You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation’ (Plato).

In emphasizing ‘being an expert’, the one ‘who knows’ we can lose some magnificent human abilities that are important in care that are easier to access when we are not ‘being the expert’: to communicate from the heart, to feel and read another, deeply using all senses and capacities. To be so sensitive, in fact, that our very presence alone becomes healing.

Play is the primary way human beings develop to relate to the world. When we play for its own sake rather than to compete or win, we begin to access the wisdom of the body, of our senses and intuition, capacities that go beyond language.

We start peeling off layers and discover our authentic self. This is a continuous process that deepens each time we do this work. So whether you have participated before or this will be your first time, presence meets us and reveals more to us each time. Play is a delightful and profound way to learn to trust this presence in and around ourselves and others, moment by moment. 

This workshop is not only for extrovert persons. It uses learnable, accessible and simple ways to play. We look at how limiting and closing competitive play can be and how to open up to something much more inclusive and energising. The process teaches you how you can create a non-competitive, disarming environment around yourself and in relation to others. It is about unlearning ways of being and unhelpful habits of self-protection and landing in a deeper trust and appreciation of yourself and others. Here it is possible to communicate with people who no do not have language, people with dementia, terminal patients, and people who cannot articulate or locate their suffering. It is an invaluable skill to develop and deepen.

The workshop needs no previous experience and is open to anyone willing to learn from play: volunteers, informal carers, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, therapists, doctors. All are welcome.

Angela Halvorsen Bogo has 35 years’ teaching experience for non-performers using the principles of connection and presence learnt as a clown and storyteller. Her workshops, retreats and courses are fun, profound and transformative.
She is a specialised clown trained to work with people with dementia at all stages of the process and those caring for them. She has been a professional storyteller since 1990 when she was apprenticed into the oral storytelling tradition of the Scottish Travellers. She has developed work that connects people through performance and training in over 30 countries.

This workshop is a collaboration between Angela Halvorsen Bogo and Perennis – Centre of Growth in Living and Dying. Perennis wants to be a source of inspiration for formal and informal carers, giving impulses for growth and development.

Date: March 18-19, 2017

Time schedule:
Saturday (18/03): start at 9:30h, ending at 19:00h
Sunday (18/03): start at 9:30h, ending at 16:00h

Alethiea, Roseveldstraat 84, 8820 Torhout (Belgium) +32 (0)50 212225

Fly to Brussels Airport (in Zaventem). At the airport you can take the direct train to Lichtervelde. You will be picked up there by car.
There is also the airport Brussels South (in Charleroi) but it’s harder to get to the venue from there.

The fee for the workshop is €195. This includes tea/coffee in all breaks.


  1. Comment by Elspeth Harding

    Elspeth Harding Reply November 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Your previous play workshops that I’ve attended have provided me with a wonderful grounding for playful music-making sessions with people with dementia and their carers, when there is a need to respond to what arises in the moment.

    I shall shortly be working with young adults in a local hospice, and am looking forward to seeing how this way of being open-hearted, open-minded and fully present as a playful adults can be applied there.

    I am very grateful for having been on the receiving end of your inspirational work, and highly recommend it to others.

    • Comment by Angela Halvorsen Bogo

      Angela Halvorsen Bogo Reply November 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Elspeth!

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