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PLAYING WITH FIRE – Conflict transformation and the clown – Laughton Lodge, nr Lewes, UK

with Juliet Millican and Vivian Gladwell

This in-person workshop will give participants the chance to explore real-life situations of conflict through clowning improvisations and through dialogue and reflection within our group. Based on Jean Paul Lederarch’s notion of conflict transformation it will explore the ways in which we engage with conflict at four different levels, the personal (our own inner conflicts and our reactions to conflict), the relational (interpersonal conflict and mediating other conflicts), the structural (conflicts embedded within societies and organisations) and the cultural (conflicts embedded within cultures). 

By embracing our fears around vulnerability, loss of control and not knowing, the clown invites us to remain fully engaged, curious and interested even in times of greatest stress without losing the connectedness to our own inner voice and emotions. This practice counteracts our tendency in conflict to become smaller versions of ourselves and to get stuck in one-sidedness. Dealing successfully with conflict is about the courage and integrity to show our humanity and to listen to the humanity of the others.

Conflicts are an inherent aspect of human relationships, however, most of the time we experience them as painful and create defence mechanisms that prevent us from diving deeply into their root causes in order to restore the quality of our relationship with others. However, Lederarch presents conflict as the energy that precedes change. This course continues our research on the clown as social activist and provides an important grounding for looking at the social role of the Court Jester and the Fool in our society. By playing with fire we will look at how the conflicts we experience might be transformed into personal, interpersonal and social change.

The group is limited to 12


Juliet Millican

Juliet Millican is an educator, facilitator and social activist, who works with conflict mediation and conflict transformation in different parts of the world. Trained initially in Freiran approaches to experiential and participatory teaching and learning, she has worked in community and non formal education in Egypt, Senegal, Gambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and India. She has also experimented with puppetry and performance as an educational tool in different cultural settings and lives at Laughton Lodge, a community in Sussex, where she also makes puppets and grows food.



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.

Course fee: £475 – Tuition only

To book: £200 non-returnable deposit secures your place.

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

Accommodation and meals:

Breakfast/lunch/supper/tea breaks from Sunday supper through to Friday lunch inclusive.

All meals are freshly prepared each day and are vegetarian . Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please let us know if we need to cater for any specific allergies. Tea, coffee and snacks are also included during tea breaks

You can book your accommodation and meals directly through Nose to Nose.  Please email us nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com

Single Room and all meals : £305

Camping and all meals: £260

Camper van and all meals : £260

Date and times: JULY 14-19, 2024
The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30

Venue: Laughton Lodge, Lewes, East Sussex, UK

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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 £40 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).

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 nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com
If full email us at nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com 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 nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com 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.