MARTIN – PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL
For many years I have been working as communications officer and photographer specialized in landscape and architecture. In 2007 I started my education as a coach at Move a Mountain training center in the Netherlands. In 2009 I continued my training with Integral Coaching Canada. ICC has developed a unique method based on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory.
I grew up in Breda, a city in the south of the Netherlands. After secundairy school I studied photography at the provincial art academy. Up to this day I love to express my creativity through photography.
In the 1980’s I moved to Amsterdam where I met my first love and a deep relationship began. In that same period I started asking myself fundamental questions and my interest in spirituality grew.
About fifteen years ago I went through a period of profound reorientation.
During a period of two years I attended many retreats, seminars and workshops. On theme’s like: Christian Mysticism, Integral Spirituality, Zen, Big Mind and Chi Kung. A very intens period with many valuable and rich experiences.
In 2005 this led me to the Diamond Approach where spirituality, psychology, and daily life are not separate. Since then this modern approach to spirituality and human development continually inspires me to explore and understand myself, others, and life more deeply. I feel deeply supported to become more awake and complete as a human being.
“My work with Martin was deep and powerful. This is no ordinary coach. He offers something quite unique, which can take you farther than what most coaches (or similar professionals) are able to do.”
Anders Asphaug – conflict worker / educator
continueI have long sought a stronger sense of power and will in my life, both with regard to setting boundaries with other people, and also with regard to forcefully pursuing my goals.”
Martin enabled me to access my power in a way that I have not experienced before. Instead of directly working with finding motivation and goals on a superficial level, the session started with something that was up for me at that moment (issues with wanting to be liked). From there he guided my inner process through questions and suggestions that felt both gentle and – at times – appropriately challenging.
While exploring this enabled me to stay very close to myself, and from that my power emerged spontaneously.”
INTEGRAL LIFE PRACTICE
I maintain a regular life practice including meditation, Chi Kung, inquiry, study, I love to dance and to be in nature.
In 2013 I got fascinated by the practice of Circling. In the summer of 2014 I completed my training with Circling Europe. Now I integrate this accessible yet profound interpersonal practice in my coaching.
Learning to work with the Enneagram was part of my training as an Integral Coach. But I wanted to understand it more deeply. In 2015 I did additional courses with Russ Hudson, Helen Palmer, and a seminar with Eli Jaxon-Bear. The Enneagram has become an invaluable tool for me in understanding and working with my clients.
FOREST BATHING / SHINRIN YOKU
Since my childhood days I have enjoyed being in nature. I often experienced it as my refuge, my home. In recent years I felt a growing impulse to take my clients into nature.
This led me to what is known in Japan as Shinrin Yoku. In this part of the world we call it Forest Bathing. In 2019 I did a training with the Forest Therapy Institute in Portugal. Since then I organize forest bathing walks and workshops in different parts of the Netherlands.
If your interested and would like to know more, you can visit my website: Forest Bathing Nederland.
All the knowledge and experience I gathered over the years I use to support my clients in finding their deepest truth and realizing their full potential. And that, I have found is the true purpose of my life.