Influencer Tico Vos: energetic, creative, making things happen

Interview March 2022

Tico, could you share with us some information about your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and the only son out of the 4 children my parents got. Family played a very important role and real guide to my life. My father though being a  “controlling” type by checking every day if I was complying with my chores and homework left an interesting stamp on my life.  I now in hindsight appreciated his approach, as due to his interventions after a much-needed correction at the primary school level, where I ended up having some extra after-school lessons, I finished my MULO when I was only 14,5 years old. My mother and grandmother made me feel special by treating me like a prince, prince some call it pampering I felt it different since they made me believe that I will be successful.

My mother was very supportive of me and organized our house as a hospitable place as a real meeting place for our family, friends, and new guests. She was more lenient towards me and enabled in me, the need to express my love to others through my love for communication and culture.

I come from a big family and have roots through my grandparents from Surinam, Venezuela, and Columbia of African descent. I am happily married and the father of two sons, one daughter, and 4 grandchildren.

I was a little bit spoiled when I was growing up but in the end, it helped me to become a self-confident person and not an overly confident person, although to tell you the truth during my adolescent years I thought I could run faster and play better basketball and softball and being the best photographer than anyone I knew, ha, ha. When I was 8 years old I started taking pictures and when I was 14 years old I finished a photography course making it possible for me to register what I was seeing with my eyes from a wide-angle perspective. My adagio is: “Discover through my eyes the world and enjoy my version of the reality.

“I was always an entrepreneurial person”.

I always cherished freedom, always took a stand in favor of Curaçao, always wanted to be a happy man and I was always an entrepreneurial self-made person who had a clear view and vision of what the future will bring or could bring. This is the main reason that I decided to leave my dear Curaçao and start a new career back in Holland now 20 years after my first 6 months stay in Holland. I didn’t want to stand in the way of the developments in Curaçao’s Tourism Development with the forming of a new organization Curaçao Tourism Development Foundation hoping that they would succeed in their development and promotion of our island, Which they did not. I was willing to offer them the freedom to do what they liked.

Back in Holland, I started different businesses in marketing, public relations, tv productions, even a successful quality cleaning company proving that I could make all the projects I touched successful and never let false shame impede me in finding a new niche in the dutch market which make me financial super stable besides helping my wife and children to become successful in Holland on whatever honorable work that needed to be done which finally paid off and we can look back and say that the yearly income of  Euro 200.000  can be considered the cherry on the cake. 

I was constantly monitoring my vision and objectives in Holland and was aware that the time to go back to my dear island was getting close. And on the 30th of December 2011, I was back after those 20 years, to make realize my other dreams on my island.

When returned to Curaçao I was offered a consultancy job at the Ministry of General Affairs for 6 months with a prolongation of 2 more months and after that an important communication job in the cabinet of the Minister of Education.  By the end of  2018, I was only doing free voluntary work on projects that needed to be put on the National Agenda.

We developed an internet multi-media platform named NOSTeVe (Our Television, in. Dutch NOS television) which was our way of outsmarting dutch and Antillean media and creating an effective media which could give Antillean people in Holland a voice. I could afford to invest my own money in creating this platform and was not dependent on whoever to reach my goal.

Using my different expertises like photography, filming, editing, public relations, marketing we succeeded in giving a more nuanced image of Antilleans in Holland during a crucial time in our history, My YouTube archives bear testimony of their work and my television programs at RTV7 in Holland.

One of my many projects was to develop a social card of almost Antillean citizens who fled Curaçao and took refuge in Holland

It took me years of work (with friends) to get to know where they lived and how they lived, and know the organizations who were active in this specific group.  Door by door, inch by inch.

Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
I am curious about what happens now, the past or will happen in the future. My vast love for love history kept me focused but I never let the Dutch educational teacher’s program side-track me in Holland.  When I was having trouble at the primary school level, my parents demanded that I  got extra after-school training and lessons and thanks to that I succeeded in developing a new efficient way of studying via research, remembering what I learned, connecting my thinking on what as the main issue and create my way of registering, and documenting what I absorb as teaching. This way of learning history helped me to graduate at the MULO (secondary school level) with a straight 10 for History. All ‘A students’ got a special present from the minister of Education, so you should not be surprised that these 2 history books I got, one of BRION and one of PIAR, would play an important role later on in my life.

Ever could I know that during my time at the MIL, “Maria Immaculata Lyceum (secondary school level) my teacher Mr. Shak Sjie would give me the instruments to even master these techniques to research history by understanding the red line and how to remember dates, events, and impacts of good and bad decisions? This combined with my photographic memory abilities, and being an outspoken student, created my way of participating in 3 years of history lessons by not attending boring classes, participating only in official exams always aiming for the straight-A, and succeeding in getting the full 10 points.

When I was 19 years old I went to study History in Holland to become a school teacher, but I detested the way history was presented, I detested the Dutch, detested Holland. Piet Hein was presented as a hero, while according to me, he was a brutal pirate. So I had to take an important decision in my life: stop my studies and returned to Curaçao and create my successful learning program specializing in public relations, communications, marketing, macroeconomic planning, and tourism. Never could I know that the wise words of a family friend Mac Kibbelaar when I left Holland could become reality since he told me… it’s ok that you return to Curaçao but mark my word you will be returned to Holland to conquer Holland fully in the future.  I did return to Holland after 20 years at the age of 39, for Dutch criteria to old to get a job but decided to start my own business with a plan worked out to return to my island between 5 years to a maximum of 20. I would not die in Holland.

The intensity to absorb knowledge to the maximum was a big drive in all my specializations in tourism. I have followed different courses on tourism, communication, and public relations f.e.:  Tourism Management in the Bahamas, the University of Simon Bolivar and INCATUR en Venezuela, Marketing at the World Tourism Organization, and always graduating with a straight  A’s even in the Post Graduate course Las Palmas. I was determined to and needed to have a complete understanding of the subject matter to be able to apply this knowledge to the best of the development of my island. Many people took notice of this mindset and my ability to immediately translate this knowledge into practical projects.

This intensity, to still keep on researching and studying history, tourism, culture, marketing, public relations, and media, is still vivid till this day. I can go deeper in presenting our reality and am aware that we are being misled, by governments, politicians, international organizations like UNESCO and United Nations, WHO, and the media inclusive the social media.

We know you to be a very active Influencer and you address different subject matters. Can you expand a little on why action is needed without government and government-funded foundations?
Well, we all have limited time available on this earth, so we should always ask ourselves how effective can I be. And how do I prioritize these areas where I can play an important role and how can I get others on board to achieve objectives that are led by LOVE for Our Family and our Dushi Curaçao. So I have created quality circles aimed at achieving results of things that are needed. Always aware of restraints by people and politicians who talk a lot but produce little.

Without boring meetings and government involvement or involvements of government-subsidized foundations, I created my way of dynamizing others. I approach and influence people that want to join in this effort and get specific results and prove with these results that success can be reached through hard work and determination and consistency. All who neglect our history, culture tourism nature should be excluded from the up building process. All who are not trustworthy partners or who do not cherish our Cultural patrimony (tangible and intangible) will also be forgotten in the vibrant work of up building our island. Time will judge them. The Japanese Quality circles I build, permit me to always have a helicopter view of my lifelong objectives, projects, successes, and challenges. We use media firmly and a team of friends joined each other in a new Multi-Media Platform in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

We use media firmly and a team of friends joined each other in a new Multi-Media Platform in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. ‘Entrevista ku’ is a Facebook, YouTube, Instagram platform with varios producers in Holland, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.

My daily production consists of Entrevista ku… Ban Mas Profundo ku Tico Vos I su Invitadonan, Nos ke sa presentá pa Tico Vos, Patria Amor. Prevenshon Real I Balansá. This also is a media quality circle one of the first and only multi-media platforms with many programs on the internet with producers of content in Holland and the Dutch Caribbean area without SENSOR of being influenced by sponsors or investors. We are always communicating with others, interviewing scientists, experts, on many themes, free of bias, presenting subject matters that local and international media is afraid to cover but very important for our audience to form their clear view of the world without being manipulated by one-sided news of fake news. 

As a photographer and movie maker, why do you consider documentation of certain parts of our past important?
Always tracking the historical timeline of different events, by being able to research,  observe, register, analyze, and finally reflect and produce my view on what is happening or asking questions to my guests for them to enlight us.. I finance and facilitate this process with my own money and offer it to nationwide audiences. As there is trust in the well-documented content we offer, it enables more people to present more subject matters. Culture needs to play an important role in our life and we should all live the real definition of what is culture and why our involvement.

How do you motivate people to contribute?
With good communication you can motivate others in participating, that’s why we have different quality circles consisting of an App group – Facebook and YouTube channels or other social media outlets, and inner circles; Love – Love of ourselves, our family, and our island should set the pace.

We use strategic moments to make a difference. If we truly believe that Almirante Luis Brion and other local heroes have played an important role in our history or the history of the world then we should be able to show this appreciation. It has come to my attention in one of my productions that the memorial grave or Luis Brion was in very bad shape, years after years. We decided to show that we will change this by cleaning there for 6 weeks with a variety number of volunteers who love their island and its heroes.

Some saw it as only a cleaning action but it was not, it was a way of confronting all on our island with things we neglect by showing that it can be corrected with love and determination. Cleaning the area, repairing the walls that were crumbling, and motivating the team of doing it with our own money. Nowadays we are succeeding in getting local companies to participate like Global Painting Company and Beton Blokken Fabriek Brievengat in a more interesting project which is to promote this area as a new historical attraction with an international adored hero like Almirante Luis Brion. This place reminds us that there were a lot of plantations on our island, bought later by Shell but this specific area still belongs to Plantage Rozentak  belonging to Jozef Foulke (Married to Brion’s sister )

The research of the past will always help us find answers to important questions and creative views of connecting the Now and Future to this past. As we recreate historians we will find the truth since I am sure nothing goes unpunished. There is a Supreme Being, GOD.  And the nowadays interest in what happened in the past is revealing a lot of things which were covered in the past.

Look at the latest revelations of the various municipalities in Holland asking forgiveness for their role in the slave trade, look at the revelations of the Dutch Central Bank that was financed through people who made money a lot of money in the slave trade of Africans.

The thing is that human beings dominate other human beings and human beings can’t bring about change nor bring about lasting peace and tranquility. Also, the role of religion which in the past and up to this day have played an unjust role in world history. I firmly believe that only through GOD’s intervention we can regain order in the world that consists now of corruption abuses, lies, and money-making schemes for the rich to become richer making the poor, poor. In a world where the climate is negatively influenced and abused, wars cause scarcity, poverty, and people leave their belongings to flee zones of war.

You have a special interest in Pedro Luis Brion and Manuel Carlos Piar, where does that come from?
Through their action, we can understand better with all actions in the 17th and 18th century for people fighting for their Freedom – Egaluité, Fraternité

A lot of local people played a role in our history and world histories like Brion and Piar, Sephardic jews, and a lot of local fighters for freedom of slavery. Tula, Bazjan Carpata, Diana, Louis Mercier, Pedro Wacao, all killed by the Dutch government, Brion’s brother and father and Tiere de Cadet, Piere Brion’s accountant.

When we study history we have to ask ourselves: how old was Brion or Piar in the upheaval in 1795. We can answer that because we know their birth date. Like during the slave revolt in Curaçao led by Tula in 1795, Manuel Piar was 21 years old. Luis Brion was only 13 years old. A lot of people played an important role in the fight to free slaves:  Brion but his father, Brion’s brother Theodore, and the accountant Tiere de Cadet ( expelled from Curaçao ) of their businesses played an important role as they opposed slavery. They were part of a group of well-to-do Protestants, Sephardic Jews, Roman Catholic people that were progressive that opposed slavery and even financed the revolt in Guadeloupe and Haiti.

Dedicating attention to both of them over the years is a way to create even more interest in our history as we hardly know our history. Like during the slave revolt in Curaçao led by Tula in 1795, Carlos Piar was 21 years old. Pedro Luis Brion was only 13 years old. Not Brion but his father, his uncle, and the accountant of their businesses played an important role as they opposed slavery. They were part of a group of well-to-do Protestants, Sephardic Jews, Roman Catholic people that were progressive that opposed slavery and even financed the revolt in Guadeloupe and Haiti.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
Being grateful to be alive NOW and in good health. When I wake up in the morning, I express my gratitude for being alive one more day, since we never know when illness will impede us in the work we planned or death puts an abrupt end to our earthly life.

I almost died in November 2018 and now more than ever I appreciate the focus Jesus Christ told us. We should not live with our plans in the future every day on itself, concentrate on the issues at hand at that moment, this day, maybe you might finish what you started today since tomorrow somebody else will finish your work.

Rose Mary Allen

This awareness makes me shift my priorities in the quality circles, like and connect and meet new people, and by doing that stay as effective as possible every single day. In all this one point stands tall, don’t talk but “get the job done and motivate others by doing that ”.

Always there were good things happens. This picture was taken during the presentation of the book ‘Wanawa’ by prof. dr. Rose Mary Allen in Sentro di Bario Kustbatterij.

My pictures represent a story. Inviting the viewer to discover it taking a picture that highlights the beauty of Curaçao, in an area where Brion landed food supplies, that is almost untouched, the area of Sint Joris connecting with fishermen in that area, learning from them and teaching them about our history, thus taking action, document, research, organize workshops and promote.

Always striving to create also co-ownership in the development of Tourism on the island related to our project. And Analyzing all new developments planned critically like f.e. the Plaza Hotel area where APC will invest and renovate but should also involve those small entrepreneurs who have been there all the time and respect the history of this important area Plasa Piar with the statue of Manuel Carlos Piar.

Sint Joris Bay

The Universe gives us the determination and power to keep on working till we reach the desired objectives. It sometimes takes time, but we will always be empowered by the Universe to keep on doing what has to be done. 

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now? 
I want to live a good life. I hope to be granted sufficient time to work on my passions. And to be still alive to see most of the realizations of these plans.

The force that drove me to be back before my 60 birthday on my island is simple, when I die I want to die on this beautiful island of Curaçao. And I want to die here.

I am glad that a group of young cultural and historic inclusive tourist enthusiasts approached me to join forces with me, including in the multi-media projects.  It is a good feeling to know that all my vast archives and documentation will be taken over by the next generation, and that my grandchildren want to play an important role in this new endeavor.

Centraal Historisch Archief didn’t show interest in my photographic and video documentation over the last 40 years of my people here and in Holland.

There is a group that is willing to take over my role. I will let them play an important role and already started to train and involve them. This gives me great satisfaction and helps to ease the work as more people are carrying the workload, and I will mentor and empower them wholeheartedly to achieve this.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
How to deal with my impatience, feeling that I am not patient enough to allow the seeds that I planted to become ripened fruits. As I am multi-tasking and I am a quick thinker, I need to manage my urge to move too fast as things take their time.

Secondly also discern those people that are genuine do-ers, that are willing to empower, give courses, and are not into these ventures for their benefits.

Thirdly I do an exercise where I see myself in my coffin as I have passed away and try to imagine who is not there so that at this moment in time I can heal the relationship with this person as my speed can at times possibly generate problems for some. Also be consistent in empowering people and don’t let negativism contaminate our processes, like blaming and complaining.

Of course, we can not do all but we can create proposals that can be seen as crosses given like in soccer, that others might take over… Initiate projects and hopefully inspire the government and others to move it forward.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
My way of thinking is, that I work with a timeline and my drive is to keep feeling fulfilled along the way. I define with my vision the direction of the future that I choose to go. Then I move forward step by step, every stone needed to build whatever I want to achieve, I track my progress. My biggest challenge is that I have so many things that I am doing at the same time, but in the end, I am convinced that Pais Kòrsou benefits from the fruits of my efforts, whilst I earn a living and enjoy life at the same time.

How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
I am a life learn long learner. My wife at times asked me, why I study with such diligence still. I am studying subject matters that interest me, not because I am preparing myself for an exam or something, no…, but to enable positive change and transformation in other people as they can recognize themselves in the situation at stake. Through my research, I can connect developments within the context at that moment in time. By telling people the story, I keep my knowledge “up to par”. By keeping it simple, it can generate interest and even actions that people could consider taking.

What are your strengths?
With photography as my passion and creativity, I can take wide-angle pictures that unveil the red line of the situation, as it is. I use this to research and write and at times GOD wakes me up at 2 am and as I write, I  can discern the red line in the story I am writing down.

I can cover subject matters that the traditional mainstream media have problems covering.

I am hospitable and treat other people as I would like to be treated.

I am good at making things happen as change has to come from ourselves, collaboratively, without a hidden agenda…

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am passionate about photography, filming, music, and the newest techniques on filming and music, honoring those who created the music. I love hiking, I hike every day 7 kilometers. I love new friendships like to meet new leaders of different ages. I love our culture appreciating it and learning from others and my relationship with GOD.

If you as Tico would meet a stranger on the bus (let’s say in New York or Bogota Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would you answer?
I would tell the person that I am visiting the city to enjoy what the city has to offer, things that would make me laugh, and also more serious topics.

“A good guy that trusts people and is always willing to help”

How would you describe Tico in one word or one sentence?
A good guy that trusts people, and I am always willing to help, but at times I get people that misuse this trust. Finding the right balance is a continuous “work in progress”.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Two persons, first of all, my mother and taught me never to doubt my abilities to achieve the things I set my mind on. I never saw my mother getting mad. But if needed, she would confront people when there is injustice, she would speak out her mind openly and if needed even organize a manifestation against you.

Secondly, Che Guevarra, because there is still a lot of injustice in this world and at times I will cry in my programs when I hear people share these injustices.

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
I have a short fuse and at times play the man and not the ball and I am striving to not get a red card and be thrown out of the game. But at times it is also a strategy and people think I am mad, which I am not.

What was a defining moment in your life?
The first one would be the decision to marry at a young age and being convinced that my wife was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

The second one would be to go to Holland for the second time after 20 years at the age of 39 years old and starting and developing a successful business.

The third one is that whatever I did from the time I was very young playing basketball without worrying too much about the future, going back to Holland after leaving the Tourism Bureau, I wanted to enjoy life by being happy every single day. I am an ambitious person in terms of every project I undertake be it tourism, radio, or tv productions or projecting our culture. Money doesn’t play an important role in my projects reason why I mostly offer my programs and work without financial gains on a wide variety of platforms. I also feel empowered helping people that have their dream projects to develop this successfully, knowing that our local banks neither  MEO nor Korpodeko give our dreamers a fair chance to boost their confidence to create and start the needed new attractions and new creative business. That has been important for me through all these years, I would say. That’s why I created Fundashon PRO TOUR 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
He produced so many things that he left behind, like published books, photography, and ever-growing productions with lots of documentation. Wow… he left us with so many tools to continue his work on these projects he was unable to finish.

At my funeral, a lot of people will come and pay their last respect, people should humbly feel that a great man has passed away. 

I am happy to share that of late a group of young professionals (early 30-ties) approached me and showed are interest in continuing my work as a photographer and filmer and producer.  They will continue to document things happening in our society and this makes me feel very fulfilled. I am convinced that my work will reach the next generations.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I am not optimistic about the future of Curaçao. Despite that, I am not the person to judge the government or COHO, history itself will do so. I am a practical person. We could be very productive in so many areas. Even though you have to look at the bigger overall picture still doing so my main objective is to enjoy life every day and be happy amidst my family.

We will need to adjust to a new way of defining “work”. We will maybe have to work only productive hours and days (not necessary every day from 8 am – 5 pm )  and be able to use the rest of the time to enjoy life, to spend with the family and get to know new people  We don’t have to fear this new way of doing things.

Look at the mindset from those from other countries, coming to our islands and had no work, but end up finding whatever job, saving money and buying a truck and expand. Because they are trustworthy, they are allowed to have jobs as maids, gardeners, and grow till reaching their most desired jobs. So it is possible to find and create your workspace with the right mindset. There are so many areas to work in, but on the other hand, also we should have enough time in the future to enjoy life, breathe, wake up healthy, dance, express our gratitude towards GOD and go on living life to the fullest.

Connect and more information

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

Tico Vos is an energetic, passionate, driven, multi-faceted entrepreneur, person, and multi-tasker. Through his background as a photographer, filmer, researcher, and historian, he is creating better awareness of our culture, history, and the need for sustainable inclusive development of the island. Making the need to “Enjoy life” important in whatever he does, makes him unique when compared to the numerous activities he undertakes, but he manages this. Using modern media techniques and an organic organizational approach based on quality circles, research, documentation, workshops, etc…he is mobilizing an ever-growing number of people to get a deeper and better understanding of our history. Through synchronized and collaborative actions and “doing”, his modus operandi symbolizes a different approach in getting things done on the island, trying to make the most effective use of his time. He lives by the adagio that: “Every day on itself, concentrate on the issues at hand at that moment, that day, maybe you might not be there the next day”, while he has always been very aware of the things he wanted to achieve based on a vision and timeline. All this, and especially his collaborative mindset and his deep caring for the less fortunate in our society, makes him stand out as an Influencer. That is why we deeply love and respect Tico Vos and we consider him one of the 250 influencers of the islands representing the NGO sector focusing on the “Cultural and Historical” sector and “Community development”. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2022

The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2022.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that by collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense, we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st-century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:– Create an inspiring vision of the future;– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;– Manage the delivery of the vision;– Coach and build a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision. These criteria are now being polished. We also consider these 5 values the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:  
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.

As we will progress towards this goal, we will update you on the progress.

Next MYM-platform session via Zoom

Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of March (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present the last two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “When the body says “no”, exploring the stress-disease connection”.

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters 14 and 15 of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Sidayene Van Tys-Senora. This book has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself. The most famous of all teachers of success spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to produce the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill’s thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: “This is a most important book, both for patient and physician. It could save your life.”— Peter Levine, PhD, bestselling author of In an Unspoken Voice

Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and the author’s decades of experience as a practicing physician, this book provides answers to these and other important questions about the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one’s individual emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases.

  • Explores the role of the mind-body link in conditions and diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBS, and multiple sclerosis
  • Draws on medical research and the author’s clinical experience as a family physician
  • Includes The Seven A’s of Healing-principles of healing and the prevention of illness from hidden stress

Shares dozens of enlightening case studies and stories, including those of people such as Lou Gehrig (ALS), Betty Ford (breast cancer), Ronald Reagan (Alzheimer’s), Gilda Radner (ovarian cancer), and Lance Armstrong (testicular cancer)

An international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, When the Body Says “No”, promotes learning and healing, providing transformative insights into how disease can be the body’s way of saying “no” to what the mind cannot or will not acknowledge.

Date: 15th of March
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Subscribe by emailing us: and we will send you the Zoom link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.

New workshop of 15 weeks in Papiamentu on Emotions Personal Journey 12, starts in March 2022

Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.

Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 
• maestría di bo emoshonan:
• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;
• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;
• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i
• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Tuma kontakto ku un di nos ku ta e 3 fasilitadornan pa inskribi for di tempran:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848. E-mail: soulgardenCuraç 
O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409. E-mail: 
Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437. E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraç or sixtaivan@share2uplift.

Personal Coaching tips

This week we will share some short videos based on “Volunteering”. We will upload some videos every day on our page.

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