Who am I? Ask me anything! Your Q’s & my A’s

 Q. Who are you?

A. Here is the short version. I am a Soul Whisperer and the author of The Wonderfully Weird Woman's Manual. A mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. A Searcher and Finder.

I am Wonderfully Weird. An introverted catalyst, a loud-mouthed introvert, a Highly Sensitive Person who happens to be a very intuitive empath.  A buyer of way-too-many art supplies, a quick-witted, very smart creator, a buddhist practitioner.

I am also an Artist, Art Historian, Certified Transformational Coach and Counselor who lives and works on an old farm in the North of the Netherlands. I’ve got a 25 + year track record in the field of International Culture, Arts & Design and in the Big Boys Brands, as a consultant, coach and manager.

I know the online business world like the back of my hand and I'm sort of a new media freak - I can make websites with my eyes closed.

I love opera with bad endings, hot jasmin tea… and art (with a passion!) chocolate, books, drawing, red lipstick, long philosophic talks, laughter attacks and shoes.

Q. Was you’re life a bed of proverbial roses

A. No. it was not.

Though I’m very happy and content, my life has not always been sunshine and pink candy. During that long period of depression there was no clarity, happiness or purpose in my life. Read about my Happiness Road here.

But this dark period generously provided me with all the compassion and love I need to really help others who need the clarity to step in their own beautiful light.

Q. What are your accomplishments? What did you study and what kind of work have you done?

EDUCATION 1987- 2014
* B-School Marketing New York
with Marie Forleo (proud alumni!)Online marketing for business owners
*MoMA new York
Art & Activity Strategies for Engaging with Art
* Penn State University
Creativity, Innovation & Change
* Coaching In Culture
Life Coach 
 * Academy for Coaching & Councelling
Certified Transformational Coach & Counselor
* Universitas Andalas (Padang, Indonesia) and University of Leiden
Indonesian Language and Culture
* University of Amsterdam
MA Art History
MA Communication Science
* ARTEZ Institute of the Arts
 Architectural Design

(at least some of it...) 1993 – 2016

* Dutch TV VPRO
Program Production in the Netherlands and Indonesia
* European Union & Dutch Institute for Design
International Project Communication (with Royal Academy of Arts London, Domus Academy Milano, Vienna, Amsterdam)
* Total Identity/Total Design Agency for Branding and Design
Content Management & Communication for Brands like ING Banking, Fortis Banking, Dutch Ministeries, KLM and many more.
* International Art Gate Foundation
Organizer and curator International Art Exhibitions in the Netherlands, Australia, and Indonesia.
* dECharon consultancy & communication / groot Hart communicatie Identity I Design I Branding
I am a solopreneur since 2002. My clients were City Councils of Amsterdam, Haarlem and Utrecht, Dutch Design Institute, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Pastoe furniture, New Media Institute, Community Institutes,   
Art Council, Dutch Architecture Fund, GreenWish, Red Cross, Rabobank, Liesbeth van der Pol architects and many more ... 
* Esther de Charon de Saint Germain, Soul Whisperer
 since 2014
Read the more complete list on Linkedin

Q. Where have you lived? Where do live now?

A. I have lived in Yogyakarta and Padang Indonesia, The Hague, and Arnhem and for over 25 years in the centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Since 2009 I live in a tiny village in the rural part of the Netherlands, in the province of Drenthe. (near the largest Hunebed of Europe!) It is a village of 129, mainly farmers families who have lived here for many generations.


Q. Who are your loved ones?

A. I am married to Rik Hoving, who is a custom car historian, designer, and the author of books and a huge amount of research on custom cars. We have an 12 year old son called Abe (which is not short for Abraham but a Frisian name that is pronounced something like ‘Ahbu’) 

Don’t get me started on explaining how much I love Rik and Abe, because it will take up all the space on my website.

Anyway, there is a English Cocker Spaniel, called Yara. We live and work in an old farm in the middle of the farm fields. We (try to) grow our own organic vegetables. Although we still miss city life, we adore being surrounded by nature (told you there is no such thing as perfection in happiness!)

 Q. Who are your clients?

A. My clients are from United Kingdom, Norway, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Belgium, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Iceland  and New Zealand, they live all over the globe
...and they are amazing.

They are entrepreneurs, have day jobs or somewhere in between. They long to co-create big changes, or they take a small step towards big change. They are smart - really smart - sensitive, and have a gazillion ideas, passions and interests.  

Somehow they decided to come home to their Soul. They said “Enough is enough, I need change in order to move forward. Real Change.

That took guts. And heaps of self-love. 

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Q. Tell me about your name why is it: de Charon de Saint Germain?

A. About 5 centiliter of ‘real Dutch blood’ runs through my veins.My father is from Indonesia, he was born in the time when Indonesia was a Dutch colony called the “Dutch Indies”. Meaning we are ‘Indo’s’.

After the Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve in 1572 the French Huguenot family de Charon de Saint Germain fled from France to the Netherlands. From there they traveled to the former Dutch Indies.

Pretty soon my great grandmother (this part of the story depends on whom tells the story) had an affair with an Indonesian prince (or maybe he was a gardener). Out of wedlock she got a beautiful brown skinned baby and that’s where I come from.

My mother is half Swiss, and I was brought up with the idea that everybody on this earth is first a human being, than a cosmopolite and only than a inhabitant of a country.