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HEALTHCARE CLOWNING – exploring the clown’s role in a medical environment – Emerson, UK

with Vivian Gladwell and Joy Winistörfer

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.


Working in a healthcare environment such as a hospital or a medical institution, clowns require skills such as: empathy and sensitivity to people’s space, communicating without words, moving with ease through charged emotional situations and staying connected with heart whilst assessing the needs of the situation.

As clowns we connect to patients, their family, the medical staff, our clown partner and ourselves. These connections are the ground out of which our work grows. In a medical environment our audience often have to cope with their own fragility and questions.

Our responsibility requires us to learn how to better listen and connect in moments of pain or stress.

This course offers an introduction to healthcare clowning and is for anyone who has begun or is already on this journey.

The group is limited to 12

PRE-REQUISITE: This course requires participants to have some experience of clowning.


Joy Winistörfer


Since 2005 Joy has worked with the Theodora foundation in Switzerland both as a hospital clown and also coaching future hospital clowns. She most recently ran a workshop at the international healthcare congress in Lisbon. She also works with the foundation Lebensfreude an organisation that cares for people with dementia.

As a child in Switzerland, Joy fell in love with theatre. Her love of clowning began after watching the famous Swiss clown “Grock” in a black and white film. She learned Tango, travelled to Paris and Buenos Aires, and has been exploring comedy and drama following her passion for clowning and tango.



Vivian Gladwell

Vivian close 2Vivian 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: £375 – Tuition only

Accommodation and meals:
For prices and to book your accommodation and meals at Emerson go to  http://www.emerson.org.uk/clowning2
To contact Emerson email bookings@emerson.org.uk

Date and times:
The course begins Sunday – 19h30 (after supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 12h30

Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex

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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 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
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If you have questions or problems, email us at mail@nosetonose.info
If full email us at mail@nosetonose.info to go on our waiting list. We’ll let you know when a place becomes available.


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.