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FINDING THE GAME… an intensive 2-week course – Ghent, New York, USA

FINDING THE GAME… an intensive 2-week course – Ghent, New York, USA
Tuesday May 02, 2023 - Friday May 12, 2023
Starts 09:30 on first day - Finishes 17:00 on last day

Exploring our relationship to play and games
through OOFA with Sarah French and CLOWNING with Vivian Gladwell

An invitation to lose and discover yourself in play.  

Finding the game is the radical act at the heart of all clowning improvisation. 

This 2-week intensive course is for anyone interested in exploring clowning either professionally or for personal reasons. Professionally clowning might lead to performance work. The course may also be of interest to anyone wishing to use clowning for more personal reasons, in a spirit of self-discovery and creative learning. 

Starting with the empty canvas, the silence and the unknowing that precedes every true act of creativity this course invites us to find the game. 

Games are found, not conceived. They come to us through our listening. They live within us and in the spaces between us. They grow wherever there is freedom, pleasure and irreverence. Games can seem silly and sometimes profound. 

This course is an invitation to delve into the richness of the here and now. 

The group is limited to 12 participants. Beginners and professionals alike are welcome.

No prerequisites although we recommend an introduction to clowning with Nose to Nose or its associates either online or in person.

Feedback will be adapted to your level of experience.

VENUE: Ghent, New York State, USA

From May 2 to May 12, 2023 – See details below

May 2 to May 5 AND May 8 to 11
9:30 am – 5:00 pm with a lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

May 6 and May 12
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

May 7 – Free day

SHARING EVENTS – Afternoon sharing with invited audience
May 5 / May 10

We can provide you with a list of possible accommodation options and prices in proximity to the venue. 

An option for a light lunch is possible for each working day.
Please let us know if you are interested. Estimated costs are between $140-$180 for the 2 weeks (8 lunches). 

COURSE FEE: $ 990 for the first 6 places $1200 after (not including accommodation or meals)

DEPOSIT: $ 190

For enquiries please email Sarah: sarahfrench@nosetonose.info

Click here to book this course or enquire

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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. Your fee 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 fee will be refunded in full.

Fees are paid online.

We welcome those with previous experience of either storytelling or clowning.

For more information about our way of teaching clowning and our style of work you can read the website articles.



Sarah French

For as long as she remembers, Sarah has been interested in how people play. She was a practicing psychotherapist when she stumbled into the paradoxical world of Clown, which set her on a very enlivening path, despite her hesitations & fears. She has collaborated with Vivian Gladwell of Nose to Nose, since 2012. She considers that she has many teachers, including the spinner dolphins of Hawaii, who are the clowns of the sea. In 2015, Sarah created OOFA to share and promote discoveries with larger communities. 

OOFA offers clowning workshops & creativity labs, & makes books & games that are playful, if not also practical (The Book of Greetings, The Dance of Pants & Other Dances, Party of Animals…). Sarah’s approach to teaching is inspired by her adventures as a social worker, psychotherapist, English language teacher, elementary school teacher, actor, museum docent, & more. 

In 2021, Sarah moved to Ghent, NY, & started Fool Tree, a center for the playful arts, where she continues to facilitate clowning workshops & community events. 

*Sarah also gives private sessions to support individuals on their pathways to wholeness. 

Click here for more info about Sarah’s work


Vivian Gladwell

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, Nose to Nose Germany in 2008, NTN Italy in 2016 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.


Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to mail@nosetonose.info 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.


“Sarah manages to teach what can’t be taught. With warmth, enthusiasm, and immense creativity, she is able to structure workshops that educate from the inside out. I have participated in many workshops with her, and have continuously been astounded by the depth of my experience. Also, I have never had more fun.

Her exercises and activities are physically, emotionally and intellectually engaging. Through them we are able to access deep creative parts of ourselves. After every workshop, I feel renewed and ready to take on whatever challenges come my way.”

– E.S., Actor, Writer, Teacher, Brookline, MA, playshop participant

“A unique experience that ignited many questions and questioned many beliefs.”

– J.C., Educator and Entrepreneur, MBA, Hopewell, N.J., playshop participant

“It was exhilarating to find the space/energy/spirit within that experiences the world as a playground (rather than a responsibility). I’m not easily comfortable with strangers. But the group felt safe, which is no small trick… And magic happened.”

– J.H., Artist, Princeton, N.J., playshop participant

“Sarah sets up the ultimate playdate – one in which we can step out of the every day humdrum and experience a part of our being that is essential and free. Through simple prompts, she gently yet magically opens us up to uncover unexpected parts of ourselves, bringing forth awareness, invention, and sheer joy. Everyone comes out feeling more alive, more connected to one another and chock-full of new ideas and insights. I’ve seen it work with groups of children as well as adults. Who knows? You might even find yourself coming up with a new form of communication or invent a prototype for a useful machine!  …Sarah’s work connects us to the deep pool of creativity within us and between us.”

– T.F., Artist and Educator, Brooklyn, NY, playshop participant



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