The clowning encounter
We have learned to allow certain emotions to exist publicly and to hide others. But for the clown or the young child, this is absurd. There are no good or bad emotions. Instead of trying to contain them, we can learn to let them exist in our bodies, and to experience the plaisir that emerges from this state of deep presence.
In this training at the crossroads of clowning and inner exploration, we will give ourselves a space to come back to ourselves and to exteriorize our emotions and thoughts, even the ones we like less. Daring to be seen as we are and accepting that others may laugh at our failings allows us to identify less with our emotions. By sharing what is deeply there, we lighten the hold these shadows can hold on our lives, and we can even learn to love them.
We will also be playing games to activate our joy and pleasure, because without the pleasure of the here and now the clown cannot exist. Pleasure, presence, availability, honesty, and accepting to be connected with others are at the basis of this exploration.
The secret of the clown is that she gives herself the right to simply exist. It is an existence nourished by a connection to the present moment, to the body and all the emotions. When we witness this, we ourselves return to a peaceful state of connection and honesty.
Training offered in English and French and open to all levels.
Elise DeGuire comes from the universe of travelling, circus and street arts. Passionate about clowning, she completed various trainings before deciding to move to Paris to study clowning at the Samovar school. Clowning became her passion and led her to teach internationally (Haiti, Mexico, France, Spain, United States, China, South Africa). In parallel, she is interested in group work and personal growth (yoga, helping relationships, biodanza, tantrism, focusing, meditation), which colours her teaching methods. Since 2010 she has worked with the team of Dr. Clown in Montreal, and taught social arts to marginalized populations in addition to regularly offering clown trainings.
Ezra Bridgman is learning experience designer who draws inspiration from his experiences in facilitation, coaching and improvisation to create powerful spaces of discovery and connection. He has completed the baby clown training in the Pachinko style, and integrates the honesty and beauty of the clown in all the spheres of his life, whether as consultant, friend or citizen. He believes that one must not embark on a quest to find one’s inner clown but rather return to oneself to see and learn to love it in all of its perfection and imperfection.
When: Saturday, March 2
Schedule: 9:30 - 4:30 (1 hour break for lunch)
Where: 5369 Boul. St-Laurent, suite 310
PRICE & REGISTRATION
SPECIAL: $75 plus taxes before February 23,
Pre-sale: $100 plus taxes
At the door (if there’s still place): $120
SPACE IS LIMITED. To be guaranteed a place, RSVP today.
Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.
A FEW REMINDERS
☆ All are welcome
☆ Please arrive 15 minutes before the start
☆ Please avoid any scented perfumes
☆ Bring comfortable clothes
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to welcoming you!