Q. WHO ARE YOU?
A. Here is the short version. I am a Soul Whisperer, a Business Doula - my clients words - and the author of The Wonderfully Weird Woman's Manual. A mother, wife, 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 happily lazy 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 as consultant and manager with Big Boys Brands like KLM and Fortis Bank or idealistic brands like GreenWish.
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 and code 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. WHO ARE YOUR CLIENTS?
A. My clients are from over 67 different countries. They live all over the globe, in big cities and tiny villages, at the sea, in the mountains . . .
. . . and they are amazing.
They are entrepreneurs, wonderfully weird women, who have families, live by themselves or travel the world. They long to find a way to become successful in what they . Successful on their own terms!
Some are entrepreneurs with established business. Some are just starting out. Some are well-known, many will be well-known, either by their soul clients or because of the boks they are writing or because they are leading a tribe that grows day by day.
My clients long to co-create big changes, or to take a small step towards big change. To go from feeling stuck, indecisive and perfectionistic to that wonderful state of flow and ease, where it feels like they are the ones who are in control. Or to step into that very important next level.
While remaining fully aligned to their wonderful weirdness and their Soul's Purpose.
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.
Read their recommendations
Q. WHAS YOUR BED A PROVERBIAL BED OF 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?
Q. What did you study and what kind of work have you done?
EDUCATION 1987- 2017
* B-School Marketing New York
with Marie Forleo Online marketing for business owners
*MoMA new York
Art & Activity Strategies for Engaging with Art
* Penn State University
Creativity, Innovation & Change
* Coaching In Culture
* 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
Q. WHERE DID YOU WORK?
THIS IS MY WORK EXPERIENCE
(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
Read the more complete list on Linkedin
Q. WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
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 and a cat, calles Lenny Bernstein who - very cat like - treats us like servants. 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. IS YOUR NAME REALLY DE CHARON DE SAINT GERMAIN?
A. Yes, that's my real name.
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.