Lieke’s story

I am a worldbriger in different senses of the word, with a deep love for mysticism and nature. As a nomad, I’ve travelled the many labyrinths of inner- and outerworlds. Encountering the curvy roads, deep dalls and mountainpeaks that helped me to become who am I right now and showed me the way into doulawork, womb healing practices and lighwork.

Somewhere along this path, I decided to develop and work with my extrasensorial abilities. Having life bringing me the circumstances, tools and experiences to navigate its differernt realms and inner and outer dimensions. Having found that walking your own path, the path of the heart, becomes ones truest medicine.

In 2017, I travelled to Guatemala to learn with the Mayan elders about their healing traditions for my MSc in Medical Anthropology & Sociology. Sitting around the ceremonial fire, learning about Mayan cosmovision, meeting Mayan spiritual guides and traditional midwifes and listening to their stories and experiences. This opened me to Life in a new way. A truer way. A more connected way. I believe that we all have a deep well of ancient wisdom within ourselves, and this well, slowly started to open itself. A way of living in harmony with nature and the elements, with the cycles of time. Grateful for the Mayan cosmovision to be a guide on my Soulpath – my Saq’be.

A red thread throughout the story of all traditional healers and midwifes was… the calling. The calling to their work and express their gift as a midwife, who are often the shamanas and pillars of their communities. This calling came through dreams, symbols in nature and through many synchronicities. When they wouldn’t listen to these signs they would get sick – as the gifts that they were born remained being unused. The unused energies starting to accumulate within their body, expressing through illness. The one and only way to cure this? To start working with your gifts. Suddenly all of this started happening to herself. The dreams, the signs, everything was pointing her into the same direction – the field of midwifery and healing work. One day, I met a Mayan midwife and shamana on the dock while waiting for a boat to the other side of Lake Atitlan. She saw me and invited me to her house – without knowing anything of my background. As soon as we arrived, she said “It is time to start your work. You have to start working with your gifts, otherwise you will get sick. We have to do a ceremony to see if indeed – midwifery and healingwork is your gift, to confirm your path and ask permission of the ancestors to start working and receive their blessings.” All of the aspects that I documented as parts of the path of the Mayan healers fell into place. It felt like a dream. Two years of documenting the stories of the traditional healers and midwifes… and then, the exact same story was happening to me. I made sense – and yet – I could not believe it. It felt like I was living a Mayan dream – and yet, life had never felt so true, full and alive. We started my initiationjourney through a series of 1:1 purification ceremonies after which my path really started to accelerate. In this same period of time, I was honored to be invited to witness the birth of a beautiful babyboy. Synchrodestiny.

It was a curvy road to walk wherein I needed the stories from the Mayan elder to recognize my own story. Their worldview asked me to drop any perceptions and conditioning that I have learned from Western society to be true and in the middle of that – find out my own truth. A path that I didn’t expect to walk upon when starting in the field as an anthropologist.

Meanwhile, I continued to finetune my teachings and intuition with different courses that assisted me on my path:

~ Mayan Abdominal Wombhealing Massage – traditional Mayan midwife Doña Dominga & Maria Gobatto at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala (February 2017)
~ Spiritual Herbalism – the Seed at Guatemala, Lake Atitlán (January 2018)
~ Reiki Usuï I/II & Reiki Karuna (2018), San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
~ Akashic Records Healing (2018), San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
~ Soul Realignment Practitioner© –
~ Discovering Birth Retreat – Midwives of the Lake –
a blend of traditional and professional midwifery at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala (November 2018)
~ Holistic Doula & Holistic Midwifery with Whapio Bartlet from the Matrona – San Cristobál de las Casas, Mexico (February 2019)
~ Metamorphic Massage Practitioner – Lake Atitlán, Guatemala (May 2019)
~ Da a Luz Oasis, Spain – natural birthkeeping school (October 2020 – June 2021)

I would be honored to walk with you somewhere alongside your path. If you may have any questions, or wish to connect, please reach out via the form below.

With Love – by Lieke