WHM instructor level 3 (teaching the teachers), breathcoach, movement trainer and martial art enthusiast.
For a long time, I have been fascinated with exploring body and mind. This fascination let me on an amazing journey with beautiful adventures like training kung fu with monks in China, playing barefoot football in the snow with Wim, trying to make sense of shamans and much more.
For me the Wim Hof Method is essentially about connection. Connecting to inner and outer nature; Connection with body and mind and connection to yourself and others.
This had not always been my vision. My first cold shower was in a kung fu school in China. Even though it was not voluntarily, I started to love the mental challenge. Back in the netherlands I heard about the amazing skills of Iceman wim hof and attracted to learn his superpowers I joined my first whm workshop in 2012. From then on I was determined to learn more. I practiced enthousiastically - though not always wisely - challenged myself in finnish lapland and joined the whm academy. Slowly, I started to learn that mastery over body and mind has less to do with control and impressive features, but more with letting go and connecting. Then the real magic and mastery started to happen. Again and again I can be surprised on how simple and powerful the breathing, mindset and cold are; How they can bring connection and to what amazing superpowers this connection can lead. From dealing with disease, improving sport performance and relaxing under stress to getting to know yourself better and overcoming fears.
Wim Hof Method: I have explored my limits in the extreme cold of Finnish Lapland, climbed mount Sniezka many times in shorts, supported many adventures with Wim in Poland, took part in the making of the fundamental course and instructed the new instructors.
Martial arts: I have trained in systema and different Chinese and Thai martial arts. I have trained martial arts intensively in both China and Thailand.
Movement: I am a trainer in the kinesica method. Apart from that I have trained in many other movement methods and styles.
Breathwork: I am a breath coach in ‘methode beter ademen’, I have explored many different breathing methods including buteyko, quantum light breath and systema breathwork.
Meditation: I am a great fan of vipassana meditation.
Academical: In university I studied a combination of philosophy, linguistics, anthropology and religious studies.
Spiritual: I try to navigate the interesting waters in between science, religion, common sense and amazing experiences and see where they can meet each other, attempting to remain very sceptical and accepting at the same time. I have a love/hate relationship with ´spirituality’. Still I spent a lot of time in monasteries, spiritual festivals, sufi rituals, retreats and new agey workshops, often learning amazing things.