Our story

The power of time off is a global initiative for peak performance, personal growth and well-being with off-grid, online and blended educational experiences. We are not another leadership consultancy firm. We offer advice ánd solutions with a strong focus on developing human skills. Upskilling people, teams and organizations to humanize society and business.  

Our mission. Guiding people, teams and organizations to discover new paths for personal growth and well-being. To stay healthy and happy, to unleash potential and purpose, to be better prepared for 21st century challenges.  Our vision. A more human world where people live and work more conscious, with compassion and connected with themselves and their communities. Resulting in all-new levels of productivity, performance and personal satisfaction. Resulting in sustainable relationships, friendships and alliances.

Ingrid Valks, the initiator lives and works in Amsterdam. From the day she started working, she took time off regularly. For self-reflection, to re-vitalize and to open the gates to innovation, creativity and soft-skills. Ten minutes every day, one hour every week, one week every year and one year every seven years.

1% Empowerment

You can support our initiative as an individual, an association or a corporate company by donating an amount you feel comfortable with. If you participate in one of our projects, we will reserve 1% of the amount to support others to take leadership of their personal and professional life. There are many people who need time off to re-vitalize, for reflection, to work on a healthy mind in a healthy body, but do not have the resources necessary to finance it. With your support we are able to support them financially to profit from an individual tailored program or to participate in one of our leadership retreats in nature or in our personal development program BeyondU. Please get in touch if you are interested in supporting us to help others grow. We’d like to thank our supporters!


The power of time off refers to Ingrid Valks’ belief that life is a journey, always in motion. Inviting you to go with the flow and adapt to new challenges and opportunities. Creating space for self-reflection and personal development, no matter your sex, age, experience, background, nationality. In this rapidly changing world we need 21st century soft skills: new human-skills. New leadership is required. Dare to make the difference. Not only focusing on gaining profit but also contributing to a more HUMAN world.

Ingrid is best known for her expertise in unleashing the potential of people, teams and organizations. She designs and facilitates high quality education & experiences with impact to create a better version of yourselfyour communities and the world. She has been working with intercultural groups for both corporations and non-profit organizations worldwide, for over 20 years, as entrepreneur and corporate director. She has worked for a diverse range of sectors, from the pharmaceutical industry to the automotive one, and from IT to media. Always connecting people with themselves and their communities, resulting in sustainable relationships, alliances and friendships. Resulting in all new levels of productivity, performance and personal satisfaction. 

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'I know from my own experience the power of taking time off. It helps to lead yourself and others; to re-vitalize and to open the gates to innovation, creativity and soft-skills.'

- Ingrid Valks | Initiator the power of time off, facilitator for natural leadership and personal growth, yoga&meditation teacher, writer, speaker

Our promise

Discovery. We are here to inspire you and guide you towards taking new paths. Only on these new paths will you discover your personal and professional potential. Your communities (company, clients, employees, family, friends etc.) can only grow if you grow. Integrity. You must be aware that we understand from experience that integrity is your highest priority. Only if you feel safe, can you open your heart and connect with your inner wisdom. We offer you the right tools to blossom. Only if you blossom, will your communities blossom too. Simplicity. Happiness can only be found in simplicity. Because simplicity leaves space for new insights. Which is why we offer you nature, not hotel chains. Local food, not haute cuisine. Silence instead of entertainment. Body movement and mind training instead of high-impact sports. Combined, it provides a transformational experience. 

Ingrid Valks

Interested to work together? Let’s connect!