People describe me as open, enthusiastic, authentic and pure. With these natural gifts I was born and they are available to you when we meet. I believe that acting with the right intention will ultimately give you what is best for you. I am connected to speaking the truth and to honesty. I enjoy my rebellious nature and spontaneity. I am advocating taking one’s own responsibility. I am fascinated by the masks we have constructed for ourselves, but underneath which we hide our true identity. I am curious about the true person underneath the mask.
After many years of work experience, I felt stuck. I became curious how it would be to have more inner stability in work situations. This triggered my journey inwards. I longed for connection with my essential nature, so that I could live my life in truth to myself and to others. I discovered that coaching was most beneficial, healing and powerful for me through experiencing feelings, body, mind and soul in the present moment. I sense now more and more value, sense of direction, stability, life fulfilment and more creativity. Also I do experience renewed and deepened connection to nature and to taking care of our beautiful Mother Earth.
In 2018, I became a Certified Coach Practitioner at Europees Instituut de Baak, The Netherlands. During the year 2019-2020 I embarked on a deepening journey in Zen Coaching. Since January 2021 I am a Certified Coach in the international Zen Coaching Network. Zen Coaching is the main foundation for my coaching practice. The starting point of Zen Coaching lies in our natural wish to be fully who we are, and to be genuine, authentic and sincere with ourselves and others. I love this approach, because it is effortless to use and it teaches me that all what happens inside me matters and that there is nothing to fix. I was also trained in Nonviolent Communication.
The saying ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear’ inspires me on my journey. Grateful I am for all the teachings I have received and still am receiving.
My work experience
My enthusiasm and passion for a healthy planet initially led me to live, study and work in Spain, USA, Belgium, Germany and currently The Netherlands. I was born and raised in The Netherlands and am currently based in Rotterdam. I hold a Master in Industrial Ecology. My working background and challenges started in the private environmental consulting sector. I also worked in the public sector in the European Commission and in the United Nations. Currently I work in the Dutch national government.
I love to connect with international friends, to be in the sun and heat, to listen to world music, to live in other cultures, to dance on Latin or (central) African music, to read inspiring literature on inner growth, to walk the Camino de Santiago, to wonder in nature and be alone, to drink coffee, to learn and speak Mediterranean languages, and to take care of plants at home.