An Introduction to Clowning
with Vivian Gladwell and Sarah French
March 13- 15, 2015

New York, NY

No experience is required. Our 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. As we let go , we become surprised by the depth of what is around us and within us.

Through clowning, we develop the heart to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves.

Class size is limited to 12. Please register early.

Course fee - $380

Deposit - $140

Times: This course is from 9 am to 6 pm each day.

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The Courage to Be Workshop was unlike anything I expected. Defenses I had relied upon for so long, slowly began to peel away. I felt unbearably vulnerable...and at the same time liberated.
At the end of the week I felt that I had gained something intangible but very real. And magical.
E. M. from Concord, MA
- November 2013

“Thank you for the deep look into what is going on; in me and around me. Wow”
S.T. from Boston, MA - July 2013

“One of my goals in attending your "Courage to Be" workshop was to become more spontaneous and less stiff in my relationships with others. …What a delight! Many thanks.”
P. C. from Lenox, MA - November 2013

“The work was life changing… the exercises were miraculously simple and profound and effective. I wish the workshop had been two weeks.”
E. S. from Brookline, MA - November 2013

Sarah French

Sarah French was a practicing psychotherapist before turning, with relief and joy, to the paradoxical world of Clown. Sarah sees clowning as an invitation to celebrate full being. She has practiced clowning around the world with Jef Johnson, Vivian Gladwell, and the wild dolphins of Hawaii, who are all research partners in a lifelong study of play. Sarah facilitates playshops on her own and with other collaborators. She holds an MSW from New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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 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).