International Snoezelen Association ISNA - Snoezelen professional e.V.


Dear members and friends of ISNA-Snoezelen professional,

“it was great” that was the unanimous opinion of the 34 participants from 10 nations. Only 2 weeks after announcing the trip to the Netherlands, to the “cradle of Snoezelen”, we had to make arrangements for more sleeping space and close registration due to popular demand. Luckily, Ad Verheul was able to react quickly and reorganise, he booked bigger bungalows at the beautiful Landgoed de Scheleberg and found some lovely restaurants happy to host our large group. Allocating the rooms took a bit of consideration too to ensure a harmonious atmosphere – but it all went smoothly! (Only our guest from Argentina went missing for a while after having some trouble finding the meeting point “northside of the station” but eventually found his way to the accommodation.) Communication was without problems in English, German or sign-language. Many international contacts were made, participants spoke about their own work and experiences with Snoezelen and promised to visit each other.


At the birthplace of Snoezelen - the centre De Hartenberg - Ad Verheul, the founder of Snoezelen, spoke about the history and development of Snoezelen in the Netherlands from 1978 and the new living concepts of today. The tour around the impressive compound was very much enjoyed.
Since 1980 many Snoezelen congresses have taken place. Krista Mertens spoke about her first meeting with Ad Verheul in 1978 and her subsequent, regular trips to the Netherlands with students. Heike Levin gave an interesting insight into her work and her parent and baby/toddler Snoezelen sessions.
A walk through the large grounds and subsequent excursions left a lasting impression. Participants were able to see for themselves the renowned innovative care and assistance concepts of the Netherlands, that have been in existence for decades, such as the farm with garden centre and the “manege – zonder – drempels” (arena without barriers), to name but a few. (


Our interpreter Ms. Susi Annim

Another highpoint was a visit to the Snoezelen equipment company Barry Emons:

Who wouldn’t have liked to have
a bed like that as a child!


It was a fascinating trip with many memorable moments, too much to mention, but last but not least, the highlight of the trip.

Visit of the Snoezelen room in De Hartenberg!





Ad Verheul, many thanks for this wonderful experience, for the good cooperation and organisation./p>

None of us are likely to forget this fantastic Snoezelen experience in a hurry.
Due to popular demand we have decided to offer the trip again next year.


Your sincerely

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 Prof. Dr. Krista Mertens (1st chairwoman)


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