life encounter a foundation


Who We Are

Our names are Dick & Johanna de Koning. 

We have been living and working in Thailand since 1986, first being involved with refugees from Laos and later servicing the Thai people and foreigners, mainly through our Counseling Office in Bangkok.

New Counseling Service.

   Our mission is to help families and individuals in emotional need  through counseling and training. Helping them to become their own people's helpers.

We both have degrees in clinical and pastoral counseling and have been blessed with Thai counterparts who are also counseling Thai people.

   Our experiences of organizing Marriage Encounter Weekends since the year 2000 have taught us many valuable lessons.

We also have a family and (grand) children who have grown up and are now taking care of themselves.

Our Mission

We exist to give people a chance to develop a balanced life and improve their well being by helping them to grow emotionally, relational, and spiritually. We assist them in developing their vocational or artistic skills by providing scholarships and coaching in education. We plant the seeds that lead individuals and families to establish a self-sufficient life.

Our Core Values

Join in LEAF's vision to live an extraordinary life, expressed in three core values:

Relationship-- The core of LEAF's mission lies in developing sincere, heartfelt relationships where honesty and communication form the foundation for meaningful interaction. LEAF builds all of its non-profit projects on the basis of a balanced,accountability-based relationship with the self and others.

Quality-- LEAF helps individuals to find their talent and provides the coaching to make their creativity blossom, always striving for an improved quality of life.

Education-- LEAF believes that extraordinary life begins with good education. Through events that promote art and culture, as well as seminars and personal coaching, LEAF seeks to increase awareness among the public, creating opportunities for talent to blossom and encouraging people to discover the heart of humanity: living life to the fullest.

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Professional Encounter HERE

Find more information on Marriage Encounter HERE
Life Encounter Asia Foundation (LEAF) is an

organization founded by Dick and Johanna de Koning in order to “branch out” and support people not only through Counseling, but also through education,  micro-finance and development.

LEAF helps you to encounter yourself and others through
life-changing experiences, coaching and development of skills.

The heart of the LEAF foundation is to help individuals and families to develop a
balanced life and improve their well being through emotional, relational and spiritual growth.

The foundation assists people in developing their vocational and artistic skills by providing scholarships and coaching.