Inspire Beyond

The first time Gert-Jan de Hoon consciously chose a destination in his life was after his study. He decided in 1991 to travel by train from Holland to Beijing in China. From this moment onward a journey of discovery started, which would take him all over the world. From Uganda in Africa, back to China, Pakistan, Nepal and India. A wilderness guide course in Canada and a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.


By sharing his inspirational story he takes his audience on a journey of awareness and how to be the director of your own life. Someone who is the director of his/her life, embraces the past (knows his/her path) and has a clear idea of his/her destination. These are necessary conditions to live in the present. Sometimes you need to step away from yourself, from your daily life to see who you are and how you live.

A pilgrim's passport tells the story of the path of the pilgrim
A pilgrim's passport tells the story of the path of the pilgrim

Gert-Jan walked the pilgrim’s way in Spain several times and he learned that the road is the destination. After walking 2500 km he unraveled the secret of ‘the camino’. As a personal coach, he now uses the camino as a metaphor for the path of life.


In the immense vastness of nature in Canada he learned the difference between being alone and being lonely. He experienced the smallness of life and that we are part of something bigger. On his discovery he also experienced it is easier to walk towards something, than away from it.


When we look back at the path we came, we can understand a lot about ourselves. How do we do the things in life? Why do we do them this way? Here we can find answers how to self direct our life again. When we look ahead and dream, what would you like to achieve in your life, who would you like to be?


In a capturing lecture, Gert-Jan takes you on a journey of exploration and invites you to muse about yourself and where you are in life: Are you happy or would you like to choose a new direction? Gert-Jan is a most engaging storyteller, he inspires beyond and he captures his audience with the lessons from his life and adventures around the world.


Inspire Beyond talks:

  • Be your true self - walking your own life path
  • Create your own reality - journey of awareness, a personal story
  • Experiences of a pilgrim - a tale of walking the camino (in winter)
  • Tailor made lectures for organizations


To learn more about how Gert-Jan can help your company, organization or team with his presentations,