Influencers Collaborating: Golden Village
Interview January 2021
Natalie Daal and Haydee Hermans, as Influencers, dear friends and colleagues we have already interviewed both you in the past. Last week we interviewed Phyllis van den Hout, the 3rd person part of Golden Village initiative. Let us start with you Natalie (founder of Golden Village), we have interviewed you in June 2018 and July 2019. Can you tell us what you are doing of late and also share with us as you are the founder of Golden Village something more of this initiative?
The last time you interviewed me, I shared that I was pondering a new direction, a new venture in my life’s journey. I was planning to move away from the day-to-day tasks at “Klimop”, the afterschool educational institution I started and move on to a more executive, supervisory task. In 2019 I hired someone that I am now coaching to manage “Klimop”. I am still underway to free myself completely from the day-to-day tasks of “Klimop”, but that also has opened up time and space to discover my new direction in my life’s journey. And I have found it.
I have had this “urge” for some time now that I needed to change the course in the type of work that I do. And as my passion is spirituality and I had this “drive” originating deep from my heart, to do this work. As I was pondering, we got the COVID pandemic in March/April 2020 that had so many consequences for us. We were running two locations at the same time and from April till July, we hardly had any children attending our schools, meaning we hardly had any income. This while we still had to pay our fixed costs for the locations that we were using.
What is this epiphany exactly, this BIG-AHA-moment?
Because of my habit to continue to do my personal spiritual work, I got this epiphany, to try out a spiritual center at this venue. One of the venue I was renting was adequate for this purpose and because of all the work I do spiritually, I got nudged into this and I decided to just try it out.
Because of the economic consequences of the pandemic, there are so many light workers in the same situation more or less as I am. They have less income while they still have their fixed costs for the lease of the locations that they need to do their work. So we started with this concept to offer a joint location where light workers can rent a part or certain hours of our location for less costs. We named it “Golden Village” and it is based on a cost-sharing concept like electricity, water, the internet, telephone etc….where we share space at our venue for all those that want to offer coaching, massage, healing sessions, workshops, we also have a Physician and what have you more in the spiritual sphere and this is offered at affordable costs. This of course also makes the whole venue more affordable for me.
What is the concept all about?
We offer first and foremost a location that they can rent partially. The venue was too big for me to make full use of it. And these days it is a challenge to rent a place all by yourself to offer massage, yoga, ..etc..so I thought “Why not join forces and by doing that making it possible for all involved to rent a space for only certain time slots for a meeting or space partially for massages or coaching sessions for children and their parents, workshops, coaching, yoga, meditation, massage, basically all areas related to spirituality”.
By doing just that, this is a win-win and it becomes affordable for all of us. Coincidentally Phyllis was starting with her P#MP, so we joint forces and after that I involved Haydee. Haydee and myself were offering business coaching services to entrepreneurs and I know Haydee for quite some time now, but of late both of us are so synchronized with one another and she also decided to join forces at Golden Village. So basically we are offering space for rent to people in need of space for their spiritual and personal development activities. But Golden Village is also a village where providers of different spiritual services, light workers are brought together for healing purposes based on a holistic approach. Comparable to the saying: “It takes a village to educate a child”, in Golden Village we say: “It takes a village to heal people, be it either children or adults, but mostly adults”. In this we don’t exclusively offer these services to locals, but we also want to offer this to people from abroad as an tourist attraction for those that are looking for healing. We are actively making an inventarization of all those involved. This because we want to offer in a special link on our website spiritual services, all the contact-info and necessary information for seekers that are interested and looking for healing-services.
What kind of activities do you organize at Golden Village?
On the first Monday of the month some of us, women, will come together and have discussions on spiritual subject matters. Furthermore in the beginning of March we will have our first big event called “Feminine Quest”. We will start on the 5th of March we will have the opening with a key note speaker, followed by workshops on the 6th (a Saturday) and the 7th of March (a Sunday), that will be facilitated by different facilitators. On March the 8th we will celebrate the International Women’s day.
Great initiative, basically you are connecting dots, aligning efforts and creating impactful changes, right?
That is exactly what we want to accomplish. By joining forces we can have a even greater impact on the collective consciousness.
Haydee we interviewed you way back in December 2017. Haydee can you tell us what you have been doing since December 2017 and tell us some more about “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”.
Well, I’ve gone through so many changes, that I don’t even recall the kind the person that I used to be. But anyway, I decided to join the Share2Uplift movement after I left my job at a local bank. It was May 2016 and I started Soul Garden Curaçao. I was always driven to help other people and I was always looking to be in nature, so I started helping people as I worked from my garden at my home. I became a John Maxwell certified coach since 2012 and started discussing self help books and books of John Maxwell in Master Mind groups. With a friend, Sherlyne Eisden, I started presenting books at Mensing’s Caminada and at first started with paper in our hands, then we migrated to powerpoints presentations. We started with only a few people and later the numbers of people increased. I have done this for over 3 years and later got Ivan Kuster involved as a presenter. Later with Ivan we offered workshops together and in the meantime I started renting Soul Garden as a venue where people offered different types of activities, including once and while “high tea” events. I studied Temple Index of Functional Fluency (T.I.F.F.) where one learns how to measure the effectiveness of a person’s behavior, but most of all I went through a big personal transformation as I was involved in so many different things, like book presentations, workshops, individual One-on-One coachingsessions with different coaches as a coachee and while going through this journey, I released the old beliefs, emotions and behaviors that became less useful for me.
How did you got involved with focusing on “emotions”?
I have been presenting workshops at Mensing’s caminda and during one of these workshop, where I was presenting the book titled “Dodging the Energy Vampires” there was a full house and we, Ivan and I, became aware that we were discussing the problems and not addressing the solutions. There this idea originated to offer a “tailor made experiential personal journey on the emotions” for every individual attendee. By the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, O’dennis Daal, Ivan Kuster and myself, decided to team up and there is where “Emoshon kiko eta? Ki efekto e tin?” started.
In this journey for the attendees of the Personal Journeys we focus on the mastery of their emotions, their intentionality, their energy and their intuition. We launched it on the 5th October 2019.
In 2016 I also rolled out “Sister Power Foundation” together with 3 other ladies. We started with 10 people at our first event in January 2017, from that moment on, we gradually have grown. Organizing activities every third week of the month for women only, charging Ang 10,- per person. There were times the attendance was almost 80 people, as we were always able to present an interesting speaker. Later we scaled the maximum number of attendees down to 50, due to the logistics to make the essence accessible for all attendees.
My transformation was also fueled by reading hundreds of books, attending numerous workshops and seminars locally and abroad. Implementing, what I learned and putting into practice was the key to my transformation. This made me change my perspective on life, especially the books addressing emotions. In 2020 as part of my own personal journey with a never ending curiosity, I started a yearlong training presented by Ilse Daal called “Emotie in beweging” that will end in February 2021. At first I thought I was reasonably clear and clean in terms of my energy and emotions. But during the training, I became aware of different trauma’s and pains that I still had, that were hiding somewhere in my subconscious mind. By going through this training I was able to clear some these emotions. Furthermore, as a trainer of the Personal Journey’s (we are facilitating the 7th group that vary between 3 to max 5 attendees), I also learned a lot. Lots of people are un aware of the relationship that exists between emotions and spirituality. I have learned to apply what we were teaching in my own life, especially with regards to my emotions and my spirituality. And this makes me feel very confident.
Seeing people transform from a person that does not know themselves so much to a more joyful, peaceful, whole and confident person and more aware of their purpose and the meaning of life is the reason I do it all. Such a fulfilling feeling to take people on this journey.
Haydee can you also tell us why you joined Golden Village?
I am a strong believer in spirituality and I got this urge or call with the message that those involved in spirituality needed to join together, so that jointly we can leverage a bigger change. With this in mind I decided to join Natalie and Phyllis. There is also another reason, Soul Garden this year is turning 5 years old and since January 2020, I felt like I needed to move Soul Garden away from my home. So Natalie’s Golden Village initiative came at exactly the right moment and I decided to move certain activities to Golden Village and gradually step by step started to stop working from my home and moving to an office away from my home.
This happened in October 2020. The idea is that Golden Village becomes a spiritual community where people can re-discover what they have inside themselves. It is like this metaphor, in Thailand where the Buddha was cemented and the cement broke off and the Gold beneath it became apparent. This is a great metaphor for what we want to achieve, remove the programming and the cover life has put on people and let their gold that is beneath it all to come to the surface. Golden Village consisted and still consists of a string of synchronicities between Natalie and myself. She would dream about something and I would see the design. This all took place with such a speed that in December 2020 when we decided to start with activities, we saw three “wara-wara’s” (these are the local version of “Eagles”, and as you know Eagles fly high) landed in the middle of the garden where we were having a meeting at that moment in Gaito. For us it was a sign that we needed to fly higher, as the higher we can soar, the more people we are able to help. This was the helicopter view that we will need to accomplish Golden Village. At last the things are all falling into place, my personal experience, knowledge and skills that are gradually becoming so much clearer to me.
What is it then that you have to do?
Bring all knowledge and experience gathered in the field of self-development, spiritual growth and healing together and be the transmutor, the catalyst and the helping hand for all to learn that joy, peace, love, growth and contribution, is what we all strive for. With this intention I provide tools, coaching, mentoring and healing through workshops and one on one sessions. Being the catalyst I also provide the next step people can take by referring to the customers to other healers or sessions. Being a connector I will be one of the magnets to bring all the practitioners in the holistic field to Golden Village so we all can help the customers in our own field of strengths and gifts. Especially now that I feel the urge that together we can do much more since it is not only one session with one person that does the miracle but it is a combination of various sessions that helps the customer to live their highest version and more joyful life.
What are you offering in the Golden Village?
I offer one on one coaching on emotions, energy, intention and intuition. Furthermore, I do mentor on Marketing from your Soul. Further I recruit renters for the Village so that they can offer their services. In March Ednellla will start to give messages at Golden Village once a week. And we hope to have at least 10 people renting Golden Village on a monthly basis to offer their services, since the 3 of us are very much aware that we can’t offer it all by ourselves.
On the long term the intention is to attract all the different spiritual areas. You name it, massages, coaching sessions for children and their parents, workshops, coaching, yoga, meditation, massage, Qigong, Mirror work, basically all areas related to spirituality. As there are different areas, rooms in the Village, all those involved can rent a room or time slot, which includes the outdoors to offer their services. The intention is, to eventually create a Golden Village community, so that Light workers, spiritual Warriors, Coaches, Seekers can join together and by doing this generate a greater force to create positive changes on the island.
The goal is to offer a spiritual platform where spiritual people can connect align and create a bigger impact on the collective consciousness on the island and therefore for the whole world.
Natalie, Phyllis and I form the right combination because each of us play our own role in the triangle we form. Natalie holding the helicopter view, being the manager of it all, bringing her spiritual experience, knowledge and connections to the table, Phyllis being a do-er keeps us on track and awake to the mission, goals and purpose we are going for, and I am the idea generator, the creator, the connector, the marketer and the one bringing my own experience of spiritual growth and my network gathered over the years to the one stop spiritual center of Curaçao.
One of the ideas we came up with is to start with the sessions twice a month called: “Spiritual Warrior Awareness”-program and we are now also “Feminine Quest” week-end, where women can connect, celebrate and gain knowledge of themselves as women, their femininity and trigger their so-called “Inner Goddess” within them.
Except for the Feminine Quest all other activities are for both man and woman because we believe that it is very important to engage man in spiritual growth also.
Can you tell us some more of this “womens”-weekend in March?
On the 5, 6, 7 and 8th of March we are organizing a “Feminine Quest” with some 8 speakers as Natalie pointed out. With my background as a marketing expert, I will have the task to market this event.
Can you give us the names of some of those speakers, faciliators during these days?
We will have Rudolf de Wit, Reina Joe, Dionne Christian, Gretna Provence, Elianne de Haseth to name a few.
Influencers of Curaçao collaborating
Golden Village is a platform that consists of enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated spiritual light workers, that decided to collaborate for the greater good. The initiative that is far bigger then the venue that they offer as they say that: “It takes a village to educate a child”, in Golden Village live by the saying that: “It takes a village to heal people, be it either children or adults, but mostly adults”.
By working together in at times wonderous ways and synchronically, they are now manifesting their goal which is: “To offer a spiritual platform where spiritual people can connect align and create a bigger impact on the collective consciousness on the island and therefore for the whole world”. For their collaborative attitude and for the impact they are aiming to enable, we dearly love and deeply respect Natalie Daal (founder), Haydee Hermans and Phyllis van den Hout all “Influencers” that we interviewed individually as Influencers and we consider them part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the spiritual and business sector.