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Introduction
Clowning Around Workshop
Workshop Session Plan
Peace-fool Says

The Clowning Around funship is designed to bring back community a humanity that is both empowering and fun. The fun-ship is delivered by ‘Peace-fool the clown’. The clown/fool is a powerful symbol of fun, equality, esteem and non judgement. It has no resemblance to Hollywood movies promoting fearful archetypes (yin/yang). Participants who enjoy where they are and feel free enough to share a positive joke with friends are more likely to stay with the company or in the community. It is coming home.

Introduction

… some thoughts for you to consider…

Susan aka Peacefull clowned with Patch Adams in Russia. This was a wonderful experience of clowning in hospitals, on the streets, in nursing homes and orphanages. Clowns have different personalities and each person can make up their own clown as they explore the silly part of themselves. Clowning is an ancient artform originally seen as the archetype which releases people from the structures of life and frees them through the levity of the human spirit. It sets them free to laugh and have fun together.Susan has clowned all over the world in places such as: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Egypt, UK, Ireland, USA, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and of course Russia with Dr. Patch Adams. Clowing releases joy and encourages play and letting go. It is fantastic in reducing stress and feeling fantastic.

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Clowning Around Workshop

This fun-ship fosters humour, team building, de-masking and learning to see in another way. The humour promoted in this session is healthy and productive. After clowning around for 60 minutes your mood will change, as will your outlook on life. Let’s face it, at times life is a joke and it is important to find the funny side and not take it all too seriously. It is in our seriousness that fear hides and looks to control rather than laugh at ourselves.  Later we see the foolishness and smile.

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Workshop Session Plan

  • Warm up… or warming up…
  • Introduction: making life/work more fun! creating happy places, humour and positivity, snap out of moods
  • Finding your clown – ya clown! A sense of humour – dress ups;
  • Team building and  clowning techniques:
    • Mime
    • Juggling
    • Clowning techniques
    • Props
    • Group activities;
    • Paint your own mask (optional)
    • Relaxation and visualization – happiness.

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A Joy-fool says…

“I see everyone as leaders. I’m into empowerment. I know people are great, the only problem is most people aren’t used to thinking in that way. Clowning or play is untapped and is a fantastic way of confronting your own fears, break out of comfort zones and boost esteem to connect with others. The more happy you feel you start to see life in a different way… why not create fun workplaces, community spaces and in the home?”

Susan has had experience at the grass-roots level, having worked in over 400 organisations across most industries. She had the opportunity to observe first hand how employees were feeling and the pressures they were under. In addition, as a Manager and analyst she has also understood stressors that management face. In her consulting role she undertook satisfaction surveys and gained deeper insights into views in the workplace.