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Elien Herwig

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

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  • 45 Positive References
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish; learning French, German, Portuguese
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • Yoga teacher & Spanish teacher
  • Roman Languages&Cultures, Spanish te...
  • From Groningen, Netherlands
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About Me


Ama y haz lo que quieras! Love and do what you like!


"The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you." (Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now)

But, if you want to know something about my 'self created ego', here goes... ;)

I grew up in Holland, but in February 2007 I moved to Barcelona (Spain), because I'd fallen in love with the city. After 3,5 beautiful years there, I decided to move again, to Buenos Aires (September 2010).

"Choose a job that you like and you will never have to work again". I'm a Yoga teacher :)

Love to dance! I've practiced a lot of different dances, like streetdance (hip hop), salsa and some other latin dances. Basically, I enjoy any kind of music that makes me want to move.

I only eat vegetarian or vegan food. I prefer biological, regional products. If you're living in Bs As, check out:
http://iriarteverde.com.ar/ (for ecological food)
http://www.mercadopuntoverde.com.ar/ (for other ecological products)
http://elceiborsu.blogspot.com/ (to separate your garbage)

Love to hear or read about different philosophies and religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Tao, Christianity, Plato, Kant, Osho, etc.) and to find out every time again that they actually carry the same Truth.

I've had some great experiences with alternative healing methods like Shiatsu, Reiki and Bioresonance. That's why I would love to learn more about them.
Also very interested in Ayurveda.

UPDATE APRIL 2014: Living in Holland again!!!


Love and do what you like!
(Saint Augustine)

Treat other people the way you would want to be treated yourself (Kant).

All I know is that I don't know nothing (Socrates).

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I've hosted a couple of times, but right now I can't, because I don't have the facilities for it.


Received many friends in Barcelona and several couchsurfers. I also surfed a few couches myself, which has always been a great experience.


'Spirituality' (Yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, Mindfulness, Tantra, etc.); dancing (salsa, etc.); music; laughs; nature; beach; adventures; sauna; languages and cultures; reading; writing; photography; vegetarian/vegan/biologic food; theater; philosophy; psychology; going out; cats (and all other animals:)); going with the flow and letting life surprise me; and of course meeting people and exploring new places and different cultures (=TRAVELLING)...
I like being with others, but I also like being by myself.

Music, Movies & Books

For example:
- "A New Earth" and "The Power of Now", Eckhart Tolle.
- "Perfect Health", Deepak Chopra. (about Ayurveda)
- "The Healing Power of Illness", Rudiger Dahlke and Thorwald Dethlefsen.
- "Personal Power through Awareness", Sanaya Roman.

MUSIC: from Alternative to Zouk; latin, blues, soul, rock, jazz, reggae, r&b, classical music... Artists like Jorge Drexler, Bob Dylan, Deva Premal, Alanis Morissette, Marc Anthony, Common, Erykah Badu, Juan Luis Guerra, The Police, Sting, UB40, K's Choice, Amos Lee, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Bob Marley, and obviously The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

MOVIES: I choose to not have a TV, but I do like seeing a good movie every once in a while on my laptop. One of my favorite actors is Edward Norton (Fight club, etc.). Great directors: Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, etc.) and the Coen brothers.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Besides the "obvious" things like living abroad, sky diving, doing crazy things for love, I'd say:
Adopting two Argentinian street cats. They are now living with me in Holland :-) It's a blessing sharing my home with them.

Teach, Learn, Share

I think you learn from every experience.
What I could teach you? Some dance moves. Dutch, English, Spanish.
What could we share? mmm, the world?!!

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, Netherlands, Spain, Uruguay

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