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SHORT COURSE: The Inner Teacher: On Being Just Right, Being Too Much, Being Not Enough

SHORT COURSE: The Inner Teacher: On Being Just Right, Being Too Much, Being Not Enough

A 6 day workshop with Penny Williamson and Vivian Gladwell, interweaving clowning and Circle Of Trust explorations.

This workshop is designed to explore the theme of how I show up in the world. We will explore this through playfulness and reflective practice.

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. We may see ourselves with curiosity and wonder for who we are.

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.”

NOTE: As part of this course, we offer the possibility of facilitated ongoing learning circles (3-4 participants, each) to meet on line 5 times during the year for support and continued learning.

The course is limited to 12 people.

Open to everyone regardless of experience.

Penny Williamson

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Penny 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. From 1998-2016 Penny led Courage to Lead, a leadership development and personal renewal program for leaders in health care and other serving professions, based on the work of Parker Palmer and the Circle of Trust © approach. She currently leads Courage retreats in the United States and other countries. Diverse themes include: life transitions, living wholeheartedly, leading with integrity and heart, and re-imagining boundaries. Over the past several years, Penny has incorporated into her work practices of “Social Presencing Theater”, exploring how alignment of mind and body add to individual discernment and collective wisdom. She is partnering with teachers of Nose to Nose Clowning, combining playful, transparent ways to explore joys, vulnerabilities and fears in combination with the reflective practices of Courage work.



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.