“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise”
– Maya Angelou
Coming from diverse backgrounds and cultures, we hold one vision in common: placing humanity and its personal empowerment at the heart of our activities.
Over the past two decades, we regularly met and bonded while we jointly organized the health and healing days with Rev. Alex L. Orbito, a well-known Philippine healer who always reiterated that “true healing comes from the heart”.
Working together in multidisciplinary teams with therapists, medical doctors, healers and patients from different countries, we witnessed how certain pathologies kept returning when the underlying issue had not been resolved. A health professional or healer is a valuable and often necessary asset in the healing process, yet the main work lies eventually within.
As we co-created the holistic eco-retreat center Pyramid for Light in the Philippines in 2011, we experienced first hand the powerful energies that emanate from a unified, heart-centered field. This sparked our interest to learn more about the science of the heart with its potent capacity to generate more harmony, health and well being in our lives.
To facilitate this shift on a personal, social and global level, we co-created the NGO UnitingPeople. The founding international team members consist of therapists, medical doctors, healers and patients with a collaborative network across Europe, USA/Canada and Asia.
A thriving world where people can live to explore their full potential within a society that is dynamically balanced, healthy and sustainable.
To contribute to this vision, we facilitate transformative, self-empowering processes through the collective field of heart’s intelligence, human support and easy applicable tools.
Holistic health is actually an ancient approach to health and considers the whole human being and the interconnectedness with our environment. Instead of focussing on the disease or “problem”, we strive to view its totality, unlock obstacles and restore a natural balance and flow of energy.
We treasure the principles:
Honouring the unity and its relating collective field as well as the uniqueness of every individual
- Supporting the development of everyone’s potential
- In dynamic harmony with all life and nature
- Balanced in Giving / Receiving
- Heart centered relations and communication: sincere, caring and compassionate
- Applying the (w)holistic approach; inclusive and integrative of body-mind-soul
- Learning through exploration, art and play
Our founding team
Olivier ABOSSOLO (France)
Former practitioner (MD) in conventional and natural medicine for more than 25 years, my experience in health care extends from western medicine to the most ancient traditional and spiritual medicines. It was during my interest for the energetic healing (ie. Essene care, Philippine spiritual healing) that I was able to observe the obvious fact that every person has the inner resources and skills to act positively in his/her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. My path led me from medical practitioner to speaker, consultant and trainer on the subject of «Health by Harmony», to foster harmony within and with the environment that surrounds us.
Aartjan BONTJE (Netherlands)
Over the past 15 years, I acquired extensive organizational and project experience in business services as advisor at KPMG and as manager at a bank/insurance company. I live with my wife Suzanne and my 3 children Okke, Willem and Fiene in Hilversum. After my studies in Economics in Rotterdam, I travelled to Indonesia to volunteer in a local community. The experience of this humanitarian work made a lasting impression and gave me a profound sense of fulfilment. I thus continued to volunteer for various foundations resulting eventually in my involvement as Fred Foundation’s Director. It’s great to work full time to help people gain their strength by contributing to the journey of finding harmony in themselves, each other and their surroundings.
Christine BREDEL (France)
I have always been guided by a deep desire and commitment to authenticity and harmony. In every part of my life: as a person, physiotherapist, spouse and mother, it has inspired me to create a path of Unity consciousness and wholeness. In both spiritual retreats and everyday life, in the ordinary and extraordinary, I have witnessed and experienced the sacred flow of life. It is present within each and every one of us. This healing wisdom is a divine connection that is always present at the core of our hearts. This knowingness has strengthened my faith and desire to walk in heartfelt unity with all my brothers and sisters. It eads me today to co-create spaces of support and sharing.
Josaine DEWACHTER (Netherlands)
As far as I can remember, I always felt an inner quest for spirituality and mysticism. With this purpose in mind, I have been travelling, co-creating, learning and living in various international spiritual centers and communities in service of the greater good. I have explored, studied and practiced several holistic teachings and therapies to gain a deeper insight and understanding into the profound realms of being. These rich experiences serve as the basis for the body, energy and consciousness work that I am now doing as a yoga teacher, facilitator and co-creator for groups and retreats.
Jeanette POELMAN (Netherlands)
After my pedagogical studies, I worked as a family therapist with children, adolescents and their families in the field of child-psychiatry. Mindfulness helped me to find inner rest, strength and balance in my life. These experiences, made me decide to teach Mindfulness to children so that the youngest generation can learn how to deal with their thoughts and emotions and communicate in a more balanced and respectful way. Besides that I give Rock & Water trainings to children and adolescents to become more self confident through the development of their physical and emotional awareness. It’s my mission to support children and their families to find their strength and let them shine! In connection with Alex Orbito, I discovered the healing power of the heart vibration, which resulted in UnitingCircles.
Tatiana PUYOL (SPAIN)
From the time I began my studies in economics, it became clear that my main interest went to people and initiatives oriented towards the common good. I gained extensive experience in managing innovative projects in a variety of organizations; private, public as well social. My personal experience in dealing with an illness led me to explore in-depth the internal resources and capacities that we all have to stimulate healing. Since then, I have participated in health projects that place the human being through a holistic approach at its core.
Elisabeth Schick (Switzerland)
My life journey took me through breast cancer combining modern and complementary treatments. I had the great opportunity to meet the Rev. Alex Orbito, which opened my holistic perspective to health. Experiencing energy healing made me understand that we all have the necessary inner resources to act in a positive way in our physical, emotional and spiritual health. I have been trained in the Simonton method, which offers health accompaniment, and I collaborate with the regional Cancer league through conferences and testimonials. Accompanying groups through the UnitingCircles program is a vivid everyday confirmation that everything is possible within a unified, loving field.
With a varied background of management, social and humanitarian related organizations, I have spent the past decades weaving a human and unifying tapestry in the area of holistic health and healing. While accompanying Rev. Alex Orbito on his worldwide healing journeys, I met with extra-ordinary people and gained further insight while listening to many inspiring healing stories. As a founding member of the Pyramid for Light Foundation, I have been fascinated witnessing the limitless powers that originate from the heart’s intelligence both individually and collectively. I would describe myself as a humanist, a connector and a co-creator with a deep faith and trust in our divine potential and purpose.
Partners & support
We firmly believe that the way forward is a cooperative and co-creative; uniting people and organizations that share the common vision for a more holistic, compassionate and sustainable future. Thanks to their support, the birth and emergence of UnitingPeople was made possible. A special word of gratitude to the two visionary soul brothers Alex Orbito and Fred Matser, for being relentless advocates of holistic health and whose loving support is an endless source of inspiration.
Fred Foundation (Netherlands)
The Fred Foundation is committed to contribute to a society that stimulates people to live in harmony with themselves, each other and their environment. The foundation is dedicated to empowering people, improving health and well-being, expanding consciousness and promoting care for nature and our planet.
Pyramid for Light Foundation (Philippines)
The Pyramid for Light located in the Philippines is an ecological retreat centre to facilitate transformative processes based on the interconnectivity of all life. The holistic retreats are designed to experience increased harmony between body, mind and soul through a deepening of the heart’s connection to one self and others.
Domaine de Capoue (France)
The Domaine of Capoue promotes a more holistic approach to health and well-being. Located in a large natural property in the Drome, they offer a unique blend of integrative practices, energising trails and traditional therapies to naturally restore and harmonize the body’s energy levels.
Heartfelt Gratitude to the valuable support of:
HeartMath® Institute (USA)
We like to specifically mention Heartmath Institute, whose pioneer work and scientific research on the heart’s intelligence has highly contributed to return the heart to its rightful place; at the center of being.
HeartMath® Institute is a non-profit scientific research center that develops reliable, scientifically based tools that bridge the connection between heart and mind. Their studies and tools are meant to empower people to reduce stress, increase resilience and unlock their natural intuitive guidance for making better choices.
Doreen Grace (USA):
for the English proof reading
Lina Gavira & Fran Gonzalez (Spain):
for the Spanish proof reading
Mathilde Van Daele (Belgium):
for the French proof reading
Jacobe Rodiguez (Spain):
for the social network and digital community expertise
Jordi Rocas (Spain):
for the logo and branding design
Farzan Najmeddin (Netherlands):
for the web programming
Pierre Lommerse (Netherlands):
on the financial sustainability planning