1-1-1958, Den Haag, Holland.
Astrologically a Capricorn,
Oriental a Fire Rooster, Mayan
7 Blue Night.
Second of four children.
Spent my youth
in a small village in the centre of Holland, Nieuwkoop.
mother, Dieuwke Joustra-Kuiper, a professional violinist, taught
me various musical instruments. My father, Pieter Andries Hylke
van der Harst, a graphic designer/musician, taught me how to fix
my bike, woodwork, and above all, always TO LOOK.
We had no TV
until I was 16...
professional career began with holiday-jobs in the local smithy,
the general store, and loading luggage at the
After successfully failing highschool, I worked
shipping department junior,
designer along with my father,
general machine-shop engineer (building
multicomponent airless spraying rigs),1987-1990
(on ocean-going 4-master barkentine),
and that was the
last 'job' I had.-1993
Since 1993 I do all kinds of
interesting things: I developed telescopic aluminium poles for
tipi's, making the ultimate 'camping tipi' possible.
'sew your own
tipi-workshops', twice a year. Which resulted in about 130
tipi's, made to my sailmakers' standards, 'gale-proof'.
1996 I got the information neccessary to build a real Mongolian
Ger (or yurt if you wish), and soon after made the first one
with my partner Tamara.
In 1999 we built and then burnt the
Babel-tower in Ruigoord.
Thanks to Maarten Stam Nooitmeerhaast became a thing in 1999.
We registered Yurt.nl in 2000.
2004 I touched a computer for the first time since 1979... (an
Apple Powerbook G4).
In 2005 I discovered how a website
We made the first Waldo for use as kitchen in the Bigheart-camps.
In 2007 we founded Euro-Yurts.
In 2008 I married Ganbolor Balchindorj in Mongolia.