Al maanden, misschien zelfs jaren zag ik Irene’s zonovergoten foto’s op social media voorbijkomen. Telkens bleef ik hangen, wegdromende, terwijl mijn werkdeadlines verdampten. Zal ik dan toch een keer mee met Soul Island Ibiza? Toen mijn kat overleden was, hakte ik de knoop door. Nu of nooit. Doodeng vond ik het wel.
‘Stoer’, noemden mijn vrienden me. Voer voor mijn zenuwen, want als ik íets niet ben. En ja, stel dat de chemie met Irene nul is, dan zijn vier dagen een wel heel lange rit. Alle zorgen verdwenen als sneeuw voor de Spaanse zon toen ze bij het vliegveld naar me zwaaide en ik in haar trouwe bakkie stapte. Binnen een paar minuten werd duidelijk dat zij een van de meest bijzondere mensen is die ik ooit ontmoet heb.
Lief, ontspannen en warm. Een lichtje, zoals je er maar een paar in je leven tegenkomt. Die eerste minuten bleken de opmaat voor vier onvergetelijke dagen, zoals meerdere mensen terecht schrijven: een cadeau aan jezelf.
De coaching, lol en persoonlijke gesprekken liepen als een golfbeweging in elkaar over. Net als het ademwerk en de yoga. Irene werkt heel intuïtief, ze voelt ter plekke aan waar je behoefte aan hebt. Een gave die maar weinig mensen hebben, denk ik. Haar betoverende casa, bovenop de berg met een ongekend 360-graden uitzicht, omarmde me. Net als haar goede zorgen, kookkunst en opgewekte gemoed.
Eenmaal thuis heb ik nog weken in de Ibiza-modus gezeten, wat me afwisselend een lach (warme herinnering) en een traan (van heimwee) bracht. Maar met mijn aantekeningenboekje, vol met opgekrabbelde inzichten en plannen, gaat de roadtrip thuis gewoon door.
Op weg naar de toekomst. En zeker weten weer naar Ibiza!
Nathalie came to Ibiza for inspiration and change. She was searching for a long time, but did not know how to start and how to believe in herself and life. During our roadtrip we walked, dreamed, talked, completed exercises and visualisations about how to get what she wanted, how to keep your life energy and much more.
Once at home she showed faith, self-esteem and courage. Thanks to her dedication and enthusiasm the so desired change in her life is there. Nathalie, you're pure gold, congratulations and thanks for letting me guide you.
Please, read her review (only in dutch)
Erik, being on the crossroads of life, came to the island in search of direction. He’s now walking a new path.
Please, view his post.
Last summer I travelled the road with Eveline, a heartwarming yoga teacher from Belgium. We experienced a very nice soul journey. Sitting on a clifftop, watching the sky disappearing into the clear blue sea, Eveline dared to dive really deep. Thanks to that she dissolved the blockage that separated her from her desired future. Because she had the guts to surrender the spark was on again in just a day.
Please, view her post (only in dutch).
A practice as a tactile therapist, is it really what I want? Besides this big question Ina came to kick the fear of failure so she could jump without fear. During our trip and stay together (Ina had booked the full retreat) everything could happen, because Ina is an adorable and open spirit. We had a trip that I still cherish, one in which everything was free and flowing.
Please, view her post.
Anne initially came to me for a one day coaching, but found it so fulfilling and rewarding that she signed up for an extra three days. In her review the psychologist and writer explains why. “This way of coaching is far more effective than weeks of talking.”
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When Ingrid came to Ibiza she truly got a unique experience.
Ibiza and the mainland suffered the worst December in 35 years. Water gushing down once dry river beds. A valley of almond trees up to their knees in water. Ancient towers and walls collapsing.
Luckily it was Ingrid as my Soul Island companion, because she embraced the situation completely. Despite the almighty downpour we had an amazing four days together. Everyday we were chasing the sun.
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She was my youngest client so far and I will never forget Danielle, a sparkling young woman from Australia, who left her beloved country to live a life without regrets.
Besides exploring and enjoying the island she booked a trip with Soul Island Ibiza because she wanted to get clarity on what her best life would look like. She didn’t had a clue. Yet! We had a wonderful time together, but most important is that Danielle left Ibiza with a plan that made her soul shine.
Please, read her review about our trip.
I’m so happy with the wonderful review Bas wrote about the four-day roadtrip we’ve made late September. Why am I so happy? Because he dares to be open. Bas tells profoundly and openly what the trip gave to him.
Bas, thanks for our special journey together and for your comments. I’m grateful and happy that Ibiza and I could make you fly.
Please, view his post (only in Dutch)
Early October SOUL ISLAND IBIZA went on a four-day trip with Veronique from the Netherlands. She wanted to be challenged, to feel her strength again and to realize her dreams. To stop negative thoughts, to be fulfilled in everything she does and in stead of doubting, just to go for it.
To be powerful, energetic and decisive in doing what she was born for she needed to stop being involved in the stories of others.
Veronique is a radiant woman and a dedicated world traveler. We had a beautiful soultrip together and now an exciting future awaits her. Wow!
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I had no specific reasons to come to Ibiza, but I decided to do so because of two things: our wonderful dog Naya was born on Ibiza and I read the words Irene wrote about herself on this website.
Irene and I visited many beautiful places during our time together, we talked a lot and did a number of excercises. Irene’s inspirational coaching gave me further insight into what I am going to do with my life in future.
Irene is a special woman. She’s completely herself all the time, warm, enthusiastic and creative. When I think of her, the first picture that comes to mind is Irene driving her car, singing loudly and out of tune (but with conviction!) to the soundtrack of the musical Hair. She clearly loves doing what she’s doing, which is infectious. It’s the Irene factor that made it all worthwhile.
At the age of 63 I was at a turning point in life. Within a month I would be a pensioner, I would stop the work of my heart. My new future frightened me. For the first time in my life there was no one to take care of, except me. My children were dispersed and happy, my husband had recently died.
And now what to do? How will I - after 38 years of fulltime work and taking care of others - give meaning to my life again? That question puzzled me when I came to the island.
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With Irene I had the best time on Ibiza I could possibly imagine. She showed me secret walks along cliffs, climbing rocks, sneaking through forest and wild rosemary. >> Click on the photo to read more...
'During my time in Ibiza I went on several day trips with Irene and it felt great to explore the island with her. Thanks to Irene's influence and imagination I experienced a magical week in Ibiza. Her passion for the island captured me straight away. Irene's selection of music to accompany our drives was perfect. She took me to the most secret and enchanting places in Ibiza. There we had many in-depth discussions, we swam and walked, took in the beauty of the island and apart from all this we laughed our heads off.
Thanks Irene for who you are and how you live your dreams. Very inspiring!'
Na het lezen over haar activiteiten op Ibiza, waarbij ze aangaf mensen uit het hoofd, in het hart te brengen om van daaruit te ontdekken, kwam bij mij al snel het gevoel dat dit mij wel eens verder zou kunnen helpen mijn nieuwe richting te vinden.
So I volunteered to join Irene on this Ibiza Soul Road Trip, not knowing beforehand it was like a pilot for her new business. I was a witness when Irene drove to 'her' island with 'all' of her belongings. It didn't feel like this was someone moving to another country.
… I was just fed up with looking like my father when I thought he really started to look old, having two kids who constantly complain about what I think is good for them, administering the household with or against my overworked wife and running after my dog to scratch his shit off the streets.