Yoyo was born in the ‘hunger winter’ of 1944 in Amsterdam. Her grandparents having emigrated to the East Indies – a Dutch colony at the time – to escape World War 1, both her parents were born and raised in a culture where Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and and tribes with indigenous religions lived side by side.
Shortly after they met on the boat from the Indies to The Netherlands for a visit to their motherland, World War II broke out
and they found themselves trapped in ‘Holland’.
They married and had four children, Yoyo being the eldest. By 1950, when Yoyo was 6 years old, they their marriage stalled and they divorced, never to see each other again.
This background formed the basis for Yoyo’s calling later in life: bridging seemingly irreconcilable opposites. Both internally and externally.
Having initially dedicated her life to the Arts she started her spiritual journey in 1979 with the Indian non-duality teacher Osho Rajneesh. After she had won a first prize for European painting she began teaching painting, drama and massage classes and studying deep therapeutic bodywork, emotional integration and mind-shifting. In 1999 she founded the ‘Humanifold’ school for the Art of joyful Living, which to date continues to offer individual counseling, workshops, Flowering courses and retreats for Awakening..