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,…

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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…

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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?……

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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,…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Eve’s story

My story starts on 4th of November 1983. I was born in a family dealing with a lot of pain. At that time both my mother and sister were battling with cancer. My sister died…

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Jelger’s raw and uncut story

Eight years ago, my life looked a lot different. I was 27 years old, living in a rooftop apartment in Belgium, engaged to a wonderful girl and working long days as a…

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Primal what?

Hi there! First of all I want to wish each one of you a fabulous 2019, filled with beautiful moments, big and small, in whatever form they appear. I don’t know about you,…

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How it all began + my promise to you

I can’t believe it’s finally here: my first blog post on Primal Pioneers! Holy Moly, this project has been in the making for over two years! It all started on a trip with…

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