(photo credit Carol Layton)
Therapeutic Clown Coaching: Laughing and Singing Through Emotions
When was the last time you laughed from your heart? Or the last time you were able to shed tears about something that still pains you? Do you feel like your shoulders are always up above your ears and your mind in a constant treadmill of obligation and worry? Do you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do you feel like you are “too” serious?
These workshops are a kind of “pre-clown.” They are for you if you are feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, or lonely, or if you have always wanted to try theatre or clowning and would like to start in a low-key, gentle pace. If you struggle with shyness, depression, or anxiety, they will both challenge and expand your comfort zone and give perspective on stuck energy or difficulties. I live with these issues as well, and these practices in my workshops have helped me develop tools to build my own resilience and respond to challenge in life-enhancing ways
These clownesque coaching sessions work with a person’s authentic impulses and emotional expression through play, gentle humour, costume, singing / sound, movement, and emotional yoga in healing-centered engagement. This can allow expression to the wisdom of parts of self that don’t always have access to words.
As a participant in an individual theatre coaching session, you direct the action and always have the choice to say yes or no, slow down or speed up the play, take a break, laugh at me, etc!
Compassion and appreciation for the absolute beauty of each human being are the foundation of my approach and you will be treated as such.
Every action in this kind of improvisation is the right action; your way of expressing is the right and perfect way.
Each session is an hour and a half and is themed to better understand the gifts of challenging emotions. The first session is Laughing and Singing Our Way Through Anger. Anger defines our boundaries, illuminates our values, and creates a container for our other emotions. The following sessions are Anxiety, Fear, Sadness, Shame, Jealousy, Situational Depression, Confusion, Suicidal Urges, and Grief. This is the order I would suggest, although we touch on all emotions in each session. However, if you feel the desire to explore one emotion above others, please let me know!
I encourage you to contact me with questions or concerns to feel out if this approach might be a fit for you.
Current price: $50.00-$80.00 sliding scale for an individual session, $250.00 – $400.00 for a group session of up to 12 participants. I am also open to trade or barter options.
Much love, Megan