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Petra Oorthuijs

Beyond the obvious.

Drawing on more than 35 years as Lecturer, Trainer and Coach, Petra engages with energy, compassion and humour. She observes intently and dis-covers (in)effective behaviour patterns astonishingly quick. Theatre-based learning brings to the surface, your consciousness, what needs to be acknowledged. And masters the practise of being. Working with her will bring you to a new level of embodying what’s important to you. You will show up stronger, with more impact and from your own powerful intent.

Petra studied Nursing Management and subsequently Theatre-based Pedagogy in the eighties in her native country The Netherlands. Both professions demand an ability to look perceptively at people, to win their trust and to see beneath the surface, behind the facade. To enable healing and movement.

While working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, Petra met a distressed woman. The two had no shared words and still easily found a connection. Petra often thinks of this as a eureka moment: an encounter which illuminated the deep power of intention.

It was this insight that prompted her to pair the empathy and compassion of medical work with the transformative power of Theatre. The result was to become her life’s work: toBE

In 2001 she qualified to use MHS Emotional Intelligence profiling and in 2019 she qualified to facilitate Constellations. Countless certificates in body, voice and mind practices keeps her curiosity alive and deepens the work. Haumea’s Ecoliteracy programme, Pacifica’s Eco-psychology diploma and ongoing reading ensures her commitment to finding sustainable ways of living for all.

She volunteers as gardener for the Sue Ryder Foundation, as mentor for Le Cheile Probation services and as Friend for her friend in the Muiriosia Foundation

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