Simone de Hoogh*, the founder of PowerWood, was interviewed by Aurora Remember Holtzman, who is the initiator and interviewer at the Embracing Intensity Podcast: each week Aurora interviews a strong, creative and sensitive woman who embodies what it means to embrace intensity in order to show you how to embrace your life in its fullest.
In the interview Simone talks about how PowerWood got started, the first ever PowerWood camp, how neurological diversity can create a positive change, she gives tips for living well and explains the pleasures of “being on this side of fifty.” Listen to the podcast here.
LAST CHANCE Connect, be inspired and experience how it is to be part of an understanding, supportive and enjoyable community.
Do you want to give yourself, or somebody else, a (mothers day) present? Treat yourself to one of PowerWood's workshops and learn more about living with intensity, sensitivity and hyper-reactivity.
Join us at ‘Coffee with Simone*’, where parents and grandparents can have an informal chat with Simone de Hoogh and other PowerWood volunteers in a safe environment about any issues or challenges they have with children who are intense, super-sensitive and hyper-reactive often described as ‘overexcitable’, ‘atypical’ or ‘high-able’ or just enjoy meeting up with other PowerWood parents.
No need to book, if you want to join please just turn up
Join our Power of the Woods for a fee that you can afford At Power of the Woods Camp Weekends families living with intensity, super-sensitivity and hyper-reactivity join the community, to build confidence, resilience and have fun in the forest! The grant from the National Lottery means that each joining family will be asked to make a financial contribution based on what they can offer. For more information and booking click here.
Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. His current research and writing focus primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. In his recent blog "Risky Play: Why Children Love It and Need It" he explains the benefits of 'risky play' for children to learn about emotion regulation. (Picture PowerWood Camp)
NEW YouTube VIDEO (3:46) by Kate Jangra
George (20) on how the PowerWood Camp helped her understand herself and connect to her sister on YouTube (3.46): "What was really nice actually, learning about my sister, and what I could do to be more engaging with her. Because what would happen, because she's got a different OE than me, she has got Emotional [OE], and.. I am not emotional at all, I am not very emphatic at all really. So knowing that.. the reason why she would just erupt and I wouldn't know what would go out with it, was because she was signalling, but signalling for somebody who had a deeper understanding of empathy. That made more sense " Thank YOU George and Kate for such a lovely film
PowerWood Project CIC is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise founded by Simone de Hoogh, with the support of many enthusiastic and skilled volunteers
Our Aims and Values
Raise awareness of neurological diversity as a positive force for change in society.
PowerWood supports families with non neuro-typical and overexcitable (OE) individuals leading to more harmonious family life, where people are able to fulfil their passions and dreams.
For those families, we aim to
Provide a safe, non judgemental space to connect, learn and grow together.
Give parents the information, tools and strategies to be able to build their energy reserve, resilience and willpower, and communicate in an effective and caring manner.
Increase access to the natural world and sustainable living.
Our core values
Parents are the experts on ourselves, our children and our family situation.
We celebrate, cherish and embrace our neurodiversity as natural variation.
We offer understanding, compassion and support.
We model being true to ourselves, authentically and happily unique.
We make informed decisions, drawing on a wide range of theories, models and clinical experience, adapted to personal circumstances,belief systems, and lifestyle choices of each client.
Through taking responsibility for nature, we learn to take responsibility for ourselves and the people we love
* Simone de Hooghis the founder of PowerWood and an experienced Parenting Consultant, Life Coach, and ‘ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education’ and founder of PowerWood. Experienced in working with a wide range of children and families, she provides information and support for living with atypical and/or overexcitable children. Through family and individual support, workshops, and PowerWood Camp, Simone aims to raise awareness, increase understanding, support parents, and improve family dynamics.
Simone has followed a postgraduate programme towards The European Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted at the Radboud University in the Netherlands, approved by the European Council of High Ability (ECHA) and received the diploma in 2008.
Simone is also a qualified teacher trainer for World Language developed by Laura Groebbé (2007). Using World Language, children can map their learning and thinking experience.
In 2010 Simone de Hoogh won an award from UnLtd to start the first PowerWood Camp. In 2012 the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme offered her a fully funded year of learning including a grant to help grow PowerWood further. Simone has been married to her partner Nic for more then twenty years and is the mother of two young adults.