Starts 19:30 on first day - Finishes 13:00 on last day
A TWO-YEAR TRAINING IN CLOWN FACILITATION WITH NOSE TO NOSE
from October 2024 – May 2026
Who is this course for?
You will need to have done Clown 1, Clown 2 and Clown 3 as a minimum. Some experience of working with groups and a commitment to your own personal development is necessary.
This course is for people who either already work as clowns or who want to use clowning in their own professional field (such as teaching, medical, artistic, social work, health, therapy etc.). Priority for the training is given to those who have done the Nose to Nose training at level 1, 2 and 3…
This training will be run in English
You can apply if you have only done level 1 as long as you commit to doing the other levels over the following 2 years.
If you have trained with other schools you will need to be familiar with the Nose to Nose approach before applying.
The venue is just outside Prague with easy access by train and road from the surrounding countries including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. It is a 15 minute drive from Prague airport.
Each module addresses a different aspect of facilitation and clowning:
- Warm-up and its function
- Structures of impros and how to read them
- Guiding impros
- Group process and the facilitator’s role in the group
- The clown archetype and its meaning
Length of course:
The course takes place across two periods:
- October 2024 to May 2025
- October 2025 to May 2026
Each period consists of three 5-day residential modules, Wednesday mornings to Sunday afternoons. Online supervisions are also offered between each module (see dates below).
A further optional supervision period of two weekends per year from 2026 to 2028 is also offered for those who wish to deepen their practice of the work. This may also involve co-facilitating a workshop with Nose to Nose within that period.
Tuesday is a travel day, arriving in the afternoon. We have supper together on Tuesday evening, followed by a short initial meeting, and start work the next day. Sunday we finish around 13:00 with lunch and departing.
- Tuesday 15 Oct – Sunday 20 Oct 2024
- Tuesday 18 Feb – Sunday 23 Feb 2025
- Tuesday 20 May – Sunday 25 May 2025
- Tuesday 21 Oct – Sunday 26 Oct 2025
- Tuesday 17 Feb – Sunday 22 Feb 2026
- Tuesday 19 May – Sunday 24 May 2026
Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently.
Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).
He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in 2006 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)
He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.
For more information concerning the course please register your interest below