About Gwen

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Wie is Gwen

De drang naar persoonlijke ontwikkeling en zelfrealisatie is bij Gwen met de paplepel ingegoten. Van jongs af aan is zij al bezig met de vraag ‘Waarom zijn wij hier op aarde?’, oftewel, ‘The big WHY?’. Met een moeder en grootouders als natuurgidsen en vervend yogaliefhebbers is Gwen al vroeg meegenomen naar spirituele festivals en tochten door de natuur, waarbij de connectie met onze Moeder Aarde sterk is gehecht. Met de voeten in de aarde en het hoofd in de lucht is er een sterk gevoel van connectie met alles en iedereen om ons heen.

Deze ‘Big Why’ is nooit helemaal verdwenen, maar is iets meer op de achtergrond komen te staan tijdens haar studie Commerciële Economie en Bedrijfseconomie en haar carrière als marketeer en bankier bij een aantal grote firma’s. In deze tijd beoefende ze wel veel yoga om het stress-level in bedwang te houden en is ze altijd bezig geweest met het behouden van een gezonde levensstijl van zowel haarzelf als de mensen om haar heen.

In 2014 nam de grote vraag toch weer de overhand, toen Gwen besloot door een burn-out om haar succesvolle baan als Top-talent en Account-manager Zakelijke Relaties bij een grote Nederlandse bank op te zeggen om met een rugzak alleen door Azië en Afrika te trekken. Hier volgde zij in bijna vier jaar tijd verschillende intensieve yoga-retreats en yoga- en massage-opleidingen in onder andere; Sri Lanka, de Filippijnen, Bali, Thailand en India. Hierdoor is zij nu 500+ uur Yoga Alliance gecertificeerde Yoga Teacher en gecertificeerde Thaise massage beoefenaar. Tijdens de reis geeft ze overal waar ze aan land komt yogalessen en massages in zowel luxe retreat centers of gewoon op het strand op donatie-basis.

Gwen voelt dat het haar missie is om mensen te inspireren om het allerbeste uit zichzelf te halen, zodat ze hun volle potentieel kunnen bereiken in het hebben van een gezond, gelukkig en vredig leven.

“Exploring the extremes to find the middle way”

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Personal information” google_fonts=”font_family:Philosopher%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Name: Gwendolijn
Surname: Haandrikman

Date of birth: 03-03-1988
Place of birth: Rockanje, Netherlands

Nationality: Dutch

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  • Social Hygiene, hospitality certificate, Horeca Stichting Nederland

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  • Yoga Teacher Training 300 hours Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Yoga
    Shiva Yoga Peet, Rishikesh, India
    Certificate: February 2017

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  • Thai massage course level 1-4, including therapeutic massage
    and Lana extreme stretching therapy, ITM, Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Certificate: Octobre 2015

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  • Yoga teacher training 200 hours Hatha yoga,
    Shiva Shakti Yoga, Goa, India
    Certificate: August 2015

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  • Premaster Business & Economics, Erasmus school of Economics,
    Erasmus University Rotterdam,
    no diploma

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  • Bachelor, Commercial Economics, HES institute for Commercial Management,
    Hogeschool Rotterdam,
    Diploma: September 2010
    Minor: International Strategic Marketing and Logistics, with certificate

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  • HAVO, Maerlant College, Brielle
    Profile: Culture and society, with extra PE
    Diploma: July 2006

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Teaching Yoga – Freelance

  • February – April 2015, different hotels/resorts @ Koh Lanta, Thailand – Hatha & Yin Yoga
  • November 2015 – March 2016, different hotels/resorts @ Koh Lanta, Thailand – Hatha & Yin Yoga
  • April – November 2016, private lessons and beach-yoga @ Oostvoorne/Brielle – Hatha & Yin Yoga
  • December 2016 – April 2017, Alpadze Lou Kra hotel, Champoussin, Switzerland – Hatha, Ashtanga & Yin Yoga
  • April 2017 – November 2017, Brunotti Beach Yoga @ Brunotti Beachclub Oostvoorne – Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga
  • November 2017 – January 2018, Ashiyana Yoga, Mandrem, Goa, India – Yoga, Massage and social media
  • August 2017 – November 2017, Vitality Program Atleetfabriek, Yoga lessons @ ASICS HQ Hoofddorp – Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga
  • March 2018 – September 2018, Hatha Yoga @Move For Health, Wilrijk, Belgium
  • May 2018 – Current, Hatha, Vinyasa and Specials @Prana Yoga Studio, O.L.V. Waver, Belgium
  • June 2018 – Current, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin&Yang, Restorative @Yyoga Antwerp, Belgium
  • May 2018 – Current, Yin, Vinyasa and Stretching @Fitopia Edegem, Belgium
  • October 2018 – Current, Yoga Gwen in Booischot 

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]May 2017-October 2017[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Manager assistant – Brunotti Beachclub Oostvoorne

  • Setting up a new beach-club,
  • Managing suppliers, staff, cash-systems
  • Working on the floor, the bar and kitchen
  • Customer service and PR
  • Managing events

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  • Mise en Place and chef kitchen in the Christmas season @Le Poussin
  • Bar, serving and kitchen @Amici and @Le poussin  the rest of the season

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  • Teaching dressage and show-jumping and basic horse riding to kids and adults
  • Training dressage and show-jumping horses for competitions

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Account manager Business banking at Rabobank Alblasserwaard Noord & Oost, Gorinchem

  • Giving advice and selling checking-accounts, saving-accounts, insurances and loans to startups and small businesses.
  • Actively joining and organising netwerk activities with clients and prospects.
  • Realising a maximum cross-sell and a total client-relationship

Extra activities besides the core banking activities as managing vitality programs, tutoring new colleagues and collecting for charities. 

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TOP-Talent, Intern Account manager Business banking at Rabobank Schiedam-Vlaardingen

  • Completing the full learning program of Rabobank as a preparation for Intern Account manager Business banking, including loans and insurance. (with legal certifications)
  • Completing personal development programs from different company’s as 2knowHow, Egostrippen and Dynamiq
  • Developing work-experience as Intern Account manager business, including loans.
  • Internships at different departments in the headquarter of the local Rabobank as Private Banking and Credit Control

Extra activities as organising team-building activities, business trips to Barcelona, projectmanagement strategic planning 2013-2015 and collecting for charities. 

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TOP-Talent, Intern Account manager Business banking at Rabobank Schiedam-Vlaardingen

  • Completing the full learning program of Rabobank as a preparation for Intern Account manager Business banking, including loans and insurance. (with legal certifications)
  • Completing personal development programs from different company’s as 2knowHow, Egostrippen and Dynamiq
  • Developing work-experience as Intern Account manager business, including loans.
  • Internships at different departments in the headquarter of the local Rabobank as Private Banking and Credit Control

Extra activities as organising team-building activities, business trips to Barcelona, projectmanagement strategic planning 2013-2015 and collecting for charities. 

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  • Restaurant ‘De Meijdoorn’, Rockanje, Serving;
  • Restaurant ‘Kapitein Haak’, Brielle, Serving and entertainment;
  • Chinese restaurant ‘China’, Brielle, Serving and bar;
  • Café ‘Het Vervolg’, Brielle, Allround employee;
  • Hapevents, Entertainment on location, mobile cocktailbar
  • Bistro ‘De Landbouw’, Oostvoorne, Serving
  • Restaurant Concordia, Rotterdam, Serving

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