For the past 16 years I have worked as an Executive Coach and in leadership development all over the world. I have traveled extensively and all this time of going in and out of fancy and not so fancy hotels with often indifferent and even sometimes bored employees has taken it’s toll. Seminar-venues abound yet often enough they seem impersonal and sterile. This is why I wanted to create something different.
So I got this idea. I want to invite people into my house, and be a host to them with my personal touch. Together with my partner Anne, I want to welcome people to a place that provides comfort, joy and a relaxed setting where our guests would feel at home and would want to come back – a different guest house, a home away from home, an anchorplace for conscious co-creation and thrivability on all levels of being.
Work, coaching, transformation, thinking – can all be in a different energy here. I am creating a place where being creative comes easily and even difficult transformations are mastered with ease and grace. Where people come alive with brainstorming new ideas and create a future for themselves that is rich and sustainable. And last but not least – I am creating a place to celebrate!
This poem by Rumi expresses what we do in this place, both in physical and in mental space.
The Guest House
– Jelaluddin Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
– Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks