2019), Accreditation as Coach and Mentor in Cloud Thinking Method and Associate membership with International Coaching Guild.
Vandana can provide services in 1:1 coaching, group coaching on self-empowerment, and corporate coaching with business leaders, executives and corporate organizations on reducing stress, building inner clarity, enhancing emotional well-being, developing organizational culture for growth and new opportunities.
Malcolm’s career has been in both education and mental health. Malcolm commenced his career as a teacher/counsellor, teaching senior school Latin, French and Ancient Greek and later moved across to mental health, psychotherapy, supports and program management.
Malcolm lived out his spiritual calling as a Buddhist Monk at Guang Jue Temple, Tian Mu Shan, China where he facilitated Mindfulness Skills Retreats between 2009 and 2013. These retreats brought over 700 persons to the temple from over 27 different nations.
Malcolm is the Founder of the Cloud Thinking Method of Coaching and trainer of Coaches. Malcolm has worked as Vice President for Youth for Global Peace Inc and went on to become Founder and Executive Director of Shikodo Ltd.
Professional qualifications include L.ès Psychologie de l’Éducation, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (ACAPs), Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Cert IV in Training and Assessment. He is fluent in both French and English. Malcolm provides services in Coaching and working with persons and organizations to achieve what others have thought to be impossible.
MELODY CHANG XIAO YIN
Melody has been working as a Marketing Manager, Start-up Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor and Coach. Her greatest passion is to help more people is to help people beak down the barriers to their dreams and highest aspirations. Working with Melody it is obvious that she has a direct approach to the problem, yet very compassionate.
She is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Shanghainese and German. Melody received a Certificate of Accreditation as a Cloud Thinking Method Facilitator and Coach in 2016.
Melody can provide services in training, problem-solving targeted method, coaching/support/supervising.
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.