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Teacher Sinead Madden

Sinead Madden

Currently based in Ireland, Teacher Sinead is a holistic educator who has nurtured many young individuals towards positive self-discovery. The tools used to guide students in her class include Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), storytelling, creative writing, and mindfulness training to trauma healing.

She is also a dancer and a singer-songwriter who has written many songs that can uplift your days. She is the kind of teacher who can  help you manifest your own superstar projects!

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Azzad Mahdzir-Sariza


Teacher Azzad is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator and therapeutic art practitioner. He taught in a high school in India and West Malaysia and became a lecturer in colleges in East Malaysia between 2005 and 2010. Since 2017, he combined mindfulness into his creative repertoire, which inspired Sepupu Bermimpi (2020), his performative work that premiered in Jogjakarta. He is currently exploring healing work for marginalised bodies and art therapy, while building a practical toolbox to live in times of crises through his project, Sakti Bakti.


Nik Waheeda


Teacher Nik is a licensed counsellor with Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia, a government body responsible for providing psychoeducation and counselling, for both children and adults. She has helped guide clients from a diverse cultural backgrounds dealing with social, emotional, and behavioural concerns. She is a member of the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Malaysia and is currently undergoing the Graduate Diploma of Multi-Generational Family Therapy program.


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Teacher Illya Sumanto

Illya Sumanto



Teacher Illya is an internationally recognized educator and a children’s theater director who specializes in emotional literacy, critical pedagogy and therapeutic art. She has facilitated and produced shows with children in Asia, Europe, and Africa. In 2018, she received an award from University Malaya’s Education Faculty upon graduating her Master’s degree for her role in championing Spoken Word in education. Currently based in China, she is a doctoral candidate of Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, USA.

Our Community

Empathy For Youth community of holistic educators have an extensive range of experience performing and teaching holistic & therapeutic art in the name of intra-personal and societal transformation. Our curriculum focuses on cultivating empathy as well as emotional literacy, critical thinking, authentic expression, open creative exploration, self-efficacy, peer support, and collaboration; to help build a culture that cares.

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