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Online: Nonviolent Clowning workshop – NEW!!!

Online: Nonviolent Clowning workshop – NEW!!!

Nonviolent Clowning  – Find your authentic self through play and clowning.

Using clowning and NVC to come to a place of:

Being authentic

Being seen

Being playful

Building resilience

Connection with self

Connection with others

Please note that to keep everybody safe, this workshop is now online and one day only.

Seed of Peace is delighted to be collaborating with Holly Stoppit from Holly Stoppit Clowning Workshop to offer this one-off intermediate training for anyone who has completed our NVC Level One Training or equivalent. No clowning experience is necessary.

Holly says: “The clown lives in direct, open communication with their audience. Clown is not a character you put on, it’s a gentle stripping back to a state of child-like wonderment, where pleasure, playfulness and exploration rule. Your clown is the most curious, spontaneous and authentic part of you.”

Can your clown lead you into deeper connection with yourself and other people? 

This experiential day draws on teachings from both Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and clowning, to help you explore the tools and techniques that foster compassionate connection, both on stage and in life.

About this one-day workshop

Course aims

  • Practice self-empathy, empathy for others and self-expression through body-based learning ​and cerebral investigation ​as we dance between clowning​ and NVC​.
  • ​Explore expressing feelings through physicality, voice and play​.
  • Explore what it feels like to put judgement to one side and develop the confidence to follow your impulses, turn up your curiosity, play more and connect deeply and authentically with yourself and others.
  • Discover how embracing and sharing your vulnerability through your clown can open up a quality of connection to yourself and others.

Learning objectives

  • Practice effective communication skills in a playful and supportive environment.
  • Be able to do a self-empathy (self-connection) process.
  • Become aware when you are in your thoughts, rather than making a clear observation.
  • Explore how your observations stimulate feelings.
  • Greet your feelings as feedback from your met or unmet needs.
  • Discover how to shift from a paradigm of demands, rewards and consequences – to a paradigm of play, self-responsibility, connection, trust, mutual support and interdependence.

About the Trainers

Holly Stoppit has been teaching clowning to adults from all walks of life for the past 14 years. Through her teaching, Holly brings together elements of her vast and colourful performance background, her training as a dramatherapist and years of sitting on a meditation cushion. Holly delights in creating safe and non-judgemental environments full of invitations for clowns to come out to play. She is a Bristol-based facilitator, performance skills teacher, theatre director and dramatherapist. Find out more about Holly.

Gesine Schrader is originally from a Montessori teaching background and certified as a NVC facilitator with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She has facilitated NVC events internationally through her company, Seed of Peace. Find out more about Gesine.

About the collaboration between Seed of Peace and Holly Stoppit Workshops

Holly has been training in NVC with Seed of Peace for the last few years and Gesine attended Holly’s Introduction To Clowning last year. This weekend workshop is the second experimental collaboration between Seed of Peace and Holly Stoppit Workshops. Here’s some feedback from their first workshop, which was designed for Holly’s clown graduates:

“A full and rich experience, connecting with hearts”

“An incredibly safe and held space to stretch out the edges of yourself and realise that there are kind humans waiting to catch you if you fall.”

“An exercise in opening not just your mind but also your heart and your ears. Learning to express yourself, and your needs, and truly listen to others and their needs. A weekend of opening yourself up to yourself and others, and finding genuine freedom and connection.“


We recommend these resources as a refresher for coming back to NVC.

You can get a little taste of Holly’s style of teaching and clowning in her BBC interview.

When and where

Date: Saturday 17 October, 2020. 9.30am – 12.30pm and 3pm – 6pm.
Platform: This is an online course. We will invite you to two calls, using a platform called Zoom — instructions to follow. Zoom allows us to break out into ‘rooms’ for smaller group and couples work.

Training fees and deadline for registration

The deadline for registration to this workshop is: Monday, 5 October 2020.

We have started to offer online courses in the spirit of Gift Culture to give many people with different financial backgrounds the possibility to attend our courses. Gift Culture is a new paradigm that moves us away from making money a measurement of worth and value, towards focusing on the sustainability of the community as a whole. As part of our experimentation with financial-co-responsibility, we ask the following:

1. When you apply, select a non-refundable deposit of £30

2. At the end of the day we will ask you to make a financial contribution in addition to the trainers living costs in relation a) the value which you got from the workshop b) your current financial resources and commitments. On the booking form, we will ask you to confirm that you are aware of this.

A note on finances

To ensure the sustainability of our workshop we are suggesting a total contribution in the range of £40–£80, for example: £30 with your booking and £10 at the end of the day.

If this would be a hardship for you, please do not let that stop you from attending as we would love to have you there. Please contact us to talk about it. You can attend and choose to contribute no more than £30.

Registration and paying your deposit

Fill in the online registration form (form takes up to 10 seconds to load) and for further information please email Gesine or phone her on +44 (0)7840 056 289.