The Tipifamily

Imagine yourself…

Imagine you are at an intimate glampsite (glamorous camping) in the countryside of south Portugal. You wake up surrounded by the sounds of nature. You lay in a very comfortable bed with luxurious bedlinnen. And whenever you feel like, you get out of bed and make a cup of coffee. You drink it outside, sitting in a relaxing chair, while the sun touches your face gently.

Sounds like a perfect start of your day?!

We are making this a reality for you! We have the opportunity to rent a beautiful plot of land in a green area with a lot of rivers and little lakes. It is only a 12-minute drive from one of the most beautiful villages in Portugal: Porto Covo. It is picturesque and has a lovely beach.

There are two little lakes, walking distance away from the glamping, where you can go to for a refreshing dive.

The tents are made from the best materials and the interior is stylish, comfortable and full of lovely details. You feel yourself immediately at home.

Staying at our Glampsite will be an experience you will remember!

Help us to make this dream glamping come true: https://www.gofundme.com/f/tipifamily-popup-glamping
For dutch residents: https://tikkie.me/pay/22u6aj0jcd6a5t5lg906

Exciting, but scary step

Today we have taken a giant step towards our own Glamping. We paid the membership of the animal shelter Associação Vale Verde II. Which makes it possible for us to start a business at their land.

It is also a scary step. It is a big amount. After months of struggling to get some income, we came finally above water by renting out our tents. With the transfer of the amount, we are back at where we were before this summer. But now with such great opportunities for the coming year! These are the moments that we trust our hearts over our heads and take a leap of faith. And yes this is scary because we don’t know what the future will bring. Our experience teaches us, that there are so much more possibilities the future holds than we ever can imagine. And every time it works out just fine and we had a great experience. Curious how this time things are going to unfold. We will keep you up to date!

We raised already € 350,- of our € 6.000 – € 8.000 target. When you feel the sparkle to help us financially, please donate through https://www.gofundme.com/f/tipifamily-popup-glamping

Great news!

WE HAVE GREAT NEWS! We are going to start our own Glampsite* in Portugal!

This summer we had the chance to rent out our tipi and dome-tent to guests. We discovered that we really loved doing this. And the longing to do this more grew. Preferably at a place of our own. And we found one! A beautiful spot near the west coast of Portugal.

The terrain belongs to an animal shelter Associação Vale Verde II. And by renting their land we support the animals ❤️🐶🐱🐔🦆🐴❤️. We think this is a win-win situation for all of us. We need your help! Watch the video… it shows our plan completely.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/tipifamily-popup-glamping

And SHARE, SHARE, SHARE please 🙏🏻

Love,Timo & Tamara

* Glamorous camping.

Soon!

Pssssssstt…. we have exciting news!! We will share it in a couple of days. Stay posted! You don’t want to miss this 💚

Journey of life

Only 3 years ago Timo told me that he would love to live in a tipi for a while. I was surprised. At that moment we lived together for over 17 years and he never mentioned it before. I couldn’t imagine it, living in a tipi in the Netherlands, but wanted to have an open mind. So the days after, I was thinking about it. Dreaming a little. And suddenly there were images shown in my head. I saw us travelling through different countries, at some places staying for a longer period, put up the tipi and be part of the local community for a while. A simple basic way of living, but very fulfilling. I shared these images with Timo and it resonated from within. We never felt the wish of a travelling life before, but for this lifestyle, we both felt a big YES! 

School of life

Before we left the Netherlands we had many ideas about how our life would be when we started travelling. As often when you imagine something in your head, the reality is different. One of these ideas was about homeschooling our children. We thought we would do it 4 days a week, a few hours a day. And even though it would be challenging from time to time, it was working for us as a family. 

When we started homeschooling it was a learning process for us as parents. We haven’t done it before, so we had to find our way in this. We liked the one-on-one contact with the girls. Timo was educating Lente and I was with Linde. And both found our own way of teaching. Combining education with fun, creativity and playfulness.

Until our youngest, Linde, didn’t want anymore…

Already at school in the Netherlands, she experienced difficulties with learning to read. And somehow she managed not to stand out too much from her classmates, but working one-on-one with me was something else. Confronting. Difficult. And she experienced a lot of shame. And while I gave her the best support, she withdrew. One day she said she didn’t want to anymore. It was a big NO. And when Linde says no, it’s really NO. I was no longer able to persuade her to continue anyway. She just didn’t participate anymore.

And that did a lot to us as parents. Because not schooling your child is a no go, right? It is the basis for everything. OMG, how should that be later? If she wants to study? Or looking for work? What are people gonna think about her? And what does this say about us as parents? Pfffff … I can tell you we ran into a lot of fears. But all those fears where projected into the future. They were not in the now. When we looked at those fears and saw that they were in our heads, not in the reality, we decided to see what it would be like to let go of school for a while. See how it would be in the here and now.

So we stopped homeschooling. At first only with Linde, but Lente also wanted to quit when she saw the freedom of her younger sister. And freedom they experienced. They played, discovered and developed interests from within. 

Some examples. During the lock-down of Corona, there was an Italian girl from their age close-by. And the only way they could speak to each other was in English. They played every day with each-other and in only a few weeks time they learned to speak English. At first in a simple way, but because they discovered that they could actually talk to everyone now, their vocabulary grew bigger and bigger. Their shyness towards others is completely gone. They interact freely with everyone. Young, old. They don’t care. They socialize with everyone!

And because they meet so many different people, all kinds of interactions grew playfully. They started their own shop in second-hand clothing and accessories. Learning how tho exchange and trade. They do all kinds of chores for everyone. Learn from others how a 3d printer works, all kinds of crafts such as sewing and macrame. They have such a big interest!

But the most amazing thing is that Linde learned herself to read. Her grandfather sent a few comic books about horses. And her desire to understand what was in the pictures made her spend a lot of time on that. For hours she sat spelling the letters until she could read the words one after the other. She learned to read without pressure and at her own pace because she was motivated from the inside. Can you imagine how happy we were when she said: I really love to read!

And what we learned as parents is that we can trust ourselves and the girls. Life is always a learning curve. It’s our natural intention to learn and grow. We learned that it is okay to choose differently than is common. At the moment they are at the school of life. And they learn in real life in a playful manner what they normally learn at school. But not only that. They learn more. They learn stuff and skills they cannot learn out of books. We see our girls become more open and independent. Not pushed into a form about how it should be normally at school. They learn to make the movement from the inside instead of being told what to do.

By this, I do not mean that normal school is not good. I just want to show that a normal school is not the only way. There appear to be many ways. You only have to see them and don’t be afraid to choose differently. Always looking at what works for you and your child. As soon as something doesn’t work, you shouldn’t try harder to match the normal. No, it is an invitation to look at what really works. And we are grateful for this lesson. We really like the school of life and looking forward to what life brings us.

Meet Prince

Where our girls are, there are dogs. They always manage to find each other. They all get new names. For example: Starlight Shimmer, Brownie, Mini and Prince.
Prince was a timid and anxious dog with a beautiful princely attitude. He kept coming back and getting closer. He quickly trusted the girls. With them it turned out to be a real cuddly dog, but with us as adults it was something different. We couldn’t get near him at first and he sprinted far away with any unexpected movement or sound. Anxious and trembling. Probably through abuse. Still, he couldn’t resist. He stayed daily with us and regularly overnight. One day when we went shopping and we drove off with our bus, he sprinted after us, running for his life. He insisted on staying with us. He made his choice. And we could only surrender. And so he has become our new family member. After a few weeks in our lives, we saw him transform from a fearful dog to a very happy and free one! Although he loves our girls still the most, he started to trust us also. We are very happy with our Prince ❤️

Happy birthday Linde!

This little Miss Sunshine turned 10 today! And we are so proud of her. We see her shine like never before. She is pure, wild and free. Pure joy.

Congratulations sweetheart 💗 we love you!

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Dog love

Every day Timo and I do some yoga and dance-meditations to start the day with. We feel alive and aligned through it. When we do our practices our dog Lagun is always around us. I think he loves the energie. He knows he shouldn’t be on the mat, but sometimes he can’t resist it. It doesn’t matter what we say or do, he come to cuddle and lick us. LOL!