I was born in 1958 in the Netherlands, in a small village on the German border.
Out of interest in human nature, I studied psychology and philosophy in Nijmegen. But my search was not satisfied with my studies, I travelled to India at the age of 21 to learn about meditation and spirituality in Osho’s Meditation Center. He gave me the name Samarona.
Samarona means celebration. I learned to celebrate life and to accept its contradictions.
Meetings with J. Krishnamurti, A. H. Almaas and Faisal Muqaddam followed. Since 1996 until today I am a student at the Ridhwan School of A. H. Almaas and from 1997 – 2002 I was a student of Faisal Muqaddam.
I am a Heilpraktiker (psychotherapy), trained in different forms of humanistic psychotherapy:
- Client-centered therapy
- Dynamic Body Therapy
- Primal therapy
- Systemic Couple Therapy
Years of spiritual practice and dealing with the challenges of life: love and separation, success and setbacks, illness and impermanence transformed me personally. My work is based on bringing together the practice of meditation and self-enquiry with Western psychotherapy.
The basis for my approach is a spiritual perspective in which it becomes possible to recognize the ego-identifications as such, to let them go and to find home to true nature.
Since 1989 active in own practice and in leading workshops and trainings in spiritual psychotherapy.
Since 1994 as therapist and trainer at the Uta Institute in Cologne.
From 1995-2015 trainer in the psychotherapy-training at different Heilpraktiker schools: Thalamus (Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt), Cardea (Cologne), Tajet Garden (Cologne).
Since 2012 trainings at the Aumm Institute (Netherlands) Couples Therapy and Spirituality.
Since 2018 connected to the interreligious education in meditation (Bern, CH.)
Since 2018 connected to Mandali – Center for Transformation (Lago d’Orta, I).
Areas of focus
The focus of the work today:
Training in spiritual psychotherapy,
Training in dynamic body therapy,
Training in couple therapy,
Group Dynamics Training,
Training for Life,
“Coming home”, the spiritual path.
„I understand life as a continuous process of realization without an ultimate goal. I am happy to be a fellow traveller who supports others in a framework of openness and loving attention to walk the path to themselves.“