Clown Coaching

(photo credit: Nayana Fielkov)

Let’s Laugh and Play and Feel Together!

Current Offerings

~Playing Through Emotions: Situational Depression. Sunday, March 28th, 2021, 10-1130 am Pacific time. As part of an online Clown Coaching series featuring a different emotion each month. $15-25 sliding scale (increasing to $20-30 in April). Preregistration and prepayment required. Registration is per workshop. Discount available for year-long registration.

~Playing Through Emotions: An Introduction for groups or organizations. By request.

~Playing Through Emotions is also available to explore and process challenging emotions associated with difficult topics such as climate change and decolonization/transformation from a settler perspective in a playful-serious framework. By request.

About Playing Through Emotions

the Why: Inner clowning, collaborative improv, and emotional study have been powerful and joyful medicine for my own struggles over the years with emotional regulation and connection; it is my honour to share Playing Through Emotions, which is a recipe containing the above ingredients.

the Who: Playing Through Emotions is for you: if you are in the midst of a transition; if you want more laughter and silliness in your life; if you are feeling burned out or alone; if you struggle with shyness, anxiety, or depression and want a deeper sense of connection; if you struggle with feeling and expressing emotion in a regulated (calm yet alert) way; if you are grieving and want a place to find a few moments of levity; if you are new to theatre and want to take a creative risk; if you are old to theatre and want to play in a goofy, low consequence way with me and/or with others. 

the How: A blend of meditation, theatrical and singing collaborative improv, collective acting back of personal scenarios of a featured emotion, and discussion of the gifts of that emotion (as articulated by Karla McLaren). Challenge is by choice in a supportive environment. Laughter connects us to breath, which is an excellent anchor for the the curious mind.

the What: Clownesque games and collaborative improv are physical… wear clothes you can move in.

ONLINE: Bring water to drink and a few costume pieces or props (anything will do). Give yourself a bit of space to move wherever you decide to set up your computer or device. A session includes an info sheet on the gifts of the challenging emotion.

IN PERSON: Bring water to drink. I will provide info sheets on the gifts of the featured challenging emotion.

Emotional Pedagogy: Anger; anxiety; fear and panic; sadness; jealousy; situational depression; confusion; envy; hatred; apathy; suicidal urges; grief; shame; contentment; joy; happiness. You can study/play in this order (my recommendation) or you can pick and choose.

the Where: Zoom or in person. 

the When: Group playshops happen online, 10-1130 am Pacific Standard Time, the last Sunday of every month. Registration is per playshop. Individual or additional group sessions upon request.

Price: Playing Through Emotions group playshop: $15-25 per person (increasing to $20-30 in April), pre-payable by etransfer meganhyslop@yahoo.ca or paypal. Playing Through Emotions private playshop: $60-80. A Year of Playing Through Emotions group playshops: $165-275 (one free session); A Year of Playing Through Emotions private playshops (your choice of 12 emotions): $660-$880 (one free session)

About Anxiety Support

the Why: I was diagnosed at age 16 with an anxiety disorder. I accepted this, and the accompanying medication, as a way to articulate the invasive fearful thoughts and the crippling physical tension I was experiencing in my mind and body. At the same time, I had and have never lost an immense curiosity about the inner workings of anxiety, why it had become so prevalent, how I could befriend this part of myself, and what it could teach me. Inner clowning, dramatic reality, collaborative improv, and emotional study have been potent and joyful medicine in this regard; they have supported a greater sense of connection with myself, and through that more grounded place, with others.I offer Anxiety Support through a model I invented called Emotional Improv (formerly Laughing and Singing Through Emotions) that draws primarily from inner clowning, dramatic reality and collaborative improv, and emotional study.

Inner clowning is many, many things; one of them, to me, is emotional
acrobacy. We should have learned to work with our emotions in kindergarden! Unfortunately, most of us didn’t, and it can be easy to get stuck in the emotion of anxiety. Dramatic reality is a way to create a “real but not real” scenario where we play
out/act out situations with real emotions in a low consequence play space. Collaborative improv is about playful movement, collectivity, and silliness. Emotional study for me means learning to notice my inner sensations, to listen to what emotion(s) are coming forward, and to act on the gifts, messages, and required tasks of those emotions as articulated by Karla McLaren. This work is a great support and complement to therapy, particularly somatic, and other forms of healing.

the Who: Anxiety Support is for you, dear one, if you feel that you have a low ability to tolerate stress or have created a small window of living for yourself; if you identify with being an empath; if you easily absorb others’ emotions; if you have difficulty self-soothing; if you have difficulty experiencing/tolerating the physical sensations that accompany anxiety; if you have difficulty feeling and expressing anger and boundaries; if you have difficulty meditating when you think it should be a help; if you want
to check in with your body in those anxious moments but find it very uncomfortable to “stay”.

the How: A blend of meditation, theatrical and singing collaborative improv, collective acting back of personal scenarios of anxiety, and discussion of the gifts of anxiety and anger (the gifts of these two emotions work together). Challenge is by choice in a supportive environment.  

the What: Clownesque games and collaborative improv are physical… wear clothes you can move in. ONLINE: Bring water to drink and a few costume pieces or props (anything will do). Give yourself a bit of space to move wherever you decide to set up your computer or device. A session includes an info sheet on the gifts of the challenging emotion. IN PERSON: Bring water to drink. I will provide info sheets on the gifts of anxiety.

the Where: Zoom or in person. 

the When: Group playshops happen online, 10-1130 am Pacific Standard Time, the first Sunday of every month. Registration is per playshop. Individual or additional group sessions upon request.

Price: Anxiety Support group playshop: $15-25 per person, pre-payable by etransfer meganhyslop@yahoo.ca or paypal. Anxiety Support private playshop: $60-80 per session. Four pack: $50-90 group playshops and $220-$300 private playshops.

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