“While working as a coach and in secondary education, as a teacher, student supervisor, mentor and confidant, we increasingly received questions and comments from young adults.” 

🌱 Who am I?

🌱 What do I want to do with my life?

🌱 Why am I so anxious?

🌱 Am I good enough?

Through our GET TO KNOW YOURSELF experiences we invite you to step out of your daily routine and get back to nature with like-minded people and explore what makes YOU tick. 

During the week we will help you find the answers you’ve been looking for while strengthening your dreams and aspirations and allowing you to take the next step on your life journey.

Our programs have been composed and constructed with care. Through exercise, yoga, relaxation and coaching exercises you will challenge yourself, expand your comfort zone and take on new, incredible challenges.


🌱 To clarify where you are now. 

🌱 To visualise where you want to go. 

🌱 To confirm how you are going to get there.

Being in nature will help to calm and clear your mind and enable you to think far more creatively. Getting back to basics is also a great way to learn more about yourself!


It’s for people aged between 16 – 24 years (approximately) who can relate to some of the words above and want to develop themselves in nature with small groups of like-minded people in a carefully composed program full of positivity and light.


🍀 We provide a safe setting and professional guidance.

🍀 Course starts: Sunday, 23 June, 2024 at 5 pm

🍀 Course ends: Friday, 28 June 2024 at approximately 10 am


🌱 Professional guidance by Maarten de Vos (sports, yoga and breathing teacher and coach) and Kirsten de Bruin (pedagogue, teacher, yoga teacher and coach)

🌱 An introduction by one of us

🌱 Daily, back to basic experiences, movement, yoga, coaching for personal development, collaboration, challenging exercises, assignments and fun.

🌱 A 5 night stay in your own tent on a beautiful Hidden Valley on the south west coast of Portugal (near Aljezur).

🌱 Fresh vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between)

🌱 A welcome gift


*Early Bird prices: €777 (until may 1st, 2024, then €888)


🌱Trip to Portugal (flight to Faro, bus to Lagos, there w’ll pick you up)

🌱 Travel insurance

🌱 Aftercare (online or in person)



Join us on Portugal’s west coast from 23 – 28 June 2024.


🌱 What can I expect from this week?

That you will learn a lot about yourself. You may experience challenges that take you further in your ideas about yourself and the world around you. You will do assignments with the group, but also individually or together with a smaller group. It is a week full of exercise, yoga, relaxation and fun. In addition, you will be given exercises that will help you further highlight and discover your personality. In the program we invite you to fully be who you are.

🌱 Is this something for me?

If you want to learn about yourself and are open to stretching your comfort zone, then this is definitely for you. It’s about being curious about who you really are.

🌱 I’ve never been away alone?

That’s no problem, which might be a lot of fun if you do this together with a good friend. We are here to make you feel at ease. From experience (we have been working with people for more than 20 years) we see that this happens when the ice is broken in the group. We will take care of this upon arrival.

🌱 Am I too young or too old?

Your age is a given, but if you feel that you want to do this and you are younger or older than 16 or 24, this is no problem. During the week you will notice that age does not matter. Everyone has similar or even the same challenges and talents on their path.

🌱 I suffer from anxiety and tension, can I participate?

This might be a reason to participate. We take all your considerations seriously. We have seen that dealing with these tensions and fears in a safe setting can help you move forward.

🌱 What should I bring for this week?

You will receive a packing list after registration.

🌱 What should my experience be?

Experience is not necessary. You are completely welcome just the way you are.

🌱How do I get to your place?

You can fly from the Netherlands to Faro. a bus stops there that takes you to Lagos. You can arrange this in advance. we will pick you up there. It is also possible that, if several arrive at the same time, we will pick you up at the airport in Faro.

🌱 Where do I sleep?

You sleep in your tent that you brought with you. We have a valley here where you can be in the middle of nature. Here you can also go to the toilet and shower.

🌱What if I don’t have camping gear?

Then you can always rent it from us. This also applies to a mat and sleeping bag.

🌱Do I have to arrange my own food?

No, we provide all meals and snacks in between.


We also understand that you would like to have a chat before registering. Of course that is always possible!

Maarten +31649289139

Kirsten +31649289138


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For further information or questions please  contact:

Maarten +31649289139 or Kirsten +31649289138


Their approach automatically ensures high motivation and therefore high effectiveness. They assess and responds to your needs and bring you into contact with different insights and perspectives, confronts you with your own assumptions and adjusts them where necessary. This opens ad interactive approach has helped me very well in finding my own role and identity at my new school. So I can highly recommend it”! -Frank-

“I found the coaching sessions very friendly, open and clear. Thank you for your curiosity.” -Merlin-

“There was real contact during our conversation. The power of silence gave me the space to express myself.” -Sophie-

“When guiding students, she knows how to combine trust, safety and setting boundaries very well. Kirsten is pleasant to work with, knowledgeable in her field, she knows how to strike the right chord in conversations and is consistent and clear. A true professional!” -Jan-

“It was a very nice week. Maarten radiates calm and asks good questions. I noticed that he actively listens to what I tell him. This way I was able to respond to my request for help and felt supported.” -Leon –

“I liked the feeling of putting everything in order and giving myself direction in the process by asking clear questions and, above all, asking questions. You master the ability to direct and lead the conversation in a very calm manner; and to get someone like that and me to gain our own insights. You have so much going for you, in terms of work, family, hobbies and being a person. -Martijn-, team leader

“The most important insight I gained from Maarten’s approach is that I seem to get more energy with the exercises. And that I will have to move where there is resistance, there are opportunities for recovery.” -Ewald, independent entrepreneur-




We are Maarten and Kirsten and we live with our three children, Ronja, Lasse and Mika on a beautiful piece of land in a national park along the south-west coast of Portugal.

Maarten has worked in secondary education for 15 years as a teacher, student supervisor, mentor and confidant. He has also worked extensively in outdoor sports and works as a coach with young people and adults.

Kirsten is trained as a pedagogue teacher, yoga teacher and coach. She also worked in secondary education in educational support as a coach for 15 years.

A year ago we left our teaching jobs in Holland and moved our family to a rugged, pure piece of land we call ‘Hidden Valley’ to experience a new way of living, where our children can enjoy nature and nurture their own curiosity.

While we’ve been building our homestead we’ve also continued to work with teenagers and young adults. And the radical changes we’ve made in our own lives has helped us understand even more, some of the daily struggles that young people experience.

Many are searching for something and don’t know what it is they want or perhaps they feel like they are missing out on life which can cause unhappiness, low self-esteem and an unfulfilled life

Through our unique program our aim is to support young people and provide them with the tools they need, to discover who they really are and what they want to do in life.

*In addition to personal coaching, Maarten can also provide coaching within a school environment if required.