Liz - About Me
Hello, thank you for finding me!
If you like to find out more about me and my personal story, continue reading below.
My Journey so far:
Growing up in the Netherlands on an agricultural and tulip flower farm, I (Elisabeth 1977) received my bachelor in Communication (Windesheim University, Zwolle) and after that worked in an advertising agency for two years.
It didn’t take long for me to feel that the ‘Monday to Friday’, ‘9 to 5’, commercial orientated work field was not my place.
I signed up for the ‘adventurous’ job as a flight attendant for KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines at 23 years old. Not knowing that my ‘1 year in between’ idea of a job adventure, would turn out to be a 13-year journey all over the world and within myself.
The numerous encounters with passengers and always changing crews, and facing the many cultural and communication differences on board and on route, have given me many opportunities to practice my patience, flexibility, empathy and communication skills. The many travels from beautiful bounty islands, to deprived slums and families living on dumpsters, has widened and shaped my world view.
The irregular ‘free’ lifestyle of my job gave me many opportunities to grow and learn into the field of my true interests. From working for our airline crew NGO Wings of Support (www.wingsofsupport.org), to following numerous courses and training's in reiki, yoga, thai-massage, sport massage, natural therapies, languages, retreats, meditation and mindfulness.
My first meditation experience was in my mid twenties, which immediately connected deeply with me. A few years later I attended my first 10 day silent retreat. Although the years after it was an irregular practice in my life, a seed had been planted. It wasn’t until 2011, when this seed began to flower when I signed up for the 8 week MBSR training, to help me deal differently with my pains from a herniated disc in my back.
I felt an immediate urge to train myself into sharing this easy accessible, down to earth knowledge of how to deal and be with (difficulties in) life. I picked up on the teachers program while recovering from surgery, soon after promoted to Purser/Inflight Manager with KLM, shifted to working part-time,(to be able to start sharing Mindfulness and the 8 week MBSR), and moved to a beautiful place in the South-West of Portugal.
As my personal life changed after meeting my partner in Portugal and welcoming our beautiful daughter (2015), I decided to extend my parent leave with KLM to the maximum possible. It took me 3 years of absence to officially resign from my job with KLM. Looking back with enormous gratitude for those 13 years of flying, which have shaped my life and being to the present moment; Living a beautiful, simple & basic lifestyle in nature with my little family and sharing the practice of Mindfulness and supporting families and preganant women with Doula care.
The last 8 years in Portugal I have focused my time on finding possibilities to share the 8 week MBSR and Mindfulness. In tourist season I work together with Yogaion in offering Yoga and Surf and Womens retreats. The other main and most important focus is to fully connect to motherhood, practicing conscious parenting and providing a loving home base for our little daughter.
I have offered the 8 week Mindfulness training at different locations, Moagem (Aljezur), Kultivarte (Barão de São João), Dawn Collective Shala (Vale da Telha) and Portas do Sol (Portimão) and currently am offering several trainings in Aljezur and Barão de São João area.
Widening my wings of mindfuness; doula care.
Over the last few years, I felt a growing interest to work with women who are going through the transformational phase of becoming mothers. To offer them emotional, physical, non judgemental, mindful support during the phases of pregnancy, birth and after birth. To hold space for this journey to unfold in it's own unique way within every women and family.
In the year 2020, for 39 weeks and 140 contact hours I emerged myself into a Doula training with Materlua on the Portugese continent. This training was so much more then expected, it has given me precious, deep and countless opportunities to go deep within myself, and at the same time dive into the world of pregnancy, birth and beyond. Because the training was spread out over a longer period of time, it really got it´s time to grow on me and within, coming to the point now where I feel trust to companion and welcome women and families to connect with the doula care that I offer.
It´s the start of a new chapter and at the same time a continuation of my book of life.
My trainer Carla Silveira shared with me the heartfelt words when offering my certification of completion `I believe you always have been a Doula, you were only here to be remembered of that´. The words of my trainer Rita Leite Purdente upon completing my training;´I recognize in you a profound wisdom and the ability to secure and ground/hold space in transformational processes´.
My intention is for every mother and family to have the best birth experience possible, given the cirumstances of the moment, and to support them every step of the way.
See here for more information on my doula services.
During the years of my training, hostess and doula work I have met, walked and talked with people who were deeply touched by life, by loss, by grief. The fields of birth and death, of being alive and experiencing loss are all interconnected and touch us deeply as humans.
My near future wish is to combine all these fields together, to be able to companion people in their different walks of life, to hold space for their experience, this possibility of human transformation, to guide them inwards, to offer them a moment to pause, to feel deeply, find silence and their own personal answers to the bigger questions of life.
To gain a deeper and more profound understanding of the emotional intensity, rawness and transformational character of loss and grief I have started to study that field as well. First with Amy Wright Glenn from the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death and now (Summer 2021) with David Kessler. He is guiding us through a deep, intensive online live training which is transformational for me in itself.
If you have come to read so far, I really hope that one day our lives cross and we get a change to connect.
Gratitude to all of you who i have met in my years of workshops, retreats, trainings and birth companioning.
You all have contributed to my learning, growth and being!
Dyota is Sanskrit for
Light, Brilliance & Sunshine