The Beginning

We all need 'gurus' along our way.

A guru or teacher, to me, is someone who is willing to not only share practical knowledge and experience, but also his or her personal insights with you. These personal insights not only reveal something about the teacher, but they also offer a glimpse of your self. As if you are looking into a mirror (And yes, sometimes these insights can make you feel a bit uncomfortable, for a while).

The miracle seems to be, that we all meet the teachers we need, when we need them the most (not always, of course. Otherwise it's no longer a miracle).

When I met my partner Didem a couple of years ago, two worlds came together; my world of live music, concerts and festivals and her extensive knowledge of spiritual philosophies and teachings. After some time our plans for worldwide enlightenment made a soft landing when we decided to think more seriously about the creation of a new festival. A festival where not only live music, but also the insights, knowledge and wisdom of others would inspire its visitors.

Very soon our best friends Mada and Piet joined in. Mada is a creative art therapist and architect who lived in India for many years. Piet is his own guru and a gifted musician with absolute pitch.
Shortly thereafter we began to gather a group of people around us that could make the festival really happen.
Frederik is in charge of special projects and was the first at Mojo Concerts to take on this adventure.
Through his involvement with Lowlands we got in touch with Tijn, a musician, writer and inspirer.
Jacques is a life coach, business consultant and yoga teacher who also checked out many gurus during his travels through India.
Dorrit and Sven are good friends from Denmark who know all about spirituality, sacred geometry and therapy.
And Johan is – among other things – on a mission to popularise yoga in the Netherlands.
Last but not least, Robin, who started as an intern at Mojo, is now up to her neck into Inspire, enjoying (almost) every minute of it.

Looking back, the first SpiriFest took place when we all met at my place for the first time and discovered that all of us had the same feeling about what the festival should be (and what it should not be.)

Thereafter Inspire began to spread around like a pleasant virus.
We would like the festival to have relevance beyond the festival weekend only. A percentage of future profits will be set-aside for this purpose.

The creation of Inspire is at times a miraculous story that we would like to share with you. So, come to this 'gathering of gurus', have a look in the mirror and discover the guru in you.

Dick van Zuijlen

We all need 'gurus' along our way.

A guru or teacher, to me, is someone who is willing to not only share practical knowledge and experience, but also his or her personal insights with you. These personal insights not only reveal something about the teacher, but they also offer a glimpse of your self. As if you are looking into a mirror (And yes, sometimes these insights can make you feel a bit uncomfortable, for a while).

The miracle seems to be, that we all meet the teachers we need, when we need them the most (not always, of course. Otherwise it's no longer a miracle).

When I met my partner Didem a couple of years ago, two worlds came together; my world of live music, concerts and festivals and her extensive knowledge of spiritual philosophies and teachings. After some time our plans for worldwide enlightenment made a soft landing when we decided to think more seriously about the creation of a new festival. A festival where not only live music, but also the insights, knowledge and wisdom of others would inspire its visitors.

Very soon our best friends Mada and Piet joined in. Mada is a creative art therapist and architect who lived in India for many years. Piet is his own guru and a gifted musician with absolute pitch.
Shortly thereafter we began to gather a group of people around us that could make the festival really happen.
Frederik is in charge of special projects and was the first at Mojo Concerts to take on this adventure.
Through his involvement with Lowlands we got in touch with Tijn, a musician, writer and inspirer.
Jacques is a life coach, business consultant and yoga teacher who also checked out many gurus during his travels through India.
Dorrit and Sven are good friends from Denmark who know all about spirituality, sacred geometry and therapy.
And Johan is – among other things – on a mission to popularise yoga in the Netherlands.
Last but not least, Robin, who started as an intern at Mojo, is now up to her neck into Inspire, enjoying (almost) every minute of it.

Looking back, the first SpiriFest took place when we all met at my place for the first time and discovered that all of us had the same feeling about what the festival should be (and what it should not be.)

Thereafter Inspire began to spread around like a pleasant virus.
We would like the festival to have relevance beyond the festival weekend only. A percentage of future profits will be set-aside for this purpose.

The creation of Inspire is at times a miraculous story that we would like to share with you. So, come to this 'gathering of gurus', have a look in the mirror and discover the guru in you.

Dick van Zuijlen