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The Courage to Be – Clown 1 – An Introduction to Clowning – Hardwick, VT

The Courage to Be – Clown 1 – An Introduction to Clowning – Hardwick, VT
Tuesday July 24, 2018 - Saturday July 28, 2018

with Kristin Crowley, Angie Foster, and Laura Geilen of Nose to Nosenetcatching

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 establishes the foundation for all our work and is an essential first step before going on to more advanced courses such as Social Clowning, Towards Performance, and the Facilitator’s Training.

This summer intensive precedes Clown 2 – Embracing the Unexpected (Jul 31 – Aug 4 in Hillsdale, NY) and Clown 3 – The Wisdom of Imperfection (Aug 6-10 in Kimberton, PA).  Set in the rolling hills of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, this course invites those new or returning to the work to connect with warmth, humor, openness and courage.  It is appropriate for participants at any level of experience.

Course is limited to 12. Early registration is recommended.

For questions or more information please write to kristin@nosetonose.info

To read more about the teaching philosophy of Nose to Nose, our principles and values, please visit:

Date and times:
9:30 am – 5:30 pm each day
9:30 am – 12:30pm on final day

Course fee: $525
Deposit $180

Venue: Heartbeet Lifesharing
Hardwick, Vermont

Accomodation and meals:
Course fee does not include meals or lodging. For more information about the course, registration, the area, lodging, etc. please write to kristin@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 $25 admin fee for refunds. If the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full.

KristinKristin Spaeth Crowley is a champion for the imaginative and compassionate capacities of the heart, cultivating sensitivity for the invisible and unseen. She trained as an improvisational clowning facilitator and social clown with Vivian Gladwell and the team from Nose to Nose. The mistakes she makes: the limitations she must overcome; the struggles she faces in being and becoming; the gifts she has been given; and her sense of wonder, reverence, and gratitude inform and guide her in her work with others. She is interested in presences and possibilities. She splits time between Vermont, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. Her specialties include weeping, making mischief, and falling in love.

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.

Photo on 5-28-15 at 2.20 PM #2Laura Geilen lives in Hillsdale, New York, and works with her special friends in Camphill Village Copake. She is a facilitator with Nose To Nose of North America under the guidance of Vivian Gladwell, founder of Nose To Nose of the UK. She collaborates with the acclaimed Walking the Dog Theater (www.wtdtheater.org), with Kevin and Erin Maile O’Keefe of CircusYoga (www.circusyoga.com), and with Berkcirque Circus School (www.berkcirque.com). She teaches therapeutic movement, circus arts, Spacial Dynamics® and clowning to adults, kids and special needs populations throughout the Berkshire-Taconic region. She enjoys bringing people a renewed experience of their creativity, authenticity and aliveness through the transformative power of play.
To read her article on clowning and special needs click here: http://naclownworkshops.blogspot.com/2012/02/clowning-special-needs-and-clowning-as.html


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