Why Amsterdam?

Amsterdam has always been a place where East and West could come together. During the 17th and 18th century Amsterdam operated as an epic centre and a safe haven for open-minded thought and was one of the few Western cities where one would be able to debate and publish about an immanent God instead of a transcendent one.

In these days it was our Dutch philosopher Spinoza who tried to teach people how to use reason and insight to connect with their intuitive self, find happiness and end suffering. He wanted to show people that God can not be found in external phenomena but within, within our existence. Deus sive Natura. In other words, God and Nature are interchangeable.

So Nature, God, Allah, Buddha, Love, Life or whatever name you like to call it, is inside each one of us and everything that surrounds us. During the Inner Peace Conference teachers from all different backgrounds and traditions will share their inclusive wisdom on how we can connect with that true Nature, and experience a deep sense of inner peace.


"When I meet people from other cultures I know that they too want happiness and do not want to suffer, this allows me to see them as brothers and sisters.”

Dalai Lama


In 2025, Amsterdam will celebrate its 750th birthday! We hope to celebrate this as a place where people can speak openly and freely about all there is to learn from the many spiritual traditions around the globe. We want to invite spiritual leaders from all these beautiful different traditions and welcome everyone to look beyond their own sanctuary. Together we can learn from, inspire and help each other to live a life of inner peace.

Will you join us? 

"The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because understanding is to be free." 


Are you very interested in life's big questions too?

Visit our friends at The Embassy of the Freemind and enjoy their online collection. Here you can find wisdom gathered from all over the world and through images and texts personal stories of great freethinkers are shared. The collection is donated by Joost R. Ritman who collected wisdom from across cultures and founded The Ritman Library. Ritman has - like us - a tremendous desire to unify.

When we understand, we can connect. 


the Inner Peace team

For the Dutchies, Tanja Terstappen interviewed co-founder Maarten van Huijstee for Bedrock about 'Why Amsterdam can become the spiritual centrum of the world.

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.