Who we are together

After six years of facilitating, designing and writing curricula together, Patsy and Tuli have become a team where the sum is greater than the parts! From South Africa and Namibia, we bring youth and age, diverse experience, cultural backgrounds that are shared and different and a world view that converges and diverges – and we love this. Sometimes we speak the same sentences together; sometimes we speak a language that is new for each other. We both know our work is better when we collaborate.

As a millennial, Tuli is steeped in popular culture, feminist thinking, the politics of race and privilege and is great with IT and social media! Highly responsive to the needs of clients and groups, she brings an exciting and engaging energy to our work. Her background in dance is visible in the rhythm and flow of her work – she is an elegant, sensitive and disciplined facilitator. Tuli’s deep appreciation for people and diversity is infectious.

Patsy’s deep experience of counselling and facilitating, her humanity, and a wide and broad career path grounds the team in sound theoretical underpinnings from psychology. Also intuitive and curious about people and how the world works, she is always searching for something new to bring to their combined projects. One of her gifts is making complex theory accessible to ordinary people.

Together, Patsy and Tuli expertly write content that integrates the personal, the affective, the cognitive and the contextual into material that is consistently person-centric, compassionate, challenging and impactful; and to distil complex concepts and principles into systematic, logical, accessible methods – easily transferable and useable by others – without losing substance or meaning. As Alkimia, both work to their strengths, ensuring you, the client, receive quality work and service with warmth and a wonderful sense of humour.

PATSY CHURCH

Patsy, skilled teacher, trainer, facilitator, counsellor, executive coach, mentor and curriculum developer, works with individuals and groups in schools, corporates and NGO’s. Patsy feels very lucky to have spent her career developing people and systems through coaching, team building, strategic planning, trauma debriefing and conflict resolution. It is her passion and her way of being in the world. She believes people have remarkable internal resources to change and transform themselves when given an opportunity.

While developing and writing workshops, mainly focused on children and adolescents, families, women and those most marginalised, Patsy has pioneered unusual and transformative approaches. The success of these workshops has resulted in rollouts in over twenty countries in Africa and around the world, with many of the workshops translated into other languages.

“Losing both my parents when I was a child, taught me about inner resilience and survival and thriving in my suddenly changed world. And birthed in me a deep desire to journey with people and help facilitate change, growth and access inner resources. This is my lifelong work.”

TULIMELILA SHITYUWETE

Tulimelila is a skilled and experienced facilitator, methodology developer and curriculum writer focusing on human rights, gender, HIV and SRHR. Specialising in person-centric, movement-building approaches to programme and methodology development, Tuli has built relationships with individuals and organisations across Africa, the UK and Indonesia. She has worked extensively at levels of community, government, private sector and civil society and for the past six years has focused primarily on marginalized communities.

Tuli graduated cum laude from the University of Cape Town and was a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship, which she spent at Dartmouth College in the US. Tulimelila is a renowned performing artist and brings creative flair and charisma to her work. Growing up in an activist family, Tuli has a deep interest in social justice and the human condition.

“I was raised by a father who, as a long-term political prisoner in apartheid South Africa and despite the inhumane treatment he experienced, was able to see the humanness in those who imprisoned him. This made me recognise the pitfalls of ‘othering’ as well as the capacity in all of us to be compassionate towards those with different life experiences.”