Introduction to Clowning

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March 7, 130-5 and/or March 8, 1230-5, free in exchange for participation (sponsored by Canada Council of the Arts).

1508 Haultain Street, at the lovely Four Corners Collective.  Bring water, a snack, notebook and pen, and clothes you can move in.  As part of a teaching mentorship, supported by the fantastically talented Nayana Fielkov.

As someone who spent much of my life with shyness, an anxiety disorder, and periodic depression, clowning was the last thing I would have ever anticipated for myself as a life love and path!  Yet one day when I was living in Montreal and feeling very stuck and lost, I began to have night and day dreams of clowning that I can only call divine guidance.  Some of them linked clowning to healing, and some of them linked clowning to ecology and the earth.  I didn’t know what this all meant, but I decided to feel my way forward and see what I could discover. After various clown trainings and then a doctorate in theatrical clowning and land relationship as an Anglo-Saxon settler on Turtle Island, I can truly say I am more in love with this artistic and deeply psychological practice.

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I invite you to come and play!  Contact me with any questions or concerns, meganhyslop@yahoo.ca or 250 880 3371.

I gratefully and joyfully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council of the Arts.

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Introduction to Clowning (2)

Zowie!  Introduction to clowning, workshop number two, coming up Feb. 23, 130-430 at the Four Corners Collective, 1508 Haultain.  Find your inner super hero!  Practice deep listening to authentic personal impulse, presence and play with others, and emotional and physical intelligence, all in a context of support and silliness.

PLEASE REGISTER, as places are limited! 250 880 3371, meganhyslop@yahoo.ca.

Free in exchange for your participation and feedback. These classes are part of a clown teaching practicum, with special thanks to the fantastical Nayana Fielkov (https://www.nayanafielkov.com) for her mentorship and support.

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I gratefully and greatfully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Introduction to Clowning

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(photo by Carol Layton, Nan’s Rock Shop)

Introduction to Clowning, sponsored by the Canadian Council for the Arts! I am so honoured to have received this grant.
I am equally honoured to be playing on beautiful Lekwungen territory. And super stoked to be sharing more clown!

FIRST PLAY TIME OF SIX: 1-4 pm, Sunday Jan. 19th, 2020, at the Four Corners Collective, 1508 Haultain Street in the Oaklands neighbourhood.

Please bring water, a snack, clothes you can move in (layers are good), and a journal and pen. We will take a break part way through to stretch, visit, nap, or generally recharge.

Free in exchange for participation and feedback. Pre-registration required.

There are as many kinds of clowning as there are genres of music… infinite! My intention with these workshops is to increase our capacity to play, connect, and open. Clowning gives us the opportunity to feel what we’re really feeling and follow our authentic impulses in a low-consequence space. Especially for those who struggle with anxiety or depression, who are feeling burned out and want an opportunity to play and be silly, or who are curious about clowning.

Please write or call Megan at 250 880 3371 or meganhyslop@yahoo.ca for questions or to register.

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I joyfully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts for this project.

Clowning in the Park

September 15, 2019 – the first Clowning in the Park in Victoria, BC, through singing, games, emotional yoga, and play.  When we clown outside, there are SO many unexpected “gifts from the gods” – the rain, the sun, the dogs and people passing by.  All these opportunities to drop the script and feel and respond through authentic impulse and pleasure.

(photo credits Ann Sorenson)

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Laughing and Singing Our Way Through Emotions

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Hello valley folks! You are invited to Laughing and Singing our Way Through Emotions. You can expect an opening circle, meditation, a few simple and silly singing and theatre games, and discussion on the gifts of an emotion. Wear clothes you can move in (layers are good) and water to drink. Costumes provided!
 
You can expect a play space where you always have the choice to participate, where no put downs are allowed, and where we celebrate “mistakes”.
 
This free series of events is sponsored by Women’s Place Resource Center. (Thank you!) . 440 Main Street (Kentville NS library).  Down the stairs and straight ahead to the door at the end of the hall.  Come to one or two or the whole series.
 
These playshops are for you if you
• Are feeling burned out and would like an opportunity to play like you could when you were a child
• Want to try something theatrical or creative but feel nervous to do so
• Struggle with shyness, anxiety, or depression
• Would like more silliness or laughter in your life
• Would like an opportunity to stretch your comfort zone and practice playful emotional expression in a low stakes, safe-enough space
 
April 26 – Fear
May 3 – Anger
May 10 – Sadness
May 17 – Shame
May 23 – Jealousy
May 31 – Situational Depression
All from 6-730 pm.
 
Let’s play and explore and laugh together. ❤

Laughing and Singing Our Way Through Situational Depression

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It is my joy to invite you to Laughing and Singing our Way Through Situational Depression. You can expect an opening circle, an inner child meditation, a trust game, a few simple theatre games, a silly singing game, discussion on the gifts of situational depression, and time for reflection, integration, and feedback. Wear clothes you can move in (layers are good) and water to drink. Costumes provided!

You can expect a play space where you always have the choice to participate, where no put downs are allowed, and where we celebrate “mistakes”.

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019, 630-830 pm.  Cost: $10.00.  As always, there are sliding scale and trade options for accessibility.

This is for you if you

  • Are feeling burned out and would like an opportunity to play like you could when you were a child
  • Want to try something theatrical or creative but feel nervous to do so
  • Struggle with shyness, anxiety, or depression
  • Would like more silliness or laughter in your life
  • Would like an opportunity to stretch your comfort zone and practice playful emotional expression in a low stakes, safe-enough space

Let’s laugh and learn and play together!

Laughing and Singing Our Way Through Jealousy

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(photo credit Carol Layton)

It is my joy and honour to invite you to Laughing and Singing our Way Through Jealousy. You can expect an opening circle, a heart-centering meditation, a trust game, a few silly simple theatre and singing games, discussion on the gifts of jealousy, and time for reflection, integration, and feedback. Wear clothes you can move in (layers are good) and water to drink. Costumes provided!

You can expect a play space where you always have the choice to participate, where no put downs are allowed, and where we celebrate “mistakes”.

The cost is $10.00. As with all my workshops, there is a sliding scale or trade to make it accessible.

This playshop is for you if you

• Are feeling burned out and would like an opportunity to play like you could when you were a child
• Want to try something theatrical or creative but feel nervous to do so
• Struggle with shyness, anxiety, or depression
• Would like more silliness or laughter in your life
• Would like an opportunity to stretch your comfort zone and practice playful emotional expression in a low stakes, safe-enough space

I am so delighted to share this work with you – let’s play!

Tuesday, March 12th, 630-830 pm, Nan’s Rock Shop in the warehouse, 13995 Highway 1, Wilmot, NS.  Contact Megan 902 840 1734 or meganhyslop@yahoo.ca for more information.

Laughing and Singing Our Way Through Shame

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(photo credit Blondine Maurice, co-clown Mosa McNeilly)

It is my delight to invite you to Laughing and Singing our Way Through Shame. You can expect an opening circle, an inner child meditation, a trust game, a few silly simple theatre and singing games, discussion on the gifts of shame, and time for reflection, integration, and feedback. Wear clothes you can move in (layers are good) and water to drink. Costumes provided!

You can expect a play space where you always have the choice to participate, where no put downs are allowed, and where we celebrate “mistakes”.

The cost is $10.00. As with all my workshops, there is a sliding scale or trade to make it accessible.

This playshop is for you if you
• Are feeling burned out and would like an opportunity to play like you could when you were a child
• Want to try something theatrical or creative but feel nervous to do so
• Struggle with shyness, anxiety, or depression
• Would like more silliness or laughter in your life
• Would like an opportunity to stretch your comfort zone and practice playful emotional expression in a low stakes, safe-enough space

I am so honoured and excited to share this work with you!

Tuesday, February 12th, 630-830 pm, Nan’s Rock Shop, 13995 Highway 1, Wilmot, NS

Laughing and Singing our Way Through Fear

I give deep thanks to an unknown Buddhist community in Nova Scotia for the title of this workshop.  A friend saw the flyer and suggested I offer the same.

It is part of a series: Laughing and Singing our Way Through Anger, Sadness, and Guilt/Shame.

This playshop includes an opening circle, a short heart-centering meditation, a warm up, some gentle theatre games for non-theatre people, some singing, a reflective exercise, and a closing circle.

Quotes from past participants:

“I feel without baggage” -Alison

“You led us gently into vulnerability.  I was thinking, I don’t know if I can do this.  And then I did it!” -Holly

“Megan’s sensitivity and deep research for her PhD combine to create a heart opening and inspirational workshop.  I left feeling very happy in my heart and lucky to ‘walk to the wall’ with clowns holding a sacred space.” -Lisa Marie

I will be offering them at Nan’s Rock Shop in Wilmot and at ArtsPlace in Annapolis Royal over the next few months.  Watch here for dates and times, or contact me to let me know of your interest or ask me questions.  meganhyslop@yahoo.ca or 902 840 1734.