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

HEALTHCARE CLOWNING – exploring the clown’s role in a medical environment – Emerson, UK
Sunday July 02, 2023 - Friday July 07, 2023
Starts 19:30 on first day - Finishes 12:30 on last day

with Vivian Gladwell and An Valenteyn

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.

Facilitator: Vivian Gladwell & An Valenteyn

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 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.

An Valenteyn

An was born in Belgium where she lives and works. She trained as a social worker and went on to study mime and movement theatre at the Lassaad International School in Brussels – a school influenced by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq. 

She became so inspired by clowning as a playful and authentic way of being and living in the moment that in 2006 she joined the Cliniclown team in Belgium working as a hospital clown. She is also a coach and a trainer for new members of the team.  

In 2015 she met Nose to Nose. She is currently training as a Clown facilitator with Nose to Nose. She also performs as a clown and actor in music theatre.

Course fee: £510 – Tuition only

Deposit – £180

Accommodation and meals:
To book your accommodation and meals at Emerson go to https://emerson.docourses.com/event/2056
To contact Emerson email bookings@emerson.org.uk

Date and times:
The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30

Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex

Click here to book this course or enquire

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.

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.


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Emerson College
Emerson College
RH18 5JX Forest Row
United Kingdom