About Het Johan Borgman Fonds

The foundation Stichting Het Johan Borgman Fonds (HJBF) was founded in 1969 by Mr. Johan Borgman (Groningen, 1889 – Oosterbeek, 1976). During his lifetime, Borgman was a successful poet, natural healer, and painter living in Amsterdam from 1920 to 1969. After his wife passed away in 1963, Borgman decided to leave his estate to a foundation.

In Borgman’s will, it was his vision for the foundation to bridge the gap between science and natural healing by promoting research and education in these areas. As an avid painter and patron of art too, this was a subject that the foundation also seeked to preserve and support.


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Once the foundation became active after his death, the first board members, in honour of Mr. Borgman, took the wishes in his will literally and held their charter meeting in Amsterdam just one hour after his funeral on January 14th, 1976.

Since this first meeting, HJBF has coordinated and financially supported numerous projects. These projects can roughly be divided into the following categories:

  • Scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine
  • The preservation of archival materials related to the history of academic Parapsychology and Spiritualism in the Netherlands
  • Research and education, typically via conferences covering a wide range of topics