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Exploring and co-creating the stories of teams and organisations

Designing and hosting leadership journeys, change journeys, artistic laboratories for teams and interventions in case of conflict

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Moving and valuing people by capturing stories

Capturing insights, emotions and impressions of a gathering in a poetic observation, a story or a song, created and performed on the spot.

Writing stories 
as a way to kick-off an event, to celebrate a milestone or to have a safe peek at what is hiding under the waterline.

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People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around.
Terry Pratchett
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What clients say

Stien has lots of experience in hosting and facilitating processes, with groups small and big. I love to work with her because her skills of noticing what the client needs and because of her attention to preparation and good relationships.

Ria Baeck, steward of the Art of Hosting Belgium

Dankjewel Stien. Dit geeft mee de toon aan. Echt een talent van jou dat anderen raakt en hen hierin ziet. (Naar aanleiding van een gedicht geschreven tijdens een workshop met Ria)

Ria Verlinden, Gestalttrainer, Supervisor, Opleider Systemisch werk

Thank you for an great contribution and an amazing performance at the EDPD 2016! Your story and painting about a little stream looking for and striving to be part of the mainstream made quite a footprint in me.

Elisabet Hvalgren

I would like to thank you and Dorothy very warmly, in my name and in the name of the whole unit, for the excellent support you have brought us all along the process, before, during and after this very lively day with the whole team!

Laurence de Richemont, Head of Unit

In het geheel is vertrouwen een erg belangrijk sleutelbegrip geworden. Onze collega’s moesten open en eerlijk hun verhaal in een veilige omgeving kwijt kunnen. Stien is hierbij heel belangrijk geweest, als persoon en als deskundige. Als persoon om met name die veilige omgeving te creëren en als deskundige om de antwoorden, het gesprek te bundelen tot één verhaal dat van ons is.

Frank van de Leur, Hoofd ICT

This is a special and beautiful harvest of our workshop, the exchanges and the togetherness.  It is wonderful how you managed to reconcile the personal with the whole.  I am not only impressed, but especially moved by the beauty and accurate observations in your poems. (about poems of Stien Michiels & Dorothy Oger)

Leen Van Lindt, Co-organiser of a Learn & Share

Het was een bijzondere dag, zeer intens, warm en verrijkend en dit alles in een geweldig rustgevend kader. Het was wel een beetje een donkere dag, maar hierdoor was de samenhorigheid onder ons allen zeer sterk. Naast de intense gevoelens/emoties hebben we veel nieuwe zichten meegekregen of veel stof om verder te groeien. Het is alsof we een berg verzet hebben 😉

Charlotte Nys

Stien stands for a sincere, pure, professional and caring way of coaching and facilitating. Sincere in that she stands with her values, because that way she knows she can deliver real value as a coach and facilitator. Professional in that she knows her business, well-informed, well-taught and experienced as she is in multiple fields. Pure in the sense that what you see is what you get. Stien is a woman of her word, a coach and facilitator you can count on. She's caring in that she shows great care for every one involved in the act of coaching and facilitating. Stien taught me for example how even difficult issues can be dealt with with great care and appreciation for clients and participators.

Hannes Couvreur, Local Wisdom Cultivator, Coach, Trainer

Stien is een echte verhalenvertelster. In geen tijd heeft ze een spannend of juist heel ontroerend verhaal voor je klaar. Wat ik helemaal knap vind is dat ze dit talent succesvol inzet in leer- en ontwikkelprocessen. Haar voeling met het ontwikkelen en laten groeien van mensen en organisaties maakt dat ze ontzettend snel begrijpt hoe haar verhaal impact kan hebben op het proces. Een verhaal van Stien zegt vaak veel meer dan 1000 woorden van een procesbegeleider.

Bert Smits, doorbraakarchitect

You did an amazing job, thanks a lot and I´ll recommend you to many people!

Armin Herdegen

I want to thank you personally. This project for me was a considerable enrichment both on a personal and on a professional level. I want to quote again the words I used in my presentation: ‘Leadership implies removing obstacles, clearing the path and creating an environment in which people can perform at their peak and really be the best they can be’, and this is exactly what you did for me during this leadership course.

Els De Roo, Senior kredietanalist bij Belfius Bank en Verzekeringen

Thank you very much Stien. You were precious.

Daniela Terille

Thanks a million for the very good job done yesterday with such a short period of preparation. It has really been a pleasure for me to facilitate this seminar with you. I hope we will have again the opportunity to facilitate other participatory meetings together.

Gilles Laroche, Head of Unit

Allerbeste Stien, grote dank voor je inzet gisteren! Voelt zeer goed allemaal en ook de uitkomst opent nieuwe perspectieven voor onze werking.

Dirk Sturtewagen

Your ability to communicate, to actively listen and use effective questioning technique, allowed you to create a healthy interaction among the participants and effectively convey ideas and messages to them. You were able to hear not just the words, but also the actual thoughts or the message behind them, and respond appropriately. It also created the motivation and empowerment within the group members to bring out the best in them.  With your friendly and honest disposition you were able to convey a good sense of empathy for those participants who needed to be understood, and yet it was clear that you possessed the determination in seeing that the task was accomplished and the objectives achieved. I very much enjoyed the whole process of working with you.

Daniel Kropf, Chair of The Learning for Well-being Consortium in Europe

Recent Posts

23Feb 19
All We Can Be – A Musical Harvest

All we can be – a musical harvest

aka Gopa’s Soup and Salad Song music and lyrics written by Stien Michiels, during an AoPL training @ Gopa Com., based on words and contributions of the participants, 11/01/2019 - filmed…

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30Jan 19
J’accepte… Un Poème Citoyen

J’accepte… Un poème citoyen

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17Oct 18
This Is Your Time… A New Song

This is your time… a new song

In August I treated myself to a songwriting retreat with Luke Concannon and John Parker from the UK band Nizlopi, famous for the wonderful JCB song, a number one hit for…

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30Sep 18
Enters… My Clown

Enters… my clown

In september I followed a training on Clowning. An unforgettable experience, and definitely not my last encounter with this incredibly fascinating world. At some point my clown took my Ukulele…

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