I’m Aranka, founder of Junglebirds and Lots of Lesvos, (co-) author of 7 books and a professional coach (certified ITS Coach, NLP Master, NeuroSemantics and RETaC practitioner). I live with my husband, son and dog in South West Portugal.

I help entrepreneurs, leaders and high performing professionals to reconnect with their true nature and live a meaningful and happy life.



Personal 1:1 coachings to transform limiting emotions and believes so that you can live a meaningful life in balance.

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Join a transformational Quest in The Netherlands or Portugal: one or more days completely dedicated to your personal growth.

Aranka Wise Leadership Coach

what can you expect?

my way of coaching

We have an online discovery session to see if it’s a match. I only coach people who I believe I can be of true value to and are as dedicated as I am.

I’m a certified coach by Ian Mc Dermott at the International Teaching Seminars, a certified NLP Master by Robert Dilts at the NLP University in Santa Cruz. I was also certified as professional NLP coach by Robbie Steinhouse at NLP School in London and I’m a member of the International Coach Federation. In the past 20 years I followed several trainings with Michael Hall and Wassili Zafiris and was certified as a Neuro Semantics and RETaC practitioner. Apart from coaching I’m fascinated by neuroscience and indigenous wisdom.

I have a down to earth way of coaching and I like painting outside of the box. I’m supportive, though not afraid to challenge you, always with respect and an open mind.

  • Better
  • Align with
    your purpose
  • Transform
  • Become
    a wiser person
    and leader

“Aranka’s knowledge,
clear and transparent approach
has ensured that I have a clearer
picture of who I am and which
path I want to take.”

Nicci Severens
Founder Lotus Sailing

“I highly recommend Aranka
for her diligent professionalism
and dedication to clients and
the work she undertakes”

Eleni Atsikbasis
Founder Healing Lesvos

“Aranka helped me to get
clear on my purpose,
goals and limiting believes
and supported me with just
the right approach in order
to kick start my new project”

Esther Ruurda
Founder Malibu Shanga

“Aranka knows how to
stimulate you to put aside
all your blinkers, beliefs or obstacles.
She helps to create a vision
and convert that into reality.”

Annette Gerritsen
Marketing and communication
at Topsport Amsterdam