The Heroine’s Journey of Esther Kaijim

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Make people feel better and aid their the healing journey

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect balance between being busy and rest. With time to learn, share, grow and be surrounded by people I love

What is my greatest fear? Loosing my health and feeling uninspired

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Criticism and judgement towards myself and others

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? A few. My Dance and Yoga teachers, my Thai Massage teachers. My dear friends and Reiki Masters, and of latest, Kambo master and teacher Karen Uma Kanya Darke.

What is my greatest extravagance? A new Thai Massage mat

On what occasion would I lie? Saying I am ok, when am not… to not disappoint others. That my own physical body gets tired and painful.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? After I feel I gave to most honest, humble treatment with loving kindness and/or held space without any ego.

If I could, what would I change about myself? More discipline and commitment to a daily self practise

What is my greatest achievement in work? Its not about achieving anything, but when I give my best and am fully present, I feel good!

Where would I most like to live? Good question, I have been a nomad for 4 years now…. Going between, London, Paris, Bali, India, and now Chiang Mai. All places have become my home, but I miss having a base.

What is my most treasured possession? Sad but true, my computer, It served me every day, sorting travel, research, getting clients etc etc and my essential oils!

What is my most marked characteristic? I am an optimistic ‘sunny’ person and I love looking after people.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? This can be anywhere in the world… somewhere I feel whole and in peace

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Any place vegan with great food!

What books influenced my life and how? None in particular, I love reading but can’t think of any books… Its mostly people that have influenced my life

Who are my favorite writers? Again don’t have a favourite… Many and all in their own right

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Nessi Gomes, I love her music… but again, there are more and it changes

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My dear friends, who love and support me always, from afar and close by.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? I love French movies, no favourite but in general, French psychological drama’s are my favourite

What role plays art in my life and work? I was a dancer, so art around me is important, the beauty and language of movement, freedom of expression, attention to detail. I try to live as an artist even when am not dancing professionally anymore.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Mmmm, I feel very supported by my dear friend Jenny Bigio

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? I work alone, but I love collaborating. Would love to organise a retreat with some dear friends, offering Yoga, movement/dance, bodywork, Kambo…. That is my dream!

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? Inspiring people, to learn from and share with.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? Building my Kambo practise and continue to grow in my Thai and Abdominal Massage practice

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? Chiang Mai, Bali (Ubud) and India (Auroville). Then in 2018 I’ll be on the move again, Laos, India, Bali, Thailand and who knows where else.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion=learning…so staying open to learn and grow is infinite

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?  Rachel Ellery (friend and wonderful osteopath and anatomy teacher)

How can you contact me? (new website on its way in a few weeks)

What follows is a message of Peter de Kuster,  the founder of the Heroine’s Journey

What is Your Story?

One Day Tour with Peter de Kuster  in the greatest bookstores of your favorite city. In Paris, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Berlin, London and Amsterdam we offer this unique What is your Story? experience.  To (re) write your story about yourself and your work. In the process transforming your capacity to successfully have the creative life and work you love. 

In this journey, Peter de Kuster,  founder of The Heroine’s Journey explores with you the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves — and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our creative business and life.

“Your story is your art, your art is your story,” says Peter. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories — of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about our creative challenges, our art, our clients, our money, our self promotion, our time, our families and relationships, our health; about what we want and what we’re capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we’re telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them — and, in turn, transform our very destinies.

Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories, says Peter, are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing. First, he asks you to answer the question, “In which areas of my creative life and business is it clear that I cannot achieve my goals with the story I’ve got?” He then shows you how to create new, reality-based stories that inspire you to action, and take you where you want to go both in your work and personal life.

Our capacity to tell stories is one of our profoundest gifts. Peter’s approach to creating deeply engaging stories will give you the tools to wield the power of storytelling and forever change your creative business and life.

Become a great Storyteller

That’s why I set up What is your Story? service in the great cities of the world and their great bookstores. A new way to use the power of your story.  To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening but often elusive works of literature, both past and present, the books of fiction that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.

In two days with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with books so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to books that can put their finger on what you want to rewrite in your story, the feelings that you may often have had but perhaps never understood so clearly before; books that open new perspectives and re-enchant the world for you.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your session and you’ll be given an instant story advice and books to read to take away. Your full story advice and books to read list will follow within a couple of days.


What Can I Expect?

Here’s an outline of the WHAT IS YOUR STORY? journey.

Journey Outline


  • What is your Story?
  • Are you even trying to tell a Story?
  • Old Stories  (stories about you, your art, your clients, your money, your self promotion, your happiness, your health)
  • Tell your current Story
  • Is this Really Your Story?


  • The Premise of your Story. The Purpose of your Life and Art
  • The words on your tombstone
  • You ultimate mission, out loud
  • The Seven Great Plots
  • The Twelve Archetypal Heroines
  • The One Great Story
  • Purpose is Never Forgettable
  • Questioning the Premise
  • Lining up
  • Flawed Alignment, Tragic Ending
  • The Three Rules in Storytelling
  • Write Your New Story


  • Turning your story into action
  • The Story Effect
  • Story Ritualizing
  • The Storyteller and the art of story
  • The Power of Your Story
  • Storyboarding your creative process
  • They Created and Lived Happily Ever After


The “What is your Story?” one day fee is Euro 995 excluding VAT per person

Questions? Contact Peter de Kuster at 0031 6 33661772 or mail him at



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