Tineke Spruytenburg studied Pedagogy at the University of Leiden (1989) and completed her training in Special Education at the Department for Special Education (1985).
In 2002, after an exciting academic career, she became a primary school teacher. Since then she has worked in primary, special primary and, from 2008, in special education (cluster 4).
Tineke received her most influential training during a stay of two years in the Practice Centre Plum Village of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in southwestern France. From September 2005 to August 2007 she practiced the art of mindful living amid the monastic followers of this world famous Zen master.
While staying at Plum Village, she was trained as a provider of children’s programmes, which are organized through major retreats. She is part of the core group who collaborated in the production of “Happy Teachers Change the World”. She was also colaborated in the production of the book “Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children” Having returned to the Netherlands, she continues her work with the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbröl, Germany, which also belongs to the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She is an apprentice Dharma teacher.
Tineke provides guidance at the request of parents/guardians for individual children and children’s mindfulness groups. She also coaches individual teachers who want to integrate the practice of mindfulness in their daily life and work.