I AM NOT MY WORDS
Aug 03 2020
It's my last day of writing retreat in the beautiful seaside town of Ilfracombe. I rode three trains and a bus in a mask to get some time alone with my book.
Truth be told, we had a bit of a tiff back in February and we hadn't spoken since. Before that we'd been on a 6 month break, after living in each other's pockets for most of last summer. It's not been the easiest of relationships, but for the last six years, no matter how far away we run, we periodically gravitate back to each other.Read more >
Clown Workouts - Review & What Happens Next?
Jun 29 2020
After 14 weeks of continuous output spanning the whole of lockdown, Clown Workouts are proud to announce we're taking a little break! Here's a look back through the different phases of our constantly surprising, ever evolving, lockdown clowning project.Read more >
Cyber Fooling - Guest Blog from Bee Golding
Jun 11 2020
Hello dear readers, please welcome back to the stage, guest blogger, Holly Stoppit Workshops Radministrator and Poet in Residence, Bee Golding!
I asked Bee to write about her experience of being part of the Fools Play group, earlier this year and here's what she wrote:Read more >
Jun 02 2020
How are your joy levels these days? Can you handle a bit more joy? Look no further! In this week's Midweek Musings, I will be pondering on the theme of joy and how we can get more of it, via discussion of three short videos from our extensive Clown Workout archive; Welcoming Joy, Exploring Taste and Laughter Yoga.
It's a choose-your-own adventure; you can read this blog, or you can press play on the videos and participate in three mini workshops on the theme of joy, or you can do a bit of both. Happy happy joy joy!Read more >
Cultivating Resilience Though Play
May 20 2020
How are you faring in these strange new times? Perhaps you are easing into your new normal, discovering new skills, talents and facets? Perhaps you're raging against a system that makes questionable choices on your behalf, feeling powerless? Perhaps you're mourning your familiar routines, or the plans and dreams that once shaped your choices, your identity?Read more >
Exploring Emotions Through Clowning
May 06 2020
How have you been feeling in your lockdown bubble? Anxious? Sad? Lonely? Calm? Peaceful? Joyful? Or perhaps you've been feeling numb and unable to connect to your emotions at all? Perhaps like me, you've been experiencing all of these states, moment to moment?Read more >
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...Read more >
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.Read more >
Dreaming Day - a poem by Bee Golding
Mar 03 2020
Holly Stoppit Workshops' poet-in-residence has struck again!
Beccy Golding, my wonder-administrator, workshop co-ordinator and poet-in-residence has captured the essence of our most recent dreaming day in a poem.
Join us as we wend our way through a day of exploring our roles, dreams and fantasies for our ever expanding clowning and fooling empire!Read more >
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!Read more >