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A Day of Self-Compassion

  • Westergasfabriek Villa 4 Haarlemmerweg Amsterdam, NH, 1014 BE Netherlands (map)

An experiential and nourishing day designed to help you cultivate self-compassion, the ability to be loving and kind to yourself, just as you would be with a dear friend, whenever you are suffering or struggling in life.


You can search the whole world for someone more worthy of your love than yourself and you will not find anyone. He or she who truly loves themselves will never harm another.  —The Buddha


Are you your own toughest critic? Do you talk to yourself in ways that you would never consider speaking to others, especially when you are suffering? Self-compassion is the ability to be loving and kind to ourselves, just as we would be with a dear friend, when we are struggling.

This experiential and nourishing day is designed to help you cultivate compassion for yourself using meditation, discussion, written exercises and a practice that you can immediately apply in challenging everyday moments. We will also include gentle movement, breathwork and a nourishing restorative yoga class suitable for all levels.

You will leave equipped with practical tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, so enhancing your capacity for courage, emotional well-being and the ability to be more open and caring towards others.

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with Kimberly & Aafke:

Kimberly Poppe

An international meditation teacher, Kimberly has been immersed in Buddhist study and practice for 20 years with some of the greatest Tibetan teachers of our time who personally trained her to teach. She has also studied with some of the leading scientists, pioneers and teachers of mindfulness, loving kindness and self-compassion in the world. She is the designer and voice of the "Clear Mind" path on the bodhi meditation app, and co-founder & teacher at HOME. When she became seriously ill in 2015, she discovered the crucial importance of self-compassion which she is now passionate about exploring and sharing with others. Born in America, Kimberly has been based in France for the past 15 years and recently moved to Amsterdam with her Italian husband. She is also an accomplished photographer, bringing together meditation and creativity through the lens of her camera. 

Aafke van Sprundel

Aafke studied communications and cultural anthropology at the Free University in Amsterdam and specialised in religion and symbolism. She has been a yoga practitioner since 2005 and teaches various types of yoga since 2008. She is also a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and has recently embarked on a journey in Taoism. She loves putting theory into practice and she loves to theorise and understand different spiritual practices. Exploring body and mind and the human potential is Aafke’s key drive. She is the founder of Awareness Initiatives, a platform of experts who want to bring awareness into organisations. She is also a communications consultant for conscious organisations.

Earlier Event: July 6
Retraitemiddag voor caregivers
Later Event: July 8
Italian Lunch