Anke Arkesteyn, born in Delft, Holland, in 1947. The eldest of seven children. Her mum and dad were musicians. They were both singers; mum was a pianist and dad a violinist.
Anke and her siblings started to play instruments at the age of six becoming part of their own house orchestra. Anke started to play the piano at six but really wanted to play the harp. Learning to play the harp only happened much later.
Anke worked as a Delftblue painter at the royal factory in Delft and demonstrated this fine art to tourists, meanwhile completing a Bachelor of Arts at the academy.
She was also a dance teacher in folk dancing and had demonstration groups to do the Macedonian dances from the former Yugoslavia.
Not knowing that in later years I would become an honorary member of the Macedonian community in Melbourne.
In 1983 the call to come to Australia became very loud and leading to Anke migrating and meeting her husband. They had a Successful Delft Blue pottery business. Anke became successful and won first prices.
In 1985, Anke met her spiritual teacher and clairvoyant Mario Schoenmaker. He advised her to study the occult history of the world, metaphysics and psychodrama and group dynamics. She graduated from this course and had several spiritual experiences. In 2011 Anke was ordained as priest of a non-denominal church. In other words, a free priest not connected to any religion or belief system. Anke’s work is being in the background uplifting people.
When Anke met Christina Tourin she knew that the harp would be her extension. I graduated in 2010 from IHTP as a certified harp therapy practitioner. Over the years she has experienced her journey as a blessing and is very grateful to all her teachers. Anke says she would never have been where she is now without them. Anke loves teaching and thinks the IHTP is fantastic for those who want to serve others therapeutically.
“One of my patients, who was dying, always loved the harp and in his last hour he hoped I would be sitting at the gate of heaven, to welcome him in with the harp. He seriously meant it and I treasured the image he gave me. Why not have that vision of ourselves as harpers, as soul guides doing this task.”
Reverend Anke Arkesteyn,
Melbourne July 2020