Blogging away 4 decades

Expressive art – writing -coaching

Senior established creative coach/Founder Funark promote arts culture Bandabou

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

Her soul-creative practice is Art, Creative Writing and coaches diverse techniques in healing included self-help stretching and Art-programs. She expresses direct from her heart and includes her prose-issues in metaphor and metaphysical form. Besides this she is an Academical female, now a senior.

In past (60’s) Asyla was the only child in family showing interest for Yoga-techniques during sessions in family-meetings, also sketching. First her interest grew for body works while her stay in Holland (’69-’81) with family and took Egyptian Stretching Exercises incorporated with Gland and Breathing techniques and balanced nutrition from the Mazdaznan philosophy. Later on in 1979 – Asyla would involve herself with Visual Arts classes at Centrum voor Schone Kunsten -now Academy of Visual Arts in Eindhoven.

When back home in Curacao- 1981, Arts continued to be more favored subject in her daily life while peddling to Bonaire island for kids programs/installation works (Flamingoes coral stones sidewalks Kaya grandi). Also a visit to Manhattan NY took place for classes at Art Student League. Not until 1990 had the Holistic part been meaningful again and so Asyla ran off to the Netherlands while all along did repeated visits to her former Art Center. At same time she took ‘Meridian studies’ with joining group sessions at the ‘Touch for Health’-center Hof van Axen in Drenthe. The peddling back and forth to Europe those times included be able to get chances for Exhibition in Eindhoven, The Hague, Berlin and Bremen. Last study visit was in 1999 and 2000 at Fontys-Tilburg for Conceptual Art included Textile, Performing, Photography and Art History.  

Organized exhibition ‘ Artistic Heritage’- National Library Curaçao.

These brought by, settling back in Curaçao after millennium, proceed in her pursues to benefit in later years. Asyla resulted at 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

Giving Arts/Craft-classes to the youth took already place during 80’s in Curaçao and Bonaire. Furthermore, her Paintings, Jewelries and Booklets poetry were exposed at Galleries, Curaçao Museum, World Trade Center, and in Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Barbados, Suriname, Holland and Germany. within 40 years.

Rastro Group Exhibit 3 islands

     Asyla’s involvement with Prose writings started in 1981 while in Bonaire. Influential uplifting instincts were cause to express rhythmically in poetry in English language from her rooted parents from upper wind islands. On the lower part they speak Papiamentu, native tongue. Asyla’s parents were immigrants from Saint Martin and Statia and remained their practicing culture. The English language influence proceeded in her trainings, and brought her finally with donor – opportunity to attending the Renaissance culture writing-circle in the USA in 2012 with Creative writing workshops organized by Callalloo in Rhode Island. An Arts/Cultural trip beforehand resulted to Ghana in 2011/2012 and through these trips Asyla produced essays to remember; first the acquaintance with diaspora announcing historical side (‘Ghana through sunglasses) and in Rhode island first time being introduced with the Renaissance expressions in Prose. In 2013 with invite to Suriname Carifesta, an essay on ‘a fragment Visual Arts’evolved. Suriname became the favorite place to return to again in 2014 until 2017- first for Batik, than Sculpture studies and ultimately for launching her book Enliven Emotions. These prose-writings were polished in Suriname and afterwards launched as first country to attend this event.

‘Direction’ Oil painting 2017


Today Asyla fuses Healing with Arts and Poetry. From being self realized established artist she now organizes, launches and organizes fundraising campaigns within her founding Funark non profit Foundation. When first had helped other artists/writers by offering a platform through interviews and articles in local papers, Art Markets, Gift Craft shows, besides Solo and Group exhibits, Asyla now commits herself to Community in Bandabou through Art Cultural Program while continues blogging and writing. In 2015 she received an honoree award for her Community efforts in Caribbean at an event in Dallas-USA organized by L’Exposee and Diaspora ‘Heal the World Mission Inc. Also a token from Surinam as a culture-promoter

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

Donations are always welcome: via Western union to address: Asyla ten Holt-Curacao-CW/Dutch Antilles – +599 9 5268813 ( app): Kaya Piedra Machu 37

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