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TEDx Phnom Penh

‘Dance Your Life Around.’

TEDx Phnom Penh

 

In February 2011, Cambodia held its first ever TEDx in Phnom Penh and as the Manager of NGO Tiny Toones, the first and only hip hop centre for street kids in Cambodia, I was asked to present.

Of course I said yes but I wanted Tiny Toones founder ‘KK’ to speak with me. I knew he would certainly say “no.” KK is a humble and shy man. I did however manage to convince him to be recorded on video which we shot on my balcony over endless laughs (the offcuts could make a video on its own!). This was my way of bringing him to the TEDx stage.

Those that know me know I would never go anywhere without ‘my kids’ – the beloved staff and students of this hip hop centre for street kids – Tiny Toones. When asked to perform, my first question was, “Can I bring my kids up on stage?” which was initially met with silence. After explaining who they were and that they were not little children but teens and older… I was given permission.

Above is the TEDx presentation we did. ‘Dance Your Life Around.’

The performance by ‘my kids’ was choreographed by them under the guidance of KK.

… and yes I did write a story about the lead up to Tedx: the fear, anxiety, excitement and the ultimate performance. Sections can be read in imprint 14: ‘A Perfect Statue’ or for those who can’t be bothered reading, you can watch it in the blog video from when I performed the written story at open-mic in Thailand.

  • My memoir Hip Hop & Hope of my life in Cambodia deeply intertwined with Tiny Toones – KK and my kids, will be released in 2023.

 

Kha’s unbelievable solo.

Kha and Slick’s ‘dance fight’

The team

And I couldn’t have done it without Shhort…

 

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Romi Grossberg - Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

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Author, Holistic Counsellor, Writing Therapist, Professional Development & Public Speaker.



– Holistic Counsellor sessions – Individuals/couples.

– Professional Development trainings.

– Personal Development workshops.

– Romi Grossberg Online School.

– Mentor of writers and want-to-be writers.

– Public Speaking.


“Do what You Love and the Rest will Come.”


I have been called a gypsy, a nomad, a hippy, a fairy, a bookworm, a rebel, sporty-spice, crossword junkie and the ‘grass-is-greener’ girl.



Maybe I was all of these things.

I

have also been a sports teacher and a photographer before working as a Holistic Counsellor. I’m a qualified social worker, a mental health specialist, a drug and alcohol counsellor, a public speaker and a traveller. I was one of those people who was always searching, though I never knew what I was looking for… until now. Living in South East Asia since March 2010, I feel that I have found… well, that I am found. 

Today I practice Holistic Counselling – because ‘holistic’ includes the ‘all of you’ and as unique individuals we need to recognise that our cultural, family, religious, spiritual and societal upbringing influences different aspects of us: the way we think, react, respond, feel and understand the world. My holistic counselling sessions are forward thinking, looking at where are you now? Where are you trying to get to? What is in the way? And how can we make the path clear and easy? 

As a Holistic Counsellor I may incorporate various types of therapeutic tools such as talk therapy, writing therapy, mindfulness techniques and breath work. I always promise to give you practical and grounded guidance with real life tools and techniques to take away. I work with mental health, emotional health, decision-making and trust, career advice, relationship advice, communication skills, societal issues and more, helping you find your voice and trust yourself.

Writing Mentorship: A journal writer since 1984, I write with ease and flow and teach others how to do the same. I teach self-expression, journaling and flow writing in both group and private sessions. I teach people how to get out of their head, connect with their body, get in touch with their source – their gut, the centre of all emotions. I even invented a word for it in 2015 – gutism.

I work with authors, writers and want-to-be writers at any stage of writing from the brainstorming stage right through – I give advice, tips, tools and techniques (not editing) of books, scripts or writing therapy and journalling. Writing for me is about understanding the process between the head, heart and gut. Writers block is when those three are in conflict.

Professional Development: After first publishing ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens’ in 2017, I started being asked to run PD in schools. Rather than me physically going to each classroom to teach mental health, emotional health and the soft skills so badly needed by teenagers, I could educate the staff who work with these teens on a daily basis. I speak at schools and at education conferences. I had already been running similar workshops internationally since 2013 so it wasn’t a far stretch. I now also facilitate PD in different areas of mental health, wellbeing and self-care for organisations, companies and Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s).




I have been a volunteer worker since before I probably knew what it meant. It just seemed natural to want to help those less fortunate.

I have volunteered in Israel, Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Australia. I have been a carer in disability homes, an art teacher, a sports manager, a teacher at isolated schools for migrant children, a life skills coach for street kids and a community development worker for the World Health Organization (W.H.O.).

In 2010 I became the Manager of Tiny Toones Cambodia and my whole world changed. My heart got broken in to a thousand pieces and put back together over and over by the slum’s most precious street kids. I sat by their side through drug addiction, family violence, pain, recovery, relapse, slavery, corruption and poverty. They, ‘my kids’ taught me about unconditional love, respect, honour, determination and friendship. They taught me about family when they chose me as their mum, aunty and big sister.

“You should be a writer,” I kept hearing from friends and colleagues. I was a story-teller, definitely. I loved public speaking and have travelled on stages across Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Singapore and even the first ever Tedx Phnom Penh in 2011 and interviewed in newspapers, radio and television including the highly-regarded ABC Australia Network with journalist Kate Arnott.

In November 2012 I went to Laos for my first writers retreat purely because it felt right – even though I was broke and terrified. I don’t remember making any decisions since. Things just happened. Do what you love and the rest will come. I met incredible authors who became mentors and I fell madly in love with the pen. Eventually, I tore myself away from my beloved Cambodian family and moved to a small island in southern Thailand to focus on writing. This is when I truly felt I could call myself an author.

On this new island home, I was asked “Aren’t you a counsellor?” and soon I had a job too. Do what you love and the rest will come. 

Now I sit in my office (by that I mean on my balcony) looking out into the jungle, writing and editing. Going to work as a counsellor is only a hop, skip and jump over the hill. Life is beautiful.

Do you what you love …

and the rest will come.

Now, back to my office….


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Romi Grossberg - Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

Do what you Love …
and the Rest will Come

Romi Grossberg Author Counsellor TEDx presenter Writing Therapist Public Speaker Social Emotional Educator


Romi Grossberg is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills to empower all humans to lead a socially, emotionally and mentally health life.



Romi works in Holistic Counselling, Writing Therapy, Mindfulness, Professional Development, Workshops and Retreats.


Author of ‘The 5-Minute Guide to Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens’, Romi Grossberg has been published in numerous forums such as The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Elephant Journal and Griffith Review.

Romi is a TEDx presenter and international public speaker.

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    They Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens addresses the many obstacles and difficulties adolescence face in emotional and mental health and provides them with practical and real-life steps toward greater health and confidence.

    The Key is an interactive guidebook including videos, activities, writing and discussion points. A great resource for teachers, teen counsellors and parents as well as Professional Development in schools.

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Welcome to the Romi Grossberg Online School where you can choose from the following courses and packages. Each course breaks down specific topics into bitesize videos so that you can watch, stop, reflect and implement.

These courses can de done at home in your own time and as many times as you wish.

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