The Apocalyps and the Clown

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In partnership with Emerson College


Does Climate Change, Brexit, the threat of Nuclear proliferation, Artificial Intelligence, Face recognition … fill you with dread, a warning of Apocalyptic times to come?

This course offers a playful and irreverent look at what promises our destruction and the end of the world as we know it. What messages for hope and creativity might we find for ourselves in such predictions?

Clowning is a state of playfulness that brings us to experience a child-like, naïve and vulnerable state of being. Paradoxically we grow, learn and are strengthened through reconnecting playfully with what makes us most vulnerable.

This approach to clowning is not a technique (tricks, gags and routines) but a personal journey towards finding one’s own unique way of being a clown, by listening and being receptive, essential skills for any creative and imaginative expression. It is only when we let go our control over things that we begin to be surprised by the depth of what reveals itself to us. Come for a weekend of letting go and freeing up!


Vivian Gladwell
Vivian Gladwell is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the United Kingdom and in France, where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks fluent French and English.

Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He created Nose to Nose in the UK in 1990 and Nose to Nose in North America in 2006. He was also the founder of Fool View, the social Clown. He also trained trainers in the United Kingdom, the US, Germany and Italy.

He uses his clowns work in diverse and various areas: teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany and Norway.

He uses the clown as a social playground for exploring our humanity.


Wim Wolbrink
For many years Wim has been telling stories in his homeland and abroad at festivals, theatres, companies and people at home. Fun, exciting and compelling stories. Myths, sagas, legends, fables and wonder tales.

When he was 42, he founded the Dutch National Storytelling School with his colleague Frans de Vette. Hundreds of people have got to know the power and playfulness of storytelling in this way.

At age 49 he became acquainted with the book Philosophy of Freedom. Now he uses the storytelling and stories to explore and deepen all kinds of themes.

Wim Wolbrink received his training in storytelling at the Emerson College in East Sussex, England. Wim is not only a narrator and lecturer but also a human advisor. He organizes symposium, festivals and study groups in which the versatile use of stories occupies a prominent place.


Number of participants
Minimum 6 and maximum 12.


£ 160,- excluding board and lodging.


To book this course

Click here to enquire about available places and booking

To book a course follow the link Click here to enquire… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.  Submit the form with your details and we will let you know how to proceed with payment of your deposit. Your deposit is REFUNDABLE  MORE than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a £40 admin fee for refunds. If the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full. Deposits are paid online.

NOTE: Bookings can only be confirmed after we have received your deposit. As the booking usually only covers the course fee, please check you know the total cost of the course (course fee + accommodation and meals).

Once your deposit has been accepted, we will notify you to confirm your place on the course. You are booked on the course ONLY when Nose to Nose confirms your place.

If you have questions or problems, please email us.

If full please email us at to go on our waiting list.
We’ll let you know when a place becomes available.


Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: Just click on the link Click here to enquire… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.

Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just click on the link Click here to enquire and fill the form. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.

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Accommodation and meals:

Single room and all meals: £127.50
Camping/ Camper van and all meals : £77.50
All meals only : £33.50

To book your accommodation and meals at  go to
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Please remember to budget for your board and accommodation costs, which are usually separate from our tuition fees.


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The VOF National Storytelling School is registered with the Chamber of Commerce under number: NL-30.222.493.