Path of the heart: play as teacher for health care professionals

When Plato said, 'You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation’ he was pointing to a truth that in modern day healthcare we often overlook. In emphasizing ‘being an expert’, the one ‘who knows’  we can lose some magnificent human abilities that are important in care: to communicate from the heart, to feel and read another, to be so sensitive 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. Play can be a delightful way to learn to trust our presence in the moment.  We start peeling off layers and discover our authentic self. This is a continuos process that deepens each time we do this work. So whether you have participated before or if 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 energizing. 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 of and appreciation of yourself and others. Here it is possible to communicate with people who no longer 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 not only for health care professionals (nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, art therapists, doctors...) but for volunteers and informal carers as well. Anyone who's willing to learn from play is welcome.

Workshop leader

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 specialized 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.


march 18-19, 2017

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

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


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


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

People from abroad can 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.


There is a great B&B near the venue: Breeden Steegerhoeve. For reservation you can mail to or call +32 (0)496 305 396


For registration or more info on the workshop:

Please contact or call Alexander Verstaen on +32 (0)498 481 849



Administratief adres:
Leegtestraat 60
8020 Ruddervoorde

BE 0829.603.485
IBAN BE 09 7512 0496 2757