Our people

It's the people that make the experience. So, who are we?

Workshop facilitators

Passionate and professional workshop facilitors that live to create magic. They each provide a bunch of activities during the week, and together offer a balanced program that caters to different moods and desires.

Organising team and volunteers

The amazing people that are turning Nibana from an extravagant idea into a magnificent reality.

Diversity

We're well aware that the diversity we stand for is not represented in our team. We wish we could do this better and very much welcome suggestions on how to do so.

Workshop Facilitators
  • Aranka de Vries

    Oh, our miraculous, fantastic bodies! Aranka loves bodies and she sees it as her mission to bring out inner wisdom through movement, play, voice, breath and her own secret ingredients. She has a background in contemporary dance and was inspired by many healing traditions that she encountered while traveling the world. She's learning the art of Body Centered Psychotherapy and sees life as an invitiation to stand more and more in our centered self, in our wholeness, in our truth. Be warned, she might introduce you to parts of yourself you didn’t even know you had.

  • Arja Hendrikx

    Arja facilitates workshops and retreats all over the world and has seen hundreds of people transform in front of her eyes. She travels the world to explore different cultural traditions, branches of yoga and the tantric path, in search for authentic spirituality. She studied with the foremost spiritual leaders and went through intensive and comprehensive Tantra instructor training. Arja's intensive and comprehensive study, self-practice, research, and personal experiences are all combined to create the most valuable, life-changing and transformational workshops and experiences for you to expand your mind, open your heart and have more freedom.

  • Chris van der Weide

    During years of traveling, Chris has had the privilege to study and work with some of the finest spiritual and movement pioneers in the world and consequently incorporates aspects of Eastern Philosophy, Sufism, Yoga, meditation, SkyDancing Tantra, and a diverse range of various practices in her teaching. Her teachings aim to create an alive encounter between our inner and outer world.

  • Eva Driessen

    Eva’s calling is spreading silence and allowing you to surrender to the adventure of this life. She takes you out of your comfort zone and back into your own silence, using nature as the perfect example to show that everything is already here. By being fully present, she allows you to receive the experiences you need. She is a host of silent retreats, has organized and assisted in many medicine ceremonies and is the founder and trainer of the Your Way training. And for contrast, she just might host a streetdance workshop.

  • Janneke Meijers

    Janneke developed 'The Stretch', a crazy programme where you can unleash your creative beast and become a black belt ninja in creative thinking. She is pretending to write a book about awkwardness, and is a total nerd investigating what stepping over the edge of our comfort zone does to our brain and nerve system. She loves to train all kinds of curious people, in schools, the army or the office. For over ten years she also creates interactive performances on festivals. Because she firmly believes that using our imagination makes us insanely happy. Her nature is to seek aliveness within herself through breathing or in rural Holland trying to survive on her own in the wild. Her workshops are fun, energetic, creative and sometimes just a bit awkward. Let's safely explore the edges of our radical self-expression.

  • Jethro Rahajaan

    Jethro is a breakdancer, massage therapist and reiki healer. By working with circus artists, acrobats, freerunners and yoga practitioners, he learned simple methods to teach physical features like handstands. Besides breakdancing he knows many other dance styles, like contemporary dance, classical ballet, popping, locking, housedancing and hiphop. He will also give workshops about lucid dreaming, that could teach you to become aware that you're in a dream.

  • Klazien Schaap

    Klazien is the driving force behind Lovehacks: a romantic coaching service for men. Backed by a MA degree in psychology and years of ethical sluttiness, she knows how to flirt and date playfully, and how to manage consent. She's a kink-friendly professional, meaning that BDSM and kinky workshops are part of her teaching repertoire. Klazien lets you dip your toe in this wonderful world while making sure it feels safe, welcoming, playful and fun. Her key values: sex-positive, body-positive and queer-positive. Discover the essence of those in her workshops, like sensual lap-dancing or connective bondage.

  • Maëlle Poincaré

    Maëlle fell in love with Liquid Love at Nowhere festival and has been heartfully dedicated to building and creating a Liquid Love community in Paris ever since. She perceives Liquid Love as a space where people can intensely connect to their body, their emotions and other people. She brings a deep emotional vibe to her sessions. She is also more broadly involved in the body-positive Parisian community, especially tantric and sex-positive events.

  • Maike Koolhaas

    Maike created theatre plays with people from all walks of life, based on their own stories. She studied dramatherapy, voice dialogue, theatre of the oppressed and voice expression. She brings play, games, movement and theatre as tools to express ourselves, have fun, explore and connect. We all carry stories. We all started our lives being fully present; learning through play, movement and trying new things. Maike loves to bring that playfulness, freedom and aliveness back into our lives.

  • Meeko Leo Mokusei

    Leo’s main motivation is to offer new opportunities for people to fulfill their need for body, emotional, spiritual and sexual expression to bring increased awareness about there own ability to connect with themselves. Identifying and communicating emotions, desires and limits. He is facilitating sex+ workshops in Paris. Workshops where nudity and sexuality are possible but never mandatory, with consent at the center. Inclusivity in the diversity of orientations, body types, ages, gender are part of the spirit. His workshops are 80% about working on security and 20% about connection game(s).

  • Nicholas Walsh

    Nicholas is a dance theatre choreographer from Toronto. Participants in this workshop will be led through a series of simple exercises in an investigation of community resilience as it relates to collaborative creation and their own personal physical vocabulary. The goal is to assist participants in becoming aware of their own bodies as a vehicle for positive change.

  • Ori Dahan

    Ori has been a student and practitioner of various styles of yoga, meditation, self enquiry and other personal work. He embraces movement and dance as a main practice for self-expression and somatic healing. He has spent time in Buddhist monasteries, in an Osho ashram, and immersed in the so called Vedantic (non-dual) teachings. He aspires to support people in identifying and removing blockages that stand in the way of love.

  • Pawel Dudus

    Pawel, born on a sunny day in August 1989, works in the context of dance, theatre and performance art. He's heartfully dedicated to #ONLYLOVEISREAL: an ongoing long term research project dedicated to the subject of love, intimacy and (self)care. He's dedicated to rephrasing how we connect and relate to each other as human beings.

  • Ralf Westerhof

    What lies beyond the surface? Underneath our thinking? What really drives us and what is the relationship between our body and mind? This is the tread that connects Ralf's explorations in various fields. Ralf works as a hypnotherapist and teacher wih a teaching based on Non-Violent Communication. He's a visual artist with shows all over the world and has been practicing and teaching contact improv dance for 15 years. At Nibana, will Ralf will teach contact improv dance classes as well as a Non-Violent Communication inspired training; a practice that helps us to clearly, honestly and compassionately express ourselves.

  • Robert August de Meijer

    Robert has been part of the Queer BDSM community for nearly two decades and has been having a blast as a facilitator. He has given accessible kinky workshops dozens of events, such as Wild Hearts, Quintasensual, Nowhere and Nibana's predecessor in 2018. He's also a Sacred Slut: a sex worker you can ask to have your desires met. His latest project is giving Latex Cocoon Massages: extremely relaxing kinky massages. So get ready to indulge!

  • Roos Reijbroek

    Roos has been interested in the concept of relationships since she was six-year-old. The dynamics between people, how their relations evolve over time and the role of sexuality in their bond. As a relationship counselor at De Vrije Ruimte, she's specialized in polyamorous and other open relationship styles. She creates spaces for non-monogamists of all kinds to share, listen and learn from each other. She hosts workshops and lectures about relationship structures, sexual diversity and sexual exploration. In her personal life, she surely walk the talk.

  • Rosie Heart

    Rosie was named Sex Worker of the Year during the annual Sexual Freedom Awards gala in London. She's a globetrotting sex worker and sex educator, traveling the world with her workshops and private sessions in the field of Conscious Kink and tantra. What are our deepest, most authentic desires? The one we are ashamed of, and which we keep secret for our lovers and often for ourselves? Those desires are the focus of Rosie's work. How can we communicate about our sexy desires and boundaries without making it uncomfortable? What can we discover in the areas of intimacy? And how do we safely go on such a journey? She has a queer angle and has extensive experience working with people with different gender identities and relationship styles.

  • Sacha Post

    Sacha works as a nature guide, wilderness leader and life coach, helping people to discover their inner light by connecting deeply to nature. He organizes nature and rewilding retreats, taking people into nature and back into their natural self. He also guides tea ceremonies, an ancient practice that helps you find stillness within. By teaching you how to practice and remain in awareness, he helps you to remember you are always already free.

  • Rianne Wolswinkel

    Rianne is a yoga teacher and bodyworker, who loves to share different movement practices. She started her yoga journey in 2005. Since then, she has become a teacher and expanded her knowledge with the practices of restorative and therapeutic yoga, meditation, tantra, massage and structural bodywork. In July 2017 she moved into a van and has been on an incredible life journey through Europe ever since.

  • Marga Bernard

    Marga is an atypical workshop facilitator that offers a wide range of extraordinary workshops that will help you activate your inner creativity. She has worked in many industries, such as film, theatre, music and healthcare. She has an extremely straight forward approach and likes to keep things simple and accessible.

  • Mirte Simons

    Mirte is passionate about massage (oil-based and Shiatsu) and about latin dance. She developed her skills through many years of salsa and merengue classes. She travelled extensively and also studied different styles dance, theater, yoga, meditation and other creative/spiritual therapies. She loves sharing her passion of connecting with our bodies, either through loving touch or by shaking the hips!

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