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MHIJ

I am Marleen (32), an experienced Marketeer with an MSc in Business & Consumer Psychology, a passionate advocate for sustainable living, as well as a trained Astrologer with an eagerness to understand what makes people tick. I am outgoing, empathic, creative, endlessly curious, and always dig deep to find the real answer behind the answer. My friends pride me on my integrity and perseverance when the going gets tough. I live in The Hague, The Netherlands, together with my partner and our furry friend Jara. With Grounding Green, I hope to show you a truly conscious, authentic and heartfelt way of being.

The long read

Hey there! My name is Marleen IJsselmuiden – founder of Grounding Green. When you're considering learning with someone, it's always helpful to know where they're coming from, so you can contextualize their teachings and determine whether they're a good fit for you. Let me therefore give you a brief introduction to my life.

I currently reside in The Hague, The Netherlands – internationally known as the city of peace and justice as well as the city by the sea – and I guess I’ve been bitten by its bug during the past ten years. I’m in my early thirties, and share a 1938-apartment with my partner and our furry friend, comedian and life teacher: Jara. We’ve been renovating our home, and I just love to let my creativity loose on this project – whilst at the same time respecting the soul of the house that has stood the test of time.

I spent my youth in a village wannabe city in the center of the country, where many people still go to church every Sunday, and decisions are made on the basis of what the neighbors would do. I have always been fascinated by how people function and how we are constantly influenced by external components. From that perspective, this was the perfect breeding ground for my investigations. For high school projects, I chose to research such topics as the prejudices Dutch people have towards Germans, and how the Nazis managed to sweep up so many through their insanely coordinated propaganda efforts. But as you might’ve guessed, I couldn’t wait to get out of this place and explore the world...

So I did. I got my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Hospitality Management, which introduced me to tourism and travel. I visited 24 countries across the globe – ranging from Thailand to the U.S.A., from Norway to Japan, and from Australia to Italy. I also did a half year internship behind the front desk of a five-star luxury hotel in the always buzzing city of London. Many more hotel jobs followed, where I would experience all the strangeness our humankind is.

Believe it or not, but I ended up working as an online marketeer at a corporate law firm. It was my job to promote the company, essentially making some of the wealthiest of our society even richer. Whilst it was a valuable learning experience, at some point, I just couldn't sell this idea to myself anymore. Probably no coincidence, but at around the same time I took off on a path of deep personal development. I had to discover what else there was to life and what role I could play within it. Hence I quit my well-paying job and became a student once more – this time to get my scientific master’s degree in Marketing and Consumer Psychology at the University of Amsterdam.

My change then accelerated. I started to meet like-minded people. Rebels like myself, who would ask critical questions to get to the bottom of things, and didn’t accept stuff at face value. I joined the global student organization ‘Enactus’, and would dip my toes into social entrepreneurship.

I started becoming way more mindful of my own unsustainable behaviors, that included travelling, shopping and constantly meeting up with friends over drinks. These activities sound incredibly innocent and fun to do, and in a way that’s true – in moderation. For me – and I now know that this is the case for many people – it was an escape from the unrest I felt within. I was so hungry for novelty, that there was no time for rest and reflection. There was no time for facing the traumas that had been passed onto me from generations and generations back. Even when I quit these unsustainable behaviors, I became addicted to an eco-friendly lifestyle instead. Riding along on my moral high horse, I would blame and shame everyone for not having seen the same green light as me.

I guess at some point, something deep inside of me clicked. When I uncovered what drives people to truly live sustainably as well what barriers they encounter in doing so for my thesis, my entire world view shifted. I became very disillusioned, because I had just found that the majority of people living a sustainable lifestyle do so with various forms of selfish motives. I couldn’t believe it: did that mean we were doomed as a species? I refused to accept that answer. Thank heavens I didn’t.

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JARA

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It was the first of many 'ego deaths' to follow, which became a portal for deep transformation. Since the world didn't make logical, rational sense to me anymore, I opened myself up to studying various ancient spiritual teachings. Stuff that I would've previously described as 'woo-woo'. I dipped my toes into Buddhism, Taoism, Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga, Tarot, Energy Healing, Past Life Regressions, Ayurveda, Herbalism, Crystals, Numerology, Family Constellations and so much more. Some of it stuck around, and some of it didn't.

However, what most profoundly grasped my attention were Astrology and Human Design. I slowly learned to see that our Earth and the Universe share an intricate connection that goes far beyond wat our minds can grasp: "as above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul" (Hermes Trismegistus). After being confronted with my own charts, my curiosity was enormously piqued and I eventually completed a year-long course to become a professional Astrologer. Alongside, I kept finding my way back to Ra Uru Hu's Human Design teachings, which I could easily study for hours on end.

So here we are, at the root of all these life experiences and efforts. Through my work as the forewoman of Grounding Green, I hope to show you how to reawaken to your authentic self, the natural world, and the skies above – just like I have done for myself.

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LIKES

  • Cuddles with Jara
  • Everything creative & design
  • Digging deeper into the unknown
  • Living life on my own terms
  • Drawing inspiration from other people & the natural world
  • Radical honesty & integrity

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DISLIKES

  • Inequality & taking advantage of other people and animals
  • Getting blamed for pointing out where it hurts
  • Starting something new without understanding why we're doing it
  • Stuck in the same place for too long
Marleen IJsselmuiden
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Marleen IJsselmuiden

Founder of Grounding Green

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What's in the name?

‘Grounding Green’, it’s an alliteration that I thought was fun, but my intention behind this company name was so much more than just that. It is the training that encourages understanding, the conscious awareness we all have access to, our sense of reliable footing in this world and our ultimate reason for being. It is also prosperity as guided by nature, a force of renewal, the love for ourselves and others, as well as that which calms us down and guides us back home. It is my hope that with Grounding Green’s efforts many people can lay strong groundworks for their ongoing well-being in balance with all of life. Let’s break it down, piece by piece. I'll take you on a journey that sheds light on Grounding Green's overarching business philosophy.

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