Find out more about my current workshops below, as well as my experience in hosting workshops here. Please feel free to contact me about any questions you may have.

~ Alice

Transforming the dementia journey


Hosted by Dementia Connections
and CareChamp

Do you need information and guidance to help you take care of someone living with dementia?

Sign-up for this interactive online course via Zoom, so that are able to participate from the comfort of your own home
A course of six one-hour online sessions held weekly:

  • Understand brain & behaviour changes in dementia
  • Share sound advice that makes a difference
  • Calm the emotions triggered by dementia
  • Undertake a reminiscence project
  • Experience solidarity with others on the journey

This course is limited to four participants to allow time to share experiences

Facilitated by Alice Ashwell PhD, Educator & Life Coach
You do not need to experience the dementia journey alone


DON’T MISS OUT! BOOK NOW through CareChamp

Course Value: R1 800 per person

Next Course Start Date: Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 18h00

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Transforming the dementia journey


Hosted by Dementia Connections
and CareChamp

The sessions are taking place in small groups (5 – 6 participants) and are aimed at Family Members and Carers of Loved Ones suffering from Dementia.


• Opportunities to share your story with others on the journey; to be heard & encouraged
• Insights to help demystify dementia – e.g. understanding how changes in the brain affect mood & behaviour
• Information & practical techniques to help you address family caregiver stress
• Tips to enhance communication so that your loved one feels safe, calm & loved
• Useful resources & links providing ongoing support
• A practical project to honour your loved one

We offer either an in-person group session in Cape Town OR a nationwide online group workshop via ZOOM with easy instructions on how to join from a desktop/laptop or even smartphone. 


WHAT: “DEMENTIA CONNECTIONS” ONLINE WORKSHOP weekly over 6 weeks / 6 hours in total.

WHERE: ONLINE ZOOM invite will be sent with instruction. You can join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android.

Upcoming Dates

  • Six Tuesdays over 6 weeks starting on Tuesday 07 May and finishing on 11 June 2019,  from 6pm to 7pm

Price: R1 800 per person. Maximum of 4 people per class. 


WHAT: “DEMENTIA CONNECTIONS” WORKSHOP IN CAPE TOWN taking place fortnightly over 8 weeks / 10 hours in total.

WHERE: 305 Dolsam Park, 10 Mountain View Road, Wynberg,Cape Town,7800

Upcoming Dates

  • Four Saturdays over 6 weeks starting on Saturday 04 May and finishing on 8 June 2019, from 02:30pm to 5pm

Price: R1 900 per person. Maximum of 6 people per class.


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Transforming the dementia journey


31 January 2019 EVENT UPDATE – We are having to postpone this course.
It will start on 02 March 2019 in Wynberg, Cape Town.

Hosted by Dementia Connections
and CareChamp

02 February 2019

16 February 2019

02 March 2019

16 March 2019

2:30pm – 5:00pm
24 Michell Road, Marina da Gama

This course of four interactive workshops is designed to support the loved ones and carers of people living with dementia. Limited to only 6 people per course, the course is an opportunity for you to share your experiences. We learn about how dementia affects the brain and behaviour, practise calming techniques that help us deal with the emotional toll of dementia, and share valuable advice to help those with dementia keep connected to love, life and meaning.

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Nurtured by Nature

Hosted by Livewell Villages
and CareChamp

Saturday, 24th November 2018
08h30 for 09h00 – 15h00
Livewell Villages, Somerset West


R550 Per Person | Lunch and Tea included

Please confirm your booking by Thursday 15th November 2018

Visit or contact Alice Ashwell PhD, Dementia Educator & Coach | 082 720 7444 | 021 788 2431

Visit Dementia Connections SA on Facebook for photos of previous workshops.

This activity is worth 5 CPD points for those registered with the HPCSA.

This one-day experiential workshop explores the role that Nature can play in improving our health and wellbeing. It is designed for those who love and care for people living with dementia, including professional health care workers as well as family members and friends.

The workshop framework is informed by a holistic model of community-based dementia care developed by Alzheimer Scotland. It considers the physical, emotional and social benefits of spending time in Nature – for both those living with dementia and their caregivers.

As the year draws to a close, come and be inspired by this day of active learning, sharing and connecting with Nature in a beautiful care home garden.

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Transforming the Dementia Journey

Hosted by Dementia Connections SA
and CareChamp

4 Dates · Aug 25 – Oct 6, 2018
– 25 August | 2:30pm – 5:00pm
– 08 September | 2:30pm – 5:00pm
– 22 September | 2:30pm – 5:00pm
 06 October | 2:30pm – 5:00pm

24 Michell Road, Marina da Gama

Further Details:

A four-part course for those who love and care for people living with dementia.
Demystify dementia through deeper understanding.
Learn calming techniques to help you cope emotionally.
Share practical tips to enhance communication.
Do a project to honour your loved one and enable reminiscence.

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Transforming the Dementia Journey

Hosted by Dementia Connections SA



 28 July 2018 | 2:30pm – 5:00pm
 11 August 2018 | 2:30pm – 5:00pm

– 14 July 2018 | 2:30pm – 5:00pm
– 28 July 2018 | 2:30pm – 5:00pm
– 11 August 2018 | 2:30pm – 5:00pm

The first course is underway, and bookings are open for the next two courses.

24 Michel Walk, Muizenberg

Further Details:

A four-part workshop series for those who love and care for people living with dementia.
Demystify dementia through deeper understanding.
Learn calming techniques to help you cope emotionally.
Share practical tips to enhance communication.
Do a project to honour your loved one.


Nurtured by Nature

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 10:00am – 4:00pm

Summerfield Park Randburg Retirement Village

Further Details:

An experiential workshop introducing those involved in elder and dementia care to the therapeutic value of nature for elders and carers alike.
5 CPD points awarded by the HPCSA.
Contact Tracy at Methodist Homes
To book

Nurtured by Nature

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 9:00am – 3:30pm

Anchusa Court

Further Details:

Those who care for our elders also deserve to be cared for!
Join us for a day dedicated to honouring YOU, the carer-partner.
> Learn about research that shows that time in a garden can help to reduce challenging behaviours in people living with dementia – and reduce their risk of falls.
> Discover how a daily dose of Nature benefits your health and wellbeing.
> Relax and be inspired in a beautiful care-home garden.

Cost: R550 per person

To book, please contact Margie van Zyl Chapman
Chairperson: SA Care Forum

Geratec Nurtured by Nature

01 February 2018
Kirstenbosch Gardens

Further Details:
On 1 February, staff members from Ons Tuiste, a home for the aged in Bloemfontein, had an experience of being ‘Nurtured by Nature’ in Kirstenbosch Gardens with Dementia Connections. The experience was part of a week-long trip to the Western Cape, during which they spent time learning about person-centred care with personnel at Huis Ina Rens in Paarl. Thanks to Sister Ida Britz from Ons Tuiste for taking her staff on such an unforgettable trip, and to Geratec for making the Kirstenbosch experience possible.

A Role for Nature in Dementia Care

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 10:30am – 11:30am

Fish Hoek Bowling Club

Further Details:

Alice Ashwell, whose mother lived with dementia for about 15 years, will give a talk on A Role for Nature in Dementia Care at the Care Company’s monthly Body ‘n Soul gathering on 1 November.
The whole programme starts at 9.30am and finishes at 12.30.
All are welcome.

Entrance is R10 per person, payable at the door.

RSVP to Louise Wentzel on 021 782 8256, cell 079 531 8452

Or email

What our previous participants are saying

I’m so, so glad that I didn’t hesitate to join this course.
I’d read up on Dementia and done an on-line course previously, but I find Alice’s ‘Transforming the Dementia Journey’ hugely valuable, a combination of her clear, informative input and our personal interaction in the group.