Rhoda, Yau Yan Wong has a strong interest in understanding the nature of the mind and the origin of happiness. From 1998 to 2002, she pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, U.S.A. In 2004, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Psychology at University College London, U.K. Her speciality was in the assessment of emotional intelligence.
After working as an elementary school teacher in Hong Kong for three years, she moved to Thailand and continued her career in Satit Kaset IP beginning in 2009. In 2010, she joined a Vipassana retreat with a friend and experienced the benefits of mindfulness training. She thought mindfulness could be a good tool to develop children’s emotional intelligence (EI). Since 2010 until now she has been conducting research to develop a mindfulness-based curriculum called Mindful Learners in her school. She shared her findings about the benefits of mindfulness with other educators in several international conferences and publications.
Lately she has been sharing her passion with parents in a course called Mindful Parenting. She aspires to bring harmony to families and enhance their emotional intelligence through the scientific application of mindfulness practice. (For more information about Rhoda’s mindfulness project, check out her Facebook page Mindfullearners101)
Margaret Van is a mindfulness teacher based in Hong Kong. She teaches both adults and children in a variety of settings: schools, offices, private homes, yoga studios and non-profit organizations, in groups or on a one-to one basis.
Margaret customizes her classes to suit her students’ unique situations, needs and preferences. Her intention is to teach from heart to heart, harnessing students’ innate ability and providing them with appropriate tools to cultivate mindfulness on their own.
An anthropologist by training, Margaret travelled widely for her research while studying French, Spanish, Japanese, Norwegian and Nepali. She obtained her B.A. in Anthropology and M.A. in Education and worked in the areas of cross-cultural communication and diversity training in Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong. She has also taught English as a Second Language and speech arts to the blind in secondary and primary schools.
As a lifelong practitioner of yoga and calligraphy, Margaret aspires to infuse mindfulness into her everyday life by sharing its wonders with others. For more information, please visit Mindful Moment.