MINDFULNESS AND THE CLOWN – a 6-day residential course – Emerson, UK
Sunday August 11, 2019 - Friday August 16, 2019
Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 14:30 on last day
Mindfulness and the Clown
A playful exploration of Mindfulness and Clowning
Participants in our workshops often express the deep connections they feel between Clowning and Mindfulness.
Clowning invites us to connect lightly and playfully to our emotions without identifying with them, in a non-judgmental way. Clowning also asks us to be powerfully “Present” in the “Here and Now”, to be deeply connected to ourselves, to our partners on stage, the audience and the world.
Breath, listening, stillness and befriending emptiness are all part of how Clowns reveal themselves to us.
In his autobiography Mickael Chekhov (who briefly worked as a clown) describes how he truly came to understand clowning when he saw himself playing himself – a witnessing presence to himself.
Charles Marowitz in his biography of Chekhov continues:
“The actor and the role are both divided and united, and, as if through the lens of a movie camera, he pans easily from his inner state to his outer being. In this condition, as Chekhov attests, things happen that were never planned, never rehearsed.”
The Other Chekhov: A Biography of Michael Chekhov, the Legendary Actor By Charles Marowitz
This workshop will consists of moments of Mindful meditation (introducing beginners to its principles) and moments of playful discovery of our clown.
Complete beginners in both Clowning and Mindfulness are welcome.
Arnaud is a social and emotional learning trainer, facilitator and mediator. His practice gives priority to the quality of the relationship between stakeholders to achieve desired and lasting results. He is also project manager for the Education Peace Foundation which advocates integrating social and emotional learning into education for the future generations. Arnaud is one the founder of the Gross National Happiness in Switzerland, a think-tank to reflect about a more inclusive paradigm of development and act to make this change possible. He is a Vice-president of the Eurasia learning institute for happiness and wellbeing to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence. http://elihw.org
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.
Course fee: £390 – Tuition only
Accommodation and meals:
Single room and all meals: £ 324.00
Camping/ Camper van and all meals : £ 199.00
All meals only : £ 77.00
Date and times:
The course begins Sunday – 19h30 (after supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 12h30
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