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WHEN TREES COULD SPEAK – Level 1 – An online course for discovering your Clown through Puppetry

WHEN TREES COULD SPEAK – Level 1 – An online course for discovering your Clown through Puppetry
Sunday January 12, 2025 - Sunday February 16, 2025

An Online Course of 6 weekly sessions of 2 hours
With Vivian Gladwell and Laura Geilen

What can puppets teach us about reclaiming our human connection to each other and to our world?

For beginners as well as confirmed clowns or puppeteers this course is about finding freedom and discovering the many internal dialogues that we carry within us. We will explore the basics of clowning and comedy through improvisations with puppets. We will also look at making our own puppets out of simple everyday objects.

Puppetry is about making the world around us come alive and giving a voice to our innermost thoughts. See links about puppetry below.

The group is limited to 12 participants.

Anyone with an interest in discovering clowning and/or puppetry and how the two can enhance one another. Beginners and professionals alike are welcome. 

No prerequisites except for wifi access and a computer. Please let us know if you need technical help with Zoom.

6 Sundays – please check your local time below
7:00 – 9:00 pm U.K. time 
2:00 – 4:00 pm New York time
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Seattle time

January 2025
Sun 12, 19, 26

February 2025
Sun 2, 9, 16

FEE: 600 USD (US Dollars)

For enquiries please email Laura: laura@nosetonose.info

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To book a course follow the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.  Submit the form with your details and we will let you know how to proceed with payment. Your fee is REFUNDABLE  MORE than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a £20 admin fee for refunds.  If the course is cancelled your fee will be refunded in full.

Fees are paid  online.

We welcome those with previous experience of either storytelling or clowning.

For more information about our way of teaching clowning and our style of work you can read the website articles.

Some links about uses of puppets:

Fred Rogers and Daniel

Umbilical Brothers

Ricky and Doris



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.

Laura Geilen

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 member of 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 (www.berkcirque.com). She teaches movement and 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


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

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: Just click on the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.

Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just click on the link Click here to enquire and fill the form. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.


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