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What about elevating your top performers towards Future-Ready Leaders in 2022?

There is a global movement towards the need for NEW PERSONAL COMPETENCES: human skills. In 2016, the World Economic Forum...

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What about humanizing your business in 2022?

Understanding people and creating connections, including with ourselves, is one of the most important new aspects of life. Leaders and...

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What about your personal resilience in 2022?

Resilience is about how you recharge, not how you endure. After working hard for many hours and toughing it out,...

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Hugo Houppermans
Director Anders Reizen (ReNew Travel NL)


I was busy home-schooling my kids and a full schedule at work. To make time to slow down has helped me to create so much inner-peace.

It is very inspiring to be together from all over the world and to experience the power of nature together....

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Camila Borba Lefèvre
Lawyer and Partner, Vieira Rezende Advogados


I am always busy with my brains. These programs demonstrate technology can also be a great way to re-connect with your own body.

The Rewild Yourself online retreat gave me new insights and good tips about a healthy body and mind. The program...

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Annetje Ottow
President of the Executive Board, Leiden University


I wanted to be happier with all I have achieved in life. Ingrid guided me towards leading with more compassion. 

For the past three years I booked an individual mini-retreat with Ingrid to reset and re-energize. The sessions are very...

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Jakob Wurth
BioTechnologist, PhD Candidate


This module has expanded my horizon and it created an atmosphere that connects people on a very fundamental level.

  As your North Star, your purpose offers a framework that makes hard work valuable and it can guide you...

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Ellen van Beemen-Gerretsen
Chief HR Officer


The biggest changes I wanted to make in life are getting a better understanding of how to balance empathy versus achieving goals and an improved work-life balance.

I embarked on the nine months BeyondU leadership excellence program together with my Co-Chief Simone Kooij. As this program was...

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Simone Kooij
Chief HR Officer


The experiences and coaching in this leadership journey have motivated me to step out of the box, lead with head & heart and leave a lasting impression.

I feel really passionate about what I do professionally and I am ambitious to continue to work at this C-level....

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Joaquín Jurado Maqueda
Doctor of Philosophy, PhD Candidate


After this masterclass I shared my purpose in life with others. They all supported me, and found it weird as I had never talked about that.

At the masterclass Purpose-in-Life, ESRs have been invited to re-analyse the past, relish the present and desire the future. During...

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Celina Szanto
Program Manager, Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology


Personal development and well-being are often overlooked. We found an innovative program that offers another way of thinking. 

  Personal development and well-being are often overlooked during a PhD project while humanizing the scientific work environment is of...

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Jan Molenaar
Professor in Precision Medicine in Pediatric Cancer, Princess Maxima Center


I want to invest time and budget to provide our ESRs with a program towards conscious role models for the new generation of scientists.

  What makes Vagabond unique is its training concept, combining high-tech oncology research (technical skills) with the BeyondU Personal Development...

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Mahya Hosseini
Biologist, PhD Candidate


I never thought that focusing on breath and finding stillness in mind would have such a miraculous effect on spirit and body.

Before starting this journey I had stress, insomnia, fatigue and anxiety. I was lucky to be invited to this e-health...

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Eelco Jongenburger
Senior trainer, coach, Human Capital Care


Working in this context with a variety of techniques is a valuable extension of my skills in meditating.

I participated in the online retreat workshop MASTER YOUR MIND. The structure of the program in images, themes and even...

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Kris Dierickx
Professior of BioMedical Ethics, KU Leuven


I feel it is important we also focus op personal competences of ESRs, because then you get better scientists.

                 ‘You don’t just become a researcher behind your desk.’ ‘In our spare...

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Ludovico Buti
Research Leader, Charles River Laboratories


You are good in doing science, but you have no idea how to lead yourself. It is important this part is now covered at OrganoVir.

                  On the race in research and the Palio di Siena The first...

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Katja Wolthers
Clinical virologist consultant, Amsterdam UMC


I want to influence, in a diplomatic way. As a scientist it is important to learn to use your human skills to boost your professional influence.

‘A scientist may also be human’.   I have agreed to meet with Katja in cosmopolitan cafe-restaurant Dauphine which is located...

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Dasja Pajkrt
Professor of Viral Pediatric Infectious Diseases


If you’re confident, you’ll also dare to explore and make a difference. This is why we guide ESRs to build a solid foundation of human skills.

‘Ambition has no limits.’  Dasja Pajkrt is a Professor of Viral Pediatric Infectious Diseases, MD PhD MBA and co-founder and...

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Adriana Mejía Cuartas
Global C-Level Sustainability Executive


From ego to eco. Our management team was empowered to take strategic thinking to the next level.

Adriana Mejía Cuartas who was the European Director for the National Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers for over 17 years,...

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Workshops ‘the power of time off’ for the National Organization of Aspiring General Practitioners

Which human skills do you need to boost humanity at work and to increase your professional influence? Do you have...

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Inés García Rodríguez
BioTechnologist, PhD Candidate


By far the number one lesson learned: To master a great voice you need to dig inside yourself and grow your self-awareness.

Masterclass ‘the power of your voice’ for PhD candidates. Originally a LIVE masterclass was planned but due to Covid-19 we...

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Ben Valks
Initiator Black Jaguar Foundation


I am happy we could take part in the online retreat with almost our entire team, located in various countries. I felt we were united.

The meditation was new for me and I thought that this would be nothing for me, but now after giving...

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Francisco Martes Porto Macedo
Climate Finance Consultant, OECD – OCDE


The sessions in the morning just after waking up and the lectures from well-being experts are what I valued a lot of this online retreat.

Thanks to Covid-19 we designed an online retreat to reset, re-balance and re-energize. No pre-produced videos but live stream experiences...

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Amber Valk
HR Manager, Meijburg & Co


I suffered from long-covid complaints and the Master Your Mind course really helped me to cope with the difficulties in my life.

For 21-days I have been breathing and meditating together with other people from around the world.  I suffered from long-covid complaints...

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‘Outstanding and innovative Personal Development Plan’ – European Commission

Last year we joined forces with the Prinses Maxima Centrum voor kinderoncologie in Utrecht, The Netherlands (Princess Maxima Centre for...

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Summer update the power of time off

So much has happened these past six months and I thought to update you on all the personal transformational journeys...

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Re-New Yourself

Do you know the myth about the bald eagle? It is called ‘The Rebirth of the Eagle’. By the time...

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ORGANOVIRs Project Manager Angelica Reitsma in the spotlight

Angelica Reitsma inspires to unleash multiple talents   Zoom is a well-known videoconferencing tool, but nowadays also used as a common...

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The most powerful tool of communiation is silence

The mind becomes completely still if you do not talk. It’s often more healing to listen to the language of...

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Discover how to unlock the healing power of your chakras.

Imagine you could find a way to feel still inside. To tame your weary mind and to calm your body....

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I go home feeling lighter and with more self compassion.

  My overall rating for this retreat is a 10 out of 10. Ingrid is gifted with all aspects you...

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Jaap Spaans
Yoga Teacher, Photographer


This retreat was a path of spiritual growth and happiness for me.

“This week has been a spiritual journey for me. Ingrid has guided us in seven steps to re-balance our seven...

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Christel van Rooij
Entrepreneur, Store Concepts


I continued on my path of transformation with my second the-power-of-time-off retreat.

  This is my second the-power-of-time-off-retreat. I wanted to continue the transformation I’d started last year during the retreat I...

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Breathing correctly is important for living longer

Breathing correctly is important for living longer but also to have a good mood and keep performing at your best....

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Criss Ashwell
Legal Assistant, Singer of Bluegrass Music


Retreat. A perfect word for this experience. I am happy to share with you the poem that reflects how I experienced Rewild Yourself.

I honestly don’t think it could have been any better. We were blessed with the best weather anyone could hope...

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Bernard Warnars
Entrepreneur, Warnars Art Dealers


As an asthma patient I benefit from that change immensely. My daily medicine has decreased to 25% of the original doses.

About 4 years ago for the first time in my life I booked a retreat. “Have you ever been on...

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Debbie van Leeuwen – Schweers
Communication Expert, Yoga Teacher


Not stopping time, but turning it on. Not stepping out, but stepping into the world. Where you finally have time to just be you.

For years I had a dream, although neatly tucked away; to go, see and be in Scotland. Maybe the looming...

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Inez van Oord
Writer and Publisher, Humanize


This leadership retreat in wild nature is a complete internal reset.

Theme: Rewild Yourself. Location: in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Attendees: from Abu Dhabi, Alabama, Amsterdam, Berlin and more....

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9 Reasons why you should practice yoga

Yes, the obvious is true: Most yoga classes are attended by a majority of fit, flexible females in tight clothes....

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Sander Fokker
Audit Director, RSM


Now I have a toolbox with techniques and knowledge I can deal with pain and feel more at ease and happy in my own body.

I got in touch with Ingrid as someone advised me to take some private yoga & coaching sessions with her....

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If you want to increase your stress-threshold what you eat is extremely important

One of the questions on my client’s intake forms is, “On a scale of 1-10, how stressed are you?” Rarely...

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Musette Govers – Binnendijk
Team- and Project Assistant YouthCare NL


This leadership retreat in nature is a full package experience to elevate your life!

Theme: In Seven steps to Stillness. Location: On the foot of rolling sand dunes and long, undulating beaches in Morocco,...

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Wouter Scheepens
Partner Steward Redqueen, Adj. prof. TIAS School for Business & Society


When working in my business there is always a high pressure to deliver the best results. I wanted to reflect on my work in the years to come.

This the inspirational personal story of Wouter Scheepens, Entrepreneur | Adjunct Professor | Board member | Author When I first talked...

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Camila Rocha
Junior Strategic Planner Siegenthaler & Co


This retreat has guided me towards the person I want to become.

Attendees arrived from Scandinavia, Colombia, the Benelux and Germany. The ‘the power of time off’ retreat was rated a 9...

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Berendineke Steenbergen
Auditor Netherlands Quality Agency Higher Education


Experience and training are noticeable!

We charge our phones daily. Then it is not surprising why I decided to make time and pay attention for...

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‘Constant device checking looks a lot like an addiction.’

The power of time off. This is the title of an interesting article by Psychology Today, introducing PTO – Predictable...

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How nature impacts your wellbeing and improves your ability to create connections

Our result oriented society unleashes cultural pressure in both our personal and professional life. Culture tells us what we should...

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‘What is the difference between a holiday and a retreat?

I remember once I took a break to revitalize so I would be full of energy for my summer-family-holidays. I...

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‘The compassionate instinct’.

Some years ago, the Greater Good Science Center published an article on the compassionate instinct, and it remains to this...

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Reflective skills are an essential part of creating connection.

Reflective skills help you to stay vital and connected. How often do you make time for reflection? Developing your reflective...

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You are only as young as your spine is flexible.

You are only as young as your spine is flexible! The muscles and tissues around your spine are responsible for...

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Hammam with Fatima. Encouraging women to help themselves.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Last November I moved here from Switzerland. By learning Arabic, I had the wonderful opportunity to get a...

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‘Who’s helping the top boss?’

Illustration Stella Smienk. In the NRC article:  … The job of CEO cannot be compared to another. Not with different...

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‘Yoga and Meditation most commonly used complementary health approach’.

The National Institutes of Health, a component of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports more adults and children...

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