about us

‘Self-care has to be incorporated in all of our efforts’ – Angela Davis

Our Story

Born of Adversity, Driven by Necessity

Looking after yourself comes naturally to some, for others it can be difficult to know where to start or what changes to make to improve your self-care. At times we can be pretty good at looking after ourselves, however when the pressure is on and you are facing adversity or recovering from a traumatic event, it is often the first thing to fall by the wayside.  Ironically that is exactly when we need self-care the most.

As an experienced mental health professional, and knowing the enormous benefits that result from focusing inwards and caring for yourself, Esther van der Sande created the School of Self-Care, with the aim of providing individuals and professionals with knowledge, tools and guidance to better care for oneself.

The School of Self-Care was born of adversity and driven by necessity, an idea that is, perhaps, long overdue.

The School of Self Care

Now people from all over the world can come together online, share experiences with a community of like-minded individuals and most importantly, improve their relationship with themselves, and with others. We welcome anyone who wants to explore self-care and professionals who want to expand their knowledge base. So if you feel like you’ve lost your way a little, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s your birthright to feel trust in yourself, to follow your dreams and feel healthy.  It’s time to blossom and flourish, and finally, give yourself permission to shine.

A World Where
Self-Care is Health Care

Our vision

A world where we all take the time to look after ourselves. Where we embed self-care practices into our lives, providing the strength to overcome hardship, and the fortitude to help others.

Our mission

To create a place where anyone can access the tools, instruments and expertise required to build their internal foundation. A place where there’s a community of support, in finding your way to self-care.

Our goals

To help as many people as possible, by creating programs for everyone, delivered by the best facilitators around.

Self-care doesn’t have to be for yourself

Have you found yourself buying self-help books, yet not really finding the time to follow the advice? You’re not the only one. It’s hard to embark on this journey alone, and if you do start it can be difficult to keep going.

When you perform self-care practices together as a group or community, however, you’ll find it’s not only more effective but more fun too. At the end of the day, we’re social beings, and our bodies need to connect to make challenging things happen.

Community care

If you know someone who could do with some help, and you know they’re disadvantaged somehow then we’re happy to consider their situation and find a way to get them on the program that will help them the best. You are welcome to write us an email at info@theschoolofselfcare.org, we are here to support our community.



Guides to self-care, guides to yourself

Our team of qualified facilitators come from all over the world, bringing a breadth of experience and areas of focus to the School of Self-Care.

Using new insights, neuroscience, psychology, eastern and western philosophy on of the art of life, they’ll help you build, and empower your self-trust and self-care.

Esther van der Sande

Esther is a somatic psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience of complex, and developmental trauma. She has a calm, down-to-earth approach that creates a safe place for people to connect to themselves, and as the founder of The School of Self-Care, she’s passionate and encourages as many people as possible, to live a better life.

Eva Reitsma

Eva’s experience lies in the Psychosocial field where awareness of social constructs and self-care become part of community building. She has played an integral part in creating and building The School of Self-Care. Eva also co-creates and facilitates many of our self-care programs. She has a warm and caring nature providing a welcoming environment.

Nicole Renne

Nicole is a lifestyle coach and specialist in nutrition, gut and brain-gut connection and is a registered yoga facilitator. Her focus is in a holistic approach to the 3 Pillars of Health: What you eat; Your mindset and How you live.  Her passion is reaching out to the world giving tools to connect with your body with an understanding that every person and body is unique.

Eevi Beck

Eevi has been practicing mindfulness mediation in the Plum village tradition since 1995 and was ordained as a teacher by Tich Nhat Hanh. Eevi has substantial experience in mentoring and teaching. Eevi also practices Trauma Sensitive Yoga and body/mind therapy which has taught her to be kinder to herself and to find a deeper meaning in life.

‘I have seen so many times, when people learn and integrate self-care into their lives and keep developing, as its often an ongoing life process, that their lives have changed for the better.’

‘Building healthier and safer relationships, people with burnout have learned to listen to their bodies, by learning to care for themselves, reflect and exploring new things in life.’

‘I consider it a privilege to support them on their journeys.’



Yellow Butterfly

Why the Yellow Butterfly?

Because it represents transformation. 
When you invest in yourself, you’ll start to change. And we help you in that transformation, giving you the tools, knowledge and support you need to become the person you know you can be. We know it’s not easy, but with patience and care, the caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

Because none of this happens in isolation.
When you’re running on empty you’re no good to yourself, or anyone else. Stress becomes harder to deal with and your relationships can suffer. When you listen to your needs, however, you fill-up the tank. Then you can give to others, and find that balance between giving and taking, both important for a happier life. So when you invest in yourself there’s a butterfly effect, an impact on your entire community.


Your Self-Care Program