Lineke Heus, ND, MSc, PT

As an introduction I would like to divulge a bit about myself to you. I was born and raised in the Netherlands; a country you may know for its tulips, wooden shoes, windmills, and a guy that stuck his finger in the dyke to stop it from leaking. Or you may have heard of its liberal views on matters like abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage and legalized cannabis. While I’m certainly a product of this open minded culture, when I think of my home country, I think of the lakes where my dad taught me sailing, the vast network of bicycle lanes that connects each and every part of the country, and meeting friends over “koffie verkeerd” (café-au-lait) on a patio on one of the many picturesque squares or canals of downtown Amsterdam.

I’ve had a thirst for knowledge and personal growth for as long as I can remember. This has resulted in a never ending stream of studies, trainings and learning experiences; In my work as a health coach, I draw from 20+ years of study and experience in both conventional university studies (Physiotherapy, Naturopathic Medicine & Medical Anthropology), and experiential, embodied learning through Buddhist (Vipassana) silence retreats, yoga, ISTA (shamanic practices on sexuality and life force energy), tantra, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

I get excited when different worldviews (modern medicine and ancient wisdom) on health & wellbeing, arrive at the same conclusions and compliment each other beautifully. I love that moment where I can see a light switch on in my clients’ minds, when they too can comprehend the full picture – the why around their symptoms and my recommendations – which is often a requirement for people to fully embrace lifestyle changes.

There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle”. Albert Einstein

Some other “Fun Facts”:

  • My favourite childhood book (that, admittedly, continues to inspire me today) was titled “Children of Mother Earth” – a science fiction story about a utopian world in which women were in charge, after the devastating effects of a nuclear world war III.
  • I first experienced the tremendous power of the mind over the body, through a profound culture shock at the age of 24 – after I had set off to Malawi (Africa) to spearhead the physiotherapy apartment of one of the poorest hospitals in the country. The experience was tremendously trying and enlightening at once.
  • I regularly spend 10-days in silence at Vipassana meditation retreats, from where I re-emerge feeling more alive and rejuvenated than before – amazing how much energy can be saved when my monkey mind takes a backseat!
  • After attending a conference in Toronto (2006) I ended up staying in Canada for over 12 years. It never seizes to boggle my mind how 1 event (like someone asking me to attend a conference in his place) can completely alter the course of ones life.
  • I’m a keen student of sustainable living principles, such as permaculture, natural housing & energy sources, and living in community.
  • I’m happiest when I’m doing some kind of outdoor activity in a beautiful natural environment – like when I’m glued against a rock wall.

There is a force within which gives you Life. Seek that.