The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity and the Clown

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At the end of the nineteenth century, an unprecedented rich book was written: Philosophy of Spiritual Activity by the Austrian philosopher Dr. Steiner. The book is written so difficult that most people quickly set the book aside. At the same time they felt: “Yes, but I want to understand this book!” And indeed there are some special and beautiful germs hidden in it. If these germinate and blossom, then the reader will feel unprecedented joy. But how can we access to this book? In this one-day event two special people bring their powerful dynamism together: the French clown, now living in England, Vivian Gladwell and the Dutch narrator and storytelling teacher Wim Wolbrink. Together they developed a special program in the spring of 2018 in England. In an extraordinarily playful way by using stories, clown exercises, game forms and conversation technique, the book the Philosophy of Spiritual Activity will be unlocked. In this way, unprecedented deep insights and rich humour are being combined.


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.


Main language
Easy to understand English. Despite the fact that the original text of the Philosophy of Spiritual of Activity is unfathomable to many, the idea of this day is that anyone with basic knowledge of the English language can come along without difficulty.


Number of participants
Minimum 6 and maximum 16.



£ 140,- excluding board and lodging.

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