VAN DEN BERG
THE COOL WAY
For a long time, I have been fascinated with exploring body and mind. This fascination let me on an amazing journey with beautiful adventures like training kung fu with monks in China, playing barefoot football in the snow with Wim, trying to make sense of shamans and much more.
I took my first workshop with Wim in 2012 (I was 20 at the time) and I was hooked. I love the method for its power, simplicity and playful mentality while maintaining the connection with science and common sense. For me the essence of the WHM is about connection. Connecting to inner and outer nature; Connecting body & mind and connecting to myself and others.
About me as a teacher
I love sharing these beautiful techniques and principles and take people with me on a journey of exploring body & mind.
I became one of the first WHM instructors, am teaching at the whm academy (teaching the teachers), was part of the making of the fundamental online course and have taught many workshops and travels in different countries for people all over the world. From Olympic athletes, to people with health problems.
In general in my teaching I like to create a safe and playful atmosfere. I have an emphasis on developing better (body) awareness and intuition and using breathing to explore body&mind. Apart from the WHM, I use other techniques and principles from other methods to fascilitate learning.
Some other explorations in body and mind:
On my 'journey to find out' I try to navigate the interesting waters in between science, religion, common sense and amazing experiences and see where they can meet each other, attempting to remain very sceptical and accepting at the same time.
Breathwork: I am a breath coach in ‘methode beter ademen’, I have explored many different breathing methods including buteyko, quantum light breath and systema breathwork. Movement: I am a trainer in the kinesica method. Apart from that I have trained in many different movement methods and styles.
Meditation: I am a great fan of vipassana meditation.
Academical: In university I studied a combination of philosophy, linguistics, anthropology and religious studies.
Martial arts: I have trained in systema and different Chinese and Thai martial arts. I have trained martial arts intensively in both China and Thailand.
Spiritual: Many different interesting rituals, spiritual methods and festivals
There are many ways leading up to the great mountain tops of self-knowledge, mastery of body and mind, health and happiness. Some are restricted, some are free, some go left, some go straight. There are religious ways, spiritual ways and scientific ways.
This is one of them. I don’t claim to bring you all the way to the top, but I can bring you perhaps a little higher. You can walk along for a while and then find your own way again.
It is a cool way. It frequently involves cold temperatures, we often do some really cool stuff like fightplay, climbing moutains in shorts, extending our comfort zones, discovering that you can do more than you think you can. Most importantly, it is a playful way.
It is playful in the sense that it is free of many rules. Like a child discovering how to use speech, learning how to walk and exploring the world, we use this same mentality to explore our bodies and minds.