For years I have been interested in the human psyche and how we can take care of a pleasant life.
The longer I delve into this, the more I discover that it is a holistic story, in which many layers come together. I have shaped my experiences by walking an unusual path.
After studying Advertising and Communication Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, I ended up in healthcare, where I set up a Graphic Studio for people with an intellectual disability. After this I worked for 9 years on the setting up of various activity centers for people with intellectual disabilities, people with psychological problems and people with Non Congenital Brain Damage. I found it very special to see how people, despite their challenges, continued to find the resilience to create meaning in their lives.
In 2013 I started as a communication consultant and designer for small entrepreneurs. Again very special to experience up close what motivates people to do what they do. It also taught me how important a healthy mind and body are to thrive in business and life, and how valuable it is to invest in them.
In addition to my commissioned work, I have found it important in recent years to pay attention to my own creativity. In my case my love for making organic illustrations. I gradually discovered that I could make animations with it that turned out to have a calming effect on many people.
I started researching exactly how this came about and immersed myself in the effect of art on health, heart coherence, energetic knowledge, breathing techniques and how you can use this to strengthen your connection between body and mind.
softness and health
I am still learning daily and am regularly amazed at how far we have become detached in our luxurious Western life from the power of our own body. We are perfectly trained to find solutions for inconveniences outside of ourselves, but learn far too little about how we can take care of a healthy body and mind from the inside.
Relaxation – and being able to find it – plays a crucial role in this. Once I discovered all that relaxation can activate, I could no longer let go of it and I intuitively felt that I want to spread this message further.
Where someone else chooses to help people relax through yoga or mindfulness, my “language” is that of the image. Art has been a fantastic means of healing for centuries and this has now also been scientifically proven.
I love to help others in my own way on their way to more self-love, gentleness and health. Something that is quite a challenge in the current world, for both women and men.
I always make time for nice people. Would you like to meet me to find out if I can help you with my animations or do you see opportunities for collaboration? Call or email me for a warm welcome in my studio in Rotterdam or to set us up a videocall.
If you’re interested to see more of my illustrations and designs, you can find them on coraverhagen.nl (Dutch) or coraverhagen.com (Adobe Portfolio in English).
Watch a selection of videos from my calm vibes tv Vimeo channel here: