Being one of the leaders of the contemporary FeMale Leadership movement, Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni (PhD Gender Studies) has spent more than 30 years teaching, researching and dancing these topics. Raised in Tunisia, North Africa, she considers herself blessed to have learned the ancient (Dance of the Goddesses) from her grandmother and great-grandmother.
As Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam in Gender and Leadership related issues, she further studied the enormous impact ancient mythic dances can have on the body and the spirit; and eventually transformed this into a method.
The Divine9Dance Therapy® is a method that can be measured out and that is suitable to structure modern everyday lives. It’s a combination of: women empowerment theory based on her academic knowledge (mental); emotional intelligence resulting from her education in psychotherapy (emotional); ancient body wisdom originating from her feminine lineage of the Goddesses Dance (physical) and the ‘cherry on the cake’: the enlightenment of the mystical Sufi tradition she grew up with in Tunisia (spiritual).
The worldwide vision of the earth as feminine — as a goddess, called Gaia by the Greeks — led her to recognize the connection between ecological damage and the oppression of the feminine in the world. Much of her work since then has explored the question of the role of feminine leadership in our world, in an inclusive and multicultural way, and how to implement the power of the Dances for the better good of women and the planet.
Henny is blessed with a creative artistic soul: she paints, designs clothes, styles, dances and above all does she helps others to recognise and develop their talents. She has the gift of looking ahead at what is happening and what is needed in the world and is unusually practical, especially when it comes to an approach that works. Henny has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
She started her career as an illustrator. She created the political group 'Women in the VVD' to give women in her city more voice and power. In the early 1980s, together with Junior Chamber International, she set up a project for two members of the Club of Rome (Limits to Growth) that drew attention worldwide to the creeping danger of large-scale deforestation to our environment and to mankind.
At the age of 40, Henny started out as an entrepreneur with CREATIVE SEARCH; a niche for recruitment and selection of commercially creative professionals. Her clients consisted of large advertising and media agencies and several fashion chains. At the same time she has completed several courses in the field of Eclectic Psychology. She is a certified NLP Therapist, Mentor-Coach and Counselor.
Henny has practiced various forms of dance and has been addicted to Kaouthar's Upon special and exclusive request, she still practises as a Mentor-Coach and Counselor. Kaouthar calls Henny 'my Muse', as the personified force and one of the main sources of inspiration for Kaouthar's vision. for the last 20 years.