Stef Lauwers

More about Stef on LinkedIn and the LVSC-website (association of supervisors).

Stef Lauwers – Curriculum Vitae
Born: Maaseik, Belgium,  17 June 1964

*Greco-Latin Classical Humanities, H-Kruiscollege Maaseik, Belgium, degree in 1982
*Licentiaat (Master) in Religion, Catholic University Leuven (Louvain) Belgium, degree in 1988, with distinction
*Special degree ( Msc) in Social and Cultural Anthropology , Catholic University Leuven (Louvain) Belgium, degree in 1989
*Post academic  studies in Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care, Catholic University Brabant, Tilburg, Holland, degree in 1995
*Post academic studies in Mindfulness (teacher trainer course), Radboud University Medical Centre for Mindfulness, Nijmegen, Holland, degree in 2014
*Post academic studies in Supervision,  Gitp Pao, Amsterdam, Holland, degree in 2017
*Yoga Teacher training, 200 hours Yoga Alliance, Anadi Yoga school, Rishikesh, India

Work experience:
*Counselor Religion and Ethics in Primary and Secondary Education, Stichting Ethilon (Ethiek en levensbeschouwing in onderwijs), Tilburg, Holland,
1992-1996 fulltime, 1997-2004 parttime
*Coordinator/Lecturer Religion and Identity, Bachelor in Education, Hogeschool Zeeland, Vlissingen, Holland, 1997-2007
*Chaplain/Spiritual Caregiver, Health Care, Stichting De Wever, Tilburg, 2004-2007 parttime 2007-2011 fulltime
*Buddhist Chaplain, Dutch Prison System, Ministry of Justice, Holland,  2011-2014 fulltime, 2014-2018 parttime
*Coordinator, lecturer/Assistant Professor and Supervisor, Post Academic Program in Buddhist Chaplaincy, Vrije Universiteit  Amsterdam, Faculty of Religion and Theology, 2014-2019

Topics of interest:
*Buddhism and Buddhist chaplaincy/Spiritual Care
*Religious wanderers and ascetics
*Interfaith encounters (Jewish-Buddhist/Christian-Buddhist/Hindu-Buddhist…)
*Spiritual Leadership

Zen practice:
In 1999 I started my formal zen practice becoming a student of  Ama Samy, an Indian Jesuit priest who did zen training with Yamada Koun in Japan and became an official zen master himself.
From 2010 I found myself doing more and more monastic style zen practice with Jiun Roshi in Noorderpoort International Zen Centre in Holland. In 2013 I did Jukai there.
Apart from that I trained in many Buddhist centers and met many teachers, Bernie Glassman and his ideas have been of great influence to me. I did a street retreat with Frank Dewaele in Brussels and very much like the idea of “meander and meditate”.