Practical Sunshine’s shiny tools for practical people.

At the Department of Practical Sunshine, we pride ourselves on the depth and breadth of tools in our toolbox. Coaching, facilitation and strategy requires a nuanced approach, which means there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits all solution. That said, here are a few tools that many have found helpful as they work towards growth and evolution. You’re welcome!

Communicating using TAFVA

There are many excellent models for engaging in open and constructive communication. The Department of Practical Sunshine has had a lot of success using the TAFVA model—try it for yourself!

Start with Values

It is difficult to live in accordance with your values if you don’t know what they are.

Which of these values are most important to you? Are you living in alignment with your values?

Where am I going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?

Five questions and actions (yes, actions not just answers!) to get grounded, oriented and motivated.

The Department of Practical Sunshine Bookshop is where you can find and purchase books we’ve given the “thumbs up”—and support small booksellers (and the Department) at the same time. Win-win.

Sex is not a Four Letter Word is our sister site dedicated to sexuality education. If you’re looking for workshops and classes to support positive and constructive conversations regarding sex and sexuality, please check it out!

“Elona’s seminar for parents on how to effectively communicate with your kids is a rare and valuable resource. Elona creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere and is able to help you better define your own values in a non judgmental atmosphere. By the end, she gives you the skills you need to develop healthy communication with your children regarding sex and sexual health. This class should be on every parents ‘to do’ list.”

—Matt B., workshop participant