Are you the creative and interesting team member?

Our dream is to have students from the three universities for applied science in Arnhem and Velp meeting and enjoying each others company. To see them grow as a person  and as a community.

Every year a team starts working on attractive small scale  events  to make our Tuesday living room lively, and explore new possibilities for workshops, trips, and whatever brings new insights into the noble art of living.

Are you the  creative and interesting person who will breng something special to our student team? Contact us at

This volunteer job requires: 4 hours a week at least, for a fee of 100 euro’s a month.



What is meditation?

Meditation is relaxation. It is not about concentration, it’s actually about de-concentration. It’s not about focussing one’s thoughts on one thing, but instead on becoming thoughtless.

What are the benefits of meditation?

  • A calm mind
  • Good concentration
  • Better clarity
  • Improved communication
  • Relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and body

5 Health benefits of meditation

With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.

On a physical level, meditation:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behaviour
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

11 Mental Benefits of Meditation

Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you, whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down. With regular practice of meditation:

  • Anxiety decreases
  • Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
  • A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
  • An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
  • The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.

3 Spiritual benefits of meditation

Meditation doesn’t have a religion and can be practiced by anybody regardless of the faith they follow.

  • Effortless transition from being something to merging with the infinite and recognizing yourself as an inseparable part of the whole cosmos
  • In a meditative state, you are in a space of vastness, calmness and joy and this is what you emit into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.
  • Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation. As you learn more about yourself, you’ll naturally start discovering more about yourself.

How to get meditation benefits

To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day!

Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms.

Busy people from all backgrounds are grateful to pause and enjoy a refreshing few minutes of meditation each day. Dive deep into yourself and enrich your life.

5 Benefits of meditation for students

  • Greater confidence
  • More focus and clarity
  • Better health
  • More mental strength and energy
  • Greater dynamism!


 The women situation


The laws protecting women's rights in Pakistan work on paper, but the laws are not being enforced to protect women in the way that they were written. The estimated percentage of women who encounter domestic violence ranges from about 70 to 90 percent according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). Rafiq Zakaria in his book The Trial of Benazir, writes, "the husband has an edge over the wife in family affairs but from this we cannot conclude that a man is superior to a woman in every respect". There is no basis for this either in Qur'an or the Sunnah. This is socially tolerated due to the Islamic tradition of the country, in which the men of Pakistan are dominant over the women. It was also estimated by the HRCP that about eight women are raped nationwide every twenty-four hours in Pakistan, and at least half of them are minors.
Females and non-Muslim men cannot testify on behalf of the woman, which makes the lack of consent very hard to prove. An incident in April of 1998 involved two Afghan women who reported being raped after being kidnapped from a bus leaving a refugee camp. The driver was detained, but paid a bribe to the police which set him free. The Pakistan Commissiorate of Afghan Refugees, which was responsible for the incident, investigated the accusation, and detained the driver again. A law was passed that invoked the death penalty for people convicted of gang rape, but due to the fact that gang rape is one of the tools used for social control by criminals, landlords, and the police, complaints aren't frequently responded to by police. There also have been many women forced by the police to perform sexual favours in order to be released from custody, while' others held by police are just raped (Islam, Gender & Social Change)

Honor killings are another major human rights atrocity that Pakistan does not seem to be concerned about. A Pakistani woman named Samia Sarwar was shot to death in her attorney's office. Her family had hired a hit man to kill her because she was seeking a divorce from her husband. These cases are most often provoked by the belief that the wife had been unfaithful, and the husband or the rest of the family sees the behaviour as being dishonourable. Since the women in Pakistan are subservient to the men, they are indicators of the power of the man they are with, and when the woman is believed to have disobeyed, the man's honour is damaged. The wife is usually killed in these attacks, but if she does survive, she could badly battered, burned by fire, or disfigured by acid attacks. There have been countless instances of these "honour killings" similar to the two-hundred and fifty women in the city of Lahore who were bumped to death in their homes in 1997 of which only six cases had an arrest. As in the case of Samia, her murderers have yet to be brought to justice although the evidence against them would have surely brought a conviction in almost any fair court of law. The laws are very lenient on those who are arrested for such acts. And there are numerous loopholes in the laws that make prosecution of the defenders even mote difficult.
 It appears from above discussion that despite formal provision for complete equality between men and women under these laws, yet it is difficult to ignore the fact hat the vast majority of Muslims have come to accept rights as hierarchical, with adult. male Muslims possessing the most rights and women and non-Muslim the least.



With bare feet, music and Ceilidh atmosphere.

Is there a better way to celebrate the incoming season rather then dancing, listening music, partying, drinking, eating and all of this with bare feet on a super soft floor surrounded by new people that like you wants to have fun and take a rest from the normality.

On the 4th of April 2017 at 20.00 at the ASP you could come and join us in the colourful atmosphere and in the perfume of Spring. The night is going to be animated from a Ceilidh music group and a social party dance with a new style as Ceilidh.

The way to welcome the spring with joy and pleasure. Ceilidh dance and music are going to drag you in an energetic atmosphere.


The term is derived from the Old Irish (singular) meaning “companion”. It later became ceilidh and ceilidh. Originally, a ceilidh was a social gathering of any sort, and did not necessarily involve dancing.


Ceilidh music may be provided by an assortment of , flute, ,tin whistle, accordion ,bodhran, hammered dulcimer and in more recent times also drums, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and electric fiddle bass guitar. The music is cheerful and lively, the basic steps can be learned easily; a short instructional session is often provided for new dancers before the start of the dance itself.

A ceilidh or céilí is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. But in contemporary usage, it usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place.

Dancing at Ceilidhs is usually in the form of Ceilidh dances, set dances or couple dances. A “Set” consists of four to eight couples, with each pair of couples facing another in a square or rectangular formation. Each couple exchanges position with the facing couple, and also facing couples exchange partners, while all the time keeping in step with the beat of the music.

Originally, a ceilidh was a social gathering of any sort, and did not necessarily involve dancing.

To get to know more and to move as real Irish man/woman come to ASP the 4th of March at 20.00. But our night will not be only about that. It will be a moment to prepare our spirits to the incoming SPRING!! That means music, dance, lightness and plyfulness. Sun, wind, flowers and good time to share with a lot of nice people.

We cannot wait to take part in this great and groovy bare feet social party!! Prepare yourself and don’t miss the perfect occasion to free your hippie soul and bring joy in your Tuesday night.

4th OF MARCH 2017 AT 20.00 AT ASP, be ready to move and be ready to shine!

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.” ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

10 tips for gardening in Spring!

Here some advices from Martha Stewart ( about how to keep your garden blossoming and amazing in the incoming SPRING season. Check them out and apply them to our student garden near Sonsbeek park.

1. Survey the Yard
Make note of tree limbs that should be removed or cabled, especially those that overhang structures. Hire an arborist to maintain large trees.Cut down last year’s perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms. Check fences, steps, and pathways for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.

2. Order Tools and Plants
Tune up tools so everything is ready when things start growing. Make note of what is missing, and order tools for the new growing season. Choose new plants for the garden. Order perennials, trees, and shrubs for spring planting.

3. Get Ready to Mow
Send the mower and leaf blower for servicing, or if you have the right tools, sharpen the mower blades yourself. Refill your mower with oil, install fresh spark plugs, and lubricate moving parts if necessary. Clear the lawn of winter debris, and look for areas that need reseeding before mowing.

4. Prune Trees and Shrubs
Remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches from woody plants. Thin and trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea, and most roses, except for old-fashioned once bloomers. Prune cold-damaged wood after plants resume spring growth. Prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees after flowering.

5. Take a Soil Test
Check soil pH with a home soil- test kit, taking several samples from different planting areas for an accurate reading. Enrich soil as necessary: Add dolomitic lime to raise the pH or elemental sulfur to lower the pH.

6. Prepare New Beds
Clear the planting area as soon as soil can be worked, removing sod or weeds and debris. Spread a 4-inch layer of compost or well-rotted manure and any amendments over soil, and cultivate it to a depth of 10 to 12 inches with a spading fork.

7. Plant
Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and daylilies by early spring. Choose a cool, cloudy day if possible. Transplant container-grown plants anytime during the growing season except midsummer; be sure to water them thoroughly. Sow seeds of cool-season flowers like sweet peas, poppies, and calendula, and vegetables such as lettuce, parsley, and spinach.

8. Fertilize
Apply balanced fertilizer (6-6-6 or 8-8-8), fish emulsion, or other soil amendments recommended by soil-test results around trees and shrubs when new growth appears. Spread high-acid fertilizer and pine-needle mulch around acid-loving shrubs like azaleas and camellias. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes.

9. Start a Compost Pile
Start a compost pile, or use a compost bin, if you don’t have one already. Begin by collecting plant debris and leaves raked up from the garden. Chop these up first to speed decomposition. Add equal amounts “brown” (carbon-rich) materials like dried leaves and straw and “green” (nitrogen-rich) materials like grass clippings and weeds in even layers with water and a compost bioactivator. Turn regularly. Continue adding to the pile throughout the season for rich, homemade compost next spring.

10. Clean Bird Feeders and Baths
Disinfect the feeders by scrubbing with weak bleach solution (1/4 cup bleach: 2 gallons warm water). Rinse and dry the feeders thoroughly before refilling them.Scrub birdbaths with bleach solution, then rinse them thoroughly and refill, changing water weekly. Clean birdbaths and feeders regularly throughout the season.