For Health Care Executives, Teams and Professionals

To achieve this mission, we advise and guide leaders, teams and professionals in creating compassionate health care organizations…

… who offer high quality care

… where people work with joy and are healthy, resilient and full of life

… where people are heard and seen and are treated with compassion

We offer guidance and advice based on scientific evidence, contemplative traditions and a broad knowledge and experience of medical practices and training and interventions that are all imbedded in mindfulness and compassion. All our trainings are accredited for medical educators.

Our work is supported by (amongst others) the Dutch Academie Medisch SpecialistenFederatie Medisch SpecialistenAmsterdam UMC Medische Opleidingde Jonge SpecialistNetwerk Chronische Pijn, The Global Compassion Coalition and The King’s Fund.

BFC stands for Be Free and Connected. We wish that for everyone.

about Us

With our mission to empower organisational resilience and allow human resources to flourish through mindfulness and compassion in all European healthcare organizations, we have come up with innovative, evidence-based mindfulness and compassionate organisational and personal leadership programs.

We offer evidence-based programs that strengthen genuine connection, innovation and leadership. All our work is embedded in mindfulness and compassion.

We Practice what We Preach


Our team of lecturers and our team of meditation teachers are diverse in age, background and culture and we are connected in our mission. We are increasingly mindful of the importance of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging through our work, including cultural differences, sensitivities and representation. As our team grows, we commit to paying attention to this, and learning from others’ lived experiences. If you wish to know more about the diversity of our team, or have questions about this, we encourage you to get in touch with us by sending us an email.

We provide a simple tool for health care executives for a short self-assessment of the direction, alignment and commitment of their group. Of course we can provide you with much more thorough advice on request.

Barbara Francisca Carolina


Be Free and Connected

Barbara Doeleman-van Veldhoven is founder and director of BFC Compassionate Care & Mindful Medicine.  Her background and experience makes her an expert in integrating and putting into practice the connection between healthcare, compassionate leadership, teamwork, science, mindfulness and spirituality. She does this with lighthearted earthiness, humor and sharp clarity. Her work expands beyond the Netherlands to international collaborations with other mindfulness experts, integrating compassion in teamwork and leadership to foster compassionate cultures, especially in the healthcare sector.

Barbara Doeleman-van Veldhoven