“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

The earth is smiling to us when it is spring with all its beauty. For me this is a source of joy and creates a smile on my face. This is the blossom of a cherry tree that I met last week in the south of the Netherlands. It was such a delight to witness the abundance and to smell the flowers. For two years ago, I was picking delicious cherries from this beautiful tree.

It has been a while since I was online. R-emegrating to the Netherlands with my family during a pandemic, starting a new job at the Top Referent Trauma Center GGZ Beilen, and starting up my business ESTAR in the Netherlands was enough to deal with last months. Yet, in synchrony with nature waking up from winter, I feel now a strong impulse to give an update as well to announce a second round for the workshops that took place last fall.

Practice Estar
It has been a journey so far to give form to my practice, first in Sweden, and now in the Netherlands. I discover that the form is continuously evolving and goes hand in hand with my own process. Working on the edge of the unknown, where science and the mystical meet is a true adventure with its challenges but is certainly also fulfilling. Trusting the process and my process is something I am learning and deepening on many layers.

I am contemplating and orienting what I want to offer within my practice. Moving countries also gives an opportunity to reflect on,learn from and experience new perspectives.
Currently, I am mostly teaching. Teaching, sharing different frames of reference within science, biology, psychology, medicine/psychiatry and spirituality and how it could possibly be integrated is really fun and gives me a lot of joy. This is a creative process, or better said a co-creative process together with the students/participants. This means that each workshop, (teaching) session or lecture has its own unique atmosphere and quality. I feel so enriched by this and learn from every meeting.
At the moment I am only offering online (one to one) sessions within my practice. Also, I made a choice to not prescribe medication in my private practice ESTAR. This feels most aligned at the moment.

Fall 2020, I offered a three workshop serie ''raising children from a whole brain, polyvagal and intergenerational perspective''. Participants where very positive and I got the question to repeat this serie. Also, some participants suggested that it would be interesting to talk about adult attachment.

I am considering to offer the workshops again in June-July-August

  • Workshop 1: raising children from a whole brain perspective, with information on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma sensitive (or better resilience sensitive) parenting
  • Workshop 2: Looking at bonding and attachment through the lens of the polyvagal theory
  • Workshop 3: Intergenerational trauma and resilience
  • Workshop 4: adult attachment: how does child attachment affect our adult relationships and the way we interact with people?

I am thinking of organizing a physical workshop to teach some basic principles of SE and therapeutic tools. These tools you can apply to self-regulate and/or when you work with clients. This workshop would be taking place in Haren or Groningen.

What I need to know:

  1. 1
    What workshops would you be interested in to follow?
  2. 2
    Would it be better to plan an online workshop in the evening or a Friday morning?
  3. 3
    The workshop somatic experiencing would be planned on a weekend (1 or 2 day workshop)

What you need to know:

  •  If you are interested: send an email through the contact form on my website or at info@estar-se.com
  • I will put you on the waitinglist. When I have a minimum of 8 participants I will organize the workshop
  • The price for all 4 online workshops is 120 Euro. Otherwise, the price per workshop is 35 Euro incl. taxes.
  • The price for the somatic experiencing workshop will be announced later


Please send this information to anyone who may be interested!

Wishing you all a lovely spring and looking forward to hearing from you.

Esther van de Wall