Ruud Baanders


Zen teacher

Reiki Master/Teacher

Internationally Certified NVC trainer

Certified Coach


Human being

I have been working for many years in senior roles in a corporate environment before I made the transition to self-employment in 2008.

Over all these years my spiritual journey took me from various forms of Christianity to Ch'an/Zen Buddhism and Reiki in the nineties.

I have attended retreats, initally, with Thich Nhat Hanh followed for more than 20 years of retreats and study with my current Zen teacher, Ton Lathouwers, dharma holder of the
 MahaKaruna Ch'an in The Netherlands. From the beginning I have felt from very attracted to Ch'an Buddhism (Chinese Zen) because it's emphasis on the Bodhisatva Kuan Yin (Kanzeon), a symbol of "infinite compassion".  In 2015 I have been authorised by Ton Lathouers, Dharma Successor of Jinarakkhita Ashin (Teh Ching), as zen teacher in the Maha Karuna Ch'an Sangha

Over the years I have met also with other spiritual teachers such as Ama Sami, Amma, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living). In my meeting with  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in his Ashram in Bangalore (India) I have experiened the transmission of compassion at such a deep level that it completely changed my life. Compassion became the core not only of my spiritual practice but also of my daily life and has affected all my decisions since.

After having worked with Reiki for more than 20 years, I completed my Reiki training in 2014 with the Reiki Master/Teacher-level training with Cory Croyman at the Asian Healing Arts Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

In 2006 I became deeply inspired by Marshall Rosenberg, developer of The Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process. His process teached me a practical way to connect compassionately and honestly with myself and others and to develop a way of communicaiton to express compassion in daily life. It was a step from the "meditation cushion" into the "real world". Since 2006, I have trained with many NVC trainers internationally and in 2011 I became a Certified NVC trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. I lead practice groups and run Introduction, Foundation and Deepening Trainings/Workshops internationally, both public workshops and in organisations and companies.

I have a long experience in coaching, mentoring, personal and leadership development and I am certified in various processes, viz.Myers Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI) step 1 and 2, and Ken Blanchard’s High Performance Team process.  I am also a certified coach with Coach U and a certified faciltator for the Be The Change organisation. I am involved with Bernie's Glassman's Zen Peacemakers,  I am a member of GAMIP (Global Alliance for Ministries & Infrastructures for Peace and board member of the Sandhi Institute

It is my purpose to support people in developing a life and relationships that are satisfying, real and compassionate, thereby increasing the level of wellbeing and willing collaboration of individuals, groups, organisations and humanity. To this purpose I do run NVC based workshops, coaching and mediation and I practice and teach Reiki and Zen.

I have experience with participants/clients from a multitude of cultures and social backgrounds. I can work in English, Dutch and Italian, both face-to-face and by telephone/Skype.

I live in Oxford (UK) with Bridget Belgrave, my wife and associate, and I am available for national and international projects (paid and volunteer).