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Clowning In Nature UK with Dr Brown

16 - 24 September 2016

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Applications for Clowning in Nature 2016 are now open


The cult residential Clowning retreat with Dr Brown aka Philip Burgers is back. A rare chance to spend 9 days away learning from the Dr.


"A seriously incredible week. I've been on a few clown workshops but this was without a doubt the best." 

- Donal Coonan


As actors and human beings we are always trying to be good. Trying to do and get things right. And when we feel bad for either being bad or doing bad, we want to escape that bad feeling. The clown is different from most of us, in that he/she is happy to be bad. He/she is happy not to get things right.


Ordinarily, when we (as actors) feel bad, we try to escape this bad feeling immediately, by covering it up with an action, or acting, or pretending not to ‘feel’ bad. This workshop will push us into this place of ‘badness’ (a place we will nominate ‘the shit’) and encourage us to stay in it and not escape it – as our natural tendency will try and make us do. Instead, we will search for a pleasure and a joy in ‘the shit’. Because in ‘the shit’ is where we find a real vulnerability, humility, and humour – our clown. We will also learn that being in the shit is not something we can act or pretend, but something we really have to experience.


Once we find a pleasure, joy and comfort here, we discover ‘the shit’ can be a place of freedom. Then can we begin to play and be ridiculous and take the audience on whatever journey we like, using a sensitivity towards them that we will have cultivated in the first part of the workshop.


The residential nature of the retreat and location enable a deeper journey into the world of clown.



The retreat takes place at a secluded farmhouse in Wales, complete with wood fired stoves, sauna, and surrounded by acres of hills and wilds.



At this event participants come together to form a close community. Part of that means eating together and helping out with washing up and keeping the work space clear.



This event spans 9 days. Arrive 16 Sep from 4pm to settle in, communal dinner at 7pm

Finishes 2pm on 24 Sep



We have an incredible chef coming along to prepare 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day.



All food and accommodation included in price. Accommodation is in shared dorm rooms in the cosy farmhouse or yurts.



Earlybird places all gone sorry!

£755 when paid immediately in full

£785 paid in monthly installments



Apply via Eventbrite with a small deposit. You will be contacted within 24 hours to let you know if you have been accepted. If you are not accepted your deposit and booking fee will be refunded in full.





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Workshops are produced by Adam Taffler for Adamotions

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