I’m passionate about re-sensitizing and trusting my body, to follow her innate wisdom. Yet it’s not something I have learned while growing up. How to listen to my pain?
When I finished the art academy in 2009 I was feeling confused, insecure and too afraid to create anything…
I started practicing and teaching Yoga & Meditation. That brought a big shift in the relationship I had with my body; for the first time I started to hear her, notice how she was constantly talking to me. I became more aware of my thoughts too, that was confronting! The way I talked to myself created so much pain: “You are so stupid”, “Again you didn’t finish your to-do list!” etc.
When I met NVC in 2014 I had a profound experience: “Life is not about feeling good. Instead my feelings are there to care for me.” This brought a sense of I’m welcome as I’m. I finally got the clarity on how to connect to life in me and in others. This clarity is making my life worth living, supporting me daily in connection with my children, my partner and myself!
In 2018 when my own relationship ended, I started teaching NVC and supporting couples and individuals. It made me realise many human-beings struggle in their relationships: (Unspoken) shame, guilt, expectations etc. seem to kill love and sexuality. Yet I also realised that deep down most human-beings long for a relationship where they feel fully seen, loved and supported. I find sexuality such a powerful and potent energy, I feel passionate to listen to the shame, fear, guilt and longings we might carry around sexuality and how we can use our sexual energy not only for pleasure but also to make love that reaches beyond the bedroom into all areas of our life.
Languages: English, Dutch.
I feel so grateful for the course it came exactly at the right time. I experience you as so authentic. I feel such a deep invitation to be honest, be here, right now, in the moment. You really showed me something new in me and in life. Thank you for the way you teach!
In everything you teach and facilitate you bring a deep wisdom, both learned and also seemingly ancestral. With your authenticity and care you create a space which feels both safe and brave. Your course has resonated in many areas of my everyday, making life seem possible and exciting in ways it is all too easy to forget in our busy world
I really like being with Marije because to me she radiates softness and empathy, as well as strength. Because of this I trust that I can completely let myself fall and be received in gentleness. I trust that Marije will not take the waves that arise for me (in the form of thoughts, feelings) for who I am, so that I feel free to also express the hidden parts of myself. Magical how things then are starting to move, and space is created in myself