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About Santjes


I was born of Dutch parents and raised in East Africa and the Netherlands. I was educated in the Visual Arts in Amsterdam. In my artwork, I express my fascination of the experience with the place where the physical and dream worlds meet through multi-media sculptures and paintings.


My interest in life and the human potential led me to pursue studies in the Universal Shamanic traditions of the Tibetan Bon. I pursued studies in different modalities for awakening the physical body and connecting it to the spiritual possibilities within.


I trained in healing work across Europe as well as in the U.S. I combine therapies from multiple modalities from East and West. I completed my Holistic Health Practitioner certification in the U.S. in 1992, and is well versed in Swedish massage, circulatory massage, deep tissue massage, lymph drainage, passive joint movement (Trager), structural integration (Rolfing), cranial-sacral therapy, polarity therapy (Randolf Stone), vibrational healing, Tui Na, and Seitia Shiatsu. Additionally, as a teacher of yoga and sound therapy, I work with the healing power of breath and voice therapy.

In group settings, I practice Shamanic tradition of healing family systems by tapping into the sacred power of the group field. 

I am committed to my work and hold it as sacred, always seeking the physical expression of the locus where Art and Healing meet, greatly supported by my husband, Peter Lochtefeld, and I am the lucky mother of Zuzu (26), Sam (23), and Sophia (21).

Santjes talks about her work in the Wellbeing - MAST - Santjes Oomen  podcast with host Susie Tapley from MAST on Nantucket.

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
The meaning of life is to share your gift.”

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