VrijSpirit organizes, co-creates and hosts a variety of gathering opportunities for consciously curious people living in and around South Holland. With a focus on holistic, integrated lives, we share our space with others seeking to bring soul-nourishing projects to life.
We, Kimberly and Sabine, are the cofounders of VrijSpirit. We are internationally connected facilitators with diverse callings and deep commitments to paradigm-shifting work. We see the world, the people, animals and all of nature as part of one interconnected system and not just as isolated components or concepts. VrijSpirt aims to participate, in our small, creative ways in the mutual liberation of all.
Themes of projects we have fostered include:
|Nonviolent Communication Courses||Sober Curious Mocktail Mixer|
|Veluwe Weekend Retreat||Bob Ross Painting Party|
|Labyrinth Walking||Progressive Dinners|
|Mindfulness In Motion||Terrarium Building|
|Handmade Journal Making||Forest Bathing|
|LGBTQ+ Expat Meetups||Sewing Circles|
|Book Discussions||Feminist Spirituality|
We hope this project is helpful to the world, and maybe even you, in its little way.
If you’d like to co-create an event or workshop drop us a line. Projects we are interested in helping come to life include: dinners, discussion groups, books studies, workshops, spiritual gatherings, selling and sharing of locally produced products, arts and crafts, story telling, yoga, women’s groups, men’s groups, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary groups, gardening, social justice endeavours, wellness projects, sobriety support groups, expats meet locals, young meets old, spiritual meets science, game nights and much more.
Come and talk to us about your ideas!
Kimberly Knight Laskowski
I am currently working in an international school in The Netherlands where I moved with my wife three years ago. Previously I worked for over 25 years as a director of digital community in higher education, a progressive Christian denomination, non-profit organizations and the charter school for which I was a contributing founder in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve even spent portions of my professional trajectory in stage management, aerial photography and guiding educational tours at Zoo Atlanta!
I earned my M.Div. from Emory University with a focus on progressive, online ministry deeply steeped in libreation, feminist and queer theology. I am blessed to have heaps of training in pastoral counselling, contemplative practices, constructivist pedagogy, subverting the patriarchy and all manner of soulful shenanigans.
I’m a fan of labyrinth walking, lectio divina, guided meditation, forest bathing, cairn building, bluegrass music, Mary Oliver, John O’Donohue and kickball! My daughter, an indigo child if ever there was one, is the light of my life and is completing her degrees in French and horticulture at the University of Georgia.
The golden thread running through my life’s journey is a persistent calling to find, as Frederick Buechner describes, the place where my deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger. I hope that this project will be one in which I can flourish with others as we discern together how best to live into that fiercely tender calling.
I have always been searching for the deeper layers in life.
Growing up in efficient and organized Switzerland, following the path I was supposed to and obtaining a Swiss Federal Diploma in Business Administration left me deeply unhappy and guilty about my unhappiness. Didn’t I have everything anyone could wish for? Conflicted and lost, I struggled for years, very hidden and at the same time highly functional and ‘successful’ in the outer world.
Things started to turn when I set out in my early twenties to see the world for myself. I discovered my love for the ocean and became a scuba dive instructor, which allowed me to travel through South East Asia for an extended period of time. I still remember my many adventures vividly, from living on a remote island in the Philippines, to steering a sailing boat under the full moon on it’s way from Singapore up the coast of Malaysia to Thailand, to diving in uncharted territory to evaluate if a diving school could be set up in a particular place and many many more. Further on my journey brought me to India, which opened another completely new world to me. I found a spirituality that I didn’t know I was thirsting for so desperately. I traveled up and down the country, which left me full of gratitude and appreciation for the richness and fragility of our lives.
My path has taken many more turns since, and along the way I worked in a Kibbutz in Israel, at an airport in Switzerland, raised a son and moved to the Netherlands 10 years ago with my then-husband. Since then, I have been working in an international school and I very much appreciate the global outlook this gives me. It’s almost as if the world is visiting me during my everyday-life, while I have the luxury to stay in one place.
In the past years I studied extensively the works of Marshall Rosenberg’s nonviolent communication and completed a mediator’s training based on his principles. I was struck by the different approach to conflict I experienced in these courses to what I was used to. It was very liberating for me to move away from thinking about who is right and who is wrong in conflict. Instead, the focus becomes finding the needs behind the parts that get so triggered and hurt. This approach gave me a whole new blueprint on how we can live together with more connection and understanding and it has helped me develop an inner compass that I am trusting more and more. I’m clearer about my own values and am eager to explore with others new ways of holding community.
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