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The Fool Within (Phoenicia, NY ) Jan 25-Feb 1
Posted January 7, 2020
The Fool Within: Self Discovery Through Clown and Mask

This six-day intensive works deep parts of the imagination and the self, to help break down personal, creative, and emotional blocks. The workshop combines the pioneering clown work of Richard Pochinko with drama therapy techniques to turn creative play into a tool for self-discovery and growth.

The course is emotionally rigorous and quite physical, but in a way that is accessible to all bodies and abilities. We’ll use our bodies, as well as paint and clay, to explore our own imaginations, and to express what we find. But this is by no means a visual arts or theater class—no experience necessary!

Each day begins with physical warmups meant to connect students with their bodies’ own impulses. From there, students will explore their relationships to color through imaginative exercises and paintings. Finally, each student creates a mask, which they use as a tool to explore hidden aspects of their own inner world.

These exercises are supplemented with drama therapy techniques to help facilitate each student’s own unique journey through this material. These therapeutic exercises may involve exploring difficult moments that came up during the work, increasing one’s own self-awareness, or helping integrate moments of personal growth. This workshop will ask the group to practice being comfortable with the unknown inside each of us and to remain curious about what we find.

With an awareness that each of us brings our own and our community’s diversity of histories, wounds and resilience, this intensive holds a trauma-informed lens. Each participant will have choice and support to follow their own impulses, both in the clown work, as well as in their own therapeutic/healing process.

Why clown?

Every culture has clowns—people whose role is to speak truth to power, upset the social hierarchy, and amplify the messages of the divine. But in order to do this work, a clown must be able to laugh at themselves. They must share with us their struggles and their humanity. Otherwise, how can we trust them?

This workshop provides a safe (and fun) way to begin the journey of discovering what is most beautiful, alive, and ridiculous within you. And from there, finding how that deeper connection to the self allows for greater connection with others and the world around us. And of course, you’ll also get to wear a red nose.

Particular aspects of focus for this workshop:
• Following your own impulses
• Noticing your tendencies and patterns
• Sitting in discomfort, playing in discomfort, and connecting in discomfort
• Accessing the creativity and intelligence the body
• Working intuitively, rather than intellectually
• Making connection in an embodied way
• Finding strength through pleasure and vulnerability
• Discovering your own self-delight
January 25–February 1, 2020
Phoenicia, NY
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How Much:

Fee includes a private bedroom, three chef-prepared meals per day, materials, and individual drama therapy work.

Menla is a spectacular retreat center, located only 2.5 hours from NYC. For an additional fee, participants can enjoy the on-campus spa, including saunas, steam-rooms, and soaking tubs.
Donna Oblongata
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Note from the CircusNYC Editors: Posted as received.