Meet our guides
Founded by Lars and Tanja Faber in 2005, in the meantime, we have grown into a large organisation with a team of 67 guides and 8 ceremonial leaders. All of them experienced and beautiful people with a warm, open heart and wide-ranging capacities in the field of personal development and spirituality.
(Scroll down to meet more of our ceremony leaders and guides)
We work with a team
of experienced and dedicated
guides, ensuring a safe
environment and loving
support during your voyage.
Loving, Warm & Dedicated
Together with Lars, Tanja founded The Sacred Voyage and its setting. Most of her time is spent caring for their two boys, facilitating international retreats in Holland & Portugal, leader of The Sacred Voyage team and organisation. Dancing is her passion, which she teaches in retreats. Tanja is university educated and has been taking part in workshops in the field of personal development for years. These include: Focusing, Intuitive Development, Voice Dialogue, EFT, Queen’s Code, Tantra, (Holotropic) Breathwork, Wheel of Consent and Dance. Many voyagers consider Tanja to be very loving, authentic, genuinely engaged and highly experienced.
Experienced, Sensitive & Wise
Lars is the pioneer and founder of The Sacred Voyage. Musician and music lover in heart and soul. Incredibly experienced voyager in all possible states of consciousness, and therefore, a reliable and experienced guide in light and dark dimensions alike. Lars is both mentally and emotionally clearly and acutely empathic. Educated in human resource management and as Voice Dialogue facilitator. Broad personal development through numerous trainings and workshops. Many voyagers experience Lars as a teacher, guide and rock, who has supported many people and assisted them in embarking on new paths in their lives. He is currently busy writing and creating a new book.
Joannie van Rijswijk
Sensitive & Pure
Joannie has a unique gift: she is highly sensitive, enabling her to tune into what moves people and animals exceptionally well. She is also able to pass on energy through her healing hands, something which has helped many voyagers heal painful parts and chapters in themselves. Joannie also transmits Deeksha - high-frequency energy, which participants experience as peace, harmony and love - through her hands. In addition, she works with horses and is trained in systemic work (family compositions). She works as a coach and trainer in the corporate world. Her work is aimed at raising the consciousness of individuals throughout all layers of the organisation. Voyagers experience her as warm, loving and genuinely involved.
Judith van den Heuvel
Playful & Strong
Incredibly grateful for the gifts given to her by Ayahuasca and Iboga, Judith puts her heart and soul into guiding other people in the awakening process of discovering their true essence. She felt very unsafe and unwelcome in her youth, in part, due to experiences of sexual abuse and emotional neglect. Following her intense search for herself and truth, going through everything and facing her demons, she is capable of guiding people in their deepest processes. Her experience is that everything - both the light and the dark - has the right to exist, and that there is tremendous lightness and humour in the core of everything. Her playful energy loves contributing to this. Thanks to her sensitivity, loving heart and healing hands, she is able to intuitively sense where someone is and what that person needs. Voyagers give the feedback that they feel extraordinarily seen and heard by her, and that she is a rock to lean on during their voyage. Her love for dancing, singing, sounds, rituals, nature, children and animals give her tremendous inspiration and vitality.
Calmness & Strength
Almir guides voyagers with passion and a lot of devotion. He is grounded, experienced and very reassuring. He is powerful and present. He is there when you need him. He supports participants in their processes with heart and soul, has warm hands, is playfull, loves dance and humor and spreads his magical live music during ceremonies. When he plays his hangdrum or Tombak (Iranese drum) the party is on. His music is experienced as heavenly and helps people to dive in deep into their processes.
Since 2017 Almir lives together with his girl friend at the country side in the south of Holland (Limburg) where he creates his own paradise to be shared with a lot of people.
Nely van der Stelt
Mother, Gentle & Strength
Nely has 60 years of life experience,a diversity of education and courses all focused on the growth of inner man. She is very moved to support her fellow man on the life path. In mother ayahuasca she honors an unsurpassed saintly teacher who gives insights and healing on holistic level. By the rearch for her own deepest being comes more and more space for inner wisdom and a silent strength. There is a strong knowing. She can often hear beyond the spoken words and understands in this way the soul of the other. For most voyagers it's natural to experience trust and safety with her. This mother who with healing, soft and loving support often can hit the sensitive string.
Grounded & Present
Frans is someone whose calmness and humour will quickly put you at ease. Despite being born in Amsterdam, Frans traded his place of residence in Amsterdam for the nature of the Veluwe in 2012. Voyagers experience Frans as a father figure, a shoulder to cry on and a rock in difficult times. Without wasting words, Frans is warm and present with his big heart. After years of experience with emotional body work, breathing work (in Poona and Venwoude, among other places) and various Ayahuasca voyages, it became time for Frans to guide other people in their processes. He completed the course to become a breathing coach in 2015 and has been guiding Dutch and international Ayahuasca retreats with tremendous passion and pleasure since 2014.
Loving & Strong
From the moment this beautiful man set foot on our premises, we were enamoured by this big man with his huge heart. Rob has done all kinds of meditation and healing courses, but that isn’t what makes him an amazing guide. He exudes a deep calmness and love that instantly makes any voyager feel safe. He once had a heart defect that was healed, and made place for a life lived from the heart.
Loving & Passionate
Anita is a woman who loves to travel, hike, read, dance and be creative. Originally, she’s an aquatic ecotechnologist and works in water management. In addition to her everyday work, she gives intuitive massages, which people experience as small gifts to themselves. She is passionate about the I Ching and shamanism, and anything else that has to do with harmony and balance. Grandmother Ayahuasca has allowed her to call herself lightworker. Voyagers experience has as a primal mother of softness and comfort who does not reject anything.
Joyful & Sweet
Renée is a versatile, entrepreneurial woman with a warm heart for all things living. She has travelled all over the world, gained tremendous life experience in a turbulent life, and discovered that you do not need to cross borders to discover inner space. Nonetheless, she packed her bags in 2013 to live and work with the Shipibo for a few months. Since then, she has been organising Ayahuasca trips to Peru to stay with the Shipibo twice a year. In the Netherlands, Renée is devoted to children by bringing consciousness to education. Renée has been exploring psychology and classical astrology for more than 25 years. As a guide, people experience her as a silent, loving force. She gets her inspiration from nature, which she can often be found exploring for hours with her dog.
Petra van Bekkum
Big Heart & Dedicated
Energetic & Easy-going
Bas wouldn’t hurt a fly, but could have you flat on your back in the blink of an eye, thanks to his decades of experience with Eastern martial arts. Voyagers enjoy his calm and loving aura. He doesn’t think twice about spontaneously teaching Qi Gong for an hour in advance of an Ayahuasca ceremony, allowing voyagers to experience a deep calmness, and become conscious of how and where their energy flows or stagnates. He carries his knowledge and expertise with him in guiding personal processes. Bas relishes the depth of Vipassana, Taoism and shamanism, and loves a good party. The adventurer in him loves delving into the deepest crevices of his mind.
Saskia van Emmerick
Warm & Devoted
Since 2017 Saskia started participating in Sacred Voyage retreats and it felt like coming home for her. She participated in the Dutch yeartraining and has become a guide since Summer of 2018. She is part of the Dutch mailteam and is first contact for particpants. Saskia is a mother and has 2 beautiful children, has her own practice in coaching, bodywork and massage. She is devoted to her own path of growth and personal development which has accelerated by the medicin plant Ayahuasca and the way of working of the Sacred Voyage. This devotion and experience, together with her big empathy for participants, make her a very loving guide. She is soft, kind, loving and at the same time very clear and has a preference for simplicity. Saskia believes in the power of just be.
Present & Grounded
Tanja has always been searching, not knowing what she was searching for. She knows the emotional pains life can hold. She’s always felt different and she’s no stranger to feelings of loneliness and not being at home in this world.
After studying and 15 years in business she realized that this way of life doesn’t fulfill her. She quit her job and headed off on her quest for truth and herself, aiming to follow her heart, not knowing where it would lead her to. Numerous trainings on personal and spiritual growth followed and her search for her life’s purpose even led her to travel to India to find answers in the palm leaf libraries.
After getting in touch with Ayahuasca, her personal and spiritual growth accelerated. She left Germany, feeling called to the Netherlands and The Sacred Voyage. Here, she experiences to be part of something bigger than herself. In being able to make a difference and touch other people’s lives she finds a sense of purpose.
Others experience Tanja as a highly empathic, caring, sensitive, humorous and laid-back person, soft and gentle yet powerful. With her clear intuition she often doesn’t need words. She’s holding space without interfering and it’s easy to feel comfortable and safe around her.
Coen De Koning
Tranquillity & Silent Power
Coen is an engineer and designer, influenced perhaps by his level-headed Delft engineer father and a mother with a bookcase filled with spiritual literature. His father worked for an international organisation, which allowed him to experience a lot of the world. The richness of cultures coming together during the international retreats of The Sacred Voyage is something he really enjoy. “Searching” for something after completing his studies, he stumbled upon a The Sacred Voyage healing weekend. This opened up an entirely new world to him. He felt at home among us from the very first moment. As a guide, he loves venturing into this new world with people from all walks of life. Also, and perhaps especially, if this is exciting and difficult for them. In this, he’s a silent force who’s always there for you.
Compassionate & Involved
Rianne often gets the feedback from voyagers that she’s so aligned and intuitively perceptive of what people need. She has a big heart and a lot of love to give. Simply being present is often enough; she provides a trusted, safe haven for people to relax in. With tremendous enjoyment and dedication, she runs her massage and spiritual practice in a beautiful, unspoilt location in the middle of nature. She loves to dance, participates in a lot of workshops, trainings and educational programmes for personal growth and to gain inspiration. Through creativity and art, she passionately expresses the inspiration that flows through her, particularly with ceramics and painting. She also loves music, and enjoys playing beautiful, “sacred” music from all corners of the world during your voyage.
Involved & Warm
Eunice grew up in a highly religious environment with a sectarian disposition. At 28, she had the courage to break with her restrictive background, losing family and friends alike in the process. This led to a falling away of all things familiar. Coming from this open and new space, she embarked on a rediscovery of herself – free from dogmas, this time around. She dived into life and all its forbidden fruits with great passion, thereby gradually freeing herself from all the judgments, concepts and ideas that had been hammered into her from an early age. Eunice devoured many books, participated in body-awareness and consciousness-raising workshops, lectures, trainings and educational programmes. This knowledge transformed her mind and freed her from the religious interpretations that had been imposed on her. She is currently undergoing training to become a breathing coach. Her many trips and experiences travelling all over the world have enriched her life; among them, an Ayahuasca trip to Peru. She loves nature, music and dancing. Among other places, she has worked in mental healthcare.
Stefan van Rooij
Warm and Present
His first journey with Ayahuasca in 2011 was such a valuable experience that he felt strongly that this is something he wanted to contribute to. The safe setting that he experienced during his voyage was crucial, and has become something to which he now contributes with love and pleasure. Stefan has been interested in spirituality from a young age, and has a strong connection with nature. He also has a great passion for music, and occasionally plays the guitar during ceremonies. People experience him as a “silent” and supportive force. Soft, humoristic, intuitive, supportive and loving is how most people describe him after a ceremony. On top of his work with us, he also works as a freelance chef under the name Inspiration Cook. With a wealth of experience in the vegetarian kitchen, he enjoys - among other things - cooking for and catering to growth-centred groups. He lives with Rianne in a beautiful, silent place in the middle of a National Park.
Playful & Caring
In 2015 The Sacred Voyage crossed Emile his path. A path leading and speeding towards more self awareness.
After participating several retreats and the yeartraining so much was touched, moved and gotten clearer he knew he had to make major changes in life. A long love relationship was ended and changed in a meaningful friendship, he ended his career at an office and consciousnessly created more distance to situations that didn't fit anymore. Due to this space and possibilities arose like guiding at the Sacred Voyage. He loves to work in authentic direct contact with people at the Sacred Voyage which feels very natural and loving for him.
Emile loves music and dancing (Biodanza) and starts his days with Yoga, Fitness and meditation. Participants say Emile has a playful, light energy, calm, loving and caring.