The Aggrolites

The Aggrolites

'Dirty reggae’ is how The Aggrolites describe their sound. Formed in 2002 and originating from the Los Angeles school of hard knocks, the band have earned a Ph.D. in “feel good music”. They have performed with many well-known artists and at numerous venues and festivals all over the world. On the road they educate with the thunder and punch of the reggae drums and bass, the ripping, soulful melodies of the organ and guitars, and Jesse Wagner’s voice - a gift from the heavens, a perfectly intact gift from Otis, Sam, Ray and Wilson. After touring the globe for eight years and five studio albums, last year saw the release of their first ever live recording, Unleashed Live Vol. 1.

 

Akke Suiker

Akke Suiker

After a PhD at the Delft University of Technology, Akke Suiker had two one-year post-doc visits to the University of Massachusetts, US and Cambridge University, UK. He is currently Professor of Applied Mechanics and Design at the Faculty of the Built Environment at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. He has published over fifty international journal articles in the field of Theoretical and Applied Solid Mechanics and was elected Best Teacher at the Delft University of Technology, 2009-2010.
 

At Inspire

Talk

Het Ontwerpen Van Materialen Voor Een Betere Wereld (‘Designing Materials For A Better World’)
This lecture, with the aid of mathematic models, will contain an explanation of how constitutive material characteristics can be optimalized and adjusted for advanced technical applications. The approach to modelling considers a range of length scales and illustrates how these can be matched to use small scale material behaviour in computer simulations for large scale applications.


Why Inspire?
"Inspiration and curiosity are the main driving forces for science in specific, and for society in general!"

Alan Chapman

Alan Chapman

Alan Chapman is a British spiritual teacher and author who guides people to personal, direct experience of who and what they really are, traditionally called spiritual realisation or awakening. Alan’s background is primarily in Esoteric Christianity, Advaita Vedanta, and various forms of Buddhism; but he hopes you won’t hold that against him, as he teaches in plain English and with common sense, offering direct pointing and simple contemplation.

 

At Inspire

Workshop

Satsang with Alan Chapman
Come and sit with Alan as he guides you from the delusion of ignorance into direct recognition of your unconditional nature. Alan will then open up a dialogue where he is open to answering any question you may have about awakening, from a general orientation to what might be happening in your own personal journey.

 

 

Ambisonic Surround Sound

Ambisonic Surround Sound

“Ambisonics” is an emerging 3D audio technology. It works differently than other audio playback system in such that all the speakers work together to create an immersive sound-field, rather than sending individual channels of sound to each speaker. The result is a holophonic surround sound experiences where sound can be perceived  from any or all directions surrounding the listener, even between, where no actual speaker is present.

One key advantage of using an Ambisonic surround sound for health and wellness applications is the role of active listening vs. passive hearing. The ability to separate and move sound while simultaneously creating an immersive field of sound around the listener stimulates both passive and active listening in a unique way. In addition, Ambisonic audio delivers a far more organic and natural listening experience by satisfying the mechanisms used by the ear and brain to perceive sound in 3D space. 
 

Andrea Droës

Andrea Droës

Andrea Dröes graduated as theatre designer at the Utrecht School of Arts. In 2008, she started focusing mainly on set design and visual installations. Her work could be seen with various theatre groups and festivals, including Theater Bellevue, Stella Den Haag, Toneel Haarlem, Het Groote Hoofd, Het MUZtheater, Fringe Festival and the Dance Week.
The role and meaning of light in her work made her try something new. Since 2010, she has been following a two-year coaching course at the Institute of Light Design where she studies light as the material for creating colour, contrast, dynamics and space.

Together with Jurjen Alkema and Jos Agasi, she forms artists collective Het Blauwe Uur (The Blue Hour), with which she makes visual performances and installations

For more information go to: www.blauweuur.nl
 

Annemieke Post

Annemieke Post

Annemieke Post came in contact with Iyengar yoga in the late 60s, and it hasn’t left her since. After many years of experience and personal classes by B.K.S. Iyengar, she was Intermediate Senior Teacher at the Dutch Iyengar yoga teachers training program in Amsterdam between 1986 and 2008. Besides her weekly classes she regularly taught workshops both in The Netherlands and abroad.


At Inspire

Workshop

Iyengar Yoga
For over 70 years, B.K.S. Iyengar (1918) has dedicated his life to hatha yoga. Throughout the years he developed a spectacular method which has become standard worldwide. Iyengar Yoga is an intensive and refreshing method that is practised by hundreds of thousands of yoga students from all parts of the world. The focus lies on balance and precision. Every inch of the body must be approached with the same awareness, because through physical refinement awareness and the body’s own intelligence is developed.

The basis of Iyengar yoga consists of: standing poses / forward bending poses / revolving exercised and backwards bending poses (not that all of these exercises are done in one class). Iyengar Yoga is very clear in its details and explanation of precision.

Antonella Vannini

Antonella Vannini

Antonella Vannini is a psychotherapist and Ericksonian hypnotherapist who has been working on the theory of syntropy since 2003. As a member of the SSE (Society for Scientific Exploration), ICRL (International Consciousness Research Laboratories), PEAR Tree (Princeton Anomalies Research Laboratories) and WISE (World Institute for Scientific Exploration), Antonella is continuing her research work on retrocausality and emotions. As a Taiji Quan instructor since 2010, she is interested in ways which can bring together Western and Eastern culture, science and spirituality.

 

At Inspire

Presentation

The Intelligence Of The Heart
Each one of us participates to two different levels of time: sequential time, the level of our rational life in which time flows from the past to the future in a succession of absolute moments, and unitary time, the level of emotional life, intuitions and creativity, in which there is coexistence of past, present and future. The heart guides our inner evolution through intuitions, inspirations and creativity and the incredible properties of the unitary time.

Changing Patterns
The principle of complementarity has immediate practical applications on our wellbeing, since it activates synchronicities, opportunities and change. But our old patterns provide meanings and are our vision of the world. To take full advantage of syntropy it is necessary to overcome our old patterns.
 

Aqeela Sherrills

Aqeela Sherrills

Aqeela Sherrills is best known for creating the 1992 peace agreement between longtime Los Angeles gang rivals, the Bloods and the Crips. Within ten years he had worked on the Amer-I-Can Project with former football legend Jim Brown, and established the former Community Self Determination Institute (CSDI), an agency dedicated to the transformation of his community.  Sherrills’s current focus is on what he terms the ‘Reverence Movement,’ a peace process that allows people to see the sacredness in one another. Thus, he has advised government officials in Belfast and Serbia, addressed The Hague and the United States Congress and brokered peace agreements between gangs in cities across the US. Sherrills sits on many boards which seek to promote positive change and, in 2004, was awarded the Activist Award of Achievement by the Gleitsman Foundation and the Norman Felton & Denise Aubuchon Humanitarian Award by Death Penalty Focus.

At Inspire

Presentation

Life Story Aqeela
In this presentation Aqeela will share his life story.

Workshop

Gift In The Wounds
In his workshop, Aqeela will share a conceptual framework for the Reverence Movement, which he believes to be the next major peace movement, a personal tragedy that has deepened his understanding of the reverence impulse. Finally, he will extend an invitation for you to join the reverence movement in the form of a challenge.

Why Inspire?
“The  word ‘Inspire’ has great significance to me in that it's one of the Devine Laws (inspiration, imagination and intuition), principles which I live by. To be inspired requires one to be in touch with the heart. Reconciling past shames, guilt and humiliating experiences can lead to an epiphany, opening the door to inspiration, recognizing one's life purpose.  This has been my process and I'm grateful to share it with others to potentially inspire them on the path.”

 

Arianne van Boxmeer

Arianne van Boxmeer

Arianne van Boxmeer (1986) graduated as theatre designer at the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2008 and has been successfully at work for some years. She contributed to the design for the Boekenbal 2011 and Festival Zinder of Theatre group Stella and worked as an assistant for renowned theatre designers. In addition to set and costume design she also started working on installations after her studies.

Glowfield is one of them. The work has already been displayed on multiple festivals and can now also be seen at Inspire.

Beer van Geer

Beer van Geer

Beer van Geer (1987) uses computer technology, visual/graphic design and stories to develop systems to discover and explain the human world. His projects vary from (building?) websites to ground-breaking self developed technology.

He developed the Biodome together with Jarno Burger and Dennis de Bruijn from a joint interest in connecting neurofeedback to computer and geometry.

The Biodome does not only offer an innovative manner of interaction, but also taps a totally new perception area where the inner world of man becomes visible.

Berry Visser

Berry Visser

Berry Visser was the founder of Mojo Concerts and Mojo Theatre. He was co-organisor of the Kralingen music festival in Rotterdam and also involved with Pandora's Music Box. Throughout the years, Berry has created many theatre productions and other creative projects, such as the Silent Disco at the Lowlands Festival. His alter ego Madame de Berry has been the subject of many theatre shows. She will be present at Inspire to be interviewed.

For more information go to:

www.madamedeberry.nl
of
www.mybossisanasshole.nl/category/pensees/

At Inspire

Madame de Berry’s Theory of Almost...Everything!
(about time travel, souls, coincidence and serendipity, about life and death)

Interview with Madame de Berry, about the theory of almost…Everything!

 

Why Inspire?

Finally, a festival where imagination has a voice too. Hip hip hurray! I'll be there!

 

Brandon Bays

Brandon Bays

Brandon Bays, author of the bestselling book The Journey and The Journey For Kids, is one of the most dynamic and innovative teachers in the field of mind-body healing today. From her personal experience she pioneered The Journey, a unique process that is recognized internationally as one of the most powerful healing methods available. It was born out of Brandon Bays’s personal story of healing from a tumor in 6 ½ weeks, with no surgery or drugs.

At Inspire

Workshop

The Journey
Brandon Bays, founder of The Journey, bestselling author and mind-body healing expert, invites you to an inspirational mini-workshop, where she will share her life’s work. Participate in a deep healing meditation and gentle process work. Be inspired to begin your journey of healing and awakening!

Talk

The Journey – How Emotions and Cell Memory impact every aspect of life!
Brandon Bays, founder of The Journey, bestselling author and Mind/Body Healing expert invites you to an inspirational introduction to The Journey and share her life’s work. Participate in a deep healing mediation and gentle process work. Be inspired to begin your journey of healing and awakening!

The Journey is cutting-edge transformation and healing work and is recognised worldwide as a uniquely potent tool for awakening and liberating the infinite human potential. It is a simple and powerful step by step process that has helped thousands of people around the world heal from physical and emotional issues, from debilitating illnesses and many of life’s challenges. It can open the door to joy, inner freedom, vibrant health, boundless potential and wholeness.
This unique healing technique was born out of Brandon Bays’ personal story of healing from a tumor in 6 ½ weeks, with no surgery or drugs. Using The Journey, ordinary people achieve extraordinary results, no matter their age, background, culture or upbringing. The Journey is practical, user-friendly and down to earth – and it gets powerful and lasting results!

 

Brenda Zuydwijk

Brenda Zuydwijk

Brenda Zuydwijk is a Dutch enthusiastic, committed and enterprising yoga teacher. She founded KinderYogaBrenda (‘Children’s Yoga Brenda’) because she would like to be able to teach children, through yoga, how to better deal with the daily rush and the expectations of society. Besides working as a children’s yoga teacher Brenda is also a part-time primary school teacher. In her free time, she attends all kinds of supplementary trainings, such as yoga for highly sensitive children, in order to keep developing herself.
 

At Inspire

Workshop

Children’s Yoga
In this workshop, children will participate in relaxing exercises, warming up, playful yoga exercises, breathing and meditation exercises, affirmative exercises (repeating of positive sayings), massage, visualization and will end with creating a drawing.

Parent-Child Yoga And Massage
In this workshop, parents and children will participate in relaxing exercises, warming ups, yoga partner exercises, make a collective drawing with the group and give each other massages. The workshop will end with a relaxing visualization.

Why Inspire?
“When I was asked to teach children’s yoga at Inspire, I was enthusiastic right away. What a beautiful opportunity to inspire people and children! I very much want to introduce children and parents to children’s yoga, because I can see the positive effect it has and how it makes children feel better. I look forward to inspiring visitors and contributing to Inspire!”

Chocolate Club

Chocolate Club

The Chocolate Club has been organizing parties in Amsterdam for seven years ans thus laid a foundation for Conscious Clubbing in The Netherlands. Every first Saturday of the month, Club Lite is transformed into an oasis of health, fun and pleasure. At the parties, drinks and food is presented that is full of Superfoods: instead of alcohol and drinks containing lots of sugar, Chocolate Club offers products which boost the immune system, are stimulating in a responsible way and fill the body with minerals and vitamins. At every edition, the organization aims for the top by creating a perfect mix of artists, decoration, demonstrations, shops and new collaborations. The Chocolate Club is becoming more than a party. This way, a healthy lifestyle is contagious!

At Inspire

During the day, come to the Chocolate lounge and enjoy our speciality, the Clocolate elixir, while we provide music, a nice place to explore your inner self and the chance to be introduced to Superfoods in different ways. 
 
Music & Dance
At night, we make sure all of us together let the energy in the Spiegeltent rises to ecstatic levels! With the best music, visual effects and the original Chocolate Club drinks we’ll have two unforgettable days and nights. 

 

Danah Zohar

Danah Zohar

Danah Zohar studied Physics and Philosophy at MIT, and then did her postgraduate work in Philosophy, Religion & Psychology at Harvard University. She is the author of the best-selling The Quantum Self  and The Quantum Society,  books which extend the language and principles of quantum physics into a new understanding of human consciousness, psychology and social organization. She is currently director of the Oxford Academy of Total Intelligence, an educational institute that provides assessment tools, workshops and seminars covering spiritual intelligence (SQ) and Total Intelligence (TQ). Described by the Financial Times as “one of the top 100 business minds,”  Zohar has been active in management education and consultancy. Zohar lectures widely throughout the world.

At Inspire

Presentation

The Quantum Self In A Quantum World
Danah Zohar introduces quantum physics as the new paradigm for our age. She will outline the main features of the quantum paradigm, discuss the nature of the "quantum self" and its relationship to spiritual intelligence, and suggest ways that we can make ours a quantum world.

Workshops

Spiritually Intelligent Motivations To Live By 
Danah presents an outline of the twelve transformational principles of spiritual intelligence, explains their quantum origins, and suggests to participants how, by living these principles, they can become quantum selves.

 

Using you Spiritual Intelligence to Become a Quantum Self with Robin de Waal
This workshop, combining Danah’s teaching with Robin's accompanying music, will give participants the opportunity to experience the negative motivations of fear, craving, anger, and self-assertion that may be driving them now, and then replace these with the positive motivations of exploration, co-operation, mastery, creativity and service.

Why Inspire?
"It has always been my dream to have a festival that would combine rock music with quantum physics and spirituality. Music is the language of the soul; quantum physics its poetry. At Inspire, it will be a case of Quantum Rocks Your Soul!"

More about Danah Zohar

Daniel Matt

Daniel Matt

Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah. He has published over ten books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into seven languages), Zohar: Annotated And Explained, and God And The Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science And Spirituality. Daniel is currently engaged in an immense project of translating and annotating the Zohar, the masterpiece of Kabbalah. So far, he has completed seven volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition (Stanford University Press), covering more than two-thirds of the Zohar’s commentary on the Torah. For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.” For twenty years, Dr. Matt served as professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Daniel lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Hana.

At Inspire
 

Presentation

God And The Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science And Spirituality
Daniel Matt will present a lecture exploring the parallels between Kabbalah and contemporary cosmology. How does the mystical understanding of Creation compare with the modern theory of the origin of the universe? Is there a way to harmonize these two approaches - the scientific and the spiritual?
 
Workshop
 
The Wisdom of the Kabbalah: Ancient Teachings And Contemporary Spirituality
Daniel Matt will introduce us to the Kabbalah (the Jewish mystical tradition), exploring how this ancient tradition re-imagines God and how it can enrich our lives. Themes include: God as Infinity, the feminine half of God, God’s need for the human being, the mystical meaning of the Bible, and discovering divine sparks in the material world.
 

Why Inspire?
“I accepted the invitation to Inspire because of the opportunity to be in dialogue with other religious and scientific teachers. I am also eager to share the insights and wisdom of Kabbalah with a young, open-minded European audience. Not to mention, the opportunity to revisit the Netherlands.”

 

 

Daphne Luttger

Daphne Luttger

Daphne’s search in the outside world brought her into her inner world. In 2008, she followed Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Johan Noorloos and Marcel van de Vis Heil, and after that took workshops and classes with Anat Geiger,

David Swenson, Anthony Carlisi, Manju Jois, Ross Rayburn, Mark Holzman, Martin Kirk and Sarah Powers, among others. Beside Modified Ashtanga, Daphne also teaches Freestyle Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga. In her yoga classes, she wants to inspire people to reach inside, get out of their head and in touch with their body, embrace dualities within and discover that love for yourself automatically means love for others. Daphne teaches at Delight Yoga (www.delightyoga.nl) in Amsterdam.

At Inspire

Workshop

Yin Yoga
Daphne’s Yin yoga class, in English, is focused on letting go and submission. Yin yoga is a confrontation with the deeper layers within yourself. Yin, contrary to Yang, is not a dynamic form of yoga. The ultimate Yin yoga experience: by being challenged physically, emotionally and mentally and learning to let go, you can get to complete submission in the moment.

Why Inspire?
“I believe in bringing together people and ideas that can make the world a little more beautiful, colorful and conscious. I believe in sharing. Inspiration is the bridge which brings the physical and the non-physical to expression together. Creation is the manifestation of those two energies that are always connected, and of which the human being is an expression. It is an honor to be able to participate.”

(Picture taken by RVDA (Reinier van der Aart))
 

Dick Meijer

Dick Meijer

Dick Meijer was born in 1940. After highschool he studied Pharmacy at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. After his doctorate, he became a science worker in Pharmacology at the Medicine faculty and received his Ph.D in 1972. He then worked at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and, after returning, became a lector and professor in Pharmacy at the Maths and Science faculty. Nowadays, he has circa 450 scientific publications to his name, both as an author and co-author, among which twenty chapters in international textbooks about his field of research: medicine design and drug targeting.

 

At Inspire

Talk

Informatie: Een Fundamentele Bouwsteen Van De Werkelijkheid (‘Information: A Fundamental Building Block For The Fabric Of Reality’)
There are many good reasons to ask basic questions on the construction of reality. These questions do not only concern the structure of the world we live in and how we perceive it, but also the mysteries of how our Universe was born and how it will evolve in the far future. This article aims to highlight the prominent role of information in the manifestations of matter and discusses current materialistic paradigms, versus the concept that not matter, but information is primary in the evolution of our Universe.

Onsterfelijkheid: Mythe Of Wordende Werkelijkheid? (‘Immortality: Myth Or Becoming Reality?’)
Does mankind have real perspectives on “immortality” and if so, what are the appropriate boundary conditions to make this come true in the coming ages? How will the future on our precious planet evolve with regard to life span and the quality of life of its inhabitants? And how dominant will biomedical technology be in further pushing the limits of longevity? Man is a symbol and metaphor creating a being who apprehends the world through his imaginary power. The desire to give a place to an “inevitable “individual death, has led mankind to many powerful immortality symbols, of which some of the most important ones will be discussed.

Why Inspire?
“I accepted the invitation to participate in the Inspire festival as a speaker with much anticipation. This is because of the imaginative programming with a beautiful mix of science, music and meditation and also the other speakers, who earned their spores in studying transgressing subjects, an aspect which is often sorely missing in the world of formal science.”
 

DJ Sandeman

DJ Sandeman

DJ Sandeman is a musical all-rounder. Certainly when it comes to music that is hot of the press and cutting-edge. He is a popular DJ on festivals such as Lowlands and Valtifest.
Sandeman is best known for his mash-ups on 3FM and the mixes he regularly makes for the alternative pop music channel 3voor12: his Song of the Year mix is famous, just like his Rough Guide To Lowlands mix.

Dorinda Farver

Dorinda Farver

Dorinda Farver loves life and believes in the importance of not taking yourself too seriously; to laugh when we fall! For her, yoga is both a challenge and a peace bringer. Born in the US, she moved to the Netherlands in the 1990s. Dorinda started on the yoga path with power yoga and worked closely together with David Swenson. She translated his Ashtanga Yoga Practice Manual in Dutch and distributes his products here in the Netherlands. Dorinda’s own yoga center is a safe haven for yogi’s of all levels where they can grow at their own pace.

At Inspire

Presentation

Eight Limbs Of Yoga
Ashtanga literally means eight limbs. You can look at the yoga process as the limbs (branches) of a tree that help the tree grow towards its full potential. You will learn that yoga is not just about the poses. The poses are only one of the eight limbs and without the other limbs, it’s just exercise. In this lecture Dorinda wants to give you some tools to apply these ancient rules to your daily life, your master class. We learn how all eight limbs of yoga are part of who you are and get clear instructions on how to find the right balance in life.

Workshop

Ashtanga Yoga (modified Primary Series)
Dorinda will take a modified flow tour through the Ashtanga primary series; a series of postures (asanas) popularized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This is an energetic, physically challenging practice that flows with the breath to help us break through energy blockages in the body and assists energy to flow. It’s a process that produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is an improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Why Inspire?
“I am humbled and honored to be a part of this event and I love the title: ‘INSPIRE’. We all need inspiration and I believe the source of inspiration is flowing Prana; our true life force."

EkoPlaza

EkoPlaza

Food and Drinks from EkoPlaza
The Festival site has an EkoPlaza restaurant that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We only work with EkoPlaza products. The focus lies on Italian and Indian cuisine because of their rich flavour and plenty of choices, including vegetarian. Tasting, enjoyment and laughter are the main ingredients. We will have Tastings in the Dark, because if you don’t see something, the taste is ever so much more surprising! Since the most beautiful conversations often occur at the table, EkoPlaza has chosen for table d’hotes: long tables where you can easily connect with other festival visitors and share ideas. Naturally, there will also be an ongoing organic coffee/tea bar with goodies and a beverage bar with organic beers, wine, juices and soft drinks. Together with EkoPlaza, caterer Fair Food Company will make sure that the restaurant is operated and furnished as sustainably as possible
 

Allergy free foods
We also show consideration to allergy sufferers. This is somewhat tricky in the restaurant where the cutting board and knives may not come into contact with products that can cause any allergic reactions. Since this will be difficult to realize at such a large festival there will be a special section with gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free food. Even vegans will have enough choices here.

Eric van Schijndel

Eric van Schijndel

Eric van Schijndel (Rotterdam, 1960) is a physical therapist and acupuncturist. With thirty years of experience in holistic medicine, he teaches worldwide, is involved in scientific research and discovered the IDT® (Integral Diagnosis and Therapy) module, with which causes of chronic diseases can be detected and treated. He founded the NAEG (Dutch Academy for Energetic Medicine) and IAEM (International Academy for Energetic Medicine) and has taught in twelve countries in the last ten years. Eric has also developed Pervital®, a range in food supplements. Since 1983, he has been the driving force behind the Dutch Centre for Energetic Medicine in The Hague, which treats patients with chronic diseases on a daily basis.

At Inspire

Presentation

De Oorzaken Van Chronische Klachten (`The Causes Of Chronic Illnesses`)
Eric van Schijndel explains how common chronic diseases can be treated successfully. He will also talk about what people suffering from these diseases can do to cure themselves. During his lecture, he will define ten common chronic diseases, as well as their possible causes. After that, he will explain how these problems can be solved so that patients can either improve or even be cured.

Why Inspire?
“To activate self-healing powers, restore vital life energy and heal with the help of natural solutions; that is what most people want when they are ill. Even so, it is not always a given as most people don’t know how. At Inspire, I would like to explain how we can enter that unknown territory to anyone open to those thoughts. And teach them how we can become the ruler of our own bodies when it comes to fighting chronic illness, as others often tell us it’s hopeless.”


 

Eric Vloeimans

Eric Vloeimans

Testimoni: Martin Fondse & Eric Vloeimans & Matangi Quartet

Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans is a well-known name in Dutch jazz music. Initially studying classical music at the Rotterdam Music Academy, he switched to jazz, graduated and continued his studies in New York. Throughout his career, Vloeimans has experimented with many different styles, collaborated with a whole list of other musicians and won several awards, such as the Boy Edgar Prijs and an Edison, both prestigious Dutch music prizes. At Inspire, he will join forces with the Matangi Quartet, a popular string ensemble which has worked with top-class jazz and classic artists. The four members came together in 1999 and use instruments made by Dutch workmanship. 

 

Etan Ilfeld

Etan Ilfeld

Etan Ilfeld is the Editor in Chief of the Watkins' Mind Body Spirit magazine, which celebrates leading spiritual authors and teachers and publishes an annual 100 list of the most influential living spiritual teachers. Ilfeld is also the founder of a contemporary art gallery, Tenderpixel.

Ilfeld is also the author of Beyond Contemporary Art, an image-driven contemporary art book, which spans disciplines ranging from science, design and architecture to new media, film-making and performance art.

At Inspire

Presentation

Beyond Art and Spirituality: How Ideas Cross Pollinate
Ilfeld's talk will explore how various creative disciplines have the power to cross-pollinate into new fields and inspire new forms of art and expression--including the creation of virtual realities, guerrilla art practices and GPS art. The second half of the talk will highlight the ways that art and spirituality can synthesize with technology and generate a more interconnected and self-aware global village.

 

 

Eveline Wawoe

Eveline Wawoe

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Femke Bloem

Femke Bloem

More information to be announced...

Femke Mellink

Femke Mellink

For me the desire to be in contact with myself is the most tangible in the tango.
Tango is for me a way to practise with it and deal with it in a playful manner.
For me, tango is life itself, many aspects in myself are triggered and expressed by it.
I am not only concerned with the dance itself, but to become aware of these aspects of life through this dance. The music can take me along into the flow and make it run through the body.

Francis Koopmans

Francis Koopmans

Francis Koopmans is a BIG registered neurotherapist and owner of Neurotherapy Practice Brainbalance in the Dutch town of Malden. Although she started out as a trained nurse and worked in hospitals, she became more and more interested in a holistic approach to people. She noticed that treatments in regular medicine sometimes turned out to be limited, too often causing patients to relapse into disease patterns. Searching for a better method, she came into contact with Neurofeedback in 2003 and knew right away it was her direction from now on. Since 2005 she has been training both children and adults in her own practice.

At Inspire

Spirilab
Both Z score neurofeedback (www.appliedneuroscience.com) and neurofield (www.neurofield.nl are very effective methods to help people, in all capacities, function in a flexible and healthy way. Following these training programs results into a calmer mental state, clear thinking and a more joyous outlook on yourself and life, causing a higher internal and external energy, functioning better at school or work. The effects are also clear in, for example, a deeper and more effective sleep, a better self image, all-round motoric functioning and better communication. At Inspire, Francis Koopmans and Frank Krijgsman will present both systems.

Why Inspire?
“I would like to make sure our young method of healing and training becomes known to a larger audience, so I gladly accepted Inspire’s invitation to give presentations.”

Frank Krijgsman

Frank Krijgsman

Frank Krijgsman is a BIG registered neurotherapist and owner of the Center for Neurotherapy and Neuro Training: XS2@BRAIN in The Hague. Originally a physical/manual therapist with a broad interest in energetic medicine and body language and symbolism, he came into contact with neurofeedback in 2004. It immediately caught his attention and still very much does. Many intensive courses and workshops followed. Research on brain functioning and improving feedback possibilities to bring about desired changes is, to Frank, a fascinating science.
 

At Inspire

Spirilab
Both Z score neurofeedback (www.appliedneuroscience.com) and neurofield (www.neurofield.nl) are very effective methods to help people, in all capacities, function in a flexible and healthy way. Following these training programs results into a calmer mental state, clear thinking and a more joyous outlook on yourself and life, causing a higher internal and external energy, functioning better at school or work. The effects are also clear in, for example, a deeper and more effective sleep, a better self image, all-round motoric functioning and better communication. At Inspire, Francis Koopmans and Frank Krijgsman will present both systems.


Why Inspire?

I get a kick out of being inspired by others and whenever I notice I have been an inspiration to other people. The Inspire Festival is the perfect opportunity to become either inspired or an inspiration; what more could you ask for?

Frans Vervooren

Frans Vervooren

Frans Vervooren (1956), a theologist and Carmelite, was promoted in 1996 on the works of Spanish mystic Juan de la Cruz. Frans is a travelling pastor for varied faith communities and parishes, teaches repentance events and retreats, organizes varied reading groups and is a counselor in individual priesthood at key points in life stories.

At Inspire
Presentation
Meister Eckhart: Leraar Van ‘Leven Zonder Waarom’ (`Meister Eckhart: Teacher Of ‘Living Without Why’ `)
The work Meister Eckhart, a preacher from the Middle Ages, left behind, is not easy. And yet he is still quoted often, as if he were a modern thinker. His philosophy about God contains wisdom of life that apparently still appeals in our virtual era. For almost everyone, the big ‘why?’ questions remain a mystery that is impossible to solve (why live? Why suffer? Why are we here?). The original way in which Eckhart deals with the question ’why?’, summarized in ‘living without why’, can be a source of new inspiration.

Oefenen in de kunst van het geloven: leven vorm laten geven in een omvormingsproces. Over Teresa van Jezus en Juan de la Cruz als levenskunstenaars (`Practicing the art of believing: letting life get shaped in a process of transformation. About Teresa of Jezus and Juan de la Cruz as life artists`)
Teresa of Jezus and Juan de la Cruz are two Spanish mystics in the contemplative Carmel. In the lives and writings of these two ‘monuments’ in the history of spirituality there is Spanish passion in abundance. Throughout the world, there is admiration for this and their spiritual pedagogy invites one to follow the path (camino) to the encounter with the Secret of Life. The modern person considers himself to be a traveller and ‘pilgrim’, but where does the pilgrimage lead? A few metaphores from the works of these two mystics (castle, camino, butterfly, source, night, flame) can be of assistance with the exploration of a personal journey.

Why Inspire? 
Inspiration is an individual experience, but a joyous gathering can bring about a breakthrough in personal dynamics. This description is my motivation for thinking along with and joining this initiative.”
 

Go Go Mania

Go Go Mania

Go Go Mania is retro music (DJ a Go Go) and retro design (D-sign a Go Go). As a DJ, Pascal Bannink started 10 years ago. After 4 years of spinning in local bars and venues he founded a DJ collective with some colleagues called Naald en Kraak (N&K). They have spun their 50s and 60s vinyl records at many famous festivals in Holland and abroad and also organise 50s/60s parties. Bannink was the initiator of the International Burlesque Circus and is also a traditional barber under the name Monsieur Moustache. At Inspire, he will spin the best buttshakers and tittytwisters from the 50s and 60s from vinyl. Expect raw R&B, surf, and popcorn, among others!

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter

Jazz vocalist, songwriter and actor Gregory Porter (1971) suddenly burst onto the scene in 2010, with his debut album Water. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and ever since, Porter is being hailed as the new star of vocal jazz. Second album Be Good was released last year, among even more stunning reviews. As a boy, Porter used to sing along to the Nat King Cole records his mother played. After staring his career in small jazz clubs in San Diego, things moved up a notch when he sang on Hubert Laws' tribute to that very same Nat King Cole. Now, Porter has become especially popular in Europe with his vocals that explore jazz, gospel and soul.
 

Guru Chair: Own Experience

Guru Chair: Own Experience

Wees je eigen goeroe en neem plaats op de Guru Chair...

Han Thorig

Han Thorig

Han Thorig of Boeddhist foundation Body2chill was grabbed by the Tai Chi virus in China, where Tai Chi can be found everywhere. In The Netherlands he took classes with Hennie van de Heijden, a respected Tai Chi Master. For Body2chill, Han developed new forms adapted to the present time. He has been giving Tai Chi workshops at the Lowlands Festival for years, to many enthusiastic participants. According to Han, the feeling of togetherness strengthens the effects. At Inspire Festival, he will do the same!
 

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Workshop

Tai Chi & Lu Jung (power Tai Chi)

A flowing form of movement which revolves around physical and mental balance. Dynamic, accessible and ready to go. With these workshops you start the day bright and relaxed. Playful and in his own way, Han offers another form of Tai Chi, every day of the weekend. A good investment in yourself because it continues to work throughout the day.
Also known from the Lowlands festival.

Tango like Tantra

Play, meet and inspire each other with the most passionate dance in the world!
Whether you’re a dancer or not; with the Argentine Tango workshop it is not only about the dance steps. In an easily accessible way, Femke and Han demonstrate what it is all about: playing the game, the improvisation and the encounter. You can come alone or with a partner: there will be role changes and change of partners. Together with your opponent of the moment you inspire each other, making each encounter special and unique. Discover how, without words, you can follow, lead and anticipate. To achieve this, we will make use of the principles of Tantra for tuning and Tai Chi for balancing. Be inspired, open your heart and show what moves you!

For more information visit: www.body2chill.nl/tangoworkshop.html
 

Why Inspire?
“Painted on the wall above my dining table I see this sentence every day: ‘Yippie, I was born again today!’. When a new possibility presents itself, which makes me feel passionate, I will let myself be inspired and go for it.”

Hana Matt

Hana Matt

For over 20 years Hana Matt has been teaching World Religions and Spirituality at many graduate schools. She teaches courses entitled The Spirituality of Each of the World Religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Indigenous-Earth-Based-Native Religions, and Women’s Spirituality and also lectures in each of these spiritual traditions. For 20 years Hana has also worked daily as an interfaith spiritual director and counselor, privately to clients of all religions. She was the co-director and co-teacher of a two year “Intensive Program of Immersion In Spirituality And Healing” and has published several books.

At Inspire

Presentation

The women mystics in the world religions
In her presentation, Hana Matt will explore the teachings and insights of Hildegard of Bingen, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Julian of Norwich, and St. Teresa of Ávila, (12-16th Centuries) and also let us learn from a few of the women mystics of Buddhism and Hinduism. She will focus on what we can learn from them to bring into our own lives: ways to deepen our own vibrancy, fullness, connection, and spirituality in daily living. The mystics show us how we can have the direct experience of God.

Workshop

How to bring more joy and happiness into your daily life ?
In this class, we will learn and take away very practical tools for being able to lead a daily life of joy and profound well-being. We will go into each of the 18 methods for coming to radiant joy, which have been proven in thousands of scientific studies, neuroscience, and which are also some of the teachings and practices of the worlds’ spiritual traditions.

Why Inspire?
“I am drawn by the Inspire Festival because of its open-minded atmosphere, the abundant and fascinating learning, culture, the deep exploration of science, the arts, spirituality, and humanitarian issues. I also think that the Inspire Festival’s fascinating mix of live music, speakers, and classes, is a wonderful way for people to be uplifted and broadened, by using such wide-ranging modalities. I look forward to sharing with and learning from people from all over Europe in this wonderful event.”

Hans Laurentius

Hans Laurentius

Hans Laurentius was originally trained as a spiritual therapy teacher in the late nineties. However, in this same period, Advaita crossed his path and ended the search. Between 1998 and 2009 he organized hundreds of satsangs, weekend workshops and retreats, published six books, eight satsang cd’s and many articles. Since 2010 he mainly focuses on teaching people how to really feel or experience things completely. Consciousness never fights against or runs away from any experience so in regaining one’s natural abilities, one can become a real human being, instead of remaining in a childlike awareness (or sleepwalking state) based on fear and avoidance. Hans now mostly works on an individual level, but has started giving satsang again. Individual sessions can be given in English.

At Inspire

Satsang with Hans Laurentius
Shifting Perception 
The emphasis during this satsang will be on shifting perception from identification to pure awareness. It is possible to learn how to shift from conditioned responses to an open state from which one can meet emotions and convictions instead of avoiding, denying or fighting them. Questions may be put, the answers will not be just theoretical, but practical and aimed towards experience rather than philosophy. Change in attitude towards convictions and emotional energy can create a radical change in your outlook on life in all its aspects. Consciousness never fights or denies anything, it just experiences it completely. You are consciousness, and you are only conditioned to avoid, fight or deny what is. This conditioning can be removed or dissolved. Want to see and feel how? Be welcome!

Why Inspire?
“I don’t really have one, it just felt good.”

Hylke Bonnema

Hylke Bonnema

As a master constellator, Hylke Bonnema, together with clients and partners, explores that which doesn’t flow in their lives yet. He does this with individuals, companies and leaders from all over the world. On a daily basis, Hylke oversees the organisation of his websites familieopstellingen.nl, organisatieopstellingen.nl and familyconstellations.com, and organises workshops, individual sessions and training programs. He is also an executive coach at leiderschapsreis.nl and the initiator of the Open Up! festival (www.openupfestival.nl).
 

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Workshop

Familieopstellingen (‘Family Constellations’)
Relationships, passion and money: make it move! Make more contact with your life passion, your connection and trust. Bridge your own emotional blockages. Explore your convictions with the help of the special family constellations method. Get to know your own story. Create what you really need. And create your story and our future! Hylke would very much like to meet you.
 

Why Inspire?
“I wholeheartedly support Inspire - the name alone says enough! Inspiration is something we can use well, especially in this time. People who can think and feel ahead of the everyday problems and can create a future vision from love, wisdom and compassion.”

InnerAct

InnerAct

InnerAct is an audiovisual performance with harp, electronics and visuals where the groundbreaking musical piece Canto Ostinato serves as musical starting point. On stage, the three artists respond to each other with their instrument and especially designed software and determine who, according to the codes of Canto, will take the lead. The revolutionary adaptation is executed by harp player Gwyneth Wentink, electronics specialist Wouter Snoei, and video artist Arnout Hulskmap.
InnerAct ventures into the fascinating intersection of music, visual arts and technology and is a unique experience. Interaction and improvisation are central, not a single performance is the same.

Ionica Smeets

Ionica Smeets

Engineer and mathematician Ionica Smeets, Ph.D (1979) got her degree after a dissertation on chain fractions and now works as a science journalist. Together with colleague Jeanine Daems, with whom she became known as ‘The Maths Girls’, she has a weekly column in Dutch paper De Volkskrant about the math of daily life. Smeets also writes for several newspapers and magazines, released two books and regularly gives lectures. Mostly about maths, because someone has to do it! Last year, she was a presenter on TV show De Rekenkamer.

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Presentation

Everything About Pi
Pi has been known for ages as the relationship between the contour of a circle and its diameter. But do we know all about this mysterious constant? Is the Bible hidden in the decimals of Pi? And how do we catch Pi in numbers?

Thinking About Infinity
One infinity is larger than another. How does one prove that? And what role does infinity play in our daily lives? Warning: Thinking about infinity can lead to madness…

Why Inspire?
“My motto is: ‘Say yes to new things as often as possible’.”

Jacques Lewensztain

Jacques Lewensztain

Jacques Lewensztain (1946) was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina until he was 18. Afterwards, he traveled, lived, studied and worked in Israel, Turkey, France, Germany, Spain, England, New Zealand and the USA and currently lives permanently in the Netherlands. In the early 60s, Jacques studied mathematics at the Technion in Haifa and psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. Later he studied psychology in further combination with human sciences and humanities in Amsterdam, where he graduated in 1985. Since the late 60s, he is a dedicated spiritual teacher. His spiritual expertise and experience from this period of his life is described in the book Yoga Art Of Relaxation which he wrote together with Kumara Malavika (Christine Klein) and Wolter Keers. To this day, Jacques works as a management consultant and personal coach besides giving spiritual guidance. He is presently driven to inspire others in how to deal with everyday life when operating from your true nature of being.

 

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The Art Of Relaxation, Or Jnana Yoga
In the last decades, yoga has increasingly become a hype. More and more styles and schools have appeared. But what is yoga when it goes back to its roots?
To its basis; without strange names or poses? A simple but powerful way of discovery of your true nature of being.

Workshops

Outside is Within. Getting Acquainted With Jnana Yoga.
Together with Sara Lewensztain
Jnana yoga, Jacques
On keys, Sara

Let your senses be. Experience reality as it comes. The full intensity of life in open awareness.
Practice yoga from a startling perspective: experience all as it rather than experiencing what you expect or wanting to change or control it.
A soft impressive discovery with feeling, hearing and body.

*A beginners class: Come too if you are advanced but ready for a quiet and refreshing approach.*

Masterclass: The Gist Of Jnana Yoga. Masterclass on the art of relaxation; a more advanced level.
Try it though, if you are a fearless beginner!

Talk

Who am I, actually?
A talk in the question-answer style of Jnana Yoga: on the art of relaxation and how to disclose your true nature of being. Starting with an introduction and then continuing in the traditional question-and-answer style with you asking questions that matter to you. Get answers to deep or uncommon questions you maybe don't dare to ask, such as: Who am I, really? Where did space begin? How can I really relax? Why should I appreciate insecurity?.

Why Inspire ?
“My drive to participate in Inspire is the conviction that acceptation, freedom and joy of life, not just control and abstinence, help you search for what you really are. The festival, for me, is the place to find different approaches. That’s how you find what suits you. You’ll be made to think, or enter silence. You might realize that lightness, playfulness, excitement and joy are part of your exploration.”

 

Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell

With his unorthodox takes on soul and techno music, electronic experimenter Jamie Lidell has solidified his place as one of the most innovative artists in the underground scene. As part of the groups Subhead and Super_Collider, Lidell pushed the boundaries of dance music, but as a solo artist his work has challenged the common expectations of electronic music performers and composers. Best known in the Netherlands for his successful single Multiply, people were confused when first hearing his voice: Lidell sounded like a black man from the States, but turned out to be a white Englishman. The song came off his 2005 album with the same title. This year sees the release of his new and fifth album, Jamie Lidell.
 

Jan Kuiper

Jan Kuiper

Jan Kuiper is a guitarist and yogi. He has been playing guitar since age fifteen and has been practising Hatha Yoga for fifteen years. In the past forty years, he has travelled the world, playing in different bands. Improvisation in the here and now is the main focus in his music. He played with musicians from around the world, among which in India, Africa and the US. Jan has taken classes in Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. Every year, he organizes yoga classes on the beach at the Oerol Festival on the Dutch Island of Terschelling and he also teaches weekly yoga classes. In late May of 2013, he will release his first book on yoga, music and meditation, entitled Leven Met Een Glimlach (‘Living With A Smile’).

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Workshop

Pranayama Yoga
During this worjshop, the body will be warmed up extensively by a series of different poses, among which the Sun salutation. We will focus on the three major elements of breathing: in, out and holding your breath. Besides that, we will demonstrate different breathing techniques to revive Kundalini, or vitality and lead it through our bodies. Churning and lifting the stomach will also be demonstrated. It is recommended not to eat too much before this class.

Hatha Yoga
This class will have the following elements: meditation, warming up, vinyasa, asana (pose) and savasana (final relaxation). In Jan’s classes, there is room for laughter, although hard work is sometimes required. Jan makes sure that every yoga session contains both Yin as Yang asanas.

Why Inspire?
“The offer to teach at Inspire 2013 gives me the opportunity to share my love for yoga and music with a larger audience and thus make this world a little more beautiful and better.”

 

Jarno Burger

Jarno Burger

Jarno Burger has been active in the professional VJ world for many years and has developed various successful projects in the form of domes and custom projection techniques. Recently, Burger was focused on developing a 3D visualisation interface for a portable dome installation.

For this dome he worked together with Beer van Geer, originating from a joint interest in connecting neurofeedback to computer and geometry.

The Biodome does not only offer an innovative manner of interaction, but also taps a totally new perception area where the inner world of man becomes visible.

Johan Noorloos

Johan Noorloos

Johan Noorloos graduated in 1999 as a fully qualified drama teacher. In the following years, he examined several Eastern philosophies. Yoga and meditation especially brought him calm, insights and power. His experiences in many years of teaching workshops as well as group and private lessons resulted in the book How Yoga Can Change Your Life in early 2009. It contains a clear and well-ordered 21 day plan as well as experiences of many Dutch celebrities who took Johan’s classes. In 2011, Johan’s book Twelve Gurus, Thirteen Accidents was released, about his search for happiness. Some years ago, Johan founded, together with colleagues Marcel van de Vis and Anat Geiger, Amsterdam yoga studio Yogagarden. Together with Van de Vis, he also runs his own education institute.

 
At Inspire
 
Workshop
Het Inzicht (‘The Insight’)
What do you really want? Wat do you really desire? How do you want to live? What’s stopping you? Johan Noorloos, yoga teacher and writer, helps you become aware of your authentic dreams and desires. In his inspiring multimedia presentation he will lead you to the silence in which they can be found. Through meditations and visualization exercises he will show the steps with which you can actually realize your dreams. On the way to your ultimate life. In doing so, he dares make himself vulnerable and use his own turbulent search for happiness as a guide. “For a big part of my life, I was searching for happiness. I was looking for recognition and confirmation. Or maybe, even more so, for inner peace. Sometimes I was placated by a guru of a philosophy for a while. But my inner turmoil kept coming back soon. That was until I was alone with myself. In the silence which ensued I didn’t find the emptiness I feared, but love for the things I am doing now. I invite you to come on a journey. An exploration. To help remind you who you are. And what you are able to do. To live your life fully.”
 
Movement
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class
In this vinyasa flow class for beginners, much attention will be given to techniques of the poses, and time will be taken to teach poses correctly. Johan Noorloos will bring you in a state of concentration and meditation by way of a powerful flow. Dynamic movements are merged with controlled breathing. Techniques from different styles will be handled in this freestyle vinyasa class.
 
Why Inspire ?

“It has become my mission to apply the passion I feel in my work and the talents that I got out of life in such a way, that I don’t just live in my own potential, but hope to inspire others to do the same. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of a new movement entitled Inspire. With, among others, the powerful instruments of yoga and meditation, which I have used gratefully for so long, I hope to contribute to a promising festival.” 

 

Jonas Vorwerk

Jonas Vorwerk

After his education in technical engineering and working at a web design bureau for three years, Jonas Vorwerk started his studies at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy in Rotterdam. He specialized in interactive installation art. After four years he graduated with honours and founded his Buro with which he focuses fully on multimedia projects.

Jonas Vorwerk designs new media art that invites the audience to participate, experience and share.

Jordi Lopez

Jordi Lopez

Jordi Lopez bio will be announced shortly. During Inspire he will present two workshops and ceremonies.
 

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New Moon Ceremonies
We meditate on the full moon as Mother of Creation; in the new moon we honor Her in Her Maiden aspect. The new moon is a time of regeneration, renewal, creativity, hope, new beginnings, new projects, new relationships, rebirth and liberation. The new moon phase is an optimal time for planning and seeding your intentions. Seedlings need a period of gestation before they break through the soil and reach for the sunlight. This is also true for our ideas and our desires. The dark side of the moon, with its mysterious unseen forces, offers a nurturing environment where our intentions can establish roots before their miraculous manifestations begin to sprout and reach out to the stars.
 

Shamanic Fire Ceremonies For Releasing, Cleansing, And Balancing
Shamans perform fire ceremonies for releasing, cleansing and balancing. Fire ceremonies are essential to purifying the body, spirit and heart, and can be used for healing and creating fruition in our lives. The fire is an ideal place to re-connect to your Oneness with the Universe. By honoring Pachamama (Mother Earth), Great Spirit, the Angelic light Being, and those who came before us and will come after us, you will re-orient yourself as to your true place in the Universe.

We bring an offering to the fire as a gift. It is something that is made from nature that is burnable - a stick, flower, pinecone, etc. Spend some time with the item, and with your intention, blow into the offering whatever you want to release, heal, or bring into your life. When you approach the fire, say a prayer of gratitude and make your offering.

Through a fire ceremony, energy bound in old ways can be freed to move in a new direction. We symbolically release something that no longer serves a useful purpose, and claim the energy we invest in that old behavior pattern for a new purpose.

Jos Agasi

Jos Agasi

Jos Agasi is a graphic designer, web designer and video-maker for projects and clients in the cultural, education and social sectors. He cooperated with various theatre productions, often location performances. For Fields of Wonder he created video projections for Black Boxes II in the Meelfabriek in Leiden, Beeldenstorm on the beach of Noordwijk and Cir Perdu in the 50KV Stadium in Leiden. He also created images for ad hoc productions, on location with buildings there were to be demolished, in the LAK theatre, Theatre Imperium and the Compagnie theatre.
Together with Jurjen Alkema and Andrea Droës, he forms artists collective Het Blauwe Uur (The Blue Hour) collective, with which he makes visual performances and installations.

For more information go to: www.blauweuur.nl
 

Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron is best known as the author of The Artist’s Way, her bestselling works on the creative process have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold over four million copies worldwide to date. Also a poet, playwright and novelist, Julia has distinguished credits in theatre, film and television.

At Inspire

Presentation
The Artist’s Way: The Basic Tools
Julia Cameron's work on creativity has reached millions of people worldwide. In this talk, she will share her own creative journey that led her to inventing the three Basic Tools of The Artist's Way, and the bedrock of a creative recovery in herself and her students. Just as breathing is part of our DNA and nothing we must invent, creativity is part of ourspiritual DNA and nothing we must invent.
 
Workshop
On Creativity
Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God” - Julia Cameron. In her workshop, Julia will dedicate herself to helping you identify and unravel old and unworkable ideas that block your creative spirit. Is it time to stop telling yourself it’s too late? Is it time to stop waiting until you make enough money to do something you love? Is it time to stop thinking it's just your ego whenever you yearn for a more fulfilling life? Do you yearn for creative adventure? Are you hungry for a deeper and fuller life? Do you wish you could find a more authentic 'you'? Join Julia Cameron for an intensive trek through your creative kingdom. Tools will include Morning Pages and Artist Dates, and the weekend itself will be a mix of lecture, Q&A, and experiential work in small groups. Expect this course to jump-start your creative process, refresh your own thinking around creativity, and introduce you to a creative community.
 
Why Inspire?

“I was attracted by the eclectic nature of the event. I loved that participants could design their own programs. I look forward to teaching creative unblocking to an audience that is already in creative waters.”

 

Julian van Buul

Julian van Buul

Julian van Buul (1984) got his Master’s in Interactive Media at the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2006. Since then he has worked as freelancer on both commercial productions as his own art projects. As video-artist he often creates videos and animation that are made live on the sport or can be influenced, for example by motion detectors. With this technology Julian created a dance performance that could be seen at, among others, Robodock festival (Amsterdam) and STRP festival (Eindhoven). As VJ he was involved in various theatre productions of the Amsterdam theatre group MC (previously Cosmic Theatre and Made in da Shade). Other highlights include VJ gigs at the TMF Awards and the Dutch Design Week.

Together with Vincent Vriends he developed Landschapslumen: audiovisual installations where multiple multimedia projectors are used to project a surreal video-landscape on nature.

Juno Burger

Juno Burger

As an energetic therapist, in the past 18 years Juno Burger has specialized in the exchange of subtle energies among people and between them and the spaces where they work and live. He has summarized his way of life in RealEase, a method to train the heart to embrace and therefore successfully deal with the large and intense input of life. Juno is also the founder of Like To Embrace, a Facebook page on which people in need of compassion or attention all over the world can post and embrace.

At Inspire

Workshop

De Omarming Van Het Compassievolle Hart (‘Embracing The Compassionate Heart’)
Contrary to the mind, which takes everything personally and wants to fix things, your heart has the unique power to experience life the way it is in the moment and let it be complete at the same time. This is embracing the compassionate heart; without fear, judgement or denial, life is literally and figuratively encompassed. By being ‘on’ and experiencing life, you will create a change which will lead to freedom!

Why Inspire?
“It feels good to support a new initiative with so much potential. Inspire has the possibility to become and remain a beautiful festival where consciousness and the celebration of life go hand in hand!”

 

Jurjen Alkema

Jurjen Alkema

Jurjen Alkema has been involved with various theatre performances, operas and location theatre projects as a video-maker and light designer. He works/has worked for, among others, Music Theatre Group De Helling, Vincent Bijlo, Erik van Muiswinkel, opera project Vloed, Nieuw West, Festival Classique, Werfpop, Toneel Haarlem, Anstatt das trio, and Ensemble Klang. Jurjen is specialized in the use of projections as part of a light plan in a theatre.

Together with Jos Agasi and Andrea Droës, he forms artists collective Het Blauwe Uur (The Blue Hour), with which he makes visual performances and installations.

Kris Touber

Kris Touber

Kris Touber is a writer, singer, poet/songwriter, dance therapist, yoga and meditation teacher. In 1998, she discovered the power of silence during a 10-day Vipassana retreat in Thailand. Inspired, she exchanged her modelling career for a modern yogi-life when she returned to Amsterdam. Kris combines yoga, meditation and dance therapy to an integral training in which body and mind are enabled to restore their original state and unite in a natural way. Together with her life partner and writer Tijn Touber she regularly gives Silence Retreats and Silence Concerts at home and abroad. They are the initiators of the successful project City Lights (www.stadsverlichting.nu).

 

At Inspire

Workshop

Stilte Concert ('Silent Concert' with Tijn Touber)
Together with her partner Tijn, Kris will organize a Silent Concert: a soundbath of songs and sounds that naturally lead you to the silence within yourself. Playfully, you will return to your own essence. You will experience the natural flow of life and be susceptible to insight and inspiration. All you have to do during the concert is sit back, close your eyes and let yourself be taken along.

Leonard Mlodinow

Leonard Mlodinow

Leonard Mlodinow received his PhD in theoretical physics from Berkeley, and now teaches at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of seven popular science books. His most recent book is Subliminal: How Our Unconscious Mind Rules Our Behavior. His book The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, was a New York Times editor’s choice, Notable Book of the Year, and shortlisted for the Royal Society Book Award. The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking, was a #1 bestseller. In addition, Dr. Mlodinow has written for many prestigious newspapers and magazines and made numerous television appearances. 

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Presentation
 
The Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Influences Your Behaviour
From your preference in politicians to the amount you tip your waiter, all your judgments and perceptions reflect the workings of your mind on two levels: The conscious, of which we are aware, and the unconscious, which is hidden from us. As a result, we often misperceive our relationships with friends, family and business associates, misunderstanding the reasons for our personal feelings, investment decisions, and other important judgments. I will talk about the revolution in the scientific understanding of the unconscious that has occurred in the past decade and what it means for our lives. 
 
Why Inspire?
“I am enthusiastic about the Inspire Festival because it is an opportunity to illustrate how science can help illuminate who we are as people. In that way, science can enhance our spirituality, which is a goal I strive for in all my books.”

 

 

Lilou Macé

Lilou Macé

Lilou Macé is a French-American author, webTV host , international Internet video blogger and the co-founder of an global Internet community, The 100-Day Reality Challenge. Born in California to French parents, she grew up in France and studied both there and in the US. She received a degree in European Business Studies, with a major in International Marketing and graduating with honours. After loosing her job as Internet Marketing Director in London, England, she released the self-published I Lost My Job And I Liked It: 30-Day Law-of-Attraction Diary Of A Dream Job Seeker. Lilou’s YouTube videos (over 2,000) document her participation in life, on her 12-month around the world Juicy Living Tour and the 100-Day Reality Challenge, as well as features world famous authors, speakers, artists and entrepreneurs that Lilou qualifies as 'Juicy'.

At Inspire
Interviewed by Tijn Touber
After interviewing thousands of spiritual teachers, scientists and gurus, Lilou gets interviewed by Tijn Touber.
 
Lilou Interviews....
To be announced.
 
Why Inspire? 
“I followed my intuition. I knew I had to be there.”
 
 

 

 

Linnea Olsson

Linnea Olsson

If nothing else, her choice of instrument is what makes Linnea Olsson stand out. As opposed to other singer-songwriters, she doesn’t accompany herself on piano or guitar, but on cello. It makes a nice change and her choice proves a good one. Olsson also uses loop recorders to her advantage and puts on an original and beautiful show, which she previously demonstrated at the Dutch Lowlands festival. Coming from a small Swedish coastal town, Olsson grew up in a musical family. She toured with several other artists, her most famous former ‘employer’ being Ane Brun.
Having stepped out of the shadows of others, she impressed critics with her debut album AH!.
 

Maaike Chavanu

Maaike Chavanu

Satyananda Yoga teacher Maaike Chavanu (Swami Mitrananda – 1950) is a yoga teacher and leader of the Yogabindu center. She has been teaching since 1990, the first eleven years of which at a Satyananda Yoga center. Since 2001, she has her own space at Castle Tongelaar in Mill. Maaike has been examining Satyananda Yoga by taking courses in the Netherlands, Europe and India, the birthplace of yoga. Her encounters with Swami Niranjanananda, leader and inspirator of Sayananda Yoga, are a continuing influence and inspiration. Swami Niranjan gave the center its name Yogabindu: a place where people can go to connect with their deeper self.

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Workshops

Pawanmuktasanas workshop/lesson
A series of asanas containing three parts: loosening the joints, asanas for the intestines and back and also a series of exercises to generate/stimulate (shakti) energy. Physically strenuous, relaxing and meditative at the same time. Absolutely worth experiencing! Pawanmuktasanas are one of the showpieces of Satyananda Yoga.

Capsules
We want to do daily yoga, but what do you do? Often, we don’t know. Just like taking vitamin capsules for our health, there is a yoga series we can do every day: the five capsules of Swami Niranjanananda (Satyananda Yoga), asanas, pranayama, yoga nidra, mantras and yoga-through-the-day. A good way to start the day! The capsules will be handed out on paper after the morning lesson.

Why Inspire?
“At a large and beautiful festival, the rich tradition of Satyananda Yoga cannot be absent. Enough motivation to participate as a teacher/speaker, enough motivation to be a part of it!”
 

Maison du Malheur

Maison du Malheur

Maison Du Malheur was heard for the first time at the Into The Great Wide Open festival in 2011, on the Island of Vlieland. At that time the band showed that they knew how to strike a chord with audiences with their vintage jazz and R&B. The group is a great party band that revolves around songwriter J.P. Mesker. The music has overtones of Fats Waller and Howlin' Wolf, supplemented by a colorful array of musical styles and instrumentation. The band has toured with blues-swamp icon C.W. Stoneking and their debut album, Wicked Transmission, was released earlier this year. The conglomeration of styles is what makes this collective so special: from honky-tonk Balkan to dance music and folklore. They take great pleasure in playing and their virtuosity is at times astounding.

Maneesha James

Maneesha James

Maneesha James has a background in midwifery, general, and psychiatric nursing, is a qualified psychotherapist and has been a meditation facilitator for over 25 years. The guinea pig in the early seventies when Osho was designing his active methods, she has practiced the many of the techniques herself over the years. Chief editor and official chronicler of his work, she compiled Osho’s The Art of Living and Dying (due for release in June 2013) and has herself authored five books on various aspects of meditation. Maneesha has facilitated meditation workshops for everyday living and conscious dying all over the world and has five CDs of guided meditations to her name, among other works.
 
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Close and personal
An Interview with Maneesha James

Workshops

Doing Dying Differently
Maneesha James will discuss the notion of actively preparing for dying, why we should want to be present to our own demise, and the gift of being able to support others through the same process.
As the mystic Osho points out, once we are born the only certainty we can count on in life is that we are going to die. Yet that reality is so feared that most of us tend to avoid even acknowledging it. Along with introducing participants to several related meditative techniques, Maneesha will also respond to questions from the audience.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Meditation But Were Afraid To Ask!
with Sudheer P. Niet
In this experientially based workshop, Maneesha and Sudheer will introduce some meditative methods for the time-challenged and respond to questions about any aspect of meditation. These may include queries about your own personal practice,  such as how to choose a method that’s right for you, how to know it is working, and when to drop it, as well as the relevance of the traditional, passive approach for contemporary men and women.

Why Inspire ?
“It was lovely to receive such a warm, personalised invitation to the Inspire Festival. That, plus the nature of the festival, played a major part in my accepting the opportunity you offered me!”

 

Marcel Zijlstra

Marcel Zijlstra

In 1980, Marcel Zijlstra (1960) started as a singer at the Schola Cantorum Amsterdam and considers himself a student of Wim van Gerven. He studied Musicology at the University of Amsterdam and got his doctorate at the University of Utrecht with a dissertation on the oral tradition of Gregorian chant. He has published articles about the Gregorian chant and related subjects in various international magazines and contributed to handbooks and monographs.
Marcel took courses in Gregorian chant interpretation at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen-Werden with scholars such as Godehardt Joppich, Luigi Augustoni, and Johannes Berchmans Goeschl. Since 1984, he has been the choir leader of Gregorian scholas (Quem Quaeritis, Ecclesiae Tuae). He gives lectures, courses, and workshops at home and abroad, among other places at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen (D). He teaches Gregorian chant at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and teaches music and cultural history at Codarts Conservatory of Music in Rotterdam. He is the artistic leader of the Dutch Gregorian Festival in Ravenstein and organist of the abbey of Egmond.

Margaretha de Vries

Margaretha de Vries

Due to a fall at a young age, the eyesight of Margaretha de Vries is very limited. Because of that, her other senses are overdeveloped. You could say spirituality has become second nature to her. After her first spiritual education at age fifteen, Margaretha has never stopped. She successfully graduated her studies in holistic health therapy and has been working as a Reiki Master within the Usui Ryoho system since 2001. For the past twenty years, Margaretha has enjoyed many spiritual experiences and she is grateful to be able to help people.

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Workshop
Onze Relatie, Echte Liefde (‘Our Relationship, True Love’ - with René van Collem)
Margaretha de Vries and René van Collem have been together for five years and happily married for almost one. In that relatively short period, in which they experienced true love, real passion and the happiest moments in their lives, they also knew some hard times and lived through them. With this workshop, they want to inspire other couples to achieve more harmony, acceptance and true love.

Intuïtive workshop
To be announced

Healings & Readings
By Margaretha de Vries
To be announced

Why Inspire?
“Inspire means everything to me. I want to inspire people to live from their hearts and  because of that be in love with themselves and others. That’s my passion.”
 

Marja Ruijterman

Marja Ruijterman

Marja Ruijterman has been a trainer and coach since 1993. In 1985, she decided she didn’t want to live anymore. Just after she did not jump in the Amstel river after all, she realised this was the lowest point of her life and decided to do her best to become happy, let go of old ideas and be open to new ones that work. This quest brought an enormous amount of inspiration, and now she lives life with enthusiasm and passion. In her training sessions, lectures and stories, she creates an atmosphere which helps people to take off their masks. In a humorous and direct way, Marja describes situations we can relate to in (corporate) life.

 

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Presentation

Het Licht Gezien (‘To Have Seen The Light’) 
Marja has seen “the light” twice, which had a very positive and constructive effect on her life. She experienced that Love is so much more than “I love you” or “being in love”. During her talk, Marja will share her experiences and explain how you can connect with Love. Many of us are in love with the “wrong one”; someone who is not in love with you, or already married. So you wait, and suffer, and desire… But Love is within you. If you can feel it without projecting it on to someone else, you will be independent. Then, you will not wait for Love, but will pass it around because it is an endless source within you. Marja will show you how.
 

Workshops

De Stille Kracht Van Gedachten (‘The Silent Power Of Thoughts’)
Our brain is full of negative thoughts. Space which you could use more efficiently and comfortably. We are all able to create rest in our mind. That way, we can enjoy life more and make better choices. We get a clearer overview and a healthier feeling of self worth, which in turn causes us to feel more equal to others and create a sense of calm, consent and relaxedness. Changing our mindset is not as difficult as we often think. In this workshop, Marja explains how you can do it. And puts it into practice right away, so that you experience the effects yourself.  

De Goeroe In Jezelf (‘The Guru In Yourself’)
During this workshop, we will search for the gurus in our lives. Which might surprise you, as there are many gurus around us, more “common place” than Krisnamurti or Osho. Who are they and how can we recognize them? But more importantly: what can we do with them? In this workshop, we will search for the guru in ourself, as we are wiser than we think. Everyone will get the opportunity to experience themselves as a guru, in the guru chair. The goal, of course, is to learn that you can always, at any given moment, call up the wise person in yourself. Which is more simple than you think!

 

Why Inspire? 
“The name of the Inspire festival says a lot and for me, it will be the first time I give my workshop at a festival with such a large crowd. A new experience, it inspires me to have new insights, which I will gladly pass on.”


 

Mark Teijgeler

Mark Teijgeler

Mark Teijgeler (1972) is a business economist, former investment banker, former top-level windsurfer, mindfulness and meditation trainer, coach and founder of www.ABC-van-Meditatie.nl. In his approach, Mark combines his knowledge of meditation and experience in both economy and top-level sports. His style is down to earth, loose, contemporary, professional and passionate. Since 2004, Mark has been training many individuals, multinationals, varied business people and top-level sportsmen for ABC of Meditation. Besides a meditation and mindfulness trainer, Mark is also active as a mental coach, mentor and businessman. He has a great interest in non-duality, the main philosophy in Eastern traditions such as Zen, Taoism and Advaita.

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Workshop

Beginnersworkshop meditatie (‘Beginners’ Workshop In Meditation’)
When you want to learn how to relax, deal with stress of enlarge your concentration abilities, meditation can make a difference. In this workshop, you can learn what exactly meditation is, how it’s done and you can meditate at home. We will practise several different techniques and poses to allow you to find the best fitted form of meditation for you, personally.

Meditatie En Flow (‘Meditation And Flow’)
The word ‘flow’ means: the ultimate state of experience. Experiencing flow goes together with the ultimate state of concentration and is about the fully functioning individual, who is fully aware of what he does and in that, brings the best in himself forward. In the workshop, we will explore how we can connect meditation and experiencing the flow state. With some practical exercises, you will learn how you can function from flow easier in both meditation exercises and daily life.

Why Inspire?
“It is my passion to explore the meditative spirituality of the here-and-now in an inspiring, down to earth and contemporary way, and enthuse people. This festival totally corresponds with that. I’m looking forward to it already!”
 

Marty Wuttke

Marty Wuttke

Marty Wuttke designed and directed the first large scale inpatient neurofeedback program in the USA. He is a pioneer in combining multiple protocols of neurofeedback therapy as an intervention for depression, traumatic brain injury, nicotine dependence, eating disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, chemical dependency and alcoholism. He continues to develop, research, and teach protocols for neurofeedback application with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and developmental disorders, autoimmune disorders, and stress related disorders.

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Workshop

Heal, Enlighten And Change Our Brains: Neurofeedback
Wuttke likes to say our brain tends to follow certain “scripts”, patterns of thoughts, emotions and behavior, that take us to the same place over and over, wreaking havoc in our daily life. Brain wave neurofeedback forges new pathways in the brain and helps us devise new scripts so we can be happier and feel more fulfilled as human beings upon this earth. Attendees will leave with the understanding that there are tools available to heal and optimize their brain.
 

Talk

Meditation And The Brain: Neuro-Spirituality
According to esoteric teachings, the nervous system must undergo systematic refinement in order to process higher and more expanded states of consciousness.

In this lecture Martin Wuttke will discuss the paths, methods and practical ways we can integrate this knowledge into our lives and our spiritual practices and facilitate the transformative process.


Why Inspire?
“Inspire will be an avenue for our teachings; in effect bringing knowledge to life by allowing various teachers the platform to share their experience. My wife Susan and I have spent our lives living by our principles and sharing them with those people we are blessed to encounter. We are grateful to the organizers of Inspire for this wonderful opportunity and forsee great possibilities.”

Meetraj

Meetraj

Aïda Spaninks has been known as DJ Lady Aïda for 25 years and in that time, she performed in almost all important clubs and at large festivals in Europe and far beyond. Besides performing, she also runs her own DJ school, develops educative projects, among which multimedia training, and writes a monthly column in a Dutch regional newspaper. In her day-to-day life, Aïda follows the Kundalini yoga lifestyle. During her journey through the North and South of India, Aïda became inspired by the cacophony of sounds and rhythms during her stays in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajastan, Kerala and Karnataka, among others. At Inspire, she will be performing as Meetraj for the first time. She will offer a blend of spicey Indian rhythms, such as Bhanga, Punjabi and Bollywood, and mash them up in a modern multi-layered mix of beats and basses. But now and then, her audience can also expect a small (techno) sample of Lady Aïda…

 

Molotov Jukebox

Molotov Jukebox

Molotov Jukebox are a six-piece, genre dodging experience, poised to take the world by storm. Incorporating trumpet, accordeon, violin and the sultry tones of lead singer Natalia Tena over an inventive rhythm section, this is a band born out of love; love of each other, love of music and a love of making whole roomfulls of people dance til they fall over (or fall in love). Causing a riot from homecountry the UK all the way to Brazil, here is a band with almost universal appeal. Innovatively blending such diverse styles as gypsy, samba, ska, dubstep, swing and anything else you care to mention, all in their own inimitable style, the unique sound of this band has been christened “Gyp-Step” and is guaranteed to make everybody dance.


 

Monika Nataraj

Monika Nataraj

Monika Nataraj has taught Mystical Dance®, Tantra, Yoga and Meditation in 20 countries around the globe, and has catalyzed thousands of women to rediscover the depths of their feminine power and radiance. Since 1999, Monika has lived ‘on the road’ full time as a true nomadic dancing mystic Shakti adventurer of the soul. She is the creatrix of the pioneering 6-week, 200-hour Mystical Dance® Teacher Training Course offered annually in Thailand, co-founder of the Agama Yoga School in Dharamsala, India, co-director of the Dharamsala Film Festival, and Core Faculty at the prestigious Omega Institute in New York. Monika offers ritual dance sharings, in sacred sites and temples worldwide, of Mystical Belly Dance, Odissi Classical Temple Dance, and Sufi Whirling.


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Performance

Mystical Dance
Dance is the language of the soul... a moving method of self expression and self discovery, revealing our own inner mystery and union with the Universe. Mystical Dance is an exploration of how the dancer and the dance are One. Through witnessing conscious movement, we experience the Truth that moves us all. Monika will offer glimpses into classical Indian temple dance, where the stories of the Gods and Goddesses come to life in ritual movement, as well as ecstatic whirling based on the Sufi traditions of Rumi.


Workshop

Awakening Your Divine Feminine With Mystic Belly Dance
Dance expression is an ancient art and through conscious movement and invocation, you can awaken the Divine feminine within. Belly dance is a language of sacred symbols and a dynamic method to experience the energies of the Universe. The approach to this celebratory workshop is unique and holistic – from the secrets of energy work, to the role of dance in feminine rites of passage, to finding unity in a women’s dance circle. In just 90 minutes you will feel rekindled and inspired! No previous dance training is required. Please dress in comfortable clothes. We will adorn you with sparkly surprises. A hip scarf is helpful.
 

Why Inspire?
“Consciousness and creativity eternally dancing as one...that's what the Inspire Festival ignites in me.”

Myrna van Kemenade

Myrna van Kemenade

Myrna van Kemenade is a certified yoga teacher and co-founder of yoga studio Yogadreams. She has been teaching Poweryoga, Ashtanga, Meditation, Stress-relief and Prana flow energetic vinyasa yoga for years, as well as organizing yoga workshops for large corporations such as Unilever and Nike. Her lessons are available for everyone on a daily basis at digital TV channel Spirit24: www.spirit24.nl. Besides all that, Myrna is also a certified life coach and affiliated with www.chopra.nl and www.thelifefoundation.nl. This organization works with a whole team of specialists in spirituality, health and meditation: see www.soulfeeding.nl. Myrna has a background in entertainment: she graduated as a Theater Dance Teacher in 1995 and performed in such musicals as Chicago, Saturday Night Fever and Elisabeth. She also performed with varied artists in theater and on TV, among which Dutch cabaret performer and musician Herman van Veen as well as several pop artists.

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Workshop
Slow Flow Stress Relief Yoga Workshop
In this deeply relaxing and detoxifying session you will completely settle down mentally, physically and emotionally. The calm poses, breathing and focus on meditation will give you the tools to find rest at any desired time in daily life. Take off your watch, switch off your cell phone and pretend you are in the timeless zone. You only have to ‘be’…

Why Inspire?
“Inspiration is nourishment for the soul. That is why I want to be part of this Inspire Festival!”
 

Nicole van den Kroonenberg

Nicole van den Kroonenberg

Nicole van de Kroonenberg graduated in visual communication from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design in 1995. Since then she has worked as a freelance designer and artist with various media. In addition to her work as an artist she develops art projects for children and teaches visual arts on different elementary school and with Foundation Buitenkunst.

Nik Bärtsch Ronin

Nik Bärtsch Ronin

Nik Bärtsch (1971) is a Swiss pianist, composer and producer. He began studying piano and percussion at the age of 8 and in 1997 graduated from the Musikhochschule Zürich. After that, he also studied philosophy, linguistics and musicology at the University of Zurich. Next to being a solo artist and part of acoustic band Mobile, Bärtsch also leads ‘zen-funk’ group Ronin,with which he released his latest album Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin Live in 2012 on the ECM label. He lives in Zurich and Berlin. 

Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm, born on September 20th, 1982, had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers.

Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio, where he has worked and collaborated with many contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, Anne Müller, Deaf Center, Efterklang and Dustin O’Halloran amongst other fellow musicians. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans including Thom Yorke, who featured one of Nils’ songs in Radiohead’s HQ office chart. As the recognition continues to grow for his previous solo piano works 'Wintermusik' (2009) and ‘The Bells’ (2009), October 2011 saw the release of his most acclaimed album to date: 'Felt'.

Having recorded his last album live in a large, reverberant church, Nils Frahm now invites you to put on your headphones and dive into a world of microscopic and delicate sounds – so intimate that you could be sitting beside him. Recorded late at night in the reflective solitude and silence of his studio in Berlin, Frahm uncovers a new sound and source of inspiration within these peaceful moments: 'Originally I wanted to do my neighbours a favour by damping the sound of my piano. If I want to play piano during the quiet of the night, the only respectful way is by layering thick felt in front of the strings and using very gentle fingers. It was then that I discovered that my piano sounds beautiful with the damper.’

Captivated by this sonic exposition, he placed the microphones so deep inside the piano that they were almost touching the strings. This brought a host of external sounds to the recordings which most producers would try their hardest to hide: ‘I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano's action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards – all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.’

'Felt' creates its own personal microcosm, offering a refuge of tender and honest beauty.

Patricia van Walstijn

Patricia van Walstijn

Patricia van Walstijn is a writer, energy coach and the director of Chi Neng Institute Europe. She started her career as a model and traveled the world. At age 21, she found Zen meditation and afterwards took many courses in meditation and other subjects in Thailand, India and the US. There, she discovered Chinese kinematics Chi Neng Qigong and in 1998, established the Chi Neng Institute Europe with locations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Sweden. Patricia released three books and teaches workshops, lectures, consults and company trainings in both the Netherlands and abroad.

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Workshop
 
Qigong, ‘Yoga from China’
During an inspiring workshop, Patricia van Walstijn will let you get a feel for Qigong, the ‘Yoga of China’. She will teach you activating and relaxing exercises in which the direct experience of vitality and inner rest are the focal point. In a short explanation, she will connect the Chinese view on energy to our daily life in Europe. Inspiring and relaxing! We will do a Chinese warming up, the activating ‘Partner Squat’ and the relaxing ‘Sway La Qi’ exercise.
 
Why Inspire?
“Inspiring people to live more aware and relaxed is my passion. Inspiration motivates me, enhances my creativity and make me stay in the ‘flow’. It’s for this reason that my second book is entitled Living Inspired And Relaxed. Inspire gives me an active and cheerful vibe, so I knew instantly I would accept their invitation to teach a workshop.”

 

 

Paul Braaksma

Paul Braaksma

Paul Braaksma (1957) is a Critical Alignment yoga teacher in Amsterdam. He has been practising yoga since 1984 and has been running his own yoga school in Amsterdam for 20 years. He also runs the Critical Alignment yoga teacher training program together with Gert van Leeuwen, who is the author of the book Critical Alignment Yoga.

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Workshop

Critical Alignment Yoga
An experience and class aimed at body consciousness and linked with yoga exercises. Participants will receive information about CA yoga and about the contents of the class. After that, the focus will be placed on direct body experience, which will lead to a conscious way of moving during yoga exercises. The class will end with a silencing of mind and body in Savasana.

Why Inspire?
“I decided to accept the invitation because it gives me the possibility to introduce Critical Alignment yoga to a wider audience. I’m aware of the fact that I can only offer part of the CA concept, but perhaps it will be enough to enthuse participants.”
 

Piet de Knegt

Piet de Knegt

Something about me: Born on February 3, 1962 in Delft, the Netherlands. Got an university degree in business after graduating from high school. First job in 1988 as a civil servant for the Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn and Cultuur. Switched to public safety in 2003 and currently working as financial consultant for the security counsel.

 

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Workshop

Voorbij het Kampvuur ('Beyond the Campfire)

This workshop is about a new style of playing the guitar. In this new style, the left hand (or the right hand for left-handed people) is limited in its possibilities. Strangely enough, this limitation opens us up to new possibilities.
The "less is more" idea is very much applicable to this new style. You could say it's Feng Shui for guitar-players...


Why Inspire?
I have always had a passion for playing guitar. Played air-guitar until the age of 15 and then started the real stuff. And that's exactly the reason for being part of Inspire: There is actually nothing that stops us from going to "pretending as if" to "doing as is".

Pieter van den Hoogenband

Pieter van den Hoogenband

Former professional swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband (1978) became a household name in 1996, when at age 18, he came fourth in both the 100 and 200 metres freestyle at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Soon nicknamed ‘The Dutch Dolphin’, he went on to win three Olympic gold medals (in 2000 and 2004) and became European Champion an impressive sixteen times. Even after undergoing a back operation in 2005, ‘Hoogie’ managed to come back and win several Dutch championships, plus a European one in 2006. After ending his professional swimming career, Pieter became a sought-after public speaker.

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Presentation

 

Goud In Handen (‘Gold In The Pocket’)
Pieter describes the theme of his lecture as follows: “In search of the right answers, one has to ask the right questions.”

Why Inspire?

“Ever since I quit swimming, I have been giving presentations regularly. In doing so, I’ve noticed people react positively to my story en get inspired by it. I myself am a great music lover. That’s why it’s interesting to me to share my story and experiences outside of sports, in an environment that inspires me as well.”

 

Pim van den Wijngaarde

Pim van den Wijngaarde

Dangling in the wind with gawky legs and swaying bodies – we are going to carry them around in a big parade, with music! But first we are going to make them: from paper of course! With your own body as a model and everyone helping each other. We first draw an outline of each others body, then we are going cut them out and decorate them with paint and pieces of paper and such. Attach a piece of string, put it on a pole and stick them high up in the air and.. let them dangle in the wind! We are going out with the Dangle Men!

Will you come too? From age 5 and up and the more children, the more Dangle Men!

Prem Joshua

Prem Joshua

Although you wouldn’t expect it hearing his name, Prem Joshua was born in Germany. He learned how to play the flute at age five and later on played both the flute and saxophone in various local bands. At 18 he travelled to India overland, studying the indigenous folk music of countries along the way. He adopted the name Prem (Hindi for ‘love’), kept his given name Joshua en dropped his family name.
In India, he learned to play the sitar. Throughout his career, he experimented with various forms of music, mixing elements of the East and West. He has recorded many albums, both solo and with musical projects. 2010’s Luminous Secrets is his latest record.

Workshops

Satsang Live Music Meditation
Satsang is a one-hour meditation of improvised music with intervals of meditative silence - which in India is considered the highest form of music. The participants sit in meditation with eyes closed, at a certain point during this hour they are guided to join the music with their own voice. This live music meditation also works perfectly in combination with yoga classes as a "bhakti workshop".

Stop Dance
This is a one-hour dance meditation, with improvised high energy music. The participants are guided to dance - allowing themselves to drown and let go into the music and rhythm. The dancer loses himself in the dance  - but with random shouts of STOP! during the dance stage. With the sudden STOP! the music halts, there is complete silence and the dancer freezes in whatever movement and position he is in - allowing all the energy that is built up during the dance to travel inwards. Again the music starts...

Ram Giri

Ram Giri

Born in Germany after WW II and the Holocaust, depression, fear, anger and low self-esteem led Ram Giri from a very early age to seek effective ways to end his suffering and find self-realization. A deep yearning for the realization of his true nature arose and guided him to India in the early 70’s where he became a direct student of the legendary Neem Karoli Baba – Maharajji, who showed him the reality of unconditional love. Ram Giri’s spiritual path, as a practitioner and teacher, his experience in Transpersonal Psychology, and his insights from helping people from all walks of live for over 40 years, gave birth to the Skills for Awakening®. Ram Giri has one job: to show people how to access the great love of the Self within them. He inspires in his audience an enthusiasm for their own quest for true happiness and enlightenment. His latest book is a blueprint of this: The End Of Fear; Through India And Auschwitz To Unconditional Love.

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Satsang
The Path Of The Heart And The Veils Of The Mind
In this satsang, he will guide us in a HeartSourcing meditation, to awaken love by removing fear. This is the way of being the lover and the beloved in one. In this compassionate space, you are invited to ask any questions that will help you release your particular obstructions.
 
Workshop
Happiness Is ‘Serious’ Business – The Art And Science Of Being Love
This workshop is designed to bring clarity to the bewildering pursuit of enlightened happiness. Ram Giri will offer a map for spiritual life that explains the challenges we face and their remedies in a new way.
 
Why Inspire?
“In the core of our being we are pure Love. It awakens like light being passed from person to person. Meeting those who are open for this sharing is the greatest blessing we can have. When we share our hearts and our wisdom, we come to know who we are. How could I possibly stay away from such an experience?”

 

 

René van Collem

René van Collem

Rene was born in Amsterdam in 1961, the youngest son of tv-personality Simon van Collem. He discovered music and playing drums at age eight, and at age 16, left school to pursue a musical career. In his teenage years, Rene developed depression and a drug addiction. He found a job as the drummer in popular pop band Doe Maar, but was fired after a year and a half due to his problems. He still worked as a professional drummer but the drugs ruined both his career and his reputation. Many efforts to kick his habit failed. After Rene discovered Bagavad Gita and Indian spiritual master Sai Baba and met his future wife Margaretha, he found his spiritual path and, finally, the power to improve his life. In 2012, he made a very successful comeback with Doe Maar.

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Workshop
Onze Relatie, Echte Liefde (‘Our Relationship, True Love’ - with Margaretha de Vries)
René van Collem and Margaretha de Vries have been together for five years and happily married for almost one. In that relatively short period, in which they experienced true love, real passion and the happiest moments in their lives, they also knew some hard times and lived through them. With this workshop, they want to inspire other couples to achieve more harmony, acceptance and true love.

Hoop, Moed & Inspiratie (Hope, Courage & Inspiration)
With his talk, Rene aims to offer hope, courage and inspiration for anyone who wants to break through negative thoughts and feelings, bad habits and wrong patterns in a way that is loving and universally, understandably spiritual.

Why Inspire?
"I think it is a huge challenge and honor to share my story at the Inspire festival and I hope that I can motivate others to stop their
addictions or break their negative patterns."


 

Rituals

Rituals

Onze sponsor Rituals verzorgt een eigen yoga workshop. Inhoud wordt nader bekend gemaakt.

Rob Brandsma

Rob Brandsma

Rob Brandsma is a psychologist and mindfulness trainer and connected to the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He brings mindfulness to different groups of people, from school kids to bank managers. Rob is also a writer, Beter Nu (‘Better Now’) and Elke Dag Mindfulness (‘Every Day Mindfulness’), among others. 
 

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Workshop 

Moments of Insight, Moments of Freedom (Introduction to the Liberating Power of Mindfulness Practice)
This workshop discusses the basic principles of mindfulness and vipassana meditation: insight, the possibility to make conscious choice (and thus freedom) comes freely as soon as you take the time to stop ‘doing’ and start looking inwards. Then you will see how your attention is inclined to identify itself with wild thoughts and how those thoughts seem to become reality. However, at the same time you notice this, you will also become aware of the entire process, the identification is let go. There is freedom. During the introduction it will become clear that this is the essence of the message of the Buddha.
We will practice this by means of guided breathing meditation where the experiences of the participants will be indicated in this way.


Heart to Heart (The key to mindfulness communication)
This workshop will be mainly about gaining insight in our automatic patterns during communication. Particularly whenever we are in conversation, mindfulness seems to just escape our mouths. In small groups we will practise giving attention consciously while we talk and listen, and where the body will be involved as a source of grounding.

 

Why Inspire?
I accepted Inspire’s invitation because I think the event is a great way to introduce everybody to the powers that become visible when you have the courage to stop and look inside.

 

 

Rob Sweere

Rob Sweere

Rob Sweere (1963, Boxmeer) creates an uncommon experience in a common surroundings with his artwork. He gets inspired by the natural elements that always surround us.

In each project, Sweere connects man with the natural elements that surround us in the city and everywhere else, such as the air, water or trees. His projects only turn into art at the moment of transformation of the participant. The experience of the visitor is the actual artwork.

At Inspire, experience his Contemplatroium-Vortex and Life Savers.

Robin De Waal

Robin De Waal

Robin de Waal has three passions in life: music, people and exact science. From a young age, music has always been the main channel for him to experience life and its different stages and emotions. At school, he became interested in exact science, such as chemistry, physics and biology. He went on to become an environmental engineer and also received a master’s degree in Public Administration. Robin now combines his three passions professionally. Last year, he started a training program entitled ‘Quantum Rocks Your Business!’ and has since worked with several management teams.

 

At Inspire

Workshop

Spiritually Intelligent Motivations To Live By
with Danah Zohar

This workshop, combining Danah’s teaching with Robin's accompanying music, will give participants the opportunity to experience the negative motivations of fear, craving, anger, and self-assertion that may be driving them now, and then replace these with the positive motivations of exploration, co-operation, mastery, creativity and service.

The Paperclip Paradigm Shift (in Dutch)
Experiencing the effect of paradigms in a playful, simple and therefore powerful way, and trying to release yourself of them (based on the work of Danah Zohar). Robin de Waal teaches a workshop for both adults and children, in which he will show how we get less open-minded as we get older. Children are very welcome, to help their parents with the exercises!
 

Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon

Folk artist Sam Amidon (1981) was born in Vermont in the US into a musical family: his parents are folk artists and his brother is a professional drummer. Amidon himself sings and plays fiddle, banjo and guitar. He released his first album, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted, in 2007 as Samamidon. Although his songs are very original sounding, Amidon often creates them out of existing pieces, such as old folk songs, hymns and children’s singing games, which he then reworks. These days, Amidon is creating another musical family: his wife is singer Beth Orton and together they raise their son and Beths daughter. After having toured as the support act for Bon Iver last year, he released his fourth album Bright Sunny South in May of 2013.

Sara Lewensztain

Sara Lewensztain

Inspired by music in which feelings and emotions play a leading role, keyboard player Sara Lewensztain composes intensely sensitive modern classical music. Sara was born in 1996 in Amsterdam and has been playing keys from the age of 7. She is studying at the Zadkine Pop Academy in Rotterdam. In addition to a solo project she plays in pop-country band Horseshoe Creek.

 

At Inspire

Workshop

Outside is Within. Getting Acquainted With Jnana Yoga (With Sara Lewensztain)
Jnana yoga, Jacques
On keys, Sara

Let your senses be. Experience reality as it comes. The full intensity of life in open awareness.
Practice yoga from a startling perspective: experience all as it rather than experiencing what you expect or wanting to change or control it.
A soft impressive discovery with feeling, hearing and body.
*A beginners class: Come too if you are advanced but ready for a quiet and refreshing approach.*
 

Why Inspire?
“As my father, Jacques Lewensztain, is actively involved in Inspire’s founding team, I experienced the "birth" of the festival from up close. Therefore, it is also very special for me to be a part of it.”
 

Schola Cantorum Amsterdam

Schola Cantorum Amsterdam

The Schola Cantorum Amsterdam (SCA) is an independent Gregorian choir that was founded by Wim van Gerven in 1959.

The schola, consisting of about eight men, and since 2007, a women’s schola (SCA Choeur de Femmes), sing the Gregorian vespers in the Basilica of St Nicolas in Amsterdam from September till June on every Sunday at 17:00 hrs. On important holy days the Matins are also sung. In addition, concerts are given by the Schola in the Netherlands and abroad. Performances of the singers include the Old Music Festival in Utrecht, the Musica Sacra Festival in Maastricht, the concert halls of Haarlem (Philharmonic), Utrecht (Vredenburg), Rotterdam (De Doelen), and Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw), and at Gregorian festivals in Ravenstein, Watou (B), Vienna, Italy, and Budapest.

The SCA’s functioning is very closely related to the work of its founder Wim van Gerven (1929-2008). He applied himself to the study of ancient handwritings, mainly of those from the tenth century. In these handwritings, the melodic course of the singing is indicated with small marks: the Neumes. These belong to the oldest form of western musical notation, from even before the introduction of the five-line staff notation. SCA tries as much as possible to realise the rhythmic flexible interpretation of these neume marks to achieve a historically justified performance. The present director of the men’s schola of SCA, Marcel Zijlstra, cherishes this tradition and manner of approach as much as his predecessors, Jerry Korsmit, Eugeen Liven d’Abelardo, and Wim van Gerven.


At Inspire

Workshop
In this workshop you will learn how to sing centuries old Gregorian melodies. With the help of some ten examples, everyone can experience for themselves how the spirituality of the texts is expressed in its music. The unique accent of Gregorian, emphasizing important words through melismata (the singing of a single syllable while moving between several different notes in succession) and the characteristic medieval key (modus) contribute to the heavenly feeling brought about by Gregorian chant. The one-hour workshop teaches you an elementary understanding of the Gregorian musical notation and insight is given in the historical background of this primeval music.

Workshop leader Marcel Zijlstra (1960) started as a singer at the Schola Cantorum Amsterdam and took courses in Gregorian chant interpretation at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen-Werden with scholars such as Godehardt Joppich, Luigi Augustoni, and Johannes Berchmans Goeschl. Since 1984, he has been the choir leader of Gregorian scholas (Quem Quaeritis, Ecclesiae Tuae). He gives lectures, courses, and workshops at home and abroad, among other places at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen (D). He teaches Gregorian chant at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and teaches music and cultural history at Codarts Conservatory of Music in Rotterdam. He is the artistic leader of the Dutch Gregorian Festival in Ravenstein and organist of the abbey of Egmond.
 

Why Inspire?
The Schola Cantorum Amsterdam and I have accepted the invitation from Inspire because we would like to make people feel the power of Gregorian chant. We regularly sing before a very small audience. We would like our music to reach a much larger group so we can all experience how Gregorian chant in all its apparent simplicity gives us an intense sensation of great spiritual richness.
 

Shangaan Electro

Shangaan Electro

South African producer Nozinja is the man at the helm of Shangaan Electro. A former mobile phone repair shop worker turned music entrepreneur, he is responsible for recording, producing and selling more than 50,000 records a year through his record label (he also sings himself). The story of Shangaan Electro started in 2005, when Nozinja decided to take traditional, marimba-based Shangaan music and make it faster. At that point, the most popular music was at 130-135 beats per minute, which he increased to 180. The result: a whirling form of dance music with ‘lyrics like African soap operas and a whole lot of ass-shaking’, as UK paper The Guardian puts it. An experience that everyone has to undergo at least once.

Spinvis

Spinvis

Spinvis is a Dutch one-man musical project centred around Erik de Jong. He grew up in a musical family, where his father played guitar and his mother both lap steel and ukelele. Spinvis goes even further: he experiments with computers and anything he can find, like flutes and lids of pans, combining musical tones and poetic lyrics. He released his debut album in 2002, gathering a loyal following in both the Netherlands and Belgium. Spinvis has toured intensively and worked with renowned Dutch poet Simon Vinkenoog. In 2007, he won the prestigious Popprijs, an award celebrating artists’ contributions to Dutch pop music. His latest album Tot Ziens, Justine Keller was released in 2011.

St. Paul

St. Paul

 DJ St. Paul is a professional enthusiast and known for his immaculate mix of periods and styles. He has been hosting weekly dance night Pop-O-Matic at Utrecht venue Tivoli for 15 years and regularly spins his records at clubs and music venues in The Netherlands, as well as being a regular performer at festivals such as Lowlands, Le Guess Who, Into The Great Wide Open and Motel Mozaique. On the radio (KX Radio/ 3FM), on television (Nationale Wetenschapsquiz), on his blog or in the club, St. Paul stands for what he plays. Pop, soul, indie, hip hop, electronics, rock ‘n roll. DJ sets without rules, but with a motto: Different Styles, Different People, One Love!

Stan Tatkin

Stan Tatkin

Stan Tatkin, Psy.D., MFT, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach To Couples Therapy® (PACT) which integrates neuroscience, infant attachment, arousal regulation, and therapeutic enactment applied to adult primary attachment relationships. He maintains training programs in the US and abroad. Stan is co-author with Marion Solomon of Love And War In Intimate Relationships: Connection, Disconnection, And Mutual Regulation In Couple Therapy and author of Wired For Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain Can Help You Defuse Conflicts And Spark Intimacy

At Inspire
 
Presentation
 
Wired for Love, Part I: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship 
This presentation will introduce a radical new way to understand love relationships. Dr. Stan Tatkin will teach you how you can use your body and brain and your partner’s body and brain to create an enduring, satisfying, safe and secure love relationship. Based on current research in neuroscience and attachment, the tricks for getting relationships right will be at your fingertips!
 
Workshop
 
Wired for Love, Part II: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship
Part 2 of Wired For Love is a workshop aimed at couples. Dr. Tatkin will guide participants through a variety of exercises from his book of the same name. Couples and individuals will put into practice some of the principles covered in part 1 and will be given take-home tools to use in daily life. Come, learn, and have fun using methods that work. (Dr Tatkin advices to attend to his talk to benefit most from this workshop).
 
Why Inspire?

“What draws me to Inspire is the passion of both Didem Çaylak and Dick van Zuijlen whose vision for this event is itself inspiring and exciting. I love being part of something new and adventurous and this celebration and collaboration of teaching, learning and conscious living is highly appealing!” 

 

Sudheer P. Niet

Sudheer P. Niet

Sudheer P. Niet has a background in psychiatric nursing. For almost twenty years he has been one of the managers at the OSHO Meditation Resort in Pune, India; a large meditation resort where thousands of visitors a year learn meditation or how to integrate meditation into daily life. For the last ten years, Sudheer has been teaching courses in meditation and meditative therapy in India, Japan, Taiwan, China and Korea and, nowadays, also in the Netherlands, England and the US. Together with Maneesha James, he is a mentor at the Sammasati Support-Person Training, an experiment to help people be and remain conscious in the process of disease and dying.

 

At Inspire

Workshops

Live Zen
To be announced

Everything You Wanted To Know About Meditation But Were Afraid To Ask! (with Maneesha James)
In this experientially based workshop, Maneesha and Sudheer will introduce some meditative methods for the time-challenged and respond to questions about any aspect of meditation. These may include queries about your own personal practice, such as how to choose a method that’s right for you, how to know it is working, and when to drop it, as well as the relevance of the traditional, passive approach for contemporary men and women.

Why Inspire?
“Wat touched me first was the connection that is being made from the musical world to spirituality. In practising meditation, I discovered how the right music can help connect to the vertical, the higher power within me. Inspire, to me, is also an inspiration to enter the experiment. To help people connect to the vertical, the depth within them, in a short workshop.”
 

Susan Smit

Susan Smit

Susan Smit (1974) is a Dutch writer and columnist. A former model, she became disappointed with shallow society and began searching for depth. She graduated from university with a degree in Cultural Studies, majoring in Dutch language. While writing an article about witchcraft she was drawn towards the phenomenon and became a sanctified witch, which led to her first book in which she detailed her experiences. Her first novel was released in 2005 and Susan still writes both books and magazine articles, besides which she regularly appears on TV shows as a literary critic.

At Inspire

Presentation
Sterrenstof (‘Stardust’)
Susan will be giving a presentation entitled Sterrenstof (‘Stardust’), also the name of her latest book. Known for her playful and personal approach to spirituality in daily life, Susan has her feet firmly in modern life and her head in a cloud of ponderings. During Sterrenstof, she will make short work of ‘mandatory’ positive thinking and the raving about calender wisdom. Full of self-mockery and allergic to vagueness and hazy language, she will pierce the comtemporary spititual myths and dig deeper for ingrained considerations. According to Smit, we will not reach awareness by detaching ourselves from the world and rising from our body and feelings, but should live life to the fullest; make mistakes, get up and acquire new insights.  

Why Inspire?
“An event where kindred spirits come together to get inspired, express and elevate themselves, all with the intention of becoming a bit more loving and enlightened; I want to be there.”

Susan Wuttke

Susan Wuttke

Susan Wuttke became a therapist and neurotherapist for both personal and professional reasons. Due to a near brush with death and having exhausted all traditional methods of treatment, she discovered neurotherapy had a great deal to offer. For the past 15 years she has combined neurotherapy with individual psychotherapy and is currently working with her husband Marty Wuttke, teaching, training and counseling in various integrated neurotherapy modalities in the US and Europe.

At Inspire

Interview with

Susan will be interviewed about her experiences and beliefs. As she puts it herself: “I want people to know that there is so much more to us than just a physical body, and also that there is a loving presence always available to us and it will not let us down. You don't have to be 'good' or 'doing it right' or 'worthy' or 'spiritual/religious' to dive or fall into this ocean of love. In my case I had experienced a trauma so devastating that I turned my back on God, cursed God, had decided if this was God's work, if God had allowed something like this to happen, then I wanted nothing to do with this so called God. And yet...”

Why Inspire?
“I hope, in sharing my story, that people will know as we go about our every day lives that we are so much more than this, and there is so much more available to us than what we normally see, touch, hear and feel.... and that love is the stuff of which we are made and which we return to.”

Tav Sparks

Tav Sparks

Tav Sparks is a writer, international workshop leader, and director of Grof Transpersonal Training, a program offering certification in Holotropic Breathwork. For over 25 years, he has worked therapeutically with people in non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is the author of Movie Yoga: How Every Film Can Change Your Life, and the training manual Doing Not Doing: A Facilitator's Guide to Holotropic Breathwork and of the 4-CD series Holotropic Breathwork. His writings include screenplays and Through Thunder, a book of poetry. A pioneer in the field of transpersonal treatment of addiction, he is also the author of The Wide Open Door: The Twelve Steps, Spiritual Tradition And The New Psychology.

At Inspire

Presentation

Breathing Toward Wholeness: The Transformational Power Of Holotropic Breathwork
Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful strategy that allows a journeyer to enter an expanded state of awareness and experience deep psychological and spiritual healing. Join Tav as he explores this exciting frontier: its foundations, how it works, and its value for individual seekers, psychology, and the frontier that combines personal growth with the universal urge to move toward wholeness. 

Workshop

Movie Yoga: How Every Film Can Change Your Life
Movies are a spiritual technology. Their real power lies in our ability to identify with every human passion, longing, defeat, and triumph that we see enacted on screen.

We can be more than entertained. We can be transformed. Join Tav for a magical, exciting journey into the world of movies where we can see, hear, and feel with new senses how this hidden power in film can be a life-changing adventure. 

Why Inspire?
“I have always been drawn to the archetype of the World Festival combining a broad spectrum of visionary and transformational themes, including growing edge psychology, art, film, dance, ecology, spirituality, and anything else that brings people together in the spirit of celebration. I feel excited and honored to be a participant of Inspire.”   

 

Theo Tromp

Theo Tromp

Theo Tromp is a Transcendent Meditation (TM) teacher and lives in Sidhadorp, a residential area dedicated to meditation, in the Dutch town of Lelystad.

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Talk

Wereldvrede Is Onontkoombaar (‘World Peace Is Unavoidable’)
In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Beatles’ guru, said during a lecture that he would provide peace for the individual and the world. What has happened to his TM movement since then? Through an explanation of the concept of transcendence, historical events in the world, varied scientific publications and projects on which the Transcendent Meditation movement is working, Theo tromp concludes that world peace is doable and unavoidable.
 

Tijn Touber

Tijn Touber

Tijn Touber (1960) is a musician, writer and inspirator. He was the founder of pop band Lois Lane, whose debut album got to number one in the Dutch album charts and sold over 100,000 copies. Among other songs, Tijn wrote the title track for the movie Amsterdamned. After his musical adventure, he committed to awareness development, studied with enlightened masters and lived as a yogi in Amsterdam for fourteen years. In this time, he trained police personnel, delinquents in prisons, nursing staff in hospitals and young people at the Lowlands Festival. Like no-one else, Tijn knows how to bring spirituality to life and translate it into daily reality. On this, he writes columns, interviews and articles. In June 2009, he released his bestselling book Spoedcursus Verlichting (‘Crash Course In Enlightenment’), followed a year later by Verlicht Leven (‘Enlightened Life’) and, again a year later, by Stadsverlichting (‘City Enlightenment’), an initiative to open houses in the Netherland to regular meditation. Besides all this, Tijn teaches masterclasses about his new book Het Geheim Van Genialiteit (‘The Secret Of Geniality’), among others. With his partner Kris, he also organizes Silent Concerts. 
 

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Workshops

Spoedcursus Verlichting (‘Crash Course In Enlightenment’)
A crash course in enlightenment… doesn’t that sound like a contradiction? It’s possible. By way of insights, meditations and exercises you are led back to your origin of freedom and enlightenment. You can learn how to live aware, creatively and in flow under all circumstances.
 
Stilte Concert ('Silent Concert' with Kris Touber)
Together with his partner Kris, Tijn will also organize a Silent Concert: a soundbath of songs and sounds that naturally lead you to the silence within yourself. Playfully, you will return to your own essence. You will experience the natural flow of life and be susceptible to insight and inspiration. All you have to do during the concert is sit back, close your eyes and let yourself be taken along.
 
Why Inspire?
“Inspire is an important festival. It’s the place where passion and action meet. And that is a necessity in a time in which lifeless structures collapse and inspiration gets structure. Inspire is a place where inspiration touches Earth and spirituality shapes itself: during concerts, in yoga, meditation and breathing workshops, in interviews, panels, lectures and happenings. I am happy to be a part of this new festival, brought to you by the makers of Lowlands – for me, an annual highlight. Together with my girlfriend Kris, I have been teaching yoga and meditation workshops there for years. Every year, the interest grows and Lowlands tents are even fuller. Last year, we said to each other: there will be a time when things will change. Then, silence will at least be as important as sound and the inside will matter as much as the outside. Ergo: Inspire!”

 

 

Tim Freke

Tim Freke

Tim Freke is the author of more than thirty books on many spiritual traditions that have been translated into fifteen languages, including a top 10 international bestseller and Daily Telegraph 'Book of the Year'. In his latest book The Mystery Experience he articulates a revolutionary 'paralogical' approach to spiritual awakening, which is free from superficial woo-woo and sits alongside deep science to inform human understanding. Tim has been exploring the deep awake state since he was 12 years old and is able to guide others directly to it. He presents experiential mystery experience retreats and entertaining evenings of standup philosophy throughout the world. Tim is a passionate and playful communicator with a contagious enthusiasm for exploring the mystery of life, who has often been featured in documentaries and interviewed by the global media, such as the BBC and the History Channel. To find out more visit www.TheMysteryExperience.com.   

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Presentation

i see ü / creating i to i connections
During his talk, Tim will share his revolutionary 'paralogical' philosophy, lead a heart breath meditation and share simple i to i experiences, to help us see through the separateness to our essential oneness, so we feel the big love.
 
Workshop
i see ü / creating i to i connections
In his workshop, Tim will share his revolutionary 'paralogical' philosophy and transformative 'i to i experiences' to guide us directly to a 'deep awake' state, so we can see through the separateness to our essential oneness and feel the big love.
 
Why Inspire?
“I accepted the invitation to participate in Inspire  because we all need inspiration to help us wake up to how amazing this adventure of life really is.”

 

 

Tim van der Vliet

Tim van der Vliet

Tim van der Vliet, author Spiritual Awakening (the easy way). Published by Hay House worldwide and by Bruna in the Netherlands, in September and October this year.
Tim was born on 17 August 1969 and grew up in and around Amsterdam. A very tolerant city, where Tim has always been surrounded by many free-spirited but down-to-earth people. It is in the beautiful city of Amsterdam where he cultivated his light view on spirituality which he calls ‘Zen from Amsterdam’. With a fresh, no-nonsense, light-hearted approach to life and spirituality Tim has the ability to build a bridge between the spiritual and mainstream world. His story - a former trader on the financial market, husband and father of four, who walks the spiritual path on a daily basis - enables people to identify easily.
 

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Workshop

Tim will be performing his "Ohm song". A song in Dutch about his Oooooom.
 

 

Why Inspire?

To be inspired is the most grateful emotion there is. To be an inspiration is the biggest compliment one can get. When I was asked to perform at Inspire, the only thing that popped up was...:"YES!!!"

Ton van der Kroon

Ton van der Kroon

Ton van der Kroon travelled all around the world in search of spiritual traditions, myths and stories. He stayed with the Hopi and Jaqui Indians, learned from the Derwishes, gurus and spiritual teachers and wrote several books about it. He has been teaching workshops for men for over twenty years, together with a male team. Ton was also a trauma counselor for young Palestine actors in the Gaza strip for seven years. He is the author of De Terugkeer Van De Koning (‘The Return Of The King’), a book for men about love, lust and leadership. For more information about his work, please visit www.tonvanderkroon.nl.

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Workshop

De Wildeman: Van Jongen Naar Man (‘The Savage: From Boy To Man’)
To be a man… what does that actually mean? In ancient cultures, boys were initiated from puberty by shamans of their tribe, to take up their role as an adult male in the community. With it, they received a new name and knew by having visions what their task in life was. In this era, these things are more complicated: what is your destiny in a world where everything is possible?

Why Inspire?
“One of the best things I experience during workshops for men is the interaction between different generations: the wisdom of the elders, the search of men in their thirties and forties, the spontaneity and creativity of the youngsters. That, to me, seems the most intriguing part of the Inspire festival: the coming together of varied ages, dancing, enjoying and exchanging of everybody’s story about your deepest inspiration…”
 

Tunng

Tunng

Tunng are an experimental folk band from the United Kingdom and often noted for their use of strange instruments, including sea shells. Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay, the two founding members, began working together after meeting in London. At first, Tunng were essentially a duo with friends drifting in and out of the studio and contributing bits of this and that, eventually resulting in first album Mother's Daughter And Other Songs. When it came to time to “go public”, Sam stepped aside, remaining a silent partner, while a London-based line-up of Phil Winter (electronics and samples), Martin Smith (exotic percussion and the occasional clarinet), Ashley Bates (banjos and guitars) and Becky Jacobs (harmony vocals and melodica) gathered with Mike to recreate the songs on the stage. Tunng have released four albums so far, the last of which, …And Then We Saw Land, was released in 2010. New album Turbines is expected in June.
 

Ulisse Di Corpo

Ulisse Di Corpo

Ulisse Di Corpo first got involved in the theory of syntropy in 1977. He decided to enroll in psychology, but was profoundly disappointed with the mechanistic approach to life which is common in this field. He then enrolled in a PhD in Statistics. Ulisse started keeping courses at the Department of Statistics of the University of Rome and developed statistical techniques and software which allow the use of qualitative information in scientific studies. Recently, together with Antonella Vannini, he is offering solutions on how to reduce entropy and increase syntropy.

 

At Inspire

Presentation

Time For A Change In Paradigm
The backward-in-time solutions of the equations that combine Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics were rejected in the 1930s because they imply retrocausality which conflicts with the assumption that causes must always precede their effects. But, the properties of life coincide with the properties of the backward-in-time solutions (energy concentration, increase in complexity, growth of structures, organization and order) and it therefore seems necessary to extend the cause and effect assumption to a new paradigm according to which we are constantly interacting with past and future causes. The past is handled by reason, whereas the future by the heart. We constantly need to choose between past and future, between reason and heart.

Syntropy, Resonance And Complementarity
The forward-in-time solutions are governed by the law of entropy which leads towards energy dissipation, death and crises, whereas the backward-in-time solutions are governed by the law of syntropy (from the Greek syn=converging and tropos=tendency) which leads towards energy concentration, life and wellbeing. Syntropy acts on the invisible plane of vital energies. It manifests as synchronicities and opportunities. The properties of “resonance” and of “complementarity” allow to act on this invisible plane.
 

Vincent Vriens

Vincent Vriens

Vincent Vriens (1977) is filmer en media designer. He is an autodidact, but in the past years has gained his knowledge and experience as a maker with various location projects, including De Kwekerij Theatre productions, Oeral, De NWE Vorst, Drie Ons Theatre productions, Muzieklab Brabant, MU Eindhoven and many others. From his creative bureau Victor-Zorro, he works both as a maker and filmer. He is fascinated by projections in nature and on different matters than a screen.

From this fascination he developed Buul Landschapslumen together with Julian Buul; audiovisual installations where multiple multimedia projectors are used to project a surreal video-landscape on nature.

Wang Li & Wu Wei

Wang Li & Wu Wei

Wang Li lives in Paris. He has made the Jew’s harp his favourite instrument, creating little by little a resounding space of quest and liberty. With Wang Li, there is nothing but breaths and vibrations, memories and visions. His imaginary world is filled with a resonance which is both personal and universal at the same time.
 

Wu Wei lives in Berlin. He is avant-garde Sheng Soloist who helped to develop this four thousand's year instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music, through the creation of new techniques, expanding the new repertories ad integrating different styles and genres.
This chinese creation is musical exporation of millenary roots, a modern promise of spiritual unity, offering to the audience a deep feeling of peace and freedom.
 

Wessel Wallert

Wessel Wallert

Wessel Wallert is an experienced yoga teacher who teaches the ancient mystical form of Kundalini Yoga. With his many years of teaching experiences in many different settings, Wessel is able to uplift and reconnect students to a deeper sense of self. His friendly and sincere personality inspires students to go deep into the experience and getting the best out of themselves. Besides his Kundalini Yoga classes he also coaches people individually with Yoga Therapy and has succesfully coached people with various physical and mental health conditions, like burnout and digestive/breathing disorders. Wessel is connected with Yoga Lifestyle and YogaGarden in Amsterdam as a full-time yoga teacher.

At Inspire

Workshop

Kundalini Yoga
Take this opportunity to reconnect with your infinite energy and to break through mental and emotional limitations of the ego-self. We invite you to this powerful workshop and to get inspired by the beauty of the creation reflected by your own higher consciousness. Come, enjoy and let’s share a wonderful experience. This workshop is open to all levels of practice and abilities.

Why Inspire?
“To have the opportunity to connect with each other and uplift our collective consciousness is one of the greatest gifts or values we have as a human being. To be part of this movement is a blessing and a necessity for everybody who wants to grow and enjoy life.”
 

Willemijn Bessem

Willemijn Bessem

After finishing her masters in economics, Willemijn Bessem (1967) started working in the corporate finance business. Shortly after, she became aware of her gifts as a trance and mental medium during a course in England. Ever since, she has been giving private readings and started a trance meditation circle together with her family. After leaving the bank, she travelled through India for several years, where she learned wonderful practices from different spiritual teachers. Shortly after she wrote a spiritual travel guide for India. For many years now, she has been sharing and teaching about different forms of mediumship, meditation and healing. Together with her sister, she recently wrote a book about their spiritual experiences.

At Inspire 

Workshop

Visualisatie Reis ('Visualisation journey' )
During the workshop Willemijn will guide participants into a visualisation journey. First, she will bring you to a place of deep silence, from where she will gently take you on a journey into different beautiful landscapes. Within this visualisation you could meet with beloved friends or family that passed away and receive some messages or insights about your daily affairs. After this meditation there is the opportunity to translate your inspiration and subtle perceptions into clear and practical understandings. Willemijn will also share her personal experiences about how she became aware of the unseen world and how communication between different levels and spirits is possible. You might find understanding and maybe some recognition in her story and she will give suggestions how to deal with your own intuition and healing talents. By sharing these experiences you might find that your limiting thought patterns or fears about these subjects can dissolve, whereby you can make a deeper connection with your own inner source of wisdom and peace.

Why Inspire?
“I accepted the invitation because I like to share the love and wisdom that comes from inspiration. Becoming conscious of the power of inspiration will give your life a glow of creativity and joy. To inspire means living, sharing my experiences so that other people can also learn to stand in their own power.”
 

Wim Gijzen

Wim Gijzen

Wim Gijzen (1961) and the power of Heart coherence: “A Change of Heart Changes Everything”. After running a practice in physical and manual therapy for 29 years, he followed his heart and found inspiration in the simple yet powerful wisdom of the HeartMath research institute in Boulder Creek, California. Since 1991 the independent scientific institute has been laying bare the bases of our emotional physiological reactions, our physical interactions with others and the energy field of the Earth. The intelligent power of the Heart is made visible and trainable with Math(ematics). A HeartMath trainer since 2005, Wim has been teaching people of all ages self direction over a coherent physiological state, with which they reach important goals in life easier.
 

At Inspire

Talk

Individual, Social And Global Coherence
In this lecture we reflect on the mission, new insights and initiatives of the HeartMath Institute. A non-profit world leader in the field of research into emotional physiology, heart-brain interaction and the physiology of optimal health and achievements. We are at the global crossroads of a new era. A paradigm shift to a higher human and collective consciousness is ongoing. Many of us feel a huge desire to change the world, together, in a positive way. We are looking for ways to apply our inner wisdom constructively. The Global Coherence Initiative that HeartMath started in 2008 can help with this.
 

Workshop

Hartcoherentie HeartMath Biofeedback ('Heart coherence HeartMath Biofeedback')
Research your influence on Heart coherence. You will use HeartMath biofeedback software in duos. You will clip a sensor to your earlobe and your heart rhythm variantion (HRV) will show on a laptop screen. It is possible to consciously influence the heart rhythm, causing a harmonious (coherent) variation to appear. You will learn an effective attention technique with which you are better able to listen to your heart, ward off stress and deal with high (work) pressure, big responsibility and difficult situations

Spirilab
A short individual exploration with biofeedback on your heart rhythm variation. What does it mean to you to look into a ‘mirror’ which shows your internal (in)coherent physiology?

Why Inspire?
“To me, HeartMath and Inspire are two sides of the same coin.”
 

Wouter Widdershoven

Wouter Widdershoven

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Yvonne Beelen

Yvonne Beelen

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Yvonne Weeseman

Yvonne Weeseman

Yvonne Weeseman is a dramacoach, traumacoach, teacher and healer. In the last 10 years, she developed various programs for kids and youngsters in which she helps them strengthen the light and power from within. She is internationally renowned and teaches workshops in the Netherlands as well as in England, Germany and Israel, among other countries. Since 2002, Yvonne has been participating often with Brandon Bays, founder of The Journey. For more information, please visit www.paradisekids.nl and www.stayintune.org.

At Inspire

Presentation

De Helende Reis Voor Kinderen (‘The Journey For Kids’)
In her lecture Yvonne Weeseman will supply parents and professionals with handy advice. She will explain how kids can be helped processing old emotional baggage, making it possible for joy and vitality to further develop. Like a diamant, which radiates after you take the dust off!

Why Inspire?
“I think this initiative is a fantastic one and I expect the atmosphere to be great. So many good people being in one place can’t fail to be a success!”
 

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