1) Laughing and Singing Through Anger, 1-230 pm PST, Sunday, November 1st, 2020.
Anger points to our values, delineates our boundaries, and provides a container to feel our other emotions. Through meditation, collaborative improv, laughter, and acting back, we will explore the gifts and guidance of anger. No theatre experience required.
2) Clowns Online! 1-230 pm PST, Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Practice authentic impulse and emotional honesty in a supportive and silly context.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required. firstname.lastname@example.org or paypal.me/meganhyslop.
$10-20 Canadian dollars sliding scale. I will send the zoom link upon receiving word of your interest and payment.
Any questions? Please ask! It’s my joy and honour to share this work.
I am very excited to share some upcoming workshops here in the Kootenays in Kaslo, BC, especially for youth in this area: IMPROV FOR COURAGE! Dates are Mondays, Nov. 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 3-6 pm at the Langham Theatre.
We’ll eat snacks, learn about collaborative improv in a physically distanced and socially supportive kinda way, and peer into the gifts and guidance of some challenging emotions while laughing a lot. No previous theatre experience required. I love this work and especially intend to make it accessible for youth who are struggling with anxiety, shyness, confusion, or situational depression. These have also been my struggles, and this work has been my medicine.
Thank you KULYN and Langham Theatre for the invitation and the financial support!
While living in rural Nova Scotia two years back and finishing up my doctorate in clowning and land communication as healing practices, I put up a few brochures around town advertising my Clown Coaching services. A local creative approached me in our small town library holding the brochure and suggested that I offer a workshop called Laughing and Singing Our Way Through Fear. I felt a big YES from that and began to offer workshops based on this idea: meditation, collaborative group improv via singing/banjo and theatrics, acting back of personal scenarios, art integration, and discussion based on the work of Karla McLaren around the featured challenging emotion.
I have started to think of these workshops as a kind of “pre-clown”, great for grown ups who are interesting in playing, expressing, and low-key improvising but aren’t quite ready to jump into a full-on clown situation. They help practice emotional navigation and saying yes to the unknown in a supportive and generous context. Since we tend to get pretty silly, they can help with feelings of burn out, stress, and isolation. They are particularly tailored towards folks who live with chronic anxiety, situational depression, or shyness. Participation of every aspect is always voluntary.
I would like to offer an experimental group online version of a workshop I do called Laughing and Singing Through Anxiety. Depending on interest, it could be a monthly thing with a different emotion every month, which is how I have offered them in the past. This workshop will be by donation, with all profits going to a fundraiser held by a friend of a friend for a family of five in Nicaragua that is in crisis.
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.
I invite you to come and play! Contact me with any questions or concerns, email@example.com or 250 880 3371.
I gratefully and joyfully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council of the Arts.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I gratefully and greatfully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
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 email@example.com for questions or to register.
I joyfully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts for this project.
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.
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