Happy boutique Marğalé B.
It is a “dangerous” store; the longer you spend in it, the more ‘home made’, beautiful,
art treasures you see and want to take with you.
Marianne, the artistic owner, is very honest and brings a smile to your face!
Thank you for staying here in the Netherlands and bringing color, warmth & happiness to us!
Ellen te Maarse
Templeboutique Marğalé B.
When you enter Marianne’s “therapeutic” boutique, you see many cultures,
you feel a great atmosphere and you meet a sparkling, inspiring artist!
She designs jewelry, chops statues & is also known for her couture swimsuits.
Plus, she provides quick service to replace my lost
earring made by quickly designing a new pair!
In addition, she initiated me, with a nice private lesson in her temple boutique,
into the secrets of Zhi Neng Qi Gong de la Sagesse, from which I benefit daily with simple exercises!
Marion van Maanen
Adventure Marğalé B.
Immediately upon entry you will feel calm and amazement,
so many things to watch, so much space to choose, items that will suit you!
Hand made sjawls, jewelry, special lamps, Couture bathing suits.
Everything has been carefully designed
and the place exudes an atmosphere of hospitality.
A visit to Marianne van Berkel and her boutique Marğalé B. in Arnhem
is sort of an adventure, forgetting time!
The handmade stool from the Gambia wanted to come with me!
Worth many more visits……coming back soon!
Annick van der Staay, Amsterdam
Inspiring Marğalé B.
Atelier -studio Marğalé B. is a
special place on earth where I get my energy from!!
Her beautiful fabrics ; stones ; clothes ; lamps and
unique designs always make me happy.
Every time I take home ‘a must have’ from her atelier to stay inspired!
Rixt Meeuwsen, Arnhem
Expedition Marğalé B.
In this atmospheric, cosmic ‘studio’ in the fashion district of Arnhem you never go
to buy just something, but you’re going to have an experience.
It’s much more than fashion, other items that you’ll find :
designed jewelry, bags, money belts, lamps, precious stones, tables.
I had to get the feather-lamp!
Here are no mass articles but unique things that matter!
which you will never find anywhere else.
Or do you prefer to book a Qi trip to the Gambia or Mallorca… ??
Come on safari with Marğalé B.!
Jack Mensink, Zutphen
Homecoming in Marğalé B.
Hey, what do I see when I look in this window?
Is it a temple, a house or a gallery?
Is this a boutique with home made, special jewelry and shawls
or a studio with bathing suits ‘made to measure’?
Yes, ha, you saw it well. It’s all that!
As soon as you step over the threshold, you think:
“I’m going to relax and be comfortable here”
And as the owner and designer Marianne approaches you with her sweet smile,
you find yourself right away in a warm and distant country ,
where people still have time for you.
Because Marianne really takes the time for you!
And all the more if you want a designed and quality
swimsuit because you have “something too much
or too little on the body” for example.
That’s one of her specialties.
She designs and makes the bathing suit so that you feel reborn and look beautiful.
Just try to get into that studio as soon as possible!
Margalé B., the Klarendalseweg 7 in Arnhem.
Have fun and buy something from there, it will amaze you!
Yvette van der Meer, Eindhoven
Marvel Marğalé B.
Studio Marğalé B. always surprises me !
Everything that Marianne is, is felt in her living room studio:
a fusion of her creativity, spirituality and originality
in the shape of fashion, jewelry, furniture and other curiosa.
She designs and collects with love and decorates her studio artistically.
Surely you’ll leave her place with a happy feeling
and something beautiful in your hand.
You’ll leave this lovely place with difficulty, like I did with some unique bracelets!!
Simone A.T. Kuyt, Laren
8th Active Qi trip to the Gambia from the 4th – 14 th of November 2016
The challenge of my life: I went for the first time outside of Europe, into the Gambia, West Africa.
I dared to do this because of the experience of the artist & anthrapologist Marianne.
From day one I felt in my element, with only smiles on my face!
A very different colourful outdoor life. The warmth of the orange coloured earth, the sun and the people.
The Rainbow Lodge in the village near the wonderful sea with the vibrant culture of the fishermen in the back.
Goats, cows, chickens in the street. People, bikes, cars in between. This can also be !
Zhi Neng Qi Gong every day in the morning was practiced with the Gambians of the village in a calm way.
For example: near the impressive Baobab trees, the weaver bird-tree at the lodge and the Kachikally pool with the sacred crocodiles.
Result: the Qi of the Gambia through Qi gong exercises have made me more flexible in both mind and body!
I am very grateful for this, my complaints are gone!
And that we could join in spontaneously at lunchtime with a Gambian family of Cay Mane in her compound!
Inside the country: with ‘the rangers’ on their boat we went to their island in the bush of Baboon National Park (Badi Mayo)
in the Gambia river; all together we eat on the special earth with a ritual, from around a big bowl of Domodah.
So welcoming, such an experience !!
We saw hippos there, crocodiles, baboons, chimpansees and many rare birds.
Women dressed in colorful robes: the fishing village of Gunjur with many beautiful colored boats.
the atmosphere in the markets with a swarm of people: the different families where we were invited several times: the delicious peanuts, bananas and melons, overwhelming experiences!
My heart for the Gambia has been opened and I’m going back!
Thank you Marianne, Sulayman, Jawla, Stoneman, Jarra and Bibi …. Abaraka bake!
mevr. P. M. Helmich
Qi Trip to the Gambia 18-29 november 2015
Thanks to Marianne this Gambia trip was a wonderful experience for me. Marianne introduced me to local life of the different people, like the Djola, the Karoninka, the Fula, the Mandinka, the Serrer of the Gambia.
She knows the people from her many travels in The Gambia: through her warmth and persuasive power.
Qi Gong for me as an absolute beginner was highly challenging, at first it seemed hard to come into a “Qi Gong state”.
My efforts were rewarded: the light, the sun, the sea, the wind of the lagoon at Tanji Bird Reserve made me feel so alive:
Qi Gong made me more connected to myself !
Our 3 day trip to Kuntaur : easy living on a small boat with nice, relaxed and competent companions; wild life scenes like hippos, Red colobus monkeys, chimpanees, crocodiles and all sorts of birds. You really can enjoy the fullness of the bush! We spent a wonderful day at Wassu Stone Circle, meeting people like Pa, the stone man and Moro, who are dedicated to preserve the cultural heritage.
The Tie Dye market in Serekunda with batik fabrics and wall decorations, woodworks, jewelry made by hand. African made, Arts and Crafts, very impressive! In summary I am ‘infected’ with the Gambia virus and will be back very soon!
Thank you, Marianne
Brigitte Kaufmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
Superbe Active Qi trip into the ‘deep’ Gambia
I met Marianne at the lodge in Sanyang, I was surprised at her enthousiasm
about the inside country of the Gambia and the river:
she explained to me about Qi Gong: that it is an universal art of movement
based on Qi, energy of light :
the unseen energy of the heaven and earth, the wind, the stones and water.
The Gambia as a country has a strong, wordly energy source
and therefore the best place to be for Qi- Gong moving meditation.
Then Marianne told me there is a place inside Gambia, called Wassu Stone circles,
which is a magical place with magical light( from the Stones!!),
a spot where several stone circles arise from 3000 thousand years ago,
a Unesco site, with stones that keep the Triangle (Pyramid) energy.
She has been there 10 times already!
I felt immediately attracted by the idea of visiting Wassu and joined her group with Gambians.
So we left in a group of 4 people in our Very old car for 3 days and stayed in a nice lodge,
at the border of the Gambian river, called Kairoh garden in Kuntaur.
The trip was very intense and interesting.
Not only I was able to know rural Gambia, rice fields and another more authentic world compared to the more touristy beach area, but I could also be initiated in Qi Gong practice in a wonderful, energy-thriving place like Wassu.
After that practise of 2 hours (which felt like only 20 minutes) you feel closer to our Mother Nature,
going into the cosmic feeling and coming back on earth completely rooted, in peace with yourself.
You do not even want to leave Wassu, you just want to stay and go nowhere anymore.
You feel strongly attracted to the simplicity and powerful aura of Wassu stone circles.
I will to be back soon in the Gambia, at this site.
Active Qi trip to the Gambia in december 2015
Yes, I’m happy to say this was Cosmic; this is our Gambia!
We were all able to do the Zhi Neng Qi Gong simple, open exercises well
(I know this already from….) and I felt the energy flowing into my cells…
The holy man Habib Touray helped us in the Qi field
with ZNQG on his mountain top Arafat.
Even Pa Sanyang, the Stoneman himself joint in….
What an experience!
Next time we will stay the night there between the baobabs and the earthpigs
and hopefully we’ll see the pyramid light come from the stones.
Finally, in march I went with a group on a Qi trip to Kuntaur in Wassu near Georgetown.
The boattrip surprised me alot, I saw beautiful birds, monkey’s and big Hippo’s, 3 of them in the river!
All this is also in the Gambia!
Every day we started with Zhi Neng Qi Gong in the morning.
At the Stonecircles in Wassu it made me very happy and connected to the light.
The training gives me more focus: made me open up, feel my inside better
and connected to the earth.
It still gives me more room inside. I felt so secure and safe.
Very nice! I hope to be back there.
Mr. Bubacar Diouff
Active Qi trip into the deep Gambia
Qi trip to Wassu march 2015 In march we went with Marianne on a Active Qi trip to visit the Wassu Stone circles.
She brought me to places I had never been and I’m living already 20 years here in the Gambia!
We even went talk with our driver and translator Sulayman to the holy man Habib Touré
on a very steep mountain top, for special rituals and prayers for peace in this world!!
I enjoyed doing Zhi Neng Qi Gong at Wassu stone circles in Kuntaur and felt lots of energy.
It is a special place on earth and the people of the village are so sweet!
This place is sacred and will stay with me forever….
I certainly recommend this Active Qi trip with the special guide and adventurous Marianne!
Marijke, Sanyang, the Gambia
Superbe Qi Trip into the Gambia
In March 2014 I visited Gambia for the first time in a small group, under the fantastic guidance of Marianne van Berkel.
Every morning we started with Zhi Neng Qi Gong at the beach with or without the Gambians of the village,
which gave a great , smooth start to the day.
In the afternoons we did excursions to Kachikally, markets and other beaches.
We also made a 3 day trip to Wassu Stone circles !
And so I got a good impression of the beautiful country, the wonderful climate and
the nice people in the Gambia. It has overwhelming me and it will never leave me.
I’m going back a 100 times again!
G. Bolder, the Netherlands