Organization

  • Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma

    Head of Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT

    Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma is founder of the Centrum voor Mindfulness, Head of our Mindfulness Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT program and trainer on the Teacher Training Self-Compassion MSC. His main interest lies in applying mindfulness and compassion to the many domains of daily life and specifically to health care. He has been involved in developing a number of mindfulness-based interventions.

    Rob is Head of the Mindfulness Teacher Training programs of the Centrum voor Mindfulness. He is the author of several popular books on mindfulness in Dutch. He published books on on the pedagogy of teaching mindfulness, such as The Mindfulness Teaching Guide: Essential Skills and Competencies for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

    Keen on following the progress of scientific research on mindfulness he tries to base his work as a teacher and developer on the newest insights in the field. Rob, sharing about his passion for mindfulness: ‘Mindfulness enables me to deal better with challenges and obstacles and realize more often that the here and now is (almost) always the best place to dwell in. It enriches my life with insight, wonder and tenderness. It’s a gift to be able to bring this in my work as well.’

    Rob used to work as a prevention officer in addiction treatment, as director of an organization in the health prevention sector, and in his own practice for psychology. He is a trained pedagogue and a registered (but not-practicing) healthcare psychologist.

  • Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning

    Teacher Trainer, Program Manager Compassion and Compassion Teacher Training

    Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning is a social therapist, nurse and mindfulness and compassion teacher. She has a long professional experience working in (mental) health care with groups. And she worked as a teacher for healthcare professionals. Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and compassion and she started working for the VU University Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to healthcare.

    Currently she works as teacher and teacher trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and MSC courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. One of her great aspirations is to bring mindfulness to healthcare, especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

  • Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole

    Director

    Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole is director of the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and founder of its widely acknowledged leadership program Resilience in management, mindfulness-based leadership in 10 weeks. He is a public speaker on leadership, mindfulness and organizational development and the author of the bestselling Mindful Leadership. Tools to help you focus and succeed that provides the first comprehensive framework for mindfulness-based leadership and teamwork. Other books include Mindful Leiderschap voor effectieve teams en organisaties (in Dutch) and Mindful Werken. In 8 stappen je werkdruk de baas (Dutch).

    The Centre for Mindfulness is a professional, innovative and open training and knowledge centre for mindfulness in the Netherlands and Europe. Its mission is contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life and work, education and health by integrating mindfulness in all parts of society.

    .Besides teaching mindfulness based leadership programs Wibo works as a management consultant and leadership expert for innovation in complex systems. His work focuses on strategy and innovation, change management and leadership development in a wide range of organizations, both corporate and social. His clients range from KLM to local governments like the City of Amsterdam, from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia to international ngo's like Oxfam and Synergos.

    His work builds on his considerable experience in management himself, as campaign and strategy manager with the Dutch Consumer Association, as head of communications for Oxfam Novib and the mental health organization Emergis, and as general director of the Dutch Nature and Environment Foundation. He has inside knowledge of many economic sectors: telecommunications and internet technology, agro-production, health care, and banking and insurance; he has also worked with the government. He chaired the local Dutch Labor Party, PvdA in Amsterdam and has a broad experience as a non-executive president of several organizations, like the University of Amsterdam's Academic Mental Health Clinic and the forerunner of ProDemos, the Dutch national institute for democracy and the rule of law.

    He graduated with honors in political science at the University of Amsterdam, and took the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA). He is a certified mindfulness teacher and is a member of the Presencing Institute's (MIT, Boston, USA) Core Group. He studies various Buddhist (Vipassana, Zen) and other contemplative traditions and has expert knowledge of modern scientific insights on mindfulness meditation and its applications.

  • Nienke Heijbroek

    Nienke Heijbroek

    Mindfulness trainer in organisations and in nature

    Nienke Heijbroek

    Voor mij is Mindfulness een krachtig middel om stop-momenten in de dag in te bouwen en tot mezelf te komen. Hierdoor handel ik meer vanuit rust en verbondenheid met mezelf. Hier profiteer ik van als moeder, partner, collega en vriendin. Van jongs af aan heb ik de behoefte gehad de stilte op te zoeken. Ik merkte dat je zo contact kunt maken met een meer intuïtief weten in plaats van het altijd actieve denken centraal te stellen. Pas toen ik Mindfulness ging beoefenen heb ik de behoefte aan rust en stilte kunnen integreren in mijn dagelijks leven. Ik heb geen vakantie meer nodig om op te laden.

    Na een retraite in 2001 ben ik intensief yoga en meditatie gaan beoefenen. Vipassana-meditatie, mindful yoga, westerse meditatie en de Mindfulness­oefeningen inspireren mij.

    Sinds 2005 werk ik als trainer, coach en organisatieadviseur. De afgelopen jaren heb ik vooral binnen de zorg teams gecoacht en verandertrajecten begeleid. Op dit moment werk ik in meerdere sectoren en geef ik mindfulness binnen organisaties en op open inschrijving.

    Ik ben sociaal psycholoog en heb daarnaast opleidingen gevolgd tot organisatieadviseur, trainer en coach. In 2010 ben ik opgeleid tot mindfulness­trainer. Ik volg regelmatig retraites en cursussen om mijn opmerkzaamheid verder te verdiepen.

    Bewust aanwezig zijn is voor mij een verrijking van mijn leven. Ik vind het geweldig om anderen te faciliteren om meer balans en rust in zichzelf te vinden.

    Meer info op: aandachtsoefening.nl

  • Ernst Koeleveld

    Ernst Koeleveld

    Program manager Mindfulness in school/.b Teacher Training

    Ernst Koeleveld

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    Ernst is teacher at secondary school and embraced the Mindfulness in Schools Project mission to improve the life of young people by making a positive difference in their mental health and well-being by training teacher to teach the .b course. The .b training teaches pupils not only how mindfulness can help them to handle difficulties more smart, but also how mindfulness can help them flourish. Ernst is also responsible for the Dutch translation of the current version of the .b course and brings a lot experience and examples from teaching .b to students of various school types and age groups (VMBO, HAVO, VWO and MBO).

  • Lisa Maduro

    Lisa Maduro

    Operations Manager

    Lisa Maduro

    My name is Lisa Maduro and I am Operations Manager at the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam.

    I am responsible for the daily operations within the Centre.

    The practice of mindfulness plays an important role in my daily life, as a person in this ever-changing fast paced world, as an entrepreneur but certainly also as a single parent. It offers me the unique ability to really get to know myself and to therefore make more conscious choices. I experience more joy, calm and balance.

    With my company I organize small scale gatherings and retreats where I combine mindfulness, slow travel and creativity.

  • Kitty Valentin

    Kitty Valentin

    Content Manager

    Kitty Valentin

    In a stressful period in 2012 I was introduced to mindfulness. I attended an 8-week mindfulness training and a whole new world opened up to me. I learned to pause at stressful moments instead of running on auto-pilot, after which I could make better choices and experience relaxation.

    The constant stream of thoughts calmed down and I recognized what caused me stress and happiness so that I could act accordingly.

    These were techniques I would have liked to learn earlier in my busy life. Soon I got the idea that I wanted to teach others to practice mindfulness.

    First I practiced mindful compassion (MBCL) and after that I attended the Mindfulness Teacher Foundation Program at CVM, followed by a Vipassana retreat. In addition, I became a Mind-Walk teacher (a combination of walking, mindfulness, yoga and tai chi) and I have my own company where I help entrepreneurs towards more peace, focus and relaxation.

    And now I have started the Mindfulness Teacher Training Advanced Program at CVM and I hope to teach the 8-week mindfulness training soon.

    As a Content Manager at CVM I have the opportunity to combine my expertise on marketing communication with my interest in mindfulness. My work is visible via the newsletters of CVM, articles on the website and on social media. My favorite type of content - besides inspirational articles, posts and video - is to translate the knowledge and experience of our team to practical tips and tools to support you in your mindfulness practice.

  • Clementine van Wijngaarden

    Clementine van Wijngaarden

    Programme Maker Mindful Living

    Clementine van Wijngaarden

    One of my favorite quotes is from the singer Tony Bennett. It is from the 2015 documentary about Amy Winehouse; “Life teaches you how to live it, if you live long enough”. In other words: when you are old enough you will start to see patterns; you see how you react to the same things over and over again. You start to see all of your flaws. But this awareness will also reveal your good qualities too. Bennett was 89 when he said this so already quite an age.But I am certain that if you practice and integrate mindfulness into your life the benefits of this wisdom can be apparent at a much earlier age.

    As a working journalist I have had many beautiful conversations over the past decade with national and international practitioners of mindfulness. I spoke to Rick Hanson about anger, I interviewed Kristin Neff about how, through compassion, the relation with her autistic son improved, Karin Rekfelt told me how being mindful can help with feelings of anxiety. But the conversation that stayed with me the most was with Tara Brach at an Airbnb in Amsterdam. It is because of her that I started to deepen my own practice and I felt more and more how mindfulness was increasing my awareness.

    As a programme maker for Mindful Living I will be looking for inspirational people to speak on our webinars, podcasts and video's. My aim is to help mindfulness become even more integrated into your life.

  • Amber Nicolaas Ponder

    Amber Nicolaas Ponder

    Website Operator

    Amber Nicolaas Ponder

    In addition to my IT work at the CVM, I'm also partly responsible for the customer service. I do this with great pleasure because I myself am also in training to become a Mindfulness trainer.

    As an independent entrepreneur, I sometimes help with the financial administration of a few customers, but sometimes I also suddenly sing on a stage or teaching a Mindfulness class. Furthermore, I practice acrobatics and yoga, I have the sweetest and softest two cats in the world (there is no arguing about this) and last but not least; I am a single mother of a little big soccer hero!

  • Daphne van Ouwerkerk

    Daphne van Ouwerkerk

    Administration

    Daphne van Ouwerkerk

    My name is Daphne van Ouwerkerk and I am the administrative assistant of the Center for Mindfulness. In my role I am responsible for the administration and communication regarding courses, training programs and workshops and I offer service and support to participants, teachers and trainers.

    Previously I worked as a fundraiser for charities. In that role I sometimes visited the call center that used to be in the rooms where the Center for Mindfulness is now located. The cacophony and bustle that I can remember from back then has been transformed into an oasis of peace where mindfulness has taught me how to deal with the busyness and discomfort of life, to give it a place and where necessary to let it go.

    I am also a certified yoga teacher and I am currently sorting out how I want to offer yoga. In addition to mindfulness, yoga also offers me the experience of bodyfulness, consciously inhabiting and experiencing your body, and I like to share that with others.

Teachers

  • Kiki Vreeling

    Kiki Vreeling

    Management Consultant and Mindfulness Teacher

    Kiki Vreeling

    Kiki Vreeling is een ervaren trainer op het gebied van persoonlijk leiderschap en mindfulness met een Master in Bedrijfskunde en een Postacademische Opleiding in Mindfulness. Ze heeft meerjarige ervaring in consulting en training.

    Verrast door het feit dat focus, mindfulness en het cognitieve model geen fundamenteel onderdeel zijn van leiderschaps- of business education, ontwierp Kiki haar eigen programma voor Persoonlijk Mindful Leiderschap waarin ze haar kennis van bedrijfskunde en mindfulness combineerde.

    Ze wordt gevraagd om haar programma te geven in leiderschapsprogramma’s van organisaties en business schools. Haar klanten zijn onder meer de Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam School of Management Executive Education, OVG Real Estate, Denso Automotive en Essent.

    Ze combineert die twee interesses niet alleen in het werk maar ook in onderzoek. Als PhD-student doet ze onderzoek naar de effecten van mindfulness op leiderschap bij de Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen, samen met de EUR.

    De programma’s die Kiki geeft brengen leiderschap naar boven dat buiten de gebaande paden treedt. Haar thema’s worden gesteund door wetenschappelijk bewijs en Kiki is een krachtig voorstander van mindfulness beoefening in bedrijfsomgevingen.

  • Femke Kok

    Femke Kok

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Femke Kok

    Mindfulness betekent voor mij mezelf oefenen in helemaal aanwezig zijn op de plek waar ik ben; alles wat ik mee maak open tegemoet treden en toestaan te voelen wat ik erbij voel. Mindfulness-beoefening zorgt ervoor dat ik de directe ervaring kan beleven in elk moment, in wat ik doe of mee maak en dat ik daarmee meer voldoening en diepgang ervaar in de dingen die ik doe.

    Mijn naam is Femke Kok (1975). In 1998 ben ik afgestudeerd als klinisch psycholoog (UvA) en daarna heb ik de postdoctorale opleidingen gedaan tot GZ-psycholoog en psychotherapeut BIG. Ik werk sinds 1999 in een GGZ-instelling en daarnaast heb ik ook een eigen praktijk in Amsterdam, als psychotherapeut en coach.

    In mijn leven heeft meditatie een centrale plek. Ik heb me verdiept in het (Tibetaans) boeddhisme, en de afgelopen jaren steeds meer in mindfulness/vipassana. Ik ben enthousiast over de mogelijkheden in de Oosterse filosofie om de Westerse psychologie te verrijken en verbeteren. Dat is mijn passie en het onderwerp blijft me uitdagen en inspireren. Het heeft me persoonlijk veel gebracht en het heeft mijn werk in het begeleiden van anderen effectiever, liefdevoller en plezieriger gemaakt. Om mijn mindfulnessbeoefening te verdiepen en inspiratie te verversen doe ik regelmatig (stilte)retraites en cursussen op het gebied van mindfulness en compassie.

  • Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma

    Head of Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT

    Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma is founder of the Centrum voor Mindfulness, Head of our Mindfulness Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT program and trainer on the Teacher Training Self-Compassion MSC. His main interest lies in applying mindfulness and compassion to the many domains of daily life and specifically to health care. He has been involved in developing a number of mindfulness-based interventions.

    Rob is Head of the Mindfulness Teacher Training programs of the Centrum voor Mindfulness. He is the author of several popular books on mindfulness in Dutch. He published books on on the pedagogy of teaching mindfulness, such as The Mindfulness Teaching Guide: Essential Skills and Competencies for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

    Keen on following the progress of scientific research on mindfulness he tries to base his work as a teacher and developer on the newest insights in the field. Rob, sharing about his passion for mindfulness: ‘Mindfulness enables me to deal better with challenges and obstacles and realize more often that the here and now is (almost) always the best place to dwell in. It enriches my life with insight, wonder and tenderness. It’s a gift to be able to bring this in my work as well.’

    Rob used to work as a prevention officer in addiction treatment, as director of an organization in the health prevention sector, and in his own practice for psychology. He is a trained pedagogue and a registered (but not-practicing) healthcare psychologist.

  • Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning

    Teacher Trainer, Program Manager Compassion and Compassion Teacher Training

    Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning is a social therapist, nurse and mindfulness and compassion teacher. She has a long professional experience working in (mental) health care with groups. And she worked as a teacher for healthcare professionals. Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and compassion and she started working for the VU University Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to healthcare.

    Currently she works as teacher and teacher trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and MSC courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. One of her great aspirations is to bring mindfulness to healthcare, especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

  • Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole

    Director

    Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole is director of the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and founder of its widely acknowledged leadership program Resilience in management, mindfulness-based leadership in 10 weeks. He is a public speaker on leadership, mindfulness and organizational development and the author of the bestselling Mindful Leadership. Tools to help you focus and succeed that provides the first comprehensive framework for mindfulness-based leadership and teamwork. Other books include Mindful Leiderschap voor effectieve teams en organisaties (in Dutch) and Mindful Werken. In 8 stappen je werkdruk de baas (Dutch).

    The Centre for Mindfulness is a professional, innovative and open training and knowledge centre for mindfulness in the Netherlands and Europe. Its mission is contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life and work, education and health by integrating mindfulness in all parts of society.

    .Besides teaching mindfulness based leadership programs Wibo works as a management consultant and leadership expert for innovation in complex systems. His work focuses on strategy and innovation, change management and leadership development in a wide range of organizations, both corporate and social. His clients range from KLM to local governments like the City of Amsterdam, from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia to international ngo's like Oxfam and Synergos.

    His work builds on his considerable experience in management himself, as campaign and strategy manager with the Dutch Consumer Association, as head of communications for Oxfam Novib and the mental health organization Emergis, and as general director of the Dutch Nature and Environment Foundation. He has inside knowledge of many economic sectors: telecommunications and internet technology, agro-production, health care, and banking and insurance; he has also worked with the government. He chaired the local Dutch Labor Party, PvdA in Amsterdam and has a broad experience as a non-executive president of several organizations, like the University of Amsterdam's Academic Mental Health Clinic and the forerunner of ProDemos, the Dutch national institute for democracy and the rule of law.

    He graduated with honors in political science at the University of Amsterdam, and took the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA). He is a certified mindfulness teacher and is a member of the Presencing Institute's (MIT, Boston, USA) Core Group. He studies various Buddhist (Vipassana, Zen) and other contemplative traditions and has expert knowledge of modern scientific insights on mindfulness meditation and its applications.

  • Marjorie Lumet

    Marjorie Lumet

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Marjorie Lumet

    I am a mindfulness trainer, coach and birth doula and have been supporting individuals, groups and families in the making, through the practice of mindfulness and (self-) compassion since 2015.

    With a background of 15+ years in the corporate world (in global communications), I am aware of the challenges of working in a demanding environment and the threats this can pose to one’s well-being.

    French of origin, I’ve had the privilege of living in many different countries, working with various cultures, and continue to enjoy teaching international and diverse groups.

    My style is warm and nurturing - holding a safe space comes naturally to me.

    I offer the MBSR program in English language. I also teach the MBCP program to support expecting couples. My own experience of becoming a mother brought me to train as a mindful birthing teacher and doula as I feel mindfulness has a very positive influence on birth and the hugely important role of parenting the next generation.

    A few times a year, I co-host a retreat combining mindfulness, coaching and conscious movement (including yoga, pilates, dance) to support individuals to live more mindfully, purposefully and encourage compassionate action.

    I strongly believe in the power of sharing authentically as a community and host regular mindfulness circles and nature walks for continuous connection with ourselves, others and the natural world. Finally, I support individuals on a private basis in my own practice, Experience Mindfulness, both as a somatic coach and as a birth doula.

  • Martine Huisman

    Martine Huisman

    Psychologist and Mindfulness Teacher

    Martine Huisman

    Mijn naam is Martine Huisman. Ik ben werkzaam als psycholoog en mindfulness­trainer in Amsterdam en ben sinds een paar jaar verbonden aan het Centrum voor Mindfulness. Na mijn studie psychologie ben ik in 2013 in aanraking gekomen met mindfulness. De training heeft me veel gebracht en de beoefening van mindfulness doet dat nog steeds. Het helpt me om rust te vinden, me minder te laten meeslepen door negatieve gedachten en dichter bij mezelf te staan.

    Tijdens de trainersopleiding wist ik meteen dat hier mijn kracht en mijn passie liggen. Ik merk, zowel in mijn werk als in mijn persoonlijke leven, dat veel mensen gebukt gaan onder chronische stress en gepieker. We zijn druk, moeten veel ballen in de lucht houden en zorgen niet altijd goed voor onszelf. In de training leer je vaardigheden aan om bewuster in het leven te staan en zo meer aandacht te hebben voor de dingen die jij belangrijk vindt. Ik geef mijn trainingen met passie, humor en nuchterheid om mindfulness te kunnen beoefenen in het middelpunt van onze drukke levens.

    Het voelt als een voorrecht om anderen kennis te laten maken met mindfulness en deelnemers te kunnen faciliteren in het proces van met meer aandacht in het leven staan. Het is iedere keer weer bijzonder om te zien hoe iedereen na de training een rijker mens is..

  • Christianne Moussault

    Christianne Moussault

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Christianne Moussault

    Als trainer wil ik graag doorgeven wat mij geholpen heeft om om te gaan met de onvermijdelijke stress die iedereen in zijn of haar leven ervaart. Dat er een moment is dat je moet stoppen met "doen" en dat het dan belangrijk is om te ervaren wat er op dat moment "is".

    In 1984 ben ik in Amsterdam in aanraking gekomen met Vipassanameditatie. In golfbewegingen heb ik mij daarna meer of minder met meditatie bezig gehouden. Intussen was wat ik geleerd had wel steeds bij mij en op moeilijke momenten viel ik er vaak op terug.

    In 2007 deed zich een gelegenheid voor om een mindfulness­training te doen. Voor mij is het de aanzet geweest om mindfulness en meditatie een vaste plek in mijn leven te geven.

    Om mij hier verder in te bekwamen en om te kijken of ik dit ook aan anderen zou kunnen overbrengen ben ik in 2012 de opleiding tot mindfulness­trainer gaan volgen bij het Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. Nadat ik de opleiding had afgerond bleek er een andere uitdaging zich voor te doen. Inmiddels ben ik directeur van een (GGZ) cliëntenorganisatie. Dit brengt met zich me dat ik op dit moment geen mindfulness training geef maar wel graag meditatieavonden.

  • Kristiaan bij de Vaate

    Kristiaan bij de Vaate

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Kristiaan bij de Vaate

    Ik ben Psycholoog NIP en heb naast mijn werk als mindfulness- en zelfcompassietrainer een praktijk voor integratieve counseling in Amsterdam Zuid.

    Als psycholoog kijk ik naar wat we als mensen nodig hebben om een gelukkig, gezond en waardevol leven te leiden en hoe we daarbij het beste kunnen omgaan met moeilijkheden die we tegenkomen.

    In mindfulness vond ik een manier om dit voor mijzelf heel direct te onderzoeken. Mijn eerste ervaring met mindfulness meditatie deed ik ruim 20 jaar geleden op in India. Hier kwam ik tot het inzicht dat je je eigen geest kan trainen om bewuster en prettiger in het leven te staan. Dit had een grote impact op mij en sindsdien ben ik meditatie blijven beoefenen.

    In 2012 heb ik de opleiding tot mindfulness­trainer bij het Centrum voor Mindfulness voltooid.

    Bij het CvM verzorg ik de mindfulness en zelfcompassie trainingen en begeleid ook de verdiepende mindfulness en compassie jaargroep. De praktische aanpak van de mindfulness training sluit goed aan bij de manier waarop ik de beoefening beleef en hoe ik deze door wil geven aan anderen.

    Mijn begeleiding karakteriseert zich door rust en betrokkenheid waarin voor iedereen ruimte is om op eigen tempo en manier mindfulness eigen te maken en te onderzoeken hoe je dit in je eigen leven kunt toepassen.

  • Henrice Vonck

    Henrice Vonck

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Henrice Vonck

    For Henrice Vonck mindfulness sets the course in the current phase of her life. The combination of (self)awareness, being in the moment and focused on the task, all proven outcomes of mindfulness practice, help her to be receptive to new moments and possibilities. She finished her mindfulness training at the Centrum voor Mindfulness, Amsterdam, and continues to deepen her expertise through self-study, conferences and retreats, combined with the physical practice of yoga and chi kung. At Nalandabodhi, Rotterdam, she followed the Buddhist Path of Study.

    Her wish to share her experience and insight with others she realizes in her work as trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness, Amsterdam, and at Codarts University for the Arts, Rotterdam. She is currently developing a Mindfulness training for Optimal Performance, to transform stressful performances into a dynamic and creative process. Henrice was trained as pianist at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She obtained a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, with her research on North-Balinese gamelan music. She regularly returns to Bali, as researcher and organizer of (inter)national events.

  • Suzan van der Goes

    Suzan van der Goes

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Suzan van der Goes

    I work as a coach and mindfulness and compassion trainer, with a background in business. My focus is to help people develop themselves. Becoming aware, trusting their own strength, and being in balance.

    In 2009 I discovered mindfulness myself and did I follow a teacher training program to become a mindfulness teacher. That choice also gave me calm and balance again and I refound pleasure in work and myself.

    Other than mindfulness training I deepened my knowledge and experience with mindful parenting and mindful self-compassion. By these additional teacher training programs I experience more compassion, wisdom and kindness for myself and other people around me. And more pleasure and love in my life.

    Mindfulness and self-compassion have brought me a lot. Mindfulness teached me to recognize automatic stress reactions. By this awareness I can make choices and respond to stress in stead of only reacting. It gives me more freedom and calm!

  • Nienke Heijbroek

    Nienke Heijbroek

    Mindfulness trainer in organisations and in nature

    Nienke Heijbroek

    Voor mij is Mindfulness een krachtig middel om stop-momenten in de dag in te bouwen en tot mezelf te komen. Hierdoor handel ik meer vanuit rust en verbondenheid met mezelf. Hier profiteer ik van als moeder, partner, collega en vriendin. Van jongs af aan heb ik de behoefte gehad de stilte op te zoeken. Ik merkte dat je zo contact kunt maken met een meer intuïtief weten in plaats van het altijd actieve denken centraal te stellen. Pas toen ik Mindfulness ging beoefenen heb ik de behoefte aan rust en stilte kunnen integreren in mijn dagelijks leven. Ik heb geen vakantie meer nodig om op te laden.

    Na een retraite in 2001 ben ik intensief yoga en meditatie gaan beoefenen. Vipassana-meditatie, mindful yoga, westerse meditatie en de Mindfulness­oefeningen inspireren mij.

    Sinds 2005 werk ik als trainer, coach en organisatieadviseur. De afgelopen jaren heb ik vooral binnen de zorg teams gecoacht en verandertrajecten begeleid. Op dit moment werk ik in meerdere sectoren en geef ik mindfulness binnen organisaties en op open inschrijving.

    Ik ben sociaal psycholoog en heb daarnaast opleidingen gevolgd tot organisatieadviseur, trainer en coach. In 2010 ben ik opgeleid tot mindfulness­trainer. Ik volg regelmatig retraites en cursussen om mijn opmerkzaamheid verder te verdiepen.

    Bewust aanwezig zijn is voor mij een verrijking van mijn leven. Ik vind het geweldig om anderen te faciliteren om meer balans en rust in zichzelf te vinden.

    Meer info op: aandachtsoefening.nl

  • Margôt van Stee

    Margôt van Stee

    Mindfulness teacher

    Margôt van Stee

    Mijn naam is Margôt van Stee (1964) en ik ben als trainer en opleider verbonden aan het Centrum voor Mindfulness. Ik geef de mindfulness­training, de compassietraining (MSC) en de training Leven vanuit je kernwaarden (gebaseerd op Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) en ik begeleid de mindfulness en compassie jaargroepen. Daarnaast geef ik les en supervisie aan de basis- en vervolgopleiding tot mindfulness­trainer.

    Na mijn studie klinische psychologie werkte ik als hulpverlener, docent, trainer/coach en projectmanager. In 2000 ging ik werken als arbeidspsycholoog en sinds 2010 heb ik een eigen psychologische praktijk. Het hanteren van stress is sinds jaar en dag één van de voornaamste uitdagingen voor mijn cliënten.

    Toen ik in 2005 een mindfulness­training volgde bij Joke Hellemans vond ik hierop een mild en tegelijkertijd krachtig antwoord. Niet alleen voor mijn cliënten, maar ook voor mijzelf. Door in het hier en nu contact te maken met het lichaam en de ademhaling, zo ontdekte ik, herstel je het contact met jezelf en de wereld om je heen. Je doorbreekt de hectiek en creëert ruimte en rust om bewust en met aandacht je koers te bepalen, telkens weer opnieuw.

    De resultaten van wetenschappelijk onderzoek bleken mijn eigen ervaringen en die van anderen te ondersteunen. Daarom besloot ik in mijn leven volop ruimte te maken voor mindfulness, zowel privé als professioneel. Ik volgde scholing en retraites bij onder andere Rob Brandsma, Pema Chödrön, Christopher Germer, Frits Koster, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Kristin Neff en Mark Williams. Verder vind ik inspiratie in workshops, boeken en podcasts en schrijf ik graag over psychologie en mindfulness in de vorm van blogs. Meer informatie is te vinden op margotvanstee.nl

  • Joke Fleer

    Joke Fleer

    Associate Professor Health Psychology, teacher iMBCT

    Joke Fleer

    Joke Fleer is psychologist and works as senior researcher at the section Health Psychology of the Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen (UMCG).

    Since 2009 she teacher individual mindfulness.

  • Simone Lips

    Simone Lips

    Arbeids- en organisatie psychologe en mindfulness­trainer

    Simone Lips

    Ik ben arbeids- en organisatie psychologe (1964) en heb een jarenlange ervaring in het geven van trainingen op het gebied van communicatie, leiding geven en persoonlijke ontwikkeling. In de meest organisaties waar ik heb gewerkt heb ik veel stress, onvrede en conflicten gezien, met alle gevolgen van dien. Vaardigheidstrainingen zijn behulpzaam, maar bleken toch regelmatig een korte termijn oplossing te bieden. Er is veelal meer zelfbewustzijn en zelfmanagement nodig voor meer bestendige veranderingen.

    Toen ik in aanraking kwam met mindfulness bleek dat dit de ontbrekende schakel was in mijn leven en werk. Door mindfulness heb ik sneller in de gaten dat ik stress ervaar en schiet daardoor minder makkelijk in ineffectieve patronen. Dit zie ik ook bij veel cursisten.

    Ik hoor van hen ook dat ze hierdoor vaker weten te kiezen voor gezonde coping strategieën en regelmatiger tijd in bouwen voor rust en herstel. Ook helpt mindfulness om meer te genieten van de mooie dingen in het leven en wijzer en gezonder om te gaan met de lastige aspecten van het leven, waar we ook allemaal mee te maken krijgen. Ik ben er een milder mens door geworden, voor anderen en zeker ook voor mezelf.

    In mijn werk als mindfulness­trainer sta ik voor helderheid, rust, doortastendheid en een ‘met beide benen op de grond’ benadering. Het is mijn missie om mindfulness in organisaties te brengen en op die manier een bijdrage te leveren aan meer vitaliteit en veerkracht voor iedereen die daar werkt. werkt. Meer info op: mindfulmoving.nl

  • Irena Veringa

    Irena Veringa

    Mindfulness trainer, researcher, teacher

    Irena Veringa

    I am mindfulness trainer, researcher, teacher and midwife. During my 25 years of working as a midwife I have supported many mothers and babies through the processes of child birth. That was a beautiful and intense part of my life. Since 2012 I am a trainer in Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP), specialized in fear in pregnant women. I am also teach the course Mindfulness with your Baby. I study both of these courses at the University of Amsterdam. I work in close collaboration with Nancy Bardacke, the founder of MBCP and Eva Potharst, the founder of Mindful with your baby.

    Mindfulness plays an important role in my life. As a fearful mother and overworking midwife I could utilise mindfulness to see why I did the things I did and how I could enjoy my life better. I always wanted to share my experiences and discoveries in the field of mindfulness in my personal and professional life with pregnant women and mothers. I wish for every young family a beautiful start of new life with mindfulness. My next step is to introduce mindfulness into the obstetric care.

    At the Centrum voor Mindfulness I teach Mindfulness based Childbirth and Parenting with Fear for expectant women and their partners and for professionals in childbirth-healthcare and Mindful with Your baby for mothers with stress.

    For more information:www.mindingeboorte.nl

  • Esther de Bruin

    Esther de Bruin

    Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog, mindfulness trainer en associate professor aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam

    Esther de Bruin

    Dr. Esther de Bruin is gezondheidszorgpsycholoog, mindfulness trainer en is verbonden als associate professor aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, afdeling Pedagogische en Onderwijswetenschappen. Esthers onderzoeksgebied heeft veelal betrekking op het ontwikkelen en evalueren van de (kosten)effectiviteit van mindfulness-based programma’s voor verschillende populaties, zoals kinderen met autisme en Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), en hun ouders (het MYmind programma waarvan bij het CvM ook de trainersopleiding verzorgd wordt), zwangere vrouwen met stress- en angstklachten en hun partners (het MBCP programma waarvan bij het CvM ook de trainersopleiding verzorgd wordt) en Esther is ontwikkelaar en onderzoeker van het Mindful2Work programma wat inmiddels ook in het Duits vertaald is.

    Ze is associate editor van het internationale wetenschappelijke tijdschrift Mindfulness, en ontwikkelaar en docent van een internationale module Mindfulness voor studenten van over de hele wereld aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam.

  • Jennifer Hordijk-Faure

    Jennifer Hordijk-Faure

    Mindfulness teacher

    Jennifer Hordijk-Faure

    I am South African, married to a Dutchman and have been living in Holland for more than 25 years.

    Since I started exploring mindfulness several years ago, the effect on my life has been profound. I have been amazed at improvements I have been able to make to my own emotional well-being. Instead of missing my life by worrying too much about the future or being caught up in the past, I am spending a lot more time in the present.

    Through the skills of mindfulness, I have learned to remain calm and centered, even when faced with the challenges that life sometimes has the tendency to throw in our path.

    I became so enthusiastic about the benefits of mindfulness in my own life, that I completed the teacher training program at the Centrum for Mindfulness in Amsterdam in order to be able to share what I have learned with others. I also regularly follow courses and retreats in the field of mindfulness.

    My teaching approach is practical and down to earth. I find it deeply rewarding to help others make their journey toward a more aware, happier and balanced life.

  • Mark Cole

    Mark Cole

    Mindfulness teacher

    Mark Cole

    Mark Cole has practiced various forms of mind & body based awareness techniques since 1993. He adopted the mindfulness based approach in 2010, and has since followed post graduate studies in mindfulness based therapies at the Radboud UMC (Nijmegen) and Oxford University (UK) leading to professional trainer endorsement.

    Having worked across a large number of multinationals in a variety of roles within HR, IT and Business Development; Mark is close to the ground and well informed of the stresses of modern living in the workplace and at home. He is passionate about training people to respond rather than react to the triggers of stress in a creative and engaging, yet light hearted way.

    Mark has a particular interest in the area of Mindfulness in the relationship to oneself, others and the world around us. With a passion for the great outdoors, he can often be found spending time on the water, where actively being present with the elements provides a rewarding sense of connection with nature.

  • Mary Kelly

    Mary Kelly

    Mindfulness teacher

    Mary Kelly

    Originally from Ireland, I have lived overseas for many years in a number of interesting places.

    Whilst living in Myanmar, I became intrigued by the mindful approach to living and being that was embodied by the local people. Teaching in an international school setting, at the time, I began to notice the subtle differences in composure between the local children and those who came from elsewhere. The Myanmar children, who were experienced in meditation, seemed to have a distinct form of presence.

    At that point in my life, I did not yet have words to define what I was perceiving, but I recognized in the Myanmar children their notable capacity to be aware, attentive, kind, non-judgemental, and curious. At a later stage, I learned that this way of being is characterised by the term mindfulness, and that it is a disposition that can be cultivated, in any cultural context, over time.

    On returning to Europe to work at a busy international school environment, I realized that I missed the calm and steady nature of the environment that I had left, and I sought out my first MBSR training in an effort to manage work related stress. This initial training proved inspirational and it opened a doorway that led to an exploration of different forms of meditation including vipassana, metta, and Zen. The highlight of this initial journey was a delightful retreat on Applied Ethics with Thich Nhat Hahn.

    Over time, a deepening awareness of the benefits of mindfulness-based practices for my own personal well-being and development encouraged me to introduce mindfulness to my students, to my colleagues, and to others. Following professional trainings with the Mindfulness in Schools Project and the Centre for Mindfulness, I now offer regular courses in Dot B, Dot B Foundations, and MBSR. My approach to teaching is inspired by the many thoughtful and heartfelt experiences that have remained with me following my time in Myanmar.

  • Kim Brice

    Kim Brice

    Mindfulness teacher

    Kim Brice

    Mindfulness has helped me understand and appreciate myself better. I have lived with high levels of anxiety all my life as well as trauma-related stress due to my work in war zones and several major life events. The MBSR training has offered me a backpack of tools which have empowered me to navigate life with greater awareness and equanimity. There is more compassion and spaciousness in me and as a result my life feels even more joyful and fulfilling.

    My professional background began in the field of political and social justice as a human rights activist. I also worked in several high management positions for private foundations in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Once I moved to The Netherlands in 2002, I immersed myself in personal growth and development, meditation and dance, a childhood passion of mine. As a result, I became increasingly fascinated by the body-mind connection and the importance of tapping into our whole-body intelligence. Before I knew it, I began coaching women around life transitions after earning certification as an integral leadership coach from Venwoude, a center for personal and spiritual development based in The Netherlands. Later, I received my certification as a mindfulness trainer from the Amsterdam-based Centrum voor Mindfulness. And, last but not least, I became a dance teacher. I am also an avid practitioner of yoga and the martial art of Aikido.

    Today, I offer MBSR courses to the general public as well as to change makers, individuals whose work contributes to positive social and political change in the world. I teach mindfulness because when we are able to move through life with greater stability and awareness, it positively affects everything we do and everyone we interact with. It is my way of contributing to a healthier and more balanced world, one person at a time. If you attend one of my sessions, I guarantee down to earthiness, warmth and humor. You can also expect an eclectic mix of qualities I bring to all I do having been raised in New York City by a French father and a Danish mother and having lived and worked in many different cultural and political contexts around the world.

  • Jem Shackleford

    Jem Shackleford

    Jem Shackleford

    Jem has been practising meditation for many years and teaching mindfulness for over six. He has personal experience of the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate stress and improve general wellbeing.

    He runs mindfulness courses for adults, young people and those that care for them. With a background in secondary schools and the use of mindfulness to improve well-being in education, Jem is Schools’ Liaison Consultant for Oxford University’s MYRIAD project.

    He is also a director of iBme UK, an organisation providing transformational residential retreats for young people.

    Jem has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the University of Bangor and is registered with the UK Mindfulness-Based Teachers' Network.

  • Joke Hellemans

    Joke Hellemans

    Klinisch psycholoog/psychotherapeut

    Joke Hellemans

    Joke Hellemans is klinisch psycholoog/psychotherapeut. Ze heeft 32 jaar gewerkt in de GGZ , waarzij vanaf 2001 MBCT en MBSR trainingen heeft gegeven. Sinds 2008 is zij werkzaam bij UvAminds, een Academisch behandelcentrum voor ouder en kind. Samen met Susan Bögels heeft ze de Mindful Parenting training ontwikkeld en hier veel trainingen in gegeven, naast MBSR, MBCT en Compassie­training ( Neff/ Germer) Zij deed haar opleiding tot mindfulness­trainer (MBSR) in de VS, aan het Center for Mindfulness( CfM) in 2003 tot 2005. Daarnaast is zij opgeleid tot MBCTtrainer door Zindel Segal, Ferris Urbanowski en Susan Woods. Zij heeft een achtergrond in Advaita Vedanta, en sinds 2000 in de vipassanameditatie. Ze is verbonden aan het Instituut voor Mindfulness (IvM) als docent en supervisor.

  • Renée Piket

    Renée Piket

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Renée Piket

  • Sherida Pengel

    Sherida Pengel

    Mindfulness­trainer

    Sherida Pengel

    My career started in a bank, continued in youth care and the last 11 years as a policy manager at municipalities and an independent Mindfulness Trainer/Coach. I volunteer in a hospice. Because of the death of my daughter I had to learn to let go. My spiritual development has contributed to this by deepening my knowledge of religion and philosophy. From my Creole-Surinamese roots the winti religion; in Catholic monasteries I found silence and contemplation but also insights about Islam; during vipassana retreats the Buddhist philosophies and mindfulness. This journey gave me perspective for the woman I want to be and gave me tools to learn to deal with everything that has passed and will come in my life.

  • Katia Khomich

    Katia Khomich

    Mindfulness Trainer

    Katia Khomich

    The first ten years of my career were in the corporate world, but four years ago, I pivoted towards a bigger passion.
    First, I became a certified health and well-being coach, then my interest in the power of awareness led me to Mindfulness Teacher Certification (Foundation, MBSR) obtained at Amsterdam Center of Mindfulness. Today I keep my personal journey of learning (exploring mindfulness with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, studying yoga tools at the Yoga Therapy Institute). And I started to teach what I know and practice. I strive to inspire people to integrate mindfulness into their daily life. I introduce them to various techniques (from movement to breathing to meditation) with a key intention to make it simple, to spark curiosity around integrating these tools in their daily life.

    I am convinced that consistent meditation practice will result in better attention, being calmer, and less reactive to daily stressors—small steps matter. Five minutes is better than zero. One mindful breath is better than none.

  • Peter Prommel

    Peter Prommel

    Mindfulness­trainer

    Peter Prommel

    Na een lange en intense tijd bij het Radio Kamerorkest, het Nederlands Blazersensemble en diverse conservatoria, is mindfulness de belangrijkste pijler geworden in deze fase van mijn werk en leven: 'in het moment en gefocust zijn' zijn kwaliteiten die zich naar alle richtingen in mijn dagelijks leven uitbreiden.

    Mijn opleiding tot mindfulness­-, compassie-, en MYmind trainer volgde ik bij het CvM Amsterdam. De Mindfulness at the Workplace bij SeeTrue, de Mindfulness for Live in Oxford en Breathworks in Manchester. Zelfstudie via 30NOW.

    Graag deel ik mijn ervaring d.m.v. "Mindful Practice" voor musici, o.a. bij diverse Europese conservatoria en als online cursus. Als hoofd van de afdeling slagwerk aan Detmold University of Music kon ik  "Mindful Practice" een belangrijk onderdeel maken van de dagelijkse praktijk van de opleiding. Daarmee blijven studenten beter in balans tussen de extreme competitieve uitdagingen enerzijds en zelfzorg en rust anderzijds. De MBCL van Koster en van den Brink en ook de Breathworks methodiek zijn zeer behulpzaam gebleken voor muziekstudenten en heeft verregaande positieve gevolgen gehad voor het verloop van hun studie, zo bleek na de introductie van "Mindful Practice" aan diverse conservatoria.

    Daarnaast geef ik mindfulness and compassie ­trainingen in Vreeland en in Splendor.