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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…


Turning within

I’ve been feeling quite restless lately. My mind was running around like crazy and I found it difficult to see things clearly. When that happens (and sometimes it can go on…


Jelger’s restart in life

At the end of my previous blogpost we’d arrived in Vancouver as new immigrants. It was a moment of roaring emotions: feeling free and exhilarated while disoriented and…


social media alters our body perception

Social media and body perception

I recently came across an editorial article that used the words “snapchat body dysmorphia” and right away I thought: yes! It strongly reminded me of the undeniable impact of…