My diversions

Apart from my professional activities of being a writer and being a Sage for the Forests with the Woudpartij, I also have diversions, of course. Click on the links below to find out more about these divertissements.


In the land of the Breakfast Kings (Others call it Turkey) I learned that the most important part of the day is breakfast. I also learned that Martinus Benders had been brought up with an average breakfast, with a terraced house breakfast, and so I made real breakfast into a new hobby. Gradually I started calling it a power breakfast.

Power Breakfast


Most men don’t care about perfume or are quickly satisfied with some musky scent. For me, perfume is a very beautiful diversion. I love perfume bottles, beautiful design, sophisticated scents that strike the perfect balance. The right tone is soon the right tonal 🙂

Read more about which fragrances I love:

The Herbal Bath

Bathing is one of the finest pastimes of human beings and in all its delicacy, it is also one of the most healthy pastimes, if you do it the right way. I created 50 different herbal baths and experimented with them for years as a hobby and as a bathing guru at Mary’s Blessing.


I am a practitioner of various breathing techniques. I also do cold water swimming in the Wim Hof tradition and am a big fan of the Nadi Shodhana technique.

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. He has been named one of the greatest talents of his time by critics like Komrij and Gerbrandy. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English about the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international stage of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.