Jaap is director of NAOS Institute, a training and therapy centre in London. He specializes in group dynamics and collective wisdom as expressed in his book World Wide We (2004). He trains supervisors, executive coaches and leaders both in the UK and abroad. He also counsels individuals and couples in the UK.
Jaap lived for many years in Amsterdam and there he received his primary training through an internship with Thale Bout, one of the first successful personal development trainers in the Netherlands.
From the 90’s onwards he studied Buddhism for three years with several teachers. In1999, he published a cookbook to ‘awaken’ the stomach, The Tao of Mashed Potatoes.
Between 2003 and 2008 he travelled extensively around the world to visit sacred places and meet teachers. He has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and in Religious Studies and is also an accredited Interfaith Minister.
Personal quote: “There is neither destiny, nor free will.” Ramana Maharshi