Clowning, Circus and Mental Health

Apr 20 2020

Yesterday, I chaired a Clown Power Live panel discussion about Clowning, Circus and Mental Health.

The panel discussed clowning, circus and mental health and the impact these have on each other. We explored how clowning and circus can make a positive difference to the mental health of its audience and how our own mental health, as performers, teachers, facilitators and therapists can impact our creative process and vice versa.

Here's the recording of the debate:

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Clown Workouts Week 4

Apr 18 2020

Welcome to Week Four of Clown Workouts, daily tasks for clowns in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

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Clown Workouts Week 3

Apr 10 2020

Welcome to Week Three of Clown Workouts, daily tasks for clowns in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

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How Can You Play At A Time Like This?

Apr 03 2020

I've been watching myself from a safe distance these last few weeks, clocking my responses to this unfolding crisis with detached fascination...

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Clown Workouts Week 2

Apr 03 2020

Welcome to Week Two of Clown Workouts, daily tasks for clowns in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

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Clown Workouts Week 1

Mar 29 2020

Welcome to Week One of Clown Workouts, daily tasks for clowns in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

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Coronavirus Lovingkindness meditation

Mar 18 2020

In these turbulent times, to keep myself grounded, I've been retreating to my meditation cushion. It greets me with open arms and holds me while I tune in to where I'm at, let go of whatever's been building up and draw in courage, curiosity and compassion. 

I'd like to share a loving kindness meditation that came to me the other morning. It brought me comfort and ease and helped me feel connected to the human race. I hope it'll do the same for you.

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Breaking Free from Burn Out

Feb 05 2020

Have you ever found yourself in a supermarket, standing stock still, staring at the carrots, unable to figure out whether you need carrots? What would you use them for anyway? What's the point in carrots? Or food in general? Or standing up? In fact, what's the point of anything that isn't lying quietly in the soft, muffled sanctuary of your bed? Would anyone notice if you were to crawl into the carrots and have a little nap?

Welcome to the Land of Burn Out!

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Why use positive feedback?

Oct 22 2019

Last week, a recent Intro To Clown student sent me a questionnaire. She's doing a research project about the use of positive feedback in creative learning environments. I happened to have a very long train journey - all the way from Glasgow to Bristol, would you believe? I thought – what better way to pass the time than to joyfully grapple with the subject of positive feedback. I'd like to share some of what I wrote with you, dear reader. I hope it's useful.

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5 things I learned from taking a month off work

Aug 14 2019

After a jam packed 6-months of back-to-back teaching projects, interspersed with book writing in every possible gap, I decided to TAKE THE WHOLE MONTH OF JULY OFF WORK!

Here's what I learned...

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