Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 17 June 2018

    Dates: Sun 17th to Fri 22nd June

    Times: The course begins on Sunday at 7.30pm
    Ends Friday after lunch at 2pm

    Where: Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex

    Course Fee: £375 

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SHORT COURSE: Healthcare Clowning

SHORT COURSE: Healthcare Clowning

with Vivian Gladwell and Joy Winistörfer

This 6 day course offers an introduction to healthcare clowning, exploring the clown’s role in a medical environment.  

“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” Voltaire

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.


Joy Winistörfer









Since 2005 Joy has worked with the Theodora foundation in Switzerland both as a hospital clown and also coaching future hospital clowns. She most recently ran a workshop at the international healthcare congress in Lisbon. She also works with the foundation Lebensfreude an organisation that cares for people with dementia.

As a child in Switzerland, Joy fell in love with theatre. Her love of clowning began after watching the famous Swiss clown “Grock” in a black and white film. She learned Tango, travelled to Paris and Buenos Aires, and has been exploring comedy and drama following her passion for clowning and tango.



Vivian Gladwell

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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.