Once a month is part-day ... Dinant listens, Lotus shares. Endless series of words, interspersed with silences and tears, sometimes for as long as two hours. Monologues about what she fears, what makes her anxious and insecure. About her deepest wishes and needs, about what she is passionate about and from moment to moment drives on that endless river. Only when Lotus says 'this was it', the roles turn around and does she listen. Lotus does not move, knowing that every sound, every reaction disrupts Dinant's flow of words. For Lotus and Dinant, sharing with words is a way to be ultimately vulnerable, a willingness to lose the other and experience a connection in that willingness. A connection that feels deeper than before, a basis from which they can depart the following weeks.
The initiator of the Love Bubbles (Mariëtte Sinninghe Damsté) has been curious about, and driven by, love, passion and intimacy in romantic relationships from her teenage years. The question 'How do you keep a relationship alive and intimate after the period of falling in love?' Is an important quest for her. One of her discoveries to keep a relationship alive is the introduction of a part-day; a monthly calendar-free day where she shares with her loved one what is on their hearts. On a part-day time should not play a role and the space should also feel as if you are alone in the world with just the two of you. And so the Original Love Bubble was born from her own intrinsic need: a place where you can be completely naked, bald and vulnerable.
When someone asked Mariëtte if he could rent this place with his loved one and after a day they said 'yes', the Love Bubble concept was born and soon more Love Bubbles were created, each with its own unique experience. The beginner's enthusiasm soon met local regulations. A legal process of 3 years and a lot of patience, hope and trust followed. The apparent standstill was used to shape the Love Rituals, which provide substantive inspiration for the Love Bubble experience, and to create a beautiful Love Bubble team. On Christmas Eve '19 the redeeming reply came from the Council of State that awarded LandGoed a recreation destination and thus made it possible to develop into 8 Love Bubbles. Every Love Bubble marks a phase in the growth path of love. In addition to the Lotus, the Original and the Dreamtime Love Bubble, the Heaven, Earth, Raw and Diamond Love Bubble will be realized between 2021 and 2023.The growth path of love is also depicted on the LandGoed itself: based on the stories that come back from the guests, more and more new landscape elements are emerging. All this with the intention of creating dear memories for loved ones, a new chapter in their own love story.
Mariëtte believes that when lovers find the peace and space to share their love, a holy relationship is created with a burning center: the holy fire that drives transformation and inner growth. You can find more about her alchemical view of relationships on The Lotus and the Diamond Love Bubbles are part of the IAlmaMater Foundation in Lochem.
Interview with the initiator of the Love Bubbles, Mariëtte Sinninghe Damsté: