WE ARE CARLIJN & ELENA.
We blend business & spirituality with our Msc’s in Engineering, Organizational Sciences & Psychology, a decade of being entrepreneurs & corporate game-changers, and our lifelong passion for & training in Eastern & Western personal development.
In 2019 we integrated Modern Science & Ancient Wisdom: Psychology, Behavioural Sciences Physiology, Neuroscience, Buddhism, Taoism, Ayurveda, Stoicism, and Indigenous wisdom into a next level program that has empowered 100+ leaders & game changers to BE ON. PURPOSE
WHY WE STARTED THE ON PURPOSE STUDIO.
We set up this online studio because not everyone can or wants to take a sabbatical, or drop it all tomorrow. Going to the Himalayas is not the only way to reset old patterns & find your true nature.
We found a way to apply these ancient principles & modern scientific insights to our daily lives.
And connecting like-hearted people within a tribe to share, unlearn & grow together.
Resulting in incredible shifts in just 28 days, just from where you are now.
Empowering you to plant your seeds to be & design your life on purpose.
Now that is a meaningful ripple effect we want to continue to spread.
OUR PERSONAL STORIES.
"INVEST IN YOURSELF. BUILD REGENERATIVE HABITS. YOU ARE THE MOST VALUABLE TOOL YOU WILL EVER OWN."
I was in my own way whenever I acted in accordance with what I was "supposed to do". In my mission to meet the expectations of others, I was (unconsciously) proving & pleasing my way through life. My ego looking for guarantees, validation & avoiding rejection.
It was never enough (to me). I ignored my gut feeling in key decisions. It left me feeling stuck, frustrated & drained. It negatively affected my work, my health & my relationships.
I have learned a calmer way of being powerful. Not with control, tension, and unproductive drive, but through trust, and real connection with myself, others & nature.
Learning how to work with myself; my strong energy (hyper, joy, anger, downs) has been a game-changer for me.
To know how I can create the right conditions for my bold, wise, kind, true self to rise to the occasion (vs ego on the steering wheel).
I continue to question the way I live & work. Growing the inner space to be me, unapologetically. Proudly, I can say, I have designed my life, on purpose.
I live off-grid, on a small (consciously chosen) homestead, and work partly on purpose, partly as lecturer for IE Business School, and on reforestation projects.
My expertise is designing your day, regenerative daily habits, being connected to your inner guide, navigating triggering situations and breaking toxic patterns as they unfold at work in daily moments.
My role is to share with you (new) ways of viewing the world. More specific, that change is a constant, the emerging future of regeneration, self-organization, human leadership, and viewing people as generally good, just sometimes stuck in an ego pattern or old story.
CO-FOUNDER & FACILITATOR ON PURPOSE STUDIO (SINCE 2019)
GUEST LECTURER AT IE BUSINESS SCHOOL, MADRID ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP & STARTUP MENTOR AT THE IE VENTURE LAB. (SINCE 2020)
MSC's ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE & MANAGEMENT + ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AT THE VU AMSTERDAM (2012)
FORMER MANAGING PARTNER AT INNOVATION CONSULTANCY FIRM IN ATHENS, GREECE (2016-2020) LONG-TERM COLLABORATIONS WITH FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES ON CULTURAL & AGILE TRANSFORMATION.
HAS COACHED 400+ TEAMS & 320+ FOUNDERS & LEADERS (SINCE 2013)
"WE ARE THE CREATORS OF OUR OWN STORY. THE MORE AWARE WE ARE OF THAT TRUTH THE MORE CONSCIOUSLY WE LIVE."
I have searched the past decade across many cultures, religions and philosophies to heal myself from Trauma.
I have gathered knowledge and experienced wisdom to learn & teach how to Observe, Pause, Reflect, Forgive, Empathise, Accept & Break free from my patterns.
Unlearning the conditions of being unwanted, unworthy, and unloved, is the gift that I share with the world.
Most importantly, how to feel my emotions, listen to by body and hold space for my inner child to heal.
For the past 6 years, I hold space for over 100 women to be, to listen to their inner voice, to heal and come back to their truth.
Combining that knowledge & experience with 4 years as an innovation & cultural transformation consultant, I help individuals to find the balance between spirituality, purposely living and giving.
Ancient wisdom and holistic therapies teach us that we are more than 'doing'. It's in the 'being' that we can find the purpose of life.
MEDITATION TEACHER. HOLDING THE SPACE. HOLISTIC & TRAUMA-INFORMED THERAPIST.
CO-FOUNDER & FACILITATOR ON PURPOSE STUDIO (SINCE 2020)
MSC's PRODUCT DESIGN ENGINEERING (BRUNEL, LONDON) (2012)
YOGA THERAPY TEACHER -500HR (2013-PRESENT)
BUDDHISM MEDITATION FACILITATOR
HOLISTIC THERAPIST (BACH REMEDIES, ENERGY HEALING, EFT THERAPY, TRAUMA-INFORMED THERAPY)
CREATOR OF ZERO WASTE SHOR, A PLACE TO SHARE IDEAS FOR SUSTAINABLE AND LOW WASTE SOLUTIONS
GUEST SPEAKER AT SUSTAINABLE CONFERENCES.
4 YEARS AS AN INNOVATION BUSINESS CONSULTANT COACHING INNOVATION TEAMS ON DEVELOPING CUSTOMER-CENTRIC PRODUCTS & SERVICES & EMBEDDING NEW WAYS OF WORKING.
FOUNDER OF 'SELENE SHAKTI' A SAFE SPACE FOR WOMEN .
OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS.
Senior Executive, Global Head Retail Cards & Payments ING
Senior Payments Executive with a background in banking, consulting and scheme management.
25 years of international experience in PoS payments, eCommerce, Mobile Payments, Cash Management. Strategy, operations, IT, Innovation management, Product management, Leading large international teams. P&L responsibility, Sales, Programme Management, product introductions, supplier and partner management. Transformation Management.
Experience in large Multinationals and small companies.
Chief HR Officer for Unilever Sri Lanka.
My Purpose is to help businesses, teams & individuals meet their adventurous conscious truth 🌟
Grateful for the opportunity to have lived & worked across the globe in a rich variety of HR expertise, business partnering & leadership roles across Mumbai, New York, London, Amsterdam & Colombo, whilst getting to live my purpose.
Find more musings on my Insta blog @truthseekingjourneys.
Serial Entrepreneur. Founder Baboon.
At 25 I started my 1st company; a homework institute that soon had long waiting lists. As a solution for those waiting lists, I came up with my 2nd company; Nimbles. An online marketplace for tutors. It grew rapidly within three years. Raised growth capital, and won many entrepreneur prizes, but I felt it was time for something new.
During remodelling my house I became extremely frustrated with picking out a kitchen. Those beautiful Pinterest kitchens were nowhere to be bought. Having a custom kitchen made cost me a fortune: That should change! My 3rd company BABOON AMSTERDAM was born. BABOON designs and produces high-end fronts and custom worktops for IKEA kitchen cabinets. So that that Pinterest kitchen can shine in your home.
Pregnant, and during the 1st lockdown, I opened a showroom on the Prinsengracht together with my partner. With huge success.
Brandactivist, Firestarter and Connector, part of NATIVE circles, Decade of Action, B Corp, COMMON and Nature
NATIVE circles is a creative accelerator, helping companies become native to this place. We aim for thriving brands on a thriving planet.
We do this by helping people and companies (re)connect with nature and their nature.
By helping them build a living and thriving culture that will support a future in balance with our planet. By helping them identify and share their soul and guide them in being a driving force for positive change.
Let's fall in love with life again and
build the world we want to live in!
We are all Native to Planet Earth.