CLOWNS IN THE WILD – Laughton Lodge- UK
Sunday July 30, 2023 - Friday August 04, 2023
Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 14:00 on last day
A five-day Clown and Nature Connection workshop
The wonderful grounds at Laughton provide the perfect setting to explore play and nature connection. Clowns connect deeply with the world around them and respond emotionally to what they observe. Nature fuels our imagination and reminds us to breathe and be present in the moment.
Drawing on Forest School and nature connection activities, join us for a week away from the normal demands of daily life to explore your clown in the wild and experience more than just a breath of fresh air.
We connect to our playful spirit. We develop and sustain in ourselves and each other the courage to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves. We befriend the fears that block us from being fully present in the here and now. The path of the Clown is simple, vulnerable and naive reminding us to dance lightly through life.
Clowning is a state of playfulness that brings us to experience a child-like, naïve and vulnerable state of being. Paradoxically we grow, learn and are strengthened through reconnecting playfully with what makes us most vulnerable. This approach to clowning is not a technique (tricks, gags and routines) but a personal journey towards finding one’s own unique way of being a clown, by listening and being receptive, essential skills for any creative and imaginative expression. It is only when we let go our control over things that we begin to be surprised by the depth of what reveals itself to us.
Jessica Hernandez – Nature Connection
Jessica studied Speech and Drama in Switzerland and England from 2002 and decided to try out a Nose to Nose clowning course in 2004, which sent her on a wonderfully joyous clown journey and messed badly with her sense of wanting to get things “right”. From 2006, she trained as a clown facilitator with Vivian Gladwell. Since then, Jessica has been working as an actress, storyteller and clown facilitator. Her multilinguistic background has sent her on many adventures abroad to work with teachers, health care professionals and people with additional support needs. A mother of two young clowns, Jessica lives and mainly works in Scotland, where she has recently trained to become a Forest School Leader. This allows her to combine her love of stories and playfulness with all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Ali Stockford – Clowning
Ali has been facilitating with Nose to Nose workshops for eight years and holds this work in high esteem as the perfect grounding for all creative work, developing our potential for full self-expression and the bigger picture of trusting ourselves and life and the power of fun! As a member of the Nose to Nose Team, UK, she has delivered clown training for the Giggle Doctors, Theodora Foundation, UK, Lis’n Tell Speech and Language practitioners and Quantum Marketing, London. Ali grew up dancing – ballet, modern and tap -appearing in lots of musicals and pantos . She worked as a tap dancer in France alongside studying for a French literature degree and co-produced a one woman clown show – The Princess and the Pea- for children. She is currently grappling with writing another clown piece which could transform into either a short story, film, or book or merely get left on the shelf until another time! Ali speaks both English and French.
Course fee: £475 – Tuition only
Accommodation and meals: We recommend camping or camper van at Laughton for the full nature connection experience. However there are also rooms available in community households at Laughton Lodge
Single room and all meals:
Camping/ Camper van and all meals :
Lunches Monday – Friday:
Lunches and supper from Sunday eve – Friday lunch :
Date and times:
The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30
To book a course follow the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places. Submit the form with your details and we will let you know how to proceed with payment of your deposit. Your deposit is REFUNDABLE MORE than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a £20 admin fee for refunds. If the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full.
Deposits are paid online.
NOTE: Your place can only be confirmed after we have received your deposit. As the fee quoted usually only covers the course fee, please check you know the total cost of the course (course fee + accommodation and meals). Click here
Once your deposit has been accepted, we will notify you to confirm your place on the course.
You are booked on the course ONLY when Nose to Nose confirms your place.
MORE INFO CONCERNING COURSE FEE…
Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.
Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: Just click on the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.
Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just click on the link Click here to enquire and fill the form. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.