I’m Els Cokelaere, born on the 12th of August 1980.
As I did not find a job immediately, I decided to pick up some language and work experience by working with elderly people in Bournemouth, UK. This helped me to decide that I would study again. The sayings that helped me take the leap were the following:
“Man cannot discover new oceans, unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”
“ Life is like a wild tiger. You can either lie down and let it lay its paw on your head – or sit on its back and ride it.”
Ride the wild tiger
Social worker (2004)
I had a lot of temporary jobs working in different kinds of places and I definitely learned a lot from these experiences.
Agricultural tourism (2007)
I took this step without exactly knowing what I would do with this experience in the future but it did give me a good feeling. This experience is now turning out to be very useful.
Agricultural farmer (2012)
During my education as a centering practitioner, I worked part-time and took the opportunity to also study agricultural farming.
Centering practitioner (2013)
I’m a person who likes to learn and explore new visions. Visions provide me with better insight into who I am and also as to how I can better place myself to help people. A person is a lot more capable to help others if they know and acknowledge their own weaknesses and pitfalls. It is equally as important to accept your strengths, qualities and talents. I believe the acceptance of your own strengths is sometimes harder to achieve than admitting your own weaknesses. That is what I’ve personally learned.
Centering practitioner / coaching
As a centering practitioner I coach people, in a room next to the B&B, to help them discover their talents and qualities.