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RE-MEMBERING PLAY – A 3-day introduction to Clowning – Kimberton, PA

RE-MEMBERING PLAY – A 3-day introduction to Clowning – Kimberton, PA
Friday February 21, 2020 - Sunday February 23, 2020

netcatchingEncumbered by the expectations of ourselves and of others, how do we find the strength to shake off the limitations and fears that isolate us and prevent us from feeling free? How do we responsibly summon the Courage to Be?

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 is an essential first step before going on to more advanced courses such as Social Clowning and the Facilitator’s Training.

It means…visiting the unknown, continually saying yes to life as it happens, being honest and vulnerable, experiencing struggle…

This course precedes Clown 1 – Clown 2 – Embracing the Unexpected and Clown 3 – The Wisdom of Imperfection.  The group is limited to 12. Early registration is advised.

First day: 9:30 – 17:30
Other days: 9:30 – 17:30
Last day: 9:30 – 13:30

Venue: Rose Hall, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Kimberton, PA

Facilitators: Angie Foster / Vivian Gladwell

Course fee: $250.00

Deposit – $125* to hold your place

 Accommodation and meals:
Accommodation and meals are not included. You will need to find these online and we are happy to advise you. Just email us at angie@nosetonose.info
There are local people living nearby happy to host visitors for a small fee.

To sign up please contact angie@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 $40 admin fee for refunds.  If the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full. Deposits are paid online. If you cannot pay online please contact angie@nosetonose.info

NOTE: Your place can only be confirmed after we have received your deposit.

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 angie@nosetonose.info
If full email us at angie@nosetonose.info to go on our waiting list. We’ll let you know when a place becomes available.


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, Nose to Nose Germany in 2008, NTN Italy in 2016 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.

Angie Foster

Angie FosterAngie Foster is a Clowning Facilitator, Actress, Director, and teacher.  She trained with Vivian Gladwell and is on the team of Nose to Nose of North America.  She has facilitated clowning workshops in the Philadelphia area and at the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California as well as Threefold Education Center in Spring Valley, New York and elsewhere in the country.  She teaches co-workers regularly at Kimberton Hills, Beaver Run, and Soltane communities.

She trained first as a classical actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  She has performed on Broadway in two productions as well as off-Broadway.  She did several years of experimental theater with Andre Gregory, as well as regional theaters around the country.  Other trainings include Spacial Dynamics with Jaimen Macmillan and Gestalt Training with Mariah Gladis.  She has been teaching Drama and directing plays at Kimberton Waldorf School for 20 years.  This form of clowning combines her passion for improvisation and theatre, her quest for what it is to be human, and discovering freedom through play.


Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to angie@nosetonose.info and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.

Q: Where can I stay? A: Accommodation and meals are not included. You will need to find these online and we are happy to advise you. Just email us at angie@nosetonose.info

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: To find out contact angie@nosetonose.info

Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just write to angie@nosetonose.info to ask. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.