Hello, I am Silke!
I believe that the purpose of life is to be well connected. Connected to nature, to our environment. Connected to others. Connected to the voice of our heart, our inner self. If we are well connected, life is easy for us. We flow with it and experience deep satisfaction, peace and balance. We are successful at our job and business and work on it with passion and joy.
But when we move abroad we often loose this connection. We struggle to adapt to a new environment. We question a thousand things about the different normality people around us live in. As a result, we often lose orientation and also trust in our perception.
My mission is to help you to create a well-connected life abroad.
I help you to perform easily in culturally diverse settings, to learn what you need and to expand your repertoire of skills. I show you how you overcome struggles and create a state of flow and focus that leads you to success, deep satisfaction and happiness – wherever you are.
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Originally from Germany, I have lived for more than 15 years in Indonesia. In that time, I have been through all ups and downs a life abroad has to offer: From excitement to deep frustration, from fascination to desperation, from bustling energy to sickness. With the help of wonderful people I managed to overcome all struggles and by doing so I gained a wealth of knowledge and extraordinary life skills. Just along the way I discovered an easy yet miraculously effective way to work on the mindset of people. Read my whole story!
I combined this with all my academic knowledge of psychology and intercultural communication, enriched it with my year-long living abroad experiences and up-to-date scientific findings and created a customized consultation for people working abroad.
With my clients from all over the world I work online either One-on-One or in training courses. My coaching methods are enriched with Brain Gym® exercises, mindfulness practices and the findings of the human energy flow.
Do you want to work with me?
I am a motivated, forward-looking, well-organized, deeply honest and compassionate coach that is fascinated by the humanity and the colorful cultures around our planet. I´m easy in empathizing with others – may they be people from different cultures or my coaching clients. Thanks to my inherent synaesthesia I´m able to feel the small nuances of human minds and have a 6th sense for energies.
My aim is to provide clarity in complex and confusing situations or relationships to my clients. By using conversation strategies and Brain Gym® exercises I work on deleting blockades in mind and energy flow in order to enable my clients to access their potential.
I find it very important to have a positive and trustful relationship to the people I live and work with. I value my network of clients, partners and colleagues all over the world and spend many efforts to cherish it as well as I can.
I am a former gymnastic athlete and have become a passionate yogi over the last years. Since my childhood these sports (in case we call yoga “sport”) have shown me that mental well-being and clarity in brain is directly related to physical activity.
I am also a nature-loving wife of a Javanese artist and the mother of 2 adorable German-Indonesian princesses that we raise with the heritage of 2 cultures and in 4 languages. I have a soft spot for spirituality and love getting lost in stories that are told in books and art.
My education and professional experience
I graduated in Business Management (BA) and Communication Psychology (MA) and completed a University based course in Intercultural Business Communication.
For more than 15 years I have lived in Indonesia. I researched about Javanese culture, organized cultural programs for the Goethe-Institute Jakarta and worked many years for the development aid program of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in different regions of Indonesia.
Since 2012 I have provided cross-cultural training and coaching to teams and individuals of companies, humanitarian organizations and universities in Indonesia.
Since 2012, I have been studying Touch For Health and in 2016 I completed Brain Gym® 101 that enables me to work as Brain Gym® Therapist.
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Why am I doing this?
While having lived in a completely different culture for many years I have learned one most important thing: If you are at one with yourself, you can meet any rocky challenge that life throws on your path.
The problem when living abroad is – unfortunately – that while facing people that are communicating from a completely different reality and while living in a foreign environment we are easily stressed and definitely not calm and at “one with ourselves”.
For many years, I also had lost that connection to my inner voice. Newly married with a newborn baby and after I just had settled into the home village of my Javanese husband in the suburbs of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, I developed a lot of stress. Facing the requirements demanded by a foreign culture and the pressure to adapt to a system that often didn´t make sense to me caused that I somehow lost my identity.
Everyday I got up with the feeling of confusion.
All day I struggled to bridge the gap between that what I wished for me and my young family and the reality that was around.
Every night I went to bed sadly and was longing for home – although I knew that this was a term that has become difficult to explain.
Shortly after, I was so exhausted that I got sick. Not “just” moody, but physically sick: Bad and heavy colds, Typhoid, sudden high fever, painful infections – for months. Not to speak of that mental stress and lingering anxiety that just did not disappear. I was everything but NOT one with myself. And actually, I didn´t know at all what or who I was…
Strangely enough, at that point I could not recall the fascination for this exotic culture and nature that made me leaving my home country and that I had experienced in the years before…
But I got help. My sister who studied Kinesiology brought me back in balance. She helped me in getting rid of mental blockades that prevented me from enjoying life and from literally seeing the treasure, my exotic life, that I was sitting on. By using simple exercises of Brain Gym® and working with the meridians I could regain my strength, create a positive mindset and find back to my year-long missed love for life.
I was so fascinated by this! Curing physical and mental health problems, bringing me from the very bottom to a shiny balance “only” with some targeted exercises, structured mind work and balances of the invisible field of energy… Amazing!
Brain and body with its invisible yet present energy field is a fascinating kind of thing.
So, I channeled my fascination by learning the science of Kinesiology and Brain Gym® myself. I deepened my knowledge about our brain, its parts and how we can activate and connect them. I learned about human energies, about meridians and chakras, about mindfulness and positivity.
I realized that these methods are a perfect support when we have to learn, take different perspectives, deal with out-of-the-comfort-zone experiences and develop new skills – all things that are constantly demanded of us when living and working abroad.
That´s why I combined all this wisdom with my academic knowledge of psychology and intercultural communication, enriched it with my year-long experiences and up-to-date scientific findings and created a customized consultation for you: Passionate people that live and work abroad.