First: I am very grateful that in all parts of my work, I am allowed to journey with people beyond the cultural and societal facades, into the areas where things, in mu opinion truly matter; where it feels wild, powerful, vulnerable, and real. And then start to manifest and create exactly from that spot.
So: unraveling what is in between us and our greatest joy, has become the most inspiring journey of all. And this also definitely includes my own journey, bumpy as it has been. Here's my lifestory, if you are in for a read.
I was born on a spring day in 1973, child of a soft, grumpy father and a charming, worried mother. I had an older sister who kneaded dreadlocks in her hair with soap, and who was the only one in the lyceum having a rat gnawing on her shoulders from her lunch bread.
In my adolescence I changed from an energetic and cheerful child into a chubby, philosophical teenager who looked restlessly for the meaning of life at the theatre school in Utrecht and the University of Humanistics.
Because the meaning of life was not revealed to me in any of these schools, I moved to Namibia for life at it’s raw. In addition to writing my final thesis, I got a job as a manager and theatre-director of an educational theatre group. This meant that I had to try to get my fraudulent boss behind bars and sometimes had to hide in the desert if he was very angry about that.
Fortunately, I maintained a 'challenging' relationship with a detective who always slept with an AK-47 under his pillow. And I realised that I loved living an outdoor life under the African sun.
The fraudulent boss died, but I stayed: I worked as a Theatre Arts teacher at the International School, and developed myself as an actress, singer and director in various African and International theatre projects.
After 3 years I returned to the Netherlands and co-founded the NPO Theatre Embassy. For 7 years I led the foundation, and I developed and directed theater projects and workshops in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
BACK IN HOLLAND
In 2007 I was done with traveling. I came to rest in Hawaii, gave birth to twins and bought a huge, dilapidated farm just above Amsterdam. There I drove my partner out of the house, set up a guesthouse, and started looking for new forms to connect my three passions:
Making stuff. Trying to understand life. Enlivening others; and learning that I could only do that by enlivening myself.
I started making autobiographical comics with my highschool-friend Dilys de Jong. In 2008 we got a permanent spot in the Dutch daily newspaper the Telegraaf with our strip Jong&Frij, which we own up to today.
I continued working as a theatre director, and created theatreprojects in Turkey, South Africa as well as in Holland, two of them about one of my favorite topics; love!
I expanded my coaching-work which I started around the millenium, and trained thousands of scientists, leaders & entrepreneurs. I learned to build bridges between deep spiritual insights and practical, physical & communicational tools.
The non profit organisation Soul Service saw the light, that I founded to give way to my need to create projects & theatre-events focussing on bridging the gaps between polarised groups in society. First shows to come in 2019. In april 2019 I started the (Dutch) podcast De wijze Woestenij, in which I am aiming to steer a little bit more wisdom into the world by trying to find wise solutions for worldly problems with my guests.
Well. A lot of life in a piece of writing. Connect if you feel inspired and want to share. And otherwise; I can always coach you:)