In this video series, we invite you to “Take a Minute" to relax and refresh your mind and soul with visual meditation. Take a 1-minute break from whatever you are doing to immerse yourself in the beauty of our blue planet. For this minute, Yoeri filmed and edited one long shot to allow you to fully focus on one creature, cultural site, land- or seascape. Dive into the scene, feel the energy, open your heart, connect to the subject, look for details and/or simply get carried away!

Be here now. Take this one minute to fully be there, instead of analysing the past or planning the future. It is quite interesting to see how long and relaxing one minute can be as soon as we stay in that moment - fully aware, fully present, fully relaxed. Observing one long scene, in contrast to the bombardment of pictures, news and fast cuts we are getting on a daily basis, helps to calm us down, and feel grounded and centred. Sometimes all it takes is 1 minute to recharge.

After "Take a Minute to Relax" we ventured into "Take a Minute to Fly" and "Take a Minute in Statia". Watch their galleries further down. Our main focus stays on relaxing with the weird and wonderful underwater world.

Take a Minute to Relax

Diving is our form of active meditation. Underwater we find happiness in the present moment. There are so many healing and soothing factors to the ocean. There is so much we love about diving and the underwater world.

Every clip offers information to look underneath the surface and get to know our aquatic friends from around the world. Sometimes, we focus on broader aspects linking us to the world beneath like corals reefs protection or breathing.

Video gallery of the entire clip collection

Most of the episodes have their own blog entry (Take a Minute). Just browse through the section on our website or the playlist on YouTube.

Take a Minute to Fly

In this video series, we invite you to “Take a Minute to Fly". Let your mind and soul take off with some visual meditation. Take a 1-minute break from whatever you are doing in order to change your perspective and get carried away by looking at the world below or flying into the sky. For this minute, Yoeri creates one long aerial shot to allow you to fully focus on one landscape. Fall right into the scene, feel the energy of some special places, open your heart, look for details and connect to each of the - cultural or natural - subjects presented.

To make this flight as relaxing as possible, we‘d like to invite you to breath in and out slowly and deeply. Most calming is breathing into the belly. While breathing only into the chest in the upper part of the lung is associated with the fight-or-flight-reflex, breathing slowly and deeply into your belly shows your nervous system that there is nothing to be afraid of. To enhance the body-mind communication and highlight that stress has ended, smile or even laugh and set yourself free.

Video gallery of the entire clip collection

Take a Minute in Statia

Welcome to Statia! Even when mentioning the full name of this Dutch Caribbean island „St. Eustatius“, most people stay clueless. Our new series „Take a Minute in Statia“ we bring Statia to you. Let us introduce the island we call home.

Take a Minute in Statia 001: The Quill from Zeelandia Beach on St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands
Welcome to Statia! Where the hell is Statia?

Even when mentioning the full name of this Dutch Caribbean island „St. Eustatius“, most people stayed clueless. Our new series of 1-minute video clips will bring Statia to you. Let us introduce the island we call home.

St. Eustatius is 21 km² small and located roughly where the string of pearls of the Caribbean islands in the east slowly curves south to break up into many small to tiny islets. These are the Lesser Antilles as opposed to the Greater Antilles further west with the main islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and Puerto Rico.

We start our new series „Take a Minute in Statia“ on the beach. This is Zeelandia on the Atlantic side of the island (east). You are looking at the iconic mountain of the island: The Quill, a volcano that you can hike around, up and even into the crater. Its name comes from the Dutch word "kuil" for hole or pit. The stratovolcano (strato = layer) formed about 22,000-32,000 years ago. With 601 meters it is the second-highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Quill is a dormant volcano, which makes this jagged crest with the steep slopes falling evenly on all sides even more appealing. Perhaps the volcano is dreaming of its last major eruption, which radiocarbon dating indicates must have been between 245 and 365. The NGO STENAPA maintains various hiking trails and offers guided tours.

As early as 1996, a marine reserve was set up around Statia. In 1998 the two-part national park followed on land. The Quill in the south and Boven in the north of the island are considered the first national parks in the Netherlands Antilles. These Dutch overseas territories, the six Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius together form a country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In 1985, Aruba left the association and in a vote in 2010, Curaçao and Sint Maarten also chose extensive autonomy, while the other islands decided to become "special communities" as part of the Netherlands. However, Dutch laws do not automatically apply here. In addition, it is not yet part of the EU or the Schengen area but is considered an overseas sovereign territory associated with the European Union, which is to be voted on again. Sometime. Maybe.

Meanwhile, the US dollar became the official currency and English is taught as the first language at school. So it is the Netherlands, but not really which is the reason why even Yoeri is comfortable living here, at least for a while. But where exactly is this place? The neighbouring islands are Saba about thirty kilometres to the northwest, St. Kitts about ten kilometres to the southeast, St. Bartolomé about fifty kilometres to the northeast and more or less directly to the north, sixty kilometres away sits Sint Maarten where most people pass through on the way to the Golden Rock how Statia is also called.

It is hard to believe nowadays, but in the 18th century, St. Eustatius was the most important trading centre in the world. As the sandy bay offered protection from the easterly winds and was deep enough for the large merchant ships to anchor, the Dutch declared the island a free port in 1756. Whereby the heydays of Statia began. Everything was traded, from legal goods and slaves to illegal goods like arms, ammunition, and other contrabands to the so-called New World and back. For a time 9,000 people lived on the island. In addition to trading, the island‘s economy ran on sugar, tobacco and cotton. With traders, sailors and slaves, around 20,000 people must have brought quite some life to Statia back in the day.

But the wealth aroused covetousness and resentment, especially after the Dutch supplied the independence fighters around Georg Washington with weapons. In addition, on November 16, 1776, on the orders of Governor Johannes de Graff, Statia answered the cannon salute of the ship Andrew Doria, which was sailing under the then-unknown red and white striped flag of the thirteen breakaway colonies. Possibly Statia just signalled their interest in trading, however, the Americans felt recognized as a nation. This act is still celebrated today with Statia Day, although it ultimately was the starting point of the island’s economic and political decline. In 1781 the British crown took over the island in the fourth Anglo-Dutch naval war. Less than a year later, the French captured Statia. In total, St. Eustatius changed hands more than twenty times until the island belonged permanently to the Dutch crown from 1816 onwards.

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