Body-psychotherapy with John Leigh Dent

      The Playful Heart

    A creative adventure into who you are

































































































Facilitated by John Leigh Dent and Astrid Schroeder


Venue: The gasworks Studio, St Werburghs, Bristol. 


Saturday 8th Feb 2020 - 10am - 5pm


Early bird (before 4th Jan) £50 Low-income  £40


Standard £60 Low-income  £50



Some feedback from previous Playful Heart workshops:

“You enabled and held a wonderful and challenging group space that for me allowed freedom of expression, especially in the dance and in the art”


“The exercises have stayed with me all week, my painting is on the wall by my bed and my heart has felt more connected. What more can I say”


“I saw myself reflected in so many ways and I really appreciated your leadership style"

 "A wonderful day of going to the edge"


                                              What’s involved?

The heart is the relational part of who we are and it longs to connect, to come out from hiding and freely express itself. When the heart is dominated by shame it becomes bound up in fear and hides away. This experiential workshop will offer an optimal space for the heart to come out and play; play in this context means to creatively explore what your heart carries. Over the day you will engage with the story your heart in relationship to yourself and others. This will all be contained within a structure of dialogue, working in pairs, creativity, movement with space for sharing and process.


Moving the body  

“You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves…”  Mary Oliver (wild geese)

To be in our hearts we need to be in our bodies and to be in our bodies in a healthy, nourishing, alive way, we need to be in our hearts. For various reasons your  body and the heart may have become separated.  Over the day you will find ways of being more present simultaneously in the heart and the body. 

Authentic expression
As well as love, the heart is a metaphor for courage, sensitivity, connection and authenticity, all essential ingredients needed for a healthy relationship.  When someone speaks from the heart we are moved, inspired, touched. When we get closer to the heart we get beneath protective armour and connect with the authentic self.  Many of us have internalised shaming messages around expressing feelings in an open and clear way. You may see feelings as either good or bad,  male or female, weak or strong or that feelings are irrational and need to be intellectualised. This splitting causes all kinds of problems. Owning all of who we are is necessary if we wish to be more fully alive, present and in contact with others. Over the day, the authentic self will be encouraged into the space, to be seen, to count and to have it's presence felt by others.
"...It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self." Winnicott 

Living is a creative act

Creativity is a celebration of life and oneself.  It is an act of transformation, a journey where each moment is a new beginning.  It is the expression of life within our hands, body, heart and guts. It can manifest through a picture, a poem, a conversation, a thought, movement. It is limitless.  It is a state of being that cannot truly be qualified by anyone else and it takes courage in its willingness to be seen. Over the day you be offered ways to celebrate the creative self. 


Who's it for?

The Playful Heart is suitable for those interested in personal growth around relationships, body image and expression. It can also be attended  as CPD for  therapist, carers and bodywork practitioners. No previous experience  is necessary and no one will be expected to do anything they find overwhelming but self-reflection, endeavouring to be with your own process and a willingness to engage with others is essential. 

All participants will receive a CPD certificate. 


Over the day can hope to gain a deeper connection with your:


  • Heart
  • Passion
  • Authentic self
  • Body
  • creativity
  • Spontaneity
  • Pleasure
  • Potential to shift from inert relational patterns

How to enrol:

To ensure a place on The Playful Heart workshop a non-refundable deposit of £20 is required.  Please call 07847 970 973 or email  for more details. There will be a maximum number of 16 people. Before booking please make sure you have read the terms and conditions  regarding fees and deposit.

Astrid  is a somatic movement educator(ISMETA), mindfulness teacher (CMRP) and creative dance facilitator (JD, USA) with a background in psychology. Her work is grounded in and informed by the main somatic pioneers, Buddhist and analytical psychology, as well as a wide range of other modalities.