FINDING FREEDOM TOGETHER – Exploring Relationship Through Play – a 5 day in person clowning course – Ghent, New York, USA
Tuesday May 02, 2023 - Saturday May 06, 2023
Starts 09:30 on first day - Finishes 17:00 on last day
with Vivian Gladwell and Sarah French
“If by ill luck people understood each other, they would never agree.” Baudelaire
What stops us from claiming our freedom in relationship?
In this course, we’ll explore the paradoxes of knowing ourselves in relationship. Is it possible to know another?
- What are the ways in which we do, or don’t, claim our freedom in relationship?
- What happens when we want to give up?
- What happens when we feel trapped, isolated or alone?
- And how might our struggles, on this path, make us feel beautifully alive?
Is there something impossible about relationships?
Clowning allows us to play ourselves & our problems, & in doing so to explore the invitation & obstacles to freedom.
This approach to clowning drops us in the here & now. It is a journey of heart, rather than a pathway of tricks or routines. All are welcome!
No prerequisites. Experienced and beginners welcome.
COURSE DATES WITH TIMES
Tuesday May 2 to Saturday May 6, 2023
9:30 am – 5:30 pm with a lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Last day: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – a lunch
Sharing with invited guests from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Closing circle 3:30 to 4:30
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 $70-$90 for the week (5 lunches).
Early bird booking
10% off for this course if you book before 31st March and secure your place with a deposit.
Course fee: $525 (course fee only)
Deposit: $190 to hold your place on the course.
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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.
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.
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