Hi there, I´m Britt Broekhaus!
I’m a traditional astrologer, embodiment coach, and teaching assistant to Kelly Surtees. Based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, I combine ancient astrology techniques with coaching, counselling, somatic practices and parts work.
Astrology helped me understand myself and my path at a time of crisis. I rediscovered my childhood passion of astrology when I was burnt out from being an overachieving academic. When I was questioning everything I ever thought I’d wanted (leave it to a Uranus transit and eclipses in your 4th and 10th house to shake things up!), astrology and yoga helped me discover the parts of me I had neglected in the pursuit of my academic identity, as well as understanding why I had neglected these parts in the first place. Astrology and somatic practices are both very effective tools for assessing both our talents and gifts, as well as the things that stand in the way of realising our potential. Using astrology, somatic coaching, and parts work, I’ve been able to identify both the significant blessings in my life and the core wounds or challenges that have informed my life up to this point.
My astrology practice
The astrology I practice is embodied.
As someone with +5 years experience with body work, I always bring things back to the body, the here and now. Astrology roots us in time and space, and helps connect us to ourselves and the world around us.
I consider my astrology practice to be down-to-earth, inclusive and empowering. My job as an astrologer is to help you feel more excited about your possibilities. I don’t do doom and gloom astrology. If you book with me, there’s a good chance that I’ll hype you up and show you where and how to find more ease and pleasure in life. It’s my fire placements, I guess!
On top of that, my work is informed by (intersectional) feminist and anti-capitalist ideas. My thinking is heavily informed by my academic background in cultural studies and critical theory, environmental activism, and the work of brilliant thinkers such as Tara Brach, Pema Chodron, adrienne maree brown, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Richard Schwartz, and many others.
Both in my personal and professional life I continually look for ways to dismantle and deconstruct my own privileges as white cisgender woman, as well as seek ways to build a socially inclusive and economically just practice. This I do by speaking out against racism and any forms of social injustice, running a trauma informed business and by offering sliding scale services.
I believe that everyone should be able to have access to deeper healing and reconnection with their true selves.
Through my own experience I have come to believe that inner wisdom emerges as soon as we take the time to slow down and listen to ourselves. In my sessions I offer you a safe space to explore your inner universe, and bring insight and healing to the parts of you that have been buried or misunderstood.
I’m one of those people who’s always learning something new (and my birth chart really affirms that). I just can’t help myself! If you’re curious to read more about my journey so far, and some of the things I’ve got cooking, here are some of the tools I’ve picked up along the way and exciting plans ahead:
I hold a MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam.
- I’ve worked in various positions in academia since 2014.
- I started teaching yoga in 2019, having completed 200 hours of training in hatha yoga and 200 hours of training in functional yin yoga. In addition I have completed 50 hours of yoga nidra training.
- I have completed the IFS Circle programme from the IFS Institute in early 2023.
- I received my certificate in coaching and counselling basics from the Academy for Counselling in 2023.
- I have completed various courses at The Embody Lab, including Mind-Body Coaching (2023), Integrative Somatic Parts Work Level 1 and Level 2 (2023).
Originally self-taught, I have done dozens of workshops and courses with various respected astrologers since 2019. Among them are: Kelly Surtees, Chris Brennan, Adam Elenbaas, Jason Holley, Demetra George, Austin Coppock, Kate Petty, Sarah Corbett, and Steven Forrest.
- Currently I’m enrolled in the Readings & Passages programme with Adam Elenbaas.
- I’ve been a teaching assistant with Kelly Surtees since 2021.
- Somatic Parts Work Level 3, 2023
Fun facts about me
I’ve loved astrology since I was young
My father made a print out of my birth chart when I was born, and it became a source of fascination for me during my childhood (even though I hardly understood anything about it!).
Before I started Innerverse…
I had my eyes set on being an academic. After quitting my PhD, I became deeply invested in the interplay between spiritual development and social justice work.
Some of my fave things:
Vegan cheesecake (not the cashew kind). The poetry of Mary Oliver. Snuggling with my son. Oat cappuccinos. Hot baths. Rewatching The Office every year. A warm bowl of noodle soup. Listening to post-rock and shoegaze while it’s raining outside… Bliss! The number 23.
I love feeling at home in the world
One of my happiest memories is my solo trip to Japan, where I spent three months chasing autumn leaves, staring out windows, and journaling. It’s a complete coindicence (but very serendipitous nonetheless) that my husband happens to be half-Japanese.
My astrology placements
I’m a Cancer Sun, Sagittarius Moon, and Scorpio rising, with Mars in Virgo.