October workshops

October workshops | Grounded like a tree

I think that Shanghai is the loveliest and most fun city in the world. At the same time, life can be overwhelming here: the large crowds, heavy traffic, excessive noise, strong odors, lights in the night, extreme weather, being so far away from home and the demands of daily life are not always easy to cope with… 

As a highly sensitive person, I was struggling in Shanghai with the intense environmental stimuli and I did not know how to find peace enough to calm my anxiety in the middle of such a crazy, populated city…

Luckily realising that I’m a high sensitive person and some grounding techniques helped me to find the harmony I needed to enjoy such a wonderful city:

  • Feeling connected to the earth with every step I take. This allows me to take distance from my thoughts and focus on the present moment. Since I started this practice, I’ve noticed that my spine is straighter and that I walk with more confidence.

  • Journaling: Evernote is a safe space where I can write the crazy thoughts going on my mind, whatever I feel and think in that moment knowing that I’m not going to be judged.
  • Attending MOTIVATE Shanghai workshops: They are the highlight of my week, where I feel 100% alive and get the encouragement and motivation I need for the rest of my week!


Mila Dorosh, Executive coach & Business trainer
Tuesday, Oct 9th, 7pm-9pm

A good strategy will determine success of your enterprise, no matter whether it is high-tech company or NGO. I see a lot of business owners struggling to form a strategy but nevertheless running their businesses and investing money and time without reaching the results they were hoping. Even big multinational companies often confuse terms strategy, vision, mission and business goals. During this workshop we will gaze into what a business strategy actually looks like and what is the difference between good strategy and bad strategy. We will check examples of successful strategies and see different types of bad strategies and how they affect the companies that implement them. We will discover types of power that a good strategy will bring into your business, what are major obstacles for people developing their strategies and how can you start working on a successful strategy of your own.

Mila is ICF-certified (ACC) and WABC-certified coach, specializing in individual and team coaching for team leaders and high potential performers. Mila is not however just a dedicated coach professional, she has been using coaching in real life throughout her career to open the minds of her team members and build efficient and effective businesses. Mila has also been a guest speaker for American, British and European Chambers of Commerce and Tongji University School of Economics and Management and is currently serving on leadership teams of The Shanghai Coaching Circle and Motivate Shanghai community organizations. Mila has conducted trainings and coaching sessions for companies like Accenture, Air Liquide, Bayer, Daimler, Nike and Volkswagen to name a few. 


Karina Blancarte, Holistic Psychologist M.A.

 Tuesday, October 16th / 7pm-9pm

According to The Mayo Clinic, Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a severe, sometimes disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Although regular PMS and PMDD both have physical and emotional symptoms, PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can disrupt your work and damage your relationships.

PMDD is considered a mental disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disease (DSM-5), however, the causes of PMS and PMDD have not been found.

As a matter of fact, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a medical condition that affects some women of childbearing age. More than one in three women suffer from PMS. One in 20 suffer so severely that their lives are seriously affected. 

The lack of understanding and information about what women’s cycle is, is affecting thousands of women causing frustration, discrimination and self-judgment creating an inner and outer lack of balance that most of the times ends up in severe depression affecting women physically, emotionally and mentally.

With the speed we live on a daily basis there’s been acceleration on the levels of depression and anxiety and other mood disorders. Many of them have turned to medication for relief. The use of anti-depressants has increased nearly 400% since 1990. 

The talk is designed to cover: A shift in the perception of what women’s cycle is. Understanding the energetic (Energy Psychology) point of view of women’s cycle providing information about the advantages of it, breaking with stigmatized patterns as well as hints to use it as a tool for a balanced and mindful lifestyle. 

Karina has completed her M.A. in Holistic Psychology and is currently a Ph.D. candidate from The International University of Professional Studies. She is the owner of The Holistic Center, which provides psychotherapy, Reiki Treatments and Yoga Classes. Her extensive yoga, meditation, and scientific research have taken her to the Amazonian jungle to test and explore the ancient traditions, environmental healing medicine’s impact and to The Himalayas to learn the ancient yoga practices reviving wisdom of yogis. She has delved into science to decode the power of inner energy and mastered personal and social transformation, successfully taking people from suffering to loving, appreciating and unleashing their potential in life. 


Mark Skinner, Public Speaking Coach

Tuesday, October 23rd / 7pm-9pm