Doby van den Berg

About The Teacher

Vegetarian home chef, also woodworker. Doby comes from a family with a curiosity towards many different cultures, especially culinary culture and music. He started helping his mother in the kitchen from a young age and has never stopped enjoying the process of preparing World food, and the pleasure of eating together.

He is always interested in finding new spices and herbs from every possible region of the world, similarly collecting authentic music from all over the world. He possesses quite impressive collections on both topics. Doby found like-minded friends, with whom he gets together every year for night long buffets to experiment, share new ideas and enjoy each others culinary creations.

Doby trained as a cabinet maker first to allow him to live and work anywhere in the world and building beautiful kitchens was a favorite. In Holland Doby offered his cooking talents every once in a while for formational groups and retreats organized by friends. After emigrating and going through cancer, Doby took up healthy, tasty cooking as a new profession and loves it!

Massage and Reiki

Another talent he picked up in the second part of his life was expanding his skills in massage and Reiki. Doby followed courses in a combination of Ayurvedic and Pressure point massage by Ganga Hoogendoorn (Aleid’s yoga teacher) and Reiki second level with Denise Ernsting. His strong calm presence goes very well with this work

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