Francine van Dam

musician & creative coach

FEMINA UNIVERSALIS

How being a musician and a creative coach, spring from the same tree.

I have always wanted to become a “femina universalis”, someone who is able to combine different roles in life, such as my art, family, connecting to other cultures and languages. In the metaphor of a tree: I had to get to know my roots and trunk, to let all my branches develop ….I found roots where I would never have thought , and it took courage to stick to them.

This took some time since early life traumas took my energy into stagnation.I did manage to empty those suitcases, hence my interest in all cures for the Soul such as: psychology, philosophy, shamanism, and spirituality .

Being brought up by two medical doctors was not the warm childhood I wished for, but it gave me the push to choose my own road, hoping to become a “femina universalis”. I rejected the dominance of the intellect, and became more proficient in matters of the heart and soul, mostly because of my music, painting, writing and travelling.

I graduated from jazz-conservatory on flute, and made a promising start as a performing musician. Things changed after my son was born, and I switched to teaching, music-business and later to policy-developing .The Caribbean music and cultures had an enormous pull on me. So I became part of society in Curaçao, and later Cuba and Suriname, loosing my Eurocentric perspective. I also became aware of the global migration theme, both themes important in my coaching-practice. My work with clients consists mainly of assisting them to create a clear picture of their own ‘tree’, as in roles in society and life, addressing the topics that need to be healed.