“Find an environment where you will be KNOWN for who you are. Always seek out people with whom you can go deep. Grant yourself the closeness and intimacy that will lift the veils in your mind.”
Clarity in matters of the heart
Twelve years in health care and almost three decades of living and working in a dynamic, intentional community have molded me into a warm, commonsensical counselor for any issues that weigh upon the heart, whether in your private life or in work-related matters.
For 28 years, as one of the core founders of Training & Retreat Center Venwoude, I have given my all to this experimental community, pioneering new ways of living and working together in the areas of personal leadership, business management, intimacy and sexuality, as well as spirituality.
In this bustling beehive I have had many functions, both in running the center and as a trainer/coach. I attended and assisted in countless trainings in bodywork, breathwork, sexuality and personal leadership. I gave massages, coaching and relationship counseling. I also developed my own trainings: ‘Enjoy your body’ and ‘Being single is a lonely affair’.
Eventually, I took over a lot of the work of my life partner, Venwoude’s founder Ted Wilson. I started to give lectures and lead retreats and weekend workshops on meditation and spirituality, both during his illness and after his death in 2007.
Through my connections with many international spiritual teachers over the years, I know the blessings and also the pitfalls of intense self-inquiry from my own experience.