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THE COURAGE TO BE – CLOWN 1 – An Introduction to Clowning – Philmont, NY, USA

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Clowning is a state of playfulness that allows us to experience a child-like, naïve, and vulnerable state of being … and paradoxically we learn, grow, and are strengthened through reconnecting playfully with what makes us most vulnerable.

This approach to clowning is not a technique (tricks, gags and routines), but a personal journey towards finding one’s unique way of being – by listening and being receptive, essential skills for any creative and imaginative endeavor.

It is only in letting go of control that we begin to be surprised by the depth of that which is around us and within us.

The word “courage” comes from a root that means “heart.” Through clowning and connecting to our naturally playful and creative spirit, we can develop and sustain, in ourselves and in each other, the heart to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves.

This course establishes the foundation for all our work and is an essential first step before going on to more advanced courses such as Social Clowning, Towards Performance, and the Facilitator’s Training.

This course invites those new or returning to the work to connect with warmth, humor, openness and courage.  It is appropriate for participants at any level of experience.

Course is limited to 12. Early registration is recommended.

For questions or more information please write to laura@nosetonose.info

To read more about the teaching philosophy of Nose to Nose, our principles and values, please visit:

Date and times:
9:30 am – 5:30 pm each day
9:30 am – 12:30pm on final day

Venue: 49 Summit St
Philmont, NY 12565

Accommodation and meals:
Course fee does not include meals or lodging. For more information about the course, registration, the area, lodging, etc. please write to laura@nosetonose.info

Your deposit is refundable 2 months before the start of the course. After 2 months there can be no refund. There is a $25 admin fee for refunds. If the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full.

For more information on the workshop or on options for accommodation locally please write to laura@nosetonose.info

Course fee: $525 (course fee only)

Deposit: $190 to hold your place on the course.



Laura Geilen

Photo on 5-28-15 at 2.20 PM #2Laura lives in Hillsdale, New York, and works with her special friends in Camphill Village Copake. She is a facilitator with Nose To Nose of North America under the guidance of Vivian Gladwell, founder of Nose To Nose of the UK. She collaborates with the acclaimed Walking the Dog Theater (www.wtdtheater.org), with Kevin and Erin Maile O’Keefe of CircusYoga (www.circusyoga.com), and with Berkcirque Circus School (www.berkcirque.com). She teaches therapeutic movement, circus arts, Spacial Dynamics® and clowning to adults, kids and special needs populations throughout the Berkshire-Taconic region. She enjoys bringing people a renewed experience of their creativity, authenticity and aliveness through the transformative power of play.
To read her article on clowning and special needs click here: http://naclownworkshops.blogspot.com/2012/02/clowning-special-needs-and-clowning-as.html


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 in2006 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.