From Puppeteer to Orthodox Hermit

Jozef [Joseph] Van den Berg (Beers, 22 August 1949 ) is a Dutch puppeteer, playwright and actor, who now lives as an Orthodox Hermit.
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He converted to Orthodoxy in 1990, and spent time on Mount Athos. He built a small chapel of 2 by 1.5 meters in a garden in Neerijnen, The Netherlands, which still stands today. He still lives there, and receives people every day. He lives from whatever people bring him. He has no connection to any utility whatsoever. A few years ago a toilet was built in the garden, which Joseph and his guests can use, and he now has a mobile phone for emergencies.

For an account of his fascinating life, see and


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