Born in 1944 in Amsterdam, Yoyo grew up in a nearby commuter village, with parents who were both born and raised in the East-Indies (where her grandparents had emigrated to at the beginning of the first World War) – with influences from Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Pantheism.
The divorce of her parents in 1950 left her mother with four children: she was the eldest (6), the youngest just born.
Pain of separation
The pain of this irreparable separation may be at the origin of her search later in life for something that could bridge seemingly irreconcilable opposites: in relationships, the world and oneself.
After high school and a study of French language and literature, her work as a secretary to the director of the Modern Art Museum in The Hague led her to embracing the Arts herself: painting appeared to be a wonderful means of expression that helped her to come to terms with her existential struggle.
Creativity and The Work
After finishing Art School in Arnhem she received a scholarship for the Academia Sztuk Pięknych in Cracow and later, after having been initiated by her Guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) in 1979 was awarded a first prize for European painting in Bruxelles.
This is when her work with people began. In her painting classes she found that (chronic) physical tension often blocked creative unfolding. Looking for ways to relax the body she discovered holistic deep tissue massage as a means to release chronic tension and integrate undigested emotions. By the end of the eighties she had finished her training and started her own practice. After that she was trained as an Avatar Master and Wizard with Star’s Edge in Florida. For 12 years she practiced the techniques she learned for liberating the conditioned mind.
Self unfolding and the Art of Living
Towards the turn of the century she founded the Humanifold School for the Art of Living, in which she could combine her skills and experience and develop into the non-duality teacher she now is. Here people come to heal their bodies, integrate emotions, review their mind-set, meditate, develop their talents and awaken to who they are.
PATRICK KICKEN’S INTERVIEW WITH YOYO ON NON-DUALITY