Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 11 August 2019
  • Dates: Sun 11th to Fri 16th August 2019

    Times: Sun 18.15 - Fri 14.00

    Where: Emerson College

    Course Fees: £390*

    (we ask for a £140 deposit to secure your place)

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SHORT COURSE: Clowning and the Art of Mindfulness

SHORT COURSE: Clowning and the Art of Mindfulness

An exploration of how the worlds of clowning and the practice of mindfulness connect.

A light hearted playful week in the East Sussex countryside that will develop a sense of wellbeing and provide plenty of fun and laughter as you explore how the worlds of clowning and the practice of mindfulness connect.

Stopping, breathing and being fully present to each moment maybe the perfect companion on the path to meet your unique ‘clown within’. Your clown is the free, fun, spontaneous and playful part of you that copes with life without being concerned about getting it right or being clever, just as your ‘buddha-nature’ or awakened mind accepts all as it is, without judging or comparing.

Through play, games and short improvisations, we will learn to let go of our need to be in control. Through practising mindful breathing, movement and deep listening we will develop the ability to live in the present moment – the only place where we are truly alive.

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Arnaud Durand

Arnaud is a social and emotional learning trainer, facilitator and mediator. His practice gives priority to the quality of the relationship between stakeholders to achieve desired and lasting results. He is also project manager for the Education Peace Foundation which advocates integrating social and emotional learning into education for the future generations. Arnaud is one the founder of the Gross National Happiness in Switzerland, a think-tank to reflect about a more inclusive paradigm of development and act to make this change possible. He is a Vice-president of the Eurasia learning institute for happiness and wellbeing to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence.  http://elihw.org


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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.