Ervaringen met Captijn Insight

Western Australia, March 21st 2017


Hallo Frans.


How are you?


Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat! We both felt so good when we left and still think of the time with you.


My partner is doing his meditation every morning and loves it. He is much more relaxed now.

 I love to read 'the lake'. We did this meditation at the lake on the way to the Buddha foot prints. It helps me a lot to calm down.


Thanks for the great time. Say hello to your dog, owl and your daughter.


Cheers M & L xx


Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, January 31st 2017



Dear Frans,


Thank you for all your sessions and for sharing so much of yourself during my wonderful 3 days visit.

Thank you for the info on the Singing Bowls. They are intriguing and I hope to explore them more when I have more time during a future visit to you.

All best regards. I wish for you continual growth and success in your endeavors.




E.A. China


Nederland, 25 januari 2017


Dank je voor de bijzondere week die wij hebben gehad en waarin jij een belangrijke rol voor ons had Frans. Tot ooit.




E & N v.d. E



Chiang Mai, Thailand, January 12th 2017


Hi Frans, 


thank you so much. It was so nice seeing you, and working with you, again.

Thanks for a wonderful week with lots of insights. I'm excited to go home and start living the things I've learnt - and to rule my kingdom of talents.

I have lots of energy and am sure I will have a great start of my new job.


Thank you so much for being the fantastic person you are and for sharing your wisdom. You do a huge difference and impact on everybody around you.


Take Care,



Copenhagen, Denmark



Sydney, Australia, December 13th 2016


Hi Frans,

hope you have been well.

I have been wanting to write you for quite some time now. It has almost been a year since I did a retreat / detox at Pavana Chiang Mai Resort.The time spent at The Pavana really had a profound effect on me. My mind has felt much more open and sensitive. Having done the morning meditation with you each morning has been great and I continued to practice it on my own.


I just wanted to write to say thanks for leading the meditation sessions while I was at the retreat, it was a really good routine to up keep. There are lots of new things, I felt have come into my life since leaving the retreat and perhaps I wouldn't have noticed them as clearly if I didn't continue to practice mindfulness and to be more introspective about myself.


I have had this great sense of gratitude recently that has provided a lot of great energy for me to focus on my work and to live a comfortable life.


Hope you have experienced a great 2016 and to cross with you again in the future.



// jeff


Chiang Mai,December 8th 2016


Hi Frans,

Just a smal thank you for your generosity of spirit in giving time, patience and education to me during my two weeks, short, but lovely visit.

Have a drink or two on the Friday evening market and smile !!



Great Brittain


Bangkok, December 6th 2016


Dear Khun Frans,


Thank you for giving us mindful time a week for me (Sasha) and a couple of days for our whole family.

Sasha & Vitalli

Taras & Milasha


The Campfire was very nice (Taras (12))

Meditation was fun (Milasha (10))


Sasha and I, without advance discussion, came to the same idea to make a gift to you, this book.




Family Z, Russia / Ukrain


New York, USA, November 20th 2016


Hi Frans,


Thank you so much for an amazing and insightful retreat. I learned so much, breathing, walking, thinking differently and so much more. Thanks for your openness and kind heart in sharing yourself and your vast knowledge and understanding. I've a long way to go but I'm on the road!


Many, many thanks and sending you light and love,



New York


Germany, October 4th 2016


Dear Frans,


Nice that we had the chance to say 'goodbye' a second time before I went home after the eight day program I did with you. I am already in Germany again.

I will try to live each day as it was my last. The song and the black bird on my left shoulder is now in my mind.


And your sentence 'Be open and willing to receive good things that are waiting for you' is also with me.And thanks that you have shown me that I do have more talents I ever thought.


R. A.



Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, September 11th and 21st 2016


Dearest Frans,


Thank you so much for coming and leading such wonderful sessions for the Family Business Network Asia, with my guests from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, in Ho Chi Minh City over the last few days!

It was amazing to have the ability retreat into ourselves and I very much treasure the time you led us through the experiential exercises. It did indeed deepen our understanding of one another and allow each of us to understand ourselves better.


May you continue onto your joyful journey's until our paths cross again ;)


Om Om Shanti !


Kathy Luong Organizer of the FBNA retreat.



Paris, France, August 14th 2016


Dear Frans,


Working with you was an amazing experience. We were totally amazed by The Pavana and your decisive presence. You know how to connect with people and talk in their heart. You are a big asset for the resort as well. You were one of the primary factors we had such a good time. We are confident our paths will cross again… You are always happy, always smiling. Thank you!


S. & O. U



USA, August 6th 2016


Hi Frans,


Thank you so much for your support and insights. You helped me a great deal, and it is obvious that one of your missions in life is doing just that---helping others.  Thank you so much!


N. I.


Singapore, July 23rd 2016


Thank you Sir Frans!


Your guidance has helped me re-shape my path.


Mr. G. K.

Participant numerology/life coaching sessions during yoga retreat



Antwerpen, België, 12 juli 2016


Dank je wel voor al je energie, inspiratie en spiegel! Wat een trip!


S. E. & K. O.

Deelnemers 12-daags partnerprogramma



Kopenhagen, Denemarken, 25 mei 2016


Het is nu 2 maanden geleden dat ik thuis kwam van mijn meditatie ervaring bij Captijn Insight in Thailand. Een mooie spontaan ingegeven trip, die nu een van de beste beslissingen die ik ooit in mijn leven heb gemaakt blijkt te zijn. Naast mediteren zelf heb ik veel geleerd over het boeddhisme en over mezelf.


Ik heb dingen mogen en kunnen laten loslaten en ze met een grote Thaise wensballon in oneindige hoogte en leegte laten opgaan. Nogmaals dank je wel Frans Captijn voor deze fantastische ervaring. Ik zal je altijd dankbaar blijven voor deze reis.





Utrecht, 12 mei 2016


Online presentatie en dialoog  als bijdrage in het programma "Selecteren zonder Vooroordelen: voor de beste Match!"


"Interessant om ook over dit onderwerp na te denken (bij stil te staan) en over te discussiëren in een gesprek met Frans Captijn via Skype in Thailand. Zeer verfrissend: interessant om andere/originele kijk hier op te horen. Nuttig en inspirerend, ook wel baanbrekend in de ‘sleur’ van onze manier van denken. Leuke praktijkvoorbeelden, veel informatie."


Terugkoppeling vanuit de evaluatie van de training.



Copenhagen, Denmark, May 9th 2016


Hi Frans,


my week last March with you was not only one of the biggest experiences in my life. It was also a life changing experience.


When I decided to join a program with you, I had no job and my economy was very vulnerable. However I had no doubt that the trip was an investment in myself and my future so I just had to find a solution. Therefore I sold some stuff and I rented out my apartment while I was gone so I could finance my trip.


My expectations for the week with you was huge. However my expectations was even more than fulfilled.


Working intensely with you for 7 days was a unique possibility to take a huge step towards myself and I taught so much. I had never felt an inner peace like that before. And I still do.


I admire your unique ability of connecting with other people. I felt that instantly and I knew that I could share anything with you. You also have a great sense of humor. I love that :)


I wish, everybody could have the chance to join one of your programs and hope I can join a program again.


Love from Copenhagen




Sydney, Australia, April 15th 2016


Dear Frans,


The secrets of a rich life…? It was a great adventure for Richard and me to find out a different meaning of living life. With your connection and approach you helped us to discover our real purpose. As you said, do not find it in the outside world but search within. So true.

We already talked with our children and some of our friends about our great experiences, shifts we are making and the wonderful time in Thailand we had. Believe it or not. They feel our change.


We hope we stay on track breathing in and breathing out more connected.

Thank you for your inspiration.


Carol (and Richard).




Denmark, February 20th 2016


Hey Frans,


It's almost 2 years since I was in Chiang Mai. It has changes my whole world to learn from you - it's like I have a peace in mind, I never had before. And because of you I had certainly found the last missing link to let go and suffer less - and to "place" the things I was suffering about. You are one of my masters in life - once again - Thank you!


Take care,


Best M. K. L.


Paris, France, February 8th 2016


Dear Frans,


One more message.

I came to your place to find some inspiration to live better, to learn to "let it go", and you had a great impact on me. For your kindness, your dedication, your focus on helping and this great energy you radiate around, I want to thank you again. If you ever were to visit Paris, or someone that you care about, I'd be happy to share a coffee & help if I can.


Again, many thanks,




Paris, France, January 28th 2016


Dear Frans,


I couldn't go without saying thank you for the time spent together. Your words had a positive impact on me, so I feel grateful for that. Hope you'll continue to spread love & wisdom to lost and not-so-lost urban souls! 


Wish you the best in the future and hope to stay connected,




Sydney, Australia,

January 17th 2016


Hello Frans, I watched a very interesting talk, it asked us if we could name a person that has offered positive help that we have taken to improve our happiness and therefore our wellness. Yes, I could name Frans!


I want to express my gratitude, for giving me information, giving me help, even when I was not ready to really help myself, because I was fighting other battles. I did stop. I read the poem and HEARD what it was you were trying to say. Is topped and thought, about the workshops, your blog posts, my life, and how it was I could help myself.


For so long I felt I had depression. But no, it was not a depression, but something destructive in my life as you know, which I am now so very thankful to be free from. I am learning every day, I write in my journal, I stop, I look, I hear and enjoy. I share this with those that I love and I thank you for helping me find this. I am experiencing a life that I know I would never have had staying in the situation I was in. Of this, I am free.


I have not felt this free in a long time and it is bringing me closer to life, I thank you for helping me find this Frans, I cannot express my gratitude enough. Be well, you are doing wonderful work.




Switzerland, January 1st 2016


Happy New Year to you.


Thank you for everything I could experience, learn and share with you last year. it's a great gift to, have met you beginning of last year and in November.


I am looking forward to this new year 2016 and to live and fulfill my mission in life.


Big hug mydesar friend.


Anja R.




December 23rd 2015




Frans - greetings to You.




Your immaculate "delivery" is highly appreciated - as the time spend with You.


It was .....a joyful breath of fresh air in my stale ..hmmm "indoors", a superb deep insight......


Great food for more in-depth journeys.... the hermits way...




Take care of your precious self and wishing you many various wonderful discoveries in participants of your programs in the coming year.


It was a pleasure and an honor.


Your Russian comrade A



Nice, France, December 11th 2015


"Such a wonderful experience of Introduction to meditation with Villa Asia two years ago in Chiang Mai, Thailand ! Thanks, Frans Captijn ! Hope, we'll have an opportunity to meet for another experience ! :)" Villa-Asia Thailand.


Tatévik Ozararat


Hong Kong, December 2nd 2015


Dear Frans,


Thank you again for your company, listening, and sharing. 

I thought of your words and I think I know what to do.


Thank you for being you, by being you, you have shown me how to be me :-)


Sending you love from HK!





Nederland, 21 november 2015.


Heb 4 jaar geleden de fantastische retraite met het thema 'Vrijheid' gevolgd bij Villa-Asia, Frans Captijn, in Thailand. Ik heb een flinke wending in mijn leven kunnen creëren. Dank je Frans Captijn en Wendy Hanssen.


Klaas Tuitjer.


Oostkappele, Nederland, 11 november 2015


Kies voor jezelf uit het aanbod of laat een combi maken zoals het goed aanvoelt.

Sta open en geniet vooral, dit buddy programma was voor mij een unieke beleving. Het heeft me nieuwe inzichten gebracht en ook bevestiging gegeven.

Geloof in jezlef, zoek uit wat jouw talenten wensen.


Dank jullie wel voor alle mooie ontdekkingen.


Geef jezelf eens een mooi en super waardevol cadeau. Ik ben blij dat ik dit gedaan heb.


Stralende groet,





Taiwan, September 28th 2015


Hello Frans,


I fanally have some time for myself since I came back from the trip due to typhoon. So I want to write to thank you so much for all your teachings and inspirations during our stay there. Even though it's crazy how fast I lost that perfect peace I dad during the stay, but i know from time to time I can always look at the notes I took of your teachings and hopefully remind myself of things like "everything you pay attention to grows - so be positive", "send out loving kindness", "give attention to the space in between your thoughts to calm the mind down", ... etc... :)


Thank you again and I sincerely hope that our path will cross again in the future.





Taiwan, September 16th 2015


Dear Frans,


Just wanted to thank you for everything I have received and learned and inspired on this trip.


I feel totally rejuvenated and am able to go on with my ‘new life’. I also seem to have a reassurance of what I'm about to do in my life, the mission, which I hope to share with you one day.


Thank you very much!


With love and gratitude,




USA / Singapore, August 25th 2015




Thank you for your kind words and information working with me/us. I appreciate your input and honest views. My wife and I were talking about how much we enjoyed interacting with you. All the best to you and yours. Meet you next year again.


Kind Regards,




Trip Advisor Reviewed 2 August 2015

(part of “Real and Comprehensive Review” from a guest from Singapore of The Spa Resort Chiang Mai)


I spent 9 days here and I am going to give an honest and comprehensive review and hope that it will be helpful.


What's great?
Frans Captijn the meditation teacher -- I was deeply moved by his sessions and have enrolled in a Buddhist meditation centre back in Singapore. Frans was a CEO in the Netherlands in another life and after an accident gave it all up and settled here. He is knowledgeable and a great life coach and guru. Don't miss his optional activities...reasonable and worth every penny. I regret not having taken a few. Check out his website www.villa-asia,nl


Shanghai, July 15th 2015


Dear Frans, 


I just wanted to write and say thank you for spending time with me last week. It was a week of growth. I cannot thank you enough for your availability and honest feed back. It created such clarity for me. I returned to work yesterday and my secretary said I looked more relaxed than she’d ever seen me – so that’s a start.  


Anyway, it seems a bit odd to be saying thank you in an email given your wifi free zone, but I really can’t express how thankful I am for our conversations.




R. E.


Bangkok, June 10th 2015/2558


Thanks so much Frans for the very good stories and also leading the meditation sessions. Thought I have practiced a lot in the past years but I always learn something new from you :-).






26 mei 2015


Beste Carlien en Frans,


Met veel plezier en energie ben ik de afgelopen tijd aan de slag geweest de Villa-Asia mini-speurtocht. Veel van de onderwerpen en opdrachten waren voor mij zeer herkenbaar en sloten goed aan bij mijn belangstellingssfeer.


Ik wil jullie graag complimenteren met de opzet en goede formuleringen; hieruit spreekt ook meesterschap!


Wellicht kom ik jullie in Thailand eens opzoeken om een weekje te verblijven.


Hartelijke groeten,


H. B. (NL-deelnemer Mini-Speurtochten)



China, May 10th 2015


Hello Frans,


I am back in China for work and finally can take time to write you after my holidays!


I want to thank you for your guiding, all your advices and information and your knowledge that you spread generously all around you to take care of everyone. I really appreciated every moment. The labyrinth was a great experience. The feed-back you gave me afterwards about my walk invited me to walk it the next day again. I got the same sensation at the same place and got the remembering back. By facing it I got the insight of letting go and I did. After a few minutes it faded away.

My stay in the resort was great. Everything was perfect surrounded by people who take care of guests and this wonderful landscape.


Yes, you helped me to enjoy and love life and all which surrounds me much more.

Thank you for this.


R.E. from Switzerland


Beijing May 7th 2015


Dear Frans,


It was very unique to share my experiences and deeper thoughts and feelings with you. I miss the days of starting up having meditation classes in Chiang Mai, miss everything and everyone, especially miss you. Just as you said, sharing the best “I” with the world, more smile and brighter eyes, and find when I open the heart these days, good luck all around me. I do it!


Meeting you is unexpected lucky. I smile thanks to all.


Thank you, Frans.





China, April 19th 2015


I am back home for about two weeks. I think about the things we talked about during the meditation retreat a lot. Sometimes when I am alone this sentence keeps going in my head. “We have an appointment with life and the only moment we can touch life is now.”


Thanks again for everything. I hope we can keep in touch and I can come back one day.


G. L.


Switzerland, April 18th 2015


Dear Frans,


Thank you so much, I really appreciate the time you took for me.

Having met you has been (and still is️) a great gift to me!


Thank you for everything. I will miss you and our morning meditation ...


Take care & big hug



L. A.


Germany, April 14th 2015


Dear Frans,


I am glad I got to meet you. I didn't know what was going to come of the meeting but it has been all good. Thank you so much for taking the time with me. It resonates with me, I feel you are spot-on with the analysis. I will stay in touch and let you know what happens.


Thank you.

Warm wishes (or maybe cool wishes would be more welcome at this time of year...)

A. N.


Being, China March 3rd 2015


It was very interesting to work with you! Interesting also that you basically very quickly pointed out my weaknesses - or better to say what I experience as weaknesses.


I clearly will go for the inner battle to have more time for the energizing talents... time will show if I will succeed but I as general positive person I am sure the exercises will at least be in my mind and hopefully intuition will guide me to do baby steps in the right direction …


I will try to just do the Kaizen way and think about it today and tomorrow ... next steps will come when I am ready... hopefully it will not take too long time...


In case I ave any further questions I for sure will get in touch!


Until then, all the best (also to the owl and your dog) and thanks again!


R. A.


Florida, February 12th 2015


Hi Frans,


It was so great to meet you and be able to spend the time we did.

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge & meditations!


B & C


Zwaag, Nederland, 12 januari 2015,


Deze review heb ik geschreven een half jaar nadat ik in de zomer van 2014 de Bootcamp ‘stappen naar meesterschap’ heb gevolgd. De reden waarom ik dit nu pas schrijf is dat ik benieuwd was of dat ik na deze Bootcamp nog steeds het gevoel en de wijsheid die ik van Frans Captijn heb mogen ervaren zou kunnen gebruiken in mijn dagelijkse leven of dat ik na een week weer in mijn oude patroon zou vallen. Ik kan u verzekeren dat dit laatste gelukkig niet het geval is en voor mij is dit dan ook een teken dat deze Bootcamp een succes is die ik iedereen kan aanbevelen op mijn leeftijd. (29)


Een week lang kreeg ik een denkbeeldige spiegel voorgehouden. In deze spiegel ga je samen met Frans kijken naar je eigen ik.

Het was iets wat ik nog nooit had ervaren en wat mij leven wel heeft veranderd in positieve zin.

De wijze lessen, verhalen uit zijn jeugd en werkvelden gecombineerd met het boeddhistische leven gaven mij een helder inzicht hoe ik zelf eigenlijk in elkaar zit en welke stappen ik de komende jaren zal gaan maken.


Het programma, op The Spa Resport Chiang Mai, in combinatie met de dag tripjes naar bijzondere plekken in de streek Chang Mai zijn een mooie afwisseling. In deze week ben ik echt tot rust gekomen en het gehaaste leven van werken en social life heb ik dan ook echt eens achter mij kunnen laten. Ook dit kan ik iedereen eens aanraden. Daarnaast zijn de persoonlijke gesprekken soms confronterend maar gaven mij ene helder beeld en een handvat en geen opgelegd antwoord. Uiteindelijk mag je zelf bepalen welke stappen je wilt gaan maken en is alles wat Frans vertelde niet goed of slecht. Oftewel jij bepaald het helemaal zelf wat je er mee wilt doen. Dit maakt deze Bootcamp fantastisch. Er wordt je namelijk niets opgelegd wat goed of fout is maar je word zelf geconfronteerd met je eigen ik. Door de opdrachten en de verhalen kun je zelf gerichter keuzes maken en zal je na thuiskomst een gerichter pad bewandelen.  


Nu 6 maanden later kan ik zeggen dat de Bootcamp week mij bijzonder goed heeft gedaan als persoon en voor de relatie met mijn partner. Ik draag nog steeds mijn armband gekregen van de hoofd monnik uit het dorp als teken van geluk. Daarnaast is voor mij ook de dagelijkse herinnering aan deze bijzondere week en aan de bijzondere en openhartige man Frans Captijn. Ik ben blij dat ik hem heb mogen leren kennen en dat ik zijn verhalen heb mogen aanhoren. Vooral zijn verhalen geven mij dagelijks nog inspiratie en vertel ik regelmatig nog door aan mijn eigen vrienden en kennissen. Oftewel een week om niet meer te vergeten.


met vriendelijke groet,


Frank Karsten

Deelnemer Bootcamp ´Stappen naar Meesterschap´ Students & Young professionals 2014


België, 17 december 2014


Dag Frans, ik ben inmiddels terug. Een totaal andere energie hier. Ik ben superblij je ontmoet te hebben. Jammer dat ik niet meer tijd met je kon doorbrengen. Zou nog veel meer willen leren van jou. Ik ga voor een nieuwe kans!


Succes en bedankt.


R. de E



Copenhagen, November 23rd 2014


Dear Frans,


Once again - thank you for everything you tought me.. I use my "Thailand-wisdom" daily, and it´s you, who helped me to "place my mum in the right box"!





Zwaag, 5 oktober 2014


Hallo team van Villa-Asia,

We zijn inmiddels alweer acht weken terug, maar er is geen week voorbij gegaan dat ik niet aan Frans of aan Villa Asia heb gedacht. En juist daarom is het schrijven van een recensie zo moeilijk. Door de Boot Camp heb ik besloten om vier dagen te gaan werken in plaats van vijf, om een betere balans te krijgen tussen werk en privé. Ik heb inmiddels dus al acht keer een woensdag de tijd gehad om een recensie te schrijven. Elke keer begon ik en legde ik mijn schrijfblok weer aan de kant. De woorden op het papier deden te kort aan de fantastische belevenis die ik heb mogen ervaren tijdens de acht dagen in Villa-Asia en omgeving. Elke keer als ik een opstart maakte met de recensie kreeg ik een grote glimlach op mijn gezicht en wilde ik de passie overbrengen in letters, woorden en zinnen. Nu twee maanden later realiseer ik mij dat de Boot Camp niet veel woorden nodig heeft om een recensie voor te schrijven.


Voor mij is de Boot Camp samen te vatten  als: Leef & Beleef!

Leer kijken, proeven, ruiken, luisteren en voelen, en de wereld ligt aan je voeten!


Frans, het was de meest bijzondere reis die ik tot nu toe heb mogen meemaken. Jouw wijsheid is zo speciaal dat ik het bijzonder vind dat ik dit een week heb mogen ervaren.


Jasmijn Heuzer

Deelnemer Boot Camp Young Professionals


(aanvulling 19 April 2015)

De afgelopen maanden is mijn passie voor mijn missie weer helemaal terug. Ik denk nog regelmatig aan Thailand en aan jouw wijsheid en daar ben ik zo blij mee!


(Spontane reactie van een collega / samenwerking partner)

Doorwerth, 1 september 2014


Hoi Frans,


Fijn en inspirerend om samen weer volop bezig te zijn met de opstart van onze twee mooie programma's van begin volgend jaar. Maar toch eerst even dit. Hoe vind je de ontwikkelingen van 'onze' laatste Thailand gasten? Werkelijk, ze gaan maar door. Weet niet wat voor een shot ze hebben gekregen in januari, maar die shot is blijkbaar voldoende voor een heel jaar! :-)



Arianne de Zwart