Head of Wellness at Desa Potato Head
If just one person feels more activated and strong to start their day, I consider my job is done.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
I was born and raised in Belgium but I hold a Dutch passport. After working in the creative industry in Amsterdam and London, I moved to Bali 13 years ago. Europe was too cold and too much of a concrete jungle. I always dreamed of living and working in a warm climate surrounded by nature.
When the opportunity of a PR job in Bali crossed my path, and with my father already living on the island, I did not hesitate for one second. It’s incredible how fast the island became my home and how now I could not imagine living anywhere else in the world. I feel immense gratitude every day that I wake up here.
I joined the Potato Head family six years ago to work with the Creative and Marketing team. During the pandemic, with the island empty and less work available, I really tapped into my purpose of helping others through energy work. I got the opportunity to learn and practice with some incredible teachers here on the island, and I guess this new energy organically drove me to my new role within the Potato Head family, Head of Wellness. It feels empowering to be doing what truly aligns with my purpose.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Contributing to the inspiring journey of Desa Potato Head, kicking off ILMU, a free school of knowledge together with Louise Millroy of Kinship Studios, and activating my own energy work agency, FELIX.
I also started ‘Under the Rising Sun’ – a morning energy activation and guided meditation on the rooftop of Desa Potato Head. It’s the best way to welcome your new day, fuelled by the rising sun, the sound of the ocean, and nature’s breeze. For those not in Bali, the meditation is now available on Insight timer. If just one person feels more activated and strong to start their day, I consider my job is done.
What impact have you made in Bali?
I feel that my contribution to the island community is by connecting the right people and helping each other win.
What does 2022 look like for you?
A year of more and more activation, and building on the foundations that I have created so far.
What do you love most about Bali?
The people, the smiles, the culture and the togetherness – it is truly nourishing. For me, it’s the most special vortex in the world.
What’s the one daily ritual you can’t live without?
Feeling the morning sun on my face and activating my day through movement and breath. That and a cup of tea.
Who is your Local Legend and why?
I have many Local Legends as there are so many amazing people doing great things for the island. One of the many I truly admire is Sungai Watch who are cleaning up the waterways in Bali and contributing to sustaining Mother Earth.