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3 ingredients for a healthy spirituality practice

Spirituality is a hot topic in our Western world. Even though it’s an incomprehensible concept for scientists, the past years more and more people have been reading, talking…


solo hiking

Solo hiking: why give it a try

I moved to Vancouver, BC almost 8 years ago and solo hiking was never something on my radar until last year. Living here, I have incredible nature close by and access to the…


Interview with Alexandra from Rhythm Bliss: the healing powers of drumming

I (Tanja) had the pleasure of interviewing my (and Jelger’s) drum teacher Alexandra. To say it's only about drumming would be an understatement! Alexandra is an incredible…


10 tips for a more mindful and fulfilling day

Today I want to share a small but beautiful blog post with you. Actually it was the first blog post I ever wrote (in Dutch, but I translated it in English :)) 4 years ago,…


Wisdom from my first teacher in life

Before Primal Pioneers went live, the idea simmered on the back burner for a few years. From time to time, I allowed a few people to‘sample’ my ‘brew’ so I could hear their…


Interview with Justine: calligraphy that refreshes your heart, to impact the world

Today I (Tanja) am talking with Justine from It Just Flows. She is a calligrapher, community builder and calligraphy teacher. How did you start your calligraphy story?……


About perception and finding joy in doing household chores

Western society’s fast pace isn’t for me, I admit. I see others combine work, family, hobbies, outings and social life. But every time I try to keep up with this rhythm,…


Recovering from being a head-person

Let’s continue the story where I left off in my post about physical disconnection: how I started living in my rational mind. In case you missed that part, here’s a quick…


interview about pottery with Laura van der Linde

Interview with Laura: pottery with your hands, heart and head

We're very excited to kick off a new blog series of interviews with inspiring pioneers. Each of them has chosen to step away from the beaten path and blaze their own trail.…


About becoming a solo traveller

I don’t remember if it was me who came up with this crazy idea or if there were no other options at the time, but on a good day in 2008, I decided to go travelling by…


How I reconnect with my body: tips and techniques

In my previous blog post, I talked about how a childhood trauma had caused a severe disconnection between my mind and body, and why I decided to work on reconnecting the…


Why I thought meditation wasn’t for me

For the longest time I thought meditation wasn’t for me. I’m someone with an active brain (think squirrel-like) who often has a hard time to slow that brain down. Initially…


Thoughts on emotional growth

In my previous blog post I wrote about being with yourself. I don’t know about you, but I remember many moments when I just wanted to run away from myself. Too restless, too…


Reconnecting with my body

In the Summer of 2014, I proudly started working out at MadLab, a gym that offers functional fitness and full body training. They had a strict ramp-up policy that required…


Arachnophobia and hypnotherapy

Arachnophobia and hypnotherapy: I tried it.

My arachnophobia was something I learned to live with for the majority of my life. I’d come across hypnotherapy as a treatment before (7 years ago, to be honest), but never…