Our Team

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Patsy Church

Patsy, skilled teacher, trainer, facilitator, counsellor, executive coach, mentor and curriculum developer. Patsy spent her career developing people and systems through coaching, team building, strategic planning, trauma debriefing and conflict resolution. She believes people have remarkable internal resources to change and transform themselves when given an opportunity.

While developing and writing workshops, Patsy has pioneered unusual and transformative approaches. The success of these workshops has resulted in rollouts in over twenty countries 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, 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 an 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 at levels of community, government, private sector, civil society and marginalized communities.

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 his inhumane treatment, 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.”

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.

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Together, Patsy and Tuli expertly distil complex concepts and principles into systematic, logical, accessible methods – easily transferable and useable by others – without losing substance or meaning.

As Alkimia, we work to our strengths, ensuring you, the client, receive quality work and service with warmth and a wonderful sense of humour.

Where Alkimia began

Alkimia: Latin (variation of Alchemy) / ‘al-ki-mia /

noun: taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary, in a way that cannot be explained.

We believe in the magic within and between individuals. People have within themselves a capacity to transform and take control of their own lives. Transformed people bring about transformed community systems; this is why we believe that focussing on the individual can effect change beyond our reach.

The design of Alkimia is inspired by the basket weaving of African cultures. We are wired to live in unity and harmony with ourselves and each other. Connection is at the heart of everything we do, because connection enables a safe space that empowers us to be more of our true selves.