Mattijs M. van Katwijk

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”

– H.D. Thoreau

Ever since his teens Mattijs has been inspired by the sparkling wisdom of oriental philosophy. Following his intellectual education his development deepened intensely when he started training in health and martial arts. He integrated his affinity with methods for personal development and energy management into modern western context. In his teachings he inspires through expressive storytelling.

Mattijs is director of Studio MENG, where he teaches and organizes seminars in personal development. He practices Qi Gong and natural horsemenship. Moreover he is a draughtsman graduated on the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague.
Mattijs touches and inspires with enthusiasm and a lively sense of humor. He gets people going and makes the extraordinary wonder of life land with anyone. 

Mattijs is associated with several agencies amongst which Twijnstra Gudde, Ardis and Bon Courage.
The Dutch Ministery of Foreign Affairs, Vervoersregio Amsterdam, the Police Netherlands, the International Criminal Court, European Patent Office and Ernst & Young Netherlands are among Mattijs’ clients.




  • “I feel a lot more calm, focused and present in the moment. I also feel better equipped  to deal with other peoples’ stress and insecurities, especially colleagues’.”
    – Felicia Melander; International Criminal Court, The Hague
  • “The workshop Taiji that Mattijs offered our team wasn’t only fun, but left us with practical tips of how to work in an effective and energetic way.”
    – S. van der Drift; Ernst & Young Netherlands
  • “Mattijs finished serene, leaving the participants relaxed and full of good mood, ready to start the evening program”
    – S. Heijblom; management of the VMT and LZK3 schools
  • “The way Mattijs teaches, I am getting to understand more about the way these three bodies interact – and why it is key to make decisions from the underlying connection of these different layers of consciousness. The Dao offers me calm, rooting and a profound connectedness. I have a lot to learn still.”
    – Sanne Carrière; Directie – Aqua Assistance BV

foto by Hein van Liempd