Chief Jungle Warrior
In a critical attempt to revitalize my self-worth, I left my corporate job as an account manager to see if there was more to life than a cubicle. Not sure what I would find in Costa Rica, I discovered an underground planet of self-expression, mind-boggling nature, and most importantly women, like me, who seek connection and support in their journeys towards adventure and freedom. Knowing the challenges of stepping out of normal life, I created Jungle Sisters to unite these unique souls so that we can beyond our backyards into a jungle of possibilities, shaping the way women lead in the world.
Maike Van de Kolk
I, Maike, changed my life from an Industrial Product Designer to a traveling yoga teacher. I call it the transformation, the moment when you give up the expected life to go for your dream. Suffering from anxiety my whole life, yoga was my source of calm. It felt like a gift I kept to myself when all I wanted to do was share it with the world. After an inspiring trip to Costa Rica, where I met the Jungle Sisters, Mariah and Jayne, it was all clear to me: teaching yoga is my biggest passion. I quit my job and bought a plane ticket to India to get my yoga teacher’s certification. A couple months later, I’m here in Costa Rica traveling through Central America, teaching yoga, and spreading Jungle sisterhood!
In January 2017 I decided to put my faith into the universe, I quit my corporate job to do something I’m passionate about, traveling and teaching yoga. I had been teaching yoga in Manchester UK for 3 years and working a 9-5 management job for one of UK leading ICT companies. Life was good but every day I felt trapped as I watched the clock. Meeting Mariah and Maike in Costa Rica and hearing their stories and dreams to explore the beautiful world, I was inspired. The transition was scary, I had no plan but when you have support from others on the same journey, the bumpy path becomes a little easier. Destination paradise will be a challenging journey, but when you arrive the struggles only make you stronger. I have the deepest gratitude for Jungle Sisterhood and I’m devoted to guide, inspire and motivate others to be free.