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 90 guides and 15 ceremony 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.
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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 was at the root of the development of the The Sacred Voyage setting. Most of her time is spent caring for their two boys, leading healing weekends, guiding the The Sacred Voyage team, setting up activities and guiding processes behind the screens. Dancing is her passion, which she teaches during healing weekends, year trainings and 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 and Dance. Many voyagers consider Tanja to be very loving, authentic, genuinely engaged and 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.
Openly Present & Warm
Bert is someone whose warm heart loves connecting with others. He lives in the heart of the forests of the Veluwe and is a real nature enthusiast. Freedom, walking his own walk, discovering life and authenticity are important themes in his life. Bert has spent a lifetime with all kinds of body-oriented activities, such as sports, dancing, massage and tantra. Together with his partner Paulien, he organises the True Nature and Tantra and Ayahuasca weekends. He recently visited the Shipibo in Peru twice to experience Ayahuasca in its purest form. His playful presence, openness and positive attitude make him a pleasant ceremony leader. Voyagers experience Bert as warm and powerful. He is highly sensitive to people’s needs. Voyagers feel truly seen by him. A powerful beacon of support while on a voyage.
Grounded, Warm & Loving
Voyagers experience Miriam as warm, loving, and grounded. She is a real people person, eager to learn and passionate about experiencing a lot in this life and growing as a conscious individual and woman. She traded the city for a living place at the edge of a forest and heathland. This felt like a homecoming. She has amassed a lot of experience in her own healing practice, in which she provides various forms of massage and energetic treatments, including Quantum Touch. She guides and leads healing weekends (for Dutch and international participants) and individual ceremonies, is The Sacred Voyage’s first email contact person and is the mother of two adult sons. Dancing, photography, reading and gardening are the hobbies she is most passionate about. She has travelled all over the world, visited many countries, and experienced the beauty of other cultures and nature. In recent years, she moved closer to home, and more importantly, has started journeying inward.
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.
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.
Lennart Huis in 't Veld
Strong & Present
Lennart is like the silent force of the wind; don’t underestimate him! Grounded in essence, he guides people on a soul level, without wasting words and coming from a place of deep knowing. Children love him and instinctively sense his lion’s heart, which is what his name - Lennart - means. Strongly connected to the sweat-lodge ceremony, in which he either pours water onto the hot rocks or provides the sweat lodge with safety, space and warmth from outside. As a ceremony leader, he brings calmness and trust to the table. Voyagers experience him as calm, authentic, warm and grounded.
Warm & Sensitive
Paulien’s blue eyes are immediately apparent to most voyagers, revealing her depth, spark and connectedness. She wants to truly experience life, and to see and feel people in their deepest essence. As a child, she already had a burning desire to travel unfamiliar paths to discover life, spirituality and love. Mother Earth and the spirits offer her insights that provide her with the deep trust that everything in life unfolds when and how it should. With the shamans in Peru, Paulien experienced the deep reconnecting power of Ayahuasca and nature. She takes this wisdom with her in her life and in guiding and leading, among other things, the True Nature retreats. On top of this, she has been organising the tantric evenings, A Night to Remember, since 2014. Voyagers experience her as warm, open, genuine and loving.
Down to earth & Relaxed
The saying “hard on the outside, soft on the inside” applies to Twannie. With his powerful exterior and his loving heart, he is a rock to lean on for many voyagers. After 25 years in the corporate world, Twannie decided to follow his heart and embark on a career in youth care. His empathy and genuineness are qualities that contribute to Twannie’s popularity among the children he works with. Twannie’s is powerfully and firmly rooted in life. In addition to guiding ceremonies, Twannie also loves being the Fire Man of the sweat lodge. “That’s really my thing” - he fulfils his role with great passion. Twannie also volunteers as a supervisor for holidays for people with mental disabilities; a perfect way for him to combine his love for travelling with his people-oriented nature. Ayahuasca increased Twannie’s connection with his feelings, something which he cherishes to this day and loves to share with people.
Sensitive & Strong
Nienke is a life coach and children’s coach, passionately guiding young and old people alike in the process of rediscovering themselves. Her highly sensitive nature and intuition are invaluable tools that assist her in doing so. Because she always felt different and never felt at home here on Earth, a significant part of her life centred on the search for who she truly is and what her qualities are. After some challenging detours, she now knows that her power lies in the combination of softness and love in her heart. These qualities have become her foundation; an anchor in her life. Nienke also enjoys volunteering on holidays with people with mental disabilities. She is also loves animals and feels at home in nature. Yoga, artistic endeavours and creativity, writing and reading are safe havens for her. Ayahuasca was a life-changing experience for Nienke; a homecoming.
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.
Soft-natured & Involved
André ran a flower farm for fifteen years; a hard-working life that generated a lot of outer success, but one in which he felt empty on the inside. This was the incentive for him to go on a journey of discovery within himself. He hadn’t felt at home in our consumer society since an early age. But how to do it differently? His desire to increase his connection with nature and his natural state grew. His heart sung when he first encountered The Sacred Voyage. His voyages have opened his heart. Clarity and shamanism also brought him a great deal. At present, he is training to become an energy coach, and is walking the path of the Paqos. He loves delving into the deeper realms of existence with people. He is soft-natured and involved with participants, loves nature, skiing, mountains, gardening, music, reading and sport. André is a breathing coach and does breathing sessions in his practice.
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.
Big Heart & Joyful
Anouk lives in the middle of nature, between forest and heathland. This is where she feels most at home. Her life theme was the fear of abandonment, and after many “failed” relationships and a long path of personal development, she managed to heal this painful chapter years ago. Her experiences with Ayahuasca were an important part of this. Her spontaneity and authenticity make her a joy to be around. She has an incredible capacity for empathy and an open personality. Anouk guides both individuals and groups. In the summer months, she works as a dog sitter. Additionally, she holistically treats people and dogs using, among other things, Bowen therapy and essential oils. She lives with her dog, Taka, whom she rescued from life on a chain in Romania.
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.
Humorous & Empathic
Saskia is glad that she was courageous enough to take the step towards Ayahuasca in May 2013. As a result, it seems like all kinds of things have “casually” crossed her path after going on several beautiful voyages. She started working as a guide at The Sacred Voyage in 2015 and, in the meantime, is also working behind the screens. Together with Miriam, she is our first email contact point. In her daily life, she spends a few days a week working in administration at a baking museum and she gives massages. If you were to ask her what makes her happy, her smiling response would be: her two sweet girls, laughing and dancing (five rhythms, among other things).
Dennis is an incredibly versatile man. Due to his tremendous innate curiosity, he has walked many paths; from science to spirituality, from working with his hands to being creative with his mind. On top of that, he is incredibly passionate about music. As a multi-instrumentalist, he loves playing from his heart. Through sound concerts, dream time, trance dance and sound healing, he guides people in the discovery of their soul. Work experience in construction, as a carpenter and as a lighting and sound technician combine to make him into a highly practical person. Spiritually, he spent years practising Buddhism, in addition to light work, Theta healing, shamanism and Advaita. He has undergone many physical and psychic journeys and continuously finds himself in awe of this thing we call life. He loves sharing his awe with others!
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.
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 & Creative
Martin is curious by nature and very interested in everything within spirituality, the universe and self-development. For more than 15 years he has been moving deeper into truly knowing himself and the world around him, but it was not until his first encounter with the medicine plant and after finishing the year training at The Sacred Voyage that he felt he really started to know his true self. He is open hearted, honest and sensitive, and he loves the energy and space a group creates where every participant can feel safe and free to bring forward whatever they need to heal. Martin is born in Denmark in 1971 and lives in Copenhagen and is a full time artist and gallery owner.
Sanne de Burger
Sparkling & Dedicated
Sanne spent years working as a specialised psychiatric nurse, after which she furthered her career as a manager within mental healthcare. Connection, inspiration and the power of being open together to each other’s uniqueness, without imposing the need to change the other in this, are important facets in her life. Still, nothing has been a greater catalyst for her personal growth, insights, consciousness and transformation than the steps she took towards The Sacred Voyage four years ago. The strong woman who was guarding the vulnerabilities hiding behind shame, fears and insecurities, has learnt to face both herself and the world with compassion, a gentleness and softness of spirit, and a warm, loving and playful heart. Sanne considers nothing more beautiful than being able to be there for others with an open heart, encouraging others to be themselves through her undivided attention, and creating the space for others to rediscover the limitless beauty, power and qualities at the core of their being, and celebrating them to the greatest possible extent.
Evert van As
Warm & Incisive
Like no other, Evert is able to see through things and get to the heart of the matter. His life revolves around healing and liberation. As a child, he lost his sense of security, feeling neither at home within himself or the world around him. He worked hard to adhere to the ideal of a powerful and successful person, until he came into contact with the beauty and power of vulnerability, and the tremendous softness and love that emanates from it. His mission has since become to bear witness to the warmth and fullness of life that arises from a life led in the complete embrace of one’s truest nature. With his keen eye and warm presence, he guides people back to the relaxation and simplicity of their inner core. In his daily life, he gives workshops that centre on authentic communication and social freedom.