dr. Alois Hechenberger

Workshop leader

resident in Innsbruck, Austria

professional career

  • Read Psychology/Education and Religious Education at the Universities of Salzburg and Innsbruck
  • Two-year research programme at the San Francisco State University/USA with Prof. Dr. Bill Michaelis, co-founder of the worldwide New Games Movement Focussing on: New Games, Adventure Games, Play Leadership, Nature Education
  • Two-year international course in Florence, Italy and Fribourg, SwitzerlandFocussing on: intercultural learning, social ethics, business management
  • Further studies with "Project Adventure", Boston and "Children Together", San Francisco/USA
    Focussing on: Advanced Play Leadership Skills, Cooperative Games


  • Planning and managing activities relating to play and sports education for Kindergarten, young people, families and senior citizens
  • Lecturer in theory and practice of play at the Free University Bozen and at the HSL-Luzern, Switzerland
  • Consultant for the EU "Sports4Peace" Project: presenting the project at the UNHQ in Geneva, Switzerland, at the play market in Remscheid, Germany and at the international conference on "Sport as a means to peace" in Vienna
  • Member of the international study group "Sportmeet for a united World" based in Rome
  • Doctorate at the University of Innsbruck on the theme of: "Sports4Peace - social learning through play and movement"

offers for seminars and workshops

Held seminars and given advice for economics and tourism, school and freetime in Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland since 1990.

list of publications and scientific presentations

  • Hechenberger A. (1996): Einfach loslegen.
    In: Neue Stadt, 35, 6, p.28-30.
  • Hechenberger A. (2000):  Play education-New Games-Aventure Games.
    In: Kontakte, 18, 1, p.26-33.
  • Hechenberger A./Michaelis B. (2001). Bewegte Spiele für die Gruppe,
    3rd edition, Ökotopia Verlag Order here
  • Hechenberger A. (2004): Sports4Peace – Ein Powerplay für den Frieden.
    In: Bewegungserziehung 58/5, p.23-28. Download in german language (56 KB)
  • Hechenberger A. (2005): Gewinnen und Verlieren sind lernbar.
    In: Schulpraxis 95/2, p.14-17. Download in german language (82 KB)
  • Hechenberger A. (2005): Sports4Peace und die 6 Spielregeln (Eigenverlag) Order here
  • Hechenberger A. (2005): Sports4Peace and the 6 rules of the game (EV) Order here
  • Hechenberger A. (2005): Sports4Peace e le 6 regole del gioco (EV) Order here


dr. Alois Hechenberger