Mattijs van Katwijk

Ever since his teens Mattijs (1973) has been inspired by the sparkling wisdom of oriental philosophy. Following his intellectual education his development deepened intensely when he started training with national and international teachers in areas such as 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 inviting teachers, specialized in personal development. He practices Qi Gong, Aikido and natural horsemenship. Moreover he is a professional draughtsman graduated on the KABK The Hague.
Mattijs gets people going. He touches and inspires with enthusiasm and a lively sense of humor. He effortlessly brings down to earth the extraordinary, and makes it land with anyone.

Mattijs is associated with several organisational advice bureaus.
The Dutch Ministery of Foreign Affairs, The Police Netherlands, Twijnstra Gudde, the International Criminal Court, European Patent Office, Ernst & Young Nederland and Diakonessen Hospital Utrecht are among Mattijs’ clients.

“First, MENG Training is fun. Moreover it helps me deal with work – and anywhere – with a spacious and happy mind, a broad vision and a healthy body.”
Corina den Broeder; Deputy Director and head of department, board FEZ of the ministery of Safety and Justice
“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’ class offers an outstanding balance to the hectic dynamics of the week. Inspiring classes with a healthy dose of humor and perspective. The day after I am always a little sharper and more energetic!”
Paulus Nabbe; Creative director Smidswater
“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

“Through this Dao and 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