Santjes Oomen was born of Dutch parents and raised in East Africa and the Netherlands. She was educated in the Visual Arts in Amsterdam. In her artwork she expresses her fascination of the experience with the place where the physical and dream world meet through multi-media sculptures and paintings.
Her interest in life and the human potential led her to pursue studies in the Universal Shamanic traditions of the Tibetan Bon. She pursued studies in different modalities for awakening the physical body and connecting it to the spiritual possibilities within.
Santjes trained in healing work across Europe as well as in the U.S. She combines therapies from multiple modalities from East and West. She completed her 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, Santjes works with the healing power of breath and voice therapy.
In group settings, Santjes practices Shamanic tradition of healing family systems by tapping into the sacred power of the group field. She is a gate keeper for the Spirit in Practice circles.
She is committed to her work and holds it as sacred, always seeking the physical expression of the locus where Art and Healing meet, greatly supported by her husband Peter Lochtefeld and she is the lucky mother of Zuzu (21), Sam (19), and Sophia (17).