An Offering from Spain: Red Nose Voyage - A Clown Journey in the Wilderness

Jul 21st, 2018 - Jul 26th, 2018

Since 2014, our founder Meredith has been inviting one set of guest teachers/guides each year, from outside our country, to come to the Owen's Valley and offer a seminar that they have developed from their own cultural and personal perspective.  These international teachers are people who have trained at the school and then taken what they've learned back to their own land and integrated it into their respective work there.

We can only offer a few 'taste bites' of the many amazing ways in which the ceremony has moved to so many distant lands. And yet it feels right to offer certain international perspectives to those of us in the US who feel called to these offerings, while also supporting the ongoing development of these guides' programs in their homelands.

For 2018, we have invited Daniela Maiwald and Eric de Bont, from Menorca in Spain, from the Bont Intenational Clown School to share their ‘clown medicine’ with us.

Please read on for more information from Eric and Daniela on their program below:



We invite you to six days of laughter and tears, curiosity and playfulness, as we step into the unknown and the magical world of the clown.  As you risk coming out of your comfort zone, you will find yourself touching and being  touched, searching and discovering.  Together we will enter a landscape full of emotion, humor and poetry!

To come to your clown is a very personal, inner process.  People must show up as they are, “naked”, without defense, authentic.  Therefore they have to face what is between them and their clown, and often these are very strong personal themes, patterns, and habits, at the same place where the wounds, personal traumas and tragedies lie.
We are living in a society that is completely focused on success, control, competition and perfection. The paradox and the tragedy of the clown is that he succeeds where he doesn’t want to succeed, namely in his failure. The clown helps us to face these “failures”, the imperfection (of body, mind, spirit), and helps us laugh and transform them so that acceptance may find its place.  We can then find the treasures and uniqueness of ourselves in “these failures” so that they may become gifts.
The clown lives in the here and now, is completely present and open for the next adventure.
“Where is the party?”
We create conditions to become and BE clown by using essentials elements of energy work, haptonomy (science of touch), bodywork, movement, improvisation, play and creation. We take the path to the innocence we may have lost, back to our core, back to “who we are” without influence of society or others.  Touch the soul of your clown in the relationship to ALL you are, (body, mind, spirit).  Express your own inner freedom and “craziness”!
This course doesn’t have the aim of becoming a theatre clown. The intention of this journey is that through clown techniques you will touch your own innocence, wake up your vulnerability and transparency, stimulate your quality of curiosity, allow yourself to be in wonder without judgment, and improve your sensitivity, intuition and playfulness.  Break the walls of your defenses and from a deep inner “nakedness” share and communicate your emotions and feelings directly from out of your own heart without any fear.  Clown is all heart!  Clown is an art of being!
The workshop takes place in the White Mountains of the Eastern Sierra where we will share, explore & teach in circle, be on nature’s stage and do small medicine walks. The red nose of the clown is the smallest mask of the world.  This quest is for those who feel called to discover their own inner clown, and the medicine of allowing oneself to be a fool.  The aim of the red nose quest is to integrate and weave „clown medicine“ into your personal life (and improve your quality as a human being), and into your work (new tools for professionals as guides, trainees, teachers, psychologists, coaches, social workers, etc..).
“To us a clown is somebody sacred, funny, powerful, ridiculous, holy, shameful, visionary. He is all this and then some more. Fooling around, a clown is really performing a spiritual ceremony.”  --  John ( Fire) Lame Deer
Maximum number of participants:  16


The School of Lost Borders has created a sliding scale for all its fast and trainings in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. We set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.

Tuition: $650 - $1150

Deposit: $250
(Non-refundable & non-transferrable unless seminar is cancelled)

Extra Fees: possible camping fee


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