Autumn Workshop Programme 2019

Jul 05 2019

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Katie Storer, fooling in nature on Beyond The Ridiculous' Fools Retreat

Whether you're a virgin clown, diving into clowning for the very first time, a partially cooked clown, ready to take your next step into stupidity and beyond,   or a veteran fool, looking to jump in even deeper to a world of play and discovery, you're in the right place! We've workshops galore this autumn.

Here are the headlines:

<<Bong>> We've got three Introduction To Clowning weekends coming up in September, November and December in Bristol.

<<Bong>> We're heading up to Edinburgh in October to do our very first Scottish Introduction To Clowning Weekend.

<<Bong>> For those who've completed our Introduction To Clowning, in September, we're running a Nonviolent Clown Weekend in collaboration with Seed of Peace.

<<Bong>> We have a 5-day Fooling intensive in Bristol in October for those who have completed Introduction to Clowning.

<<Bong>> We're in the planning stages for a Fools Retreat in October for people who have completed our 5-day Fools course. Watch this space for more info.

<<Bong>> We're just finalising plans to run our 8-week inner critic Inquiry again, starting late October. Watch this space for more info.

Introduction to Clowning in Bristol: 3 dates for the autumn

These quotes are all from our most recent batch of baby clowns, who played together last weekend (29 & 30 June):

"Transformational, fun, playful. To be honest, I have found it very difficult to put it in words, it feels fuzzy (good fuzzy), like a blend of clowning vs therapeutic exploration."

"Intense, joyful, about connecting with your true self and throwing off the "should"s in this world."

"A gentle journey into clowning done in a measured, embodied and positively held way. For people of all levels and experience."

Dates for this autumn

 Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September
★ Closing date: Friday 16 August
★ More info on the FB event page here

 Saturday 30 Nov & Sunday 1 Dec 
★ Closing date: Friday 25 October
★ More info on the FB event page here

 Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 December 
★ Closing date: Friday 8 November
★ More info on the FB event page here

All courses

★ Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6.30pm 
★ 12 people max
★ Venue: St Werburghs, Bristol
★ Cost: £150 / £120 / £90 (standard / low income / no income)
★ More info also on the Holly Stoppit website.

The Introduction to Clowning is the gateway into the teaching methods and world of Holly Stoppit - come and see if you love it there. 

Introduction to Clowning: coming to Scotland for the first time ever!

The fourth Introduction to Clowning weekend this autumn is a bit of a departure... Holly is excited to be stepping over the border and bringing the course to the people of Scotland for the first time ever!

  • Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019
  • Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6.30pm 
  • Venue: St Margarets House, London Road, Edinburgh
  • Cost: £150 / £120 / £90 (standard / low income / no income)
  • Deadline Friday 13 September.
  • More details here.
  • Application form here.

** New ** Nonviolent Clowning Weekend

The clown lives in direct, open communication with their audience. Between them, Holly and Shantigabha have created a weekend course that will explore tools and techniques that foster compassionate connection, both on the stage and in life.

Come and find out how NVC and clowning can combine as we explore the 3 vital components of NVC; self-empathy, empathy for others, and self-expression. Through cerebral investigation and body-based learning we will dance between NVC and clowning - will you join us?

  • Dates: Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September
  • Application Deadline: Friday 16 August 
  • Times: 10am-6pm both days
  • Venue: Central Bristol tbc
  • Cost: £180 (full price) / £160 (low waged) / £140 (unemployed, full time student)
  • More info on FB here
  • Or on the Holly Stoppit website here

This is a one-off advanced training for anyone who has completed the Introduction To Clowning Weekend.

New 5-day Fools School this Autumn

“Whenever people ask me how it was, the same thing happens: 'Boof' I say, while flinging my hands away from my head and body.” 

We had so much interest in the Fooling Summer School that we've scheduled another Fools course in October.

This 5-day course equips participants with the tools to walk onto an empty stage with no script, no plan and no ideas and discover and play with whatever is ready to be seen.

Please note: you need to have completed Holly’s Introduction To Clown Weekend to attend this course.

  • Dates: Monday 7 - Friday 11 October
  • Deadline for applications: Wednesday 4 September.
  • Times 10-6 each day
  • Cost £350 / £325 / £300
  • More on facebook here
  • or on the Holy Stoppit website here.

We'll post up more info about the Fools retreat and Inner Critic Inquiry as soon as we've nailed them down.

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