Who is Winnie?


°1974 – renaissance soul – living with intention – multi-passionate – conscious connector – positive psychologist – openminded observer – respectful & reflective – ecclectic – studious – enthousiastic entertainer – sensual seeker – changemaker – lover of life & freedom – cosmopolitan   following flow – and work in progress, just like this website 

The magic is in the mix

I like variation and that shows up in practically every area of my life. I don’t like to limit myself to one ‘way’: one language, one culture, one kind of dance, one sport, one vision on self-development, one kind of therapy. I am a generalist, as they say, and I believe that the magic is in the mix. So it is my passion to explore the diversity of life and my challenge to integrate and connect without getting overwhelmed by the multitude. Also my own offerings keep growing and evolving. I have initiated several projects:  Latin Vibez, FeelAlive, Zin&Zen , WeLoveDance. The current one is The Rebody Project. 

variety, multiplicity,
differences, diversity
variability, change
gradation, nuance
variation, dissimilarity


But I also like to find similarities, the common ground. There is a common thread, a theme troughout all the projects. I believe we are here to serve the world, to contribute in one way or another to a healthier version of it, by finding our ALL-IN: the synthesis of what triggers us, what lights us up, our passions, our qualities, what the world needs, and what we have experience in (my own version of IKIGAI). That’s why I like to give some context to who I am, so you know why I do what I do. This might explain some of the unconventional choices I have made in my life. This is about my personall ALL-In, my story. 

sameness, similarity
likeness, resemblance
equality, similitude
correspondence, parallel
evenness, affinity
unity, oneness

What the world needs

I believe this world needs love and understanding more than anything. A healthier version of this planet, starts with a healthier version of each us & our leaders.
Happy people-happy planet

What I am good at

Finding new ways 
Putting things in perspective
Making serious subjects fun
Understanding all points of view
Embodied delivery
Creative and crazy thinking
Not taking things too personally 

What lights me up

Moments of connection to what really matters and real connection between people,  when we feel our shared humanity

prof experience in a nutshell

Psychologist, therapist, coach
Academic research: wellness, stress (5y)
Private (life) coaching (10y)

Trainer (10y)
Mindfulness (MBSR)
Stress management and prevention
Non-violent communication
Core quadrants 

Dance teacher and event organiser 
Afro-Latin dance & dancefitness (12y)
Yoga (2y) (private and corporate)

What I love

 The forest, the sea, 
the sun, the moon 
transpersonal stuff
a deep conversation
rituals & travel
a bonfire
a coffee date

What triggers me

I am disheartend by all kinds of unhappiness:  loneliness, depression, stress, burnout, fear  but what triggers me most of all is: intolerance, incomprehension

My All In = Rebody Your Life

“Don’t ask what the world needs, rather ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Cause what the world needs, is people who have come alive” -Howard Thurman- 


My study life

 I have always been very interested in filosophies, wisdom traditions, psychology, in other words: self growth and consciousness development, both from western and eastern traditions.  I had the privilige to study all of this, read many books and follow a lot of trainings and workshopsSometimes people ask when when I will be done?  this question amuses me. Why would I ever want to be done? I do it because I love it. I love to read, find out about other ways of thinking, broaden my perspective …. realizing, at the same time, that knowledge means nothing without aligned actio or embodiment.  The knowledge part serves to broaden my perspective.  and come to the realisation that there is not ONE truth. The more I read , the more I get a felt sense of that.  So it’s save to say that my current understanding of the world is trough the lens of integralism. 

Academic curriculum

  • Latin and Math in high school (6y)
  • Master’s in Psychology (5y)
  • PhD in Psychology (4y)
  • Integrative therapy (4y) 
  • Transpersonal therapy (1y) 
  • Mindfulness therapy (1y)
  • Creative/Art therapy (DANCE) (4y) 
  • Family constellations (1y)
  • Attention/awarenesstherapy (1y) 
Other studies
  • Integral maps / Integral mindfulness
  • Embodiment techniques 
  • Prana Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
  • The functional approach to yoga (online training)
  • Polarity Wisdom (online training)
  • Core quadrants
  • Non-violent communication 

My dance life

all styles, all counts 

  • Dancer in Mike-O dance company
  • Dancer in NuYorican Dance company
  • Co-founder and teacher of Latin Vibez with Didier Ukanda. Teaching and performing together for several years (LA-style, on 1, 2)
  • Teaching Cuban salsa and Rueda de Casino with different partners

Traditional Afro dances
with percussion (djembé or sabar)

  • West-African dances
  • Afrocontemporary

Traditional Afrocuban dances 
where Latin and Afro meet

  • Dancer in El Bataclàn: an Afrocuban folklore group 

The whole spectrum: from yoruba orishas dance, makuta, palo but also rumba etc… They particularly inspire me because of the embodied experience of male and female archetypes and symbolism.

Other Afro-inspired dances 

  • solo dances: afrovibes, afroheat, afrohouse, kuduro
  • couple dances: kizomba, semba
  • Capoeira, samba, afrobrazilian

Teaching and organising classes (12y)

  • Zumba / dancefit 
  • Zumba Gold / dance for seniors 
  • Zumba for kids
  • Zumba Toning 
  • G-dance 

Intuïtive / conscious / therapeutic dances 

  • Dansmetamorphosis/authentic movement (2y) : training and performances 
  • Dancetherapy (4y) 
  • Silvestre technique (several retreats)
  • 5rhythms
  • Biodanza, tantra dance, open floor, trance dance, yogic dance
  • Extatic dance
  • Body Groove 

We all win

let’s talk over a cup of coffee

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