About Maria

I will guide you to return to your deepest core and to remember who you are. I help you to connect with your heart to discover who you really are who you really want to be in your life. I do this through writing, videos, lectures, workshopsmeditation and coaching.

I grew up in a small village named Zwaagdijk, 40 kilometers north of Amsterdam. I had a peaceful and happy childhood, like it should be. At a certain moment, I realized that I wanted to get more out of myself and my life. This brought me to  a search for myself. .

I changed my small village Zwaagdijk for the “world city” of Amsterdam. A new world opened up for me. During and after my studies I focused on a sales career, with successful results. Furthermore, I discovered my enormous passion for personal development.

The first, big seminar I visited was  UPW (Unleash the Power Within) of  Anthony Robbins in Rome. This changed every part of my life, in every aspect. I immediately acquired a taste for these seminars and participated in many afterwards. I did different studies, among which NLP Practitioner and NLP Master. The more I studied, the more I felt that I had to spread my wisdom.

Testimonials Book ‘Quarterlife Challenge’

I obtained new and fresh ideas, thanks to the practices and wise words of Maria. I discovered what are my most important values and what blocks me in realizing my objectives.’

Willemijn van der KolkCo-owner Pônch

Maria did careful and thorough work for you to get the best out of your life. Her story is powerful because it’s so personal. You can learn from her, because she had the experience herself. This voluminous book therefore is easy to read. Like the wise life story of a good friend!

Huub van ZwietenOwner Talent First

What a fantastic book, a feast of recognition. This book leaves other books in the area of personal growth and success far behind, thanks to its accessibility and practical usability. It’s quick to read and invites to be read again several times, and especially to be used as workbook. Thanks to the practical exercises you can discover what you really want in your life and what makes you really happy.

Marlies van der PuttenOwner: QualityContact

After studying, I started my own company. Despite first successes, I remained with doubts from time to time. Which way do I want to go with my company, what is my goal and where to focus on? Am I not too young? Do I have enough experience? These were questions I asked myself as a young, starting entrepreneur. Maria’s book really helped me to obtain a clear objective and focus, but also self-confidence to go after my goal and dreams! It’s an inspiring book on my bedside table, and often travels with me in my bag to consult it and get inspired.

Cindy Koeman

The book Quarterlife Challenge is the best medicine against choice stress. Maria shows with practical exercises, personal stories and useful tips how you can make your dreams come true as Quarterlifer. After reading the book, you know what to do to live life as you’d like it. Maria writes in a pure personal and smooth way. For this very reason, reading the book goes very quickly and you directly want to start. Though the book is especially meant for Quarterlifers, the book is very recommendable for any other who wants to make his/her dreams come true. Get the best out of yourself and buy this wonderful book.

Kees KortmulderEntrepreneur, Trainer, Consultant

In the first instance, I was a bit skeptical, but after I started, I couldn’t stop reading. This book changed my way of thinking and opened my eyes. I can achieve more than I thought. And that’s where I go for now! I deserve more than what I always thought.

Lorraine SerraEntrepreneur and Mother

Living my Dreams!

In April 2013 I published my first book ‘Quarterlife Challenge – learn what you want in 20 days’. In this book I describe my own coaching model, the POWER technique.

Which resulted in the book ‘Is it an opportunity or a setback?’. Which I published in March 2014, together with 29 different successful people, on the initiative of Robert Benninga. Including: Robert Benninga himself, Peter Faber, Huub van Zwieten, Arko van Berkel and Roy Martina.

I lived my dreams! Writing, speaking, coaching, even run the New York Marathon, collect 6000 euros for the  Cliniclowns, a mailbox full of compliments and happy people.

Despite all these nice things, I sometimes experienced a certain feeling of loneliness. I felt a calling to go on a spiritual journey. Without knowing where this would lead to.

My Spiritual Journey

My spiritual journey brought me to an Ayahuasca ceremony in Amsterdam. My first Ayahuasca experience was a pure awakening, which changed my life again completely. So much wisdom and downloads I received! I didn’t even know this was possible. For a long time, I didn’t know what I was looking for, but in my first Ayahuasca experience I found the answer. I searched for unconditional, Divine Love – which we all are. Briefly: Myself! From that moment I knew who I was. 

Again, a whole new world that opened up to me. A world with infinite love and possibilities. Still, what can I do with all this? I didn’t know, and I asked the Universe for help.

At that moment a mentor appeared on my path. An, up to that moment, unknown men approached me on Facebook. He received my nickname ‘Mariette Schouten’ already for a few days during meditation. Something he never experienced before. Miracles still happen!

This mentor taught me a special and visual medication technique that provides insight about what is going on in your sub consciousness. That helped me to discover a new calling!

Once again I observed during meditations: myself, my greatness, my soul mission. I could hardly believe this was about me. Here, I understood the statement of Marianne Williamson: ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.’

About Maria

I will guide you to return to your deepest core and to remember who you are. I help you to connect with your heart to discover who you really are who you really want to be in your life. I do this through writing, videos, lectures, workshopsmeditation and coaching.

I grew up in a small village named Zwaagdijk, 40 kilometers north of Amsterdam. I had a peaceful and happy childhood, like it should be. At a certain moment, I realized that I wanted to get more out of myself and my life. This brought me to  a search for myself. .

I changed my small village Zwaagdijk for the “world city” of Amsterdam. A new world opened up for me. During and after my studies I focused on a sales career, with successful results. Furthermore, I discovered my enormous passion for personal development.

The first, big seminar I visited was  UPW (Unleash the Power Within) of  Anthony Robbins in Rome. This changed every part of my life, in every aspect. I immediately acquired a taste for these seminars and participated in many afterwards. I did different studies, among which NLP Practitioner and NLP Master. The more I studied, the more I felt that I had to spread my wisdom.

Self-Realisation

It was in this meditation that I received, time after time, that it was time to bear my birth name ‘Maria Johanna’. Also Mother Ayahuasca and all guides/healers who I met during my inner journey pointed out that it was time to bear my birth name. But how to do that all at once? Just change your name… That feels rather strange?

I surrendered to life and I completely focused on this process. This lead me to  acceptation of who I really am and love of the self on a deep level.

Back to my Roots

I already felt that I had to leave my house and even my city. Where to go? I had no idea… Therefore, I rented my house in Amsterdam and I was brought back to my roots. I arrived at the place Wervershoof. If I translate this to English, it’s called ‘Wanderers-head’, I said to myself. I made a Wanderer of myself, more or less. It felt as if this was even further from ‘home’. As if I had outgrown my roots… Still it had to be so.

There I was surprised by getting a tooth ache… The Dutch word ‘tooth’, means ‘choose’. So symbolic! A tooth ache to choose my real names. At the moment, when even my body indicated I had to choose for my birth names, I took the step. In July 2014 I adopted my names ‘Maria Johanna‘.

Adopting my birth names took me directly to Bali. Which is the womb of the earth. The perfect place to be and for re-birth. I felt directly at home. From that place, I brought life to Maria Johanna and I helped people via Skype to encounter the path inside through visions meditation. That was a success from the first day on. This way I could live and work wherever and whenever I wanted, and also work from within my heart, full of love and compassion. 

Retreats

On Bali my visions meditations made I arrived in India. In my meditation I met a woman, Shiva Shakti, who spoke to me. I had never heard from her before. But when I arrived in Tiruvannamalai (India), I understood that both Shiva (male) as well as Shakti (female) are important in Hinduism. I experienced a lot of synergy on this journey. Most bizarre was to discover there where many ‘Mariette’-statures and even temples where ‘Mariette‘ was worshiped. My parental nickname, and I was being called to this place.

Back in the Netherlands my house experienced like a hotel room and I quickly returned to Bali. There I received the calling to organize Retreats. I still do this. A week in a beautiful surroundings to get totally back to yourself. This can be Life-Changing for the participants.

The first, big seminar I visited was  UPW (Unleash the Power Within) of  Anthony Robbins in Rome. This changed every part of my life, in every aspect. I immediately acquired a taste for these seminars and participated in many afterwards. I did different studies, among which NLP Practitioner and NLP Master. The more I studied, the more I felt that I had to spread my wisdom.

Ayahuasca Ceremonies

Thanks to my video on YouTube about my first Ayahuasca experience, I encountered Ramon Geurts of  Om-Mij on my path. There was a direct click, which resulted in organizing  Ayahuasca Ceremonies together. Within 5 days our 3-day ceremony was completely booked. Nowadays, we started at a new location in the middle of nature and peace. According to me ‘The best place to participate in an Ayahuasca ceremony. You are very welcome to participate. 

The first, big seminar I visited was  UPW (Unleash the Power Within) of  Anthony Robbins in Rome. This changed every part of my life, in every aspect. I immediately acquired a taste for these seminars and participated in many afterwards. I did different studies, among which NLP Practitioner and NLP Master. The more I studied, the more I felt that I had to spread my wisdom.

Life is Better then I could Imagine!

All these experiences of worldwide seminars, NLP, being an entrepreneur, the publishing of my book, giving trainings, coaching, my spiritual journey, self-hypnoses, diving into the soul, Ayahuasca ceremonies, the meditations, the retreats, the organizing of Ayahuasca ceremonies and adopting my birth names brought me to who I am now. I would never had expected  that my life is like it is today.