Blogging away 4 decades

Expressive art – writing and healing therapy


Asyla resides on the north coast of the island of Curaçao in countryside BandaBou (lowlands) in the area of Tera Korra (born in Cher Asiel -Willemstad in 1953) .

Her soul-creative practice is Art, Creative Writing and free lanced certified Massage Therapist, also coaches diverse techniques in healing included Reiki Shiatsu and self-help stretch massages besides giving Art-programs. She expresses direct from her heart and include issues from nowadays in metaphor and metaphysical form.

In past-time (60’s) Asyla was the only child in family showing interest for Yoga-techniques during sessions in family-meetings. That’s why her interest grew while her stay in Holland (’69-’81) with family and became interested with Egyptian Stretching Exercises incorporated with Gland and Breathing techniques and balanced nutrition from the Mazdaznan philosophy. For the Arts – later on in 1979 – Asyla would involve herself with Visual Arts at Centrum voor Schone Kunsten -now Academy of Visual Arts in Eindhoven.

When back home in 1981 Arts continued to be more favored subject in daily life with peddling to Bonaire island for kids programs/installation works and visit to Manhattan for classes at Student Art League. Not until 1990 the Holistic part started catching up again and Asyla would go off to the Netherlands, first on steady visits to her former Art Center and this time for ‘Meridian studies’ joining sessions at the ‘Touch for Health’-center Hof van Axen in Drenthe. The peddling back and forth to Europe, including Exhibition in Eindhoven, The Hague, Berlin and Bremen and studies, had an ultimate favoring project realization; 1999 and 2000 Asyla visited Fontys-Tilburg for Conceptual Art included Textile, Performing, Photography and Art History.  

Organized exhibition ‘ Artistic Heritage’- National Library Curaçao.

Settling again in Curaçao after millennium gave interesting pursues to benefit for in later years. Becoming Reiki Master in 2000 at Piramid Top-Curacao and Certified Massage Therapist at Massage Institute Curaçao while a freelance Art teacher’s position at the American-Curacao Preparatory school from 2001 to 2004

2016 Free to recreate

 From the start coming back to Curaçao Asyla had organized and offered Arts/Craft-classes to the youth of Curaçao and Bonaire. Furthermore, her Arts, Jewelries and Booklets poetry were exposed at Galleries, Curaçao Museum, World Trade Center, and in Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Barbados, Suriname, Holland and Germany.


     Asyla’s involvement with Prose writings started from 1981 in Bonaire. Influential instincts were cause for rhythmically poetry in English language from her rooted parents from upper wind islands. On the lower part they speak Papiamentu, native tongue. But through migration from Saint Martin and Statia her parents came to live here and remained their culture somewhat. Finally, in 2012 Asyla searched for opportunity and attended the Renaissance culture writing-circle in the USA with Creative writing workshops organized by Callalloo in Rhode Island. Recent essays are: ’11-‘12 Arts/Culture Ghana through sunglasses and Suriname Carifesta-a fragment Visual Arts. Suriname became the favorite place to return to. In 2014 and 2015 Asyla went back to Suriname for Batik and Sculpture exercises. In 2017 for launching her book Enliven Emotions polished in Suriname.

‘Direction’ Oil painting 2017


Today Asyla fused Healing with Arts and Poetry. Her self realized establishing arts endeavors includes organizing, launching and fundraising.. She is Founder of Funark non profit Foundation, had helped other artists/writers come more to the foreground by interviewing them, had article-corners in local papers and attended Art Markets, Gift Craft shows, besides Solo and Group exhibits. She continues blogging and writing. Asyla received an honoree award at an event in Dallas-USA organized by L’Exposee and ‘Heal the World Mission Inc in 2015 for her undertakings being one of extraordinary person within her community.

With offering coaching programs Asyla self organizes demonstrations to kids/adults in the Country-side, also for others. Her wish is to realize Projects In-residency via her Funark Foundation and invite contact-artists/writers and researchers for Project planning in Dutch Antilles and Community Programs.

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Ask for the Project In-residency Plan and Donations are always welcome: via Western union accepting. to address: Asyla ten Holt-Curacao-CW/Dutch Antilles – +599 9 5268813 ( app): Kaya Piedra Machu 37