THE COURAGE TO BE - An Introduction to Clowning
with Vivian Gladwell & Blondine Maurice
June 26 to 30, 2013

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Encumbered by the expectations of ourselves and 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 establishes the foundation for all our work and is an essential first step before going on to more advanced courses such as Social Clowning and the Facilitators Training planned for 2011. Class size is limited to 12. Please register early with a deposit of $200

Course fee - $525, early registration $450 by April 1, 2013

Times: Wednesday June 26 at 9:30 am ending Sunday June 30 at 5:00 pm

Info: Blondine at, 514-842-6653

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This course can be followed by: CLOWN 2 - Montreal - CANADA - 2-6 Jul 2013

Blondine Maurice

Since 1969 the film of Jean Louis Barrault, Les enfants du Paradis, the theme of the Fool has refused to leave her heart.1999 onwards: various encounters with different streams of seeking the Fool in You; but mostly and truly embracing the approach of Vivian Gladwell in NosetoNose Europe& NA. She is now, after the Facilitator Training a proud member of the first NoseToNose Inner Clown Team of NA.
Blondine has raised 7 children, has 8 grand children and been a Waldorf Early Childhood teacher since 1980. These experiences granted her many opportunities to find the humor in everyday life. Assisting for 7 years in various transformative workshops and Body Mind Therapy training has helped Blondine to develop ease in holding space, listening and creating a safe environment for emerging clowns. Meanwhile she creates a lifetime journey towards her business: The Heart Nose and the healing power of laughter.
Her quest ...encountering in innocence & wonder, favorite quote of the day: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” Plato


Vivian Gladwell

Since 1988, Vivian has worked internationally as a modern day Court Jester and facilitator. He performs at business events and conferences. He is the founding member of Nose to Nose (see and Fool View, the Social Clowning group. His teaching has introduced many to discover the transformative power of play and humour.
His particular interest has been into how to apply the insights of clowning to different professional field such as medicine, teaching and business practice. Vivian creates an atmosphere in his workshops that enable all participants – from whatever walk of life – to enter into unfamiliar and challenging exercises. Having completed Vivian's workshops, previous participants have felt an enhanced openness and attentiveness, a heightened sense of empathy, a higher degree of presence, increased improvisational skills and a confidence to apply these across all areas of their life. Vivian's students say that the course gave them 'permission to be playful again,' and 'an understanding that every little incident has significance.