My name is Ho Gia Anh Le. I am currently a Mindfulness and Well-being Trainer and Consultant from Le Hoang Pte. Ltd. I co-founded this start-up company to offer training and consultancy in mindfulness, happiness and well-being to communities in Singapore and Vietnam.
I was born in a rural area in Central Vietnam. I went to Hanoi for my
undergraduate studies and to Melbourne, Australia for my postgraduate studies. I have grown so much from a village girl in a fishing village in Central Vietnam to a global citizen today, all thanks to the empowerment of education. Therefore, I would like to dedicate my life to provide quality education to more young people.
In addition to working as a research assistant for a number of United Nations agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations in Hanoi, I was also employed as a lecturer of Vietnam National University.
I first joined the National University of Singapore as a lecturer in 2007. I am the founder of the NUS Mindfulness Interest Group – a group of faculty and students interested in the practice, teaching and research on mindfulness.
I am currently a mindfulness consultant and trainer for the Yale-NUS College, teaching courses on the Psychology of Mindfulness, A Mindful Journey to Happiness, Contemplative Education, Mindfulness for Research and Reflections, Face COVID -19 with Mindfulness & Compassion, for students, faculty and staff of the Yale-NUS College Community.
I have also been teaching a mindfulness course to faculty, staff and graduate students of Geography Department, National University of Singapore namely “Introduction to Mindfulness – Calm in the storm” to help them navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
I also conducted workshops for Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to cultivate empathy and creativity through mindfulness practices. I was a mentor for SUTD students for two years. In addition, I also mentored many different groups of NUS students.
I have been active in building communities of mindful living in Singapore, co-organizing monthly days of mindfulness, biannual mindfulness retreats as well as facilitating weekly practice sessions for people from all walks of life, including young people, teachers, children with special needs, and also the general public.
Since 2017, I have invested in a Happiness- Based Education project to help build happy schools in Vietnam, inspired by UNESCO’s Happy Schools Framework, to cultivate happiness and well-being in schools. Within all the three Happiness-Based Education (HBE) Schools currently in operation, we have 1,100 students and 110 teachers and staff. We have adopted a whole-school
approach to happiness and well-being by integrating mindfulness into daily activities in all our schools.
I have also offered mindfulness and social emotional learning workshops to hundreds of teachers and school administrators in both public and private schools in Vietnam.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19, I have offered over hundreds of online workshops supporting the well-being of thousands of people, who are students, teachers, parents, and social entrepreneurs.
As a practitioner and trainer in mindfulness and well-being, I strongly believe in the value of mindfulness and compassion, as shown by research in the following areas:
Manage stress and anxiety
Strengthen cognitive health and attention
Develop stronger capacity for self-care and self-compassion
Cultivate awareness and balance
Increase capacity to experience positive emotions such as contentment, awe, and gratitude
Foster empathy and connection
Grow inner resilience
Boost immune functions
Therefore, I am committed to building mindful living communities in Singapore, Vietnam and beyond.