Carmen is originally from Suriname but has spent most of her life in the Netherlands. She was first introduced to Vipassana in 2007 and has been practicing in the tradition of Most Venerable Phra Prom Mongkol Vi (Ven. Phra Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo) intensively ever since.
Several extended stays in the International Vipassana Meditation Centre at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara, Thailand, have led to her being authorized as a teacher by the Most Venerable Phra Prom Mongkol Vi (Ven. Phra Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo) in 2018.
Khun Thanat has entrusted her with organizing meditation retreats in the Netherlands and ultimately establishing a new meditation center. She has been organizing retreats since 2015.
In 2019, Carmen received recognition as a benefactor and was awarded by the government of Chiangmai for her services to Buddhism.