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THE INNER TEACHER – Weaving Clowning and Reflective Practices

THE INNER TEACHER – Weaving Clowning and Reflective Practices
Sunday June 18, 2017 - Friday June 23, 2017
Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 02:30 on last day

With Penny Williamson and Vivian Gladwell

Hands 2This workshop is designed to explore the question: How do I bring the playfulness and lightness of the clown into my own life and work as a leader, teacher, human being? The Nose to Nose approach and the Circle of Trust work of Parker Palmer are both rooted in the belief that each of us has our own inner teacher to discern our way in the world.

Through Clowning
We connect to our playful spirit.  We develop and sustain, in ourselves and each other, the courage to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves. We explore joyfully the fears that block us from being fully present in the “Here and Now.” By committing to living the absurd, the ridiculous and the tragic without judgement  we invite transformation and change in our own daily lives.  We “become the other” in order to become more ourselves.  We move into the realm of metaphor and can explore the paradoxes of our lives in evocative ways.

Through the Circle of Trust® approach
We create a process of shared exploration. Through the principles and practices   of this approach, we create a safe space for reflection and meaningful conversations to make deeper sense of what we are experiencing in clowning.  We find the courage to share our vulnerabilities, delights, gifts and limits. We learn to trust our own wisdom to align our inner life with our outer work in the world.  

In this workshop we will interweave clowning and circle of trust explorations. There will be time for learning together in the whole group, as well as time in small groups and chances for personal reflection and solitude. Our invitation is to  “create a quiet, focused, disciplined space in which the noise within us and around us can subside and the voice of the inner teacher can be heard.”

The course is limited to 12 people

Open to everyone regardless of experience

Facilitators: Penny Williamson and Vivian Gladwell

Penny Williamson

pennyPenny R. Williamson, ScD is an internationally recognized facilitator, educator and coach for leaders and organizations in health care. She is a founding facilitator and mentor for the national Center for Courage and Renewal and Associate Professor of Medicine, Part Time, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Since 1998, Penny has led Courage to Lead, a leadership development and personal renewal program for leaders in health care and other serving professions.

She has developed and led additional multi-retreat “Courage Programs” within health care organizations, as well as freestanding reflective retreats exploring domains such as life transitions, and living and leading authentically.

Aligned with her retreat work, Penny leads large-scale change efforts in relationship-centered culture building, working with individuals, leadership teams and healthcare organizations.

Past roles include founding Faculty, Leading Organizations to Health, a 10-month institute for healthcare leaders focused on creating and sustaining relational cultures in organizations; founding Executive Vice President, American Academy on Communication and Healthcare, a national organization devoted to enhancing the doctor patient relationship through improved teaching and clinical skills and the promotion of research; founding faculty, Longitudinal Faculty Development Program on Teaching Skills for Physicians, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle


Vivian Gladwell

imagesVivian newVivian 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: £385 – Tuition only

Accommodation and meals:

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:
18 – 23 June 2017
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 courageandrenewal@nosetonose.info
If full email us at courageandrenewal@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 courageandrenewal@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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