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Intensive workshop

Formation : “The Ways of the Clown”


Good for nothing, but ready for anything, alarmed by the world as much as filled with wonder by life, fierce poet with an open heart, the clown nestles in our hearts as a figure close to childhood, able to examine our adult lives in an extremely direct and simple way, by inspiring them with a profoundly refreshing vision.
It is by seeking out this character with a red nose, constructed around our most genuine feelings, that we will be able to joyfully embrace our shame, innocently unmask our shadows, innocently legitimize our fears to finally reclaim our dignity and, encouraged by the witnessing of the audience, cross the bridge to the unknown, savour the sweet rest of belonging to the world without needing to deceive it.

This international Essential Clown workshop is the only intensive format of its kind that Alain offers in Europe and covers the themes that are dear to him: transforming our past into pearls of wisdom, re-establishing mutual trust between our inner child and adult selves, recovering our natural spontaneity and creativity, showing up authentically to marvel together at being what we are and celebrating life.
The workshop is founded on the dimensions of:
          and Freedom

“We will never be who we dream of being if we do not celebrate first who we already are”
           Alain Vigneau, “Essential Clown, the art of laughing at oneself”

Protected by this Little red mask, participants will learn and celebrate the different rules of the game the Clown has to offer: possibility, fun, imagination, spontaneity, witnessing, play, contact, etc.  

The work proposal will include:
games, performance and contact dynamics
an initiation with “the self on stage”
becoming aware of the inner child
the rules of the game of the Clown
listening to one’s body, one’s feelings and one’s imagination
listening to others and to the group
listening to music and to silences
opening up and sharing ... Sharing and opening up!
earning to be transparent and simply lay bare one’s essence

lain Vigneau is a clown and theatre director. He was born in France and has been living in Spain since 1989, where he directs the theatre "La Stravagante", and where has worked with the international organisation "Clowns without Borders". For several years, he has been teaching training courses in art therapy and drama therapy, and leading workshops in South America and Europe that combine clown and psychotherapy ("Clown essencial").

Many people, during the SAT Program workshops have met him and gained insight into his exceptional work that is enjoyed and valued by all. He is, internationally, one of the major representatives of the theatrical work created in collaboration with Claudio Naranjo within the SAT Program.  

The Ways of the Clown - MODULE I:
April 1th to 5th  2020
Participation fee:
600 €
For all registrations before the 1st of December 2019, the cost is 540,- Euro
Registration Module I:

The Ways of the Clown - MODULE II:
October 28th to November 1st 2020
Participation fee:
600 €
For all registrations before the 28th of july 2020, the cost is 540,- Euro
Registration Module II:

Course languages:
English, French
"Château Liebfrauenberg" in Alsace, north of Strasbourg

Starting at 5.00 pm
at 1.00 pm with a lunch

Accommodation costs Liebfrauenberg
per night - full board:
75 € (double room, shower and WC on floor)
82 € (single room, shower and WC on floor)
86 € (double room, with shower and WC)
94 € (single room, with shower and WC)
« The work is overwhelming!

My heart is still inflamed when thinking about the lived experience! Without fear of exaggeration, Alain Vigneau has just changed my life forever! »

Roberta, actress (2017)

« I struggle to put into words how the way of the clown was.... the sharing, laughter, tears, intimacy, joy, fear (at being seen just as I am) and vulnerability - is something I have never experienced in this way before. To be seen by others, to have fun and play with serious material and work with the paradoxes of this - well it is special and unique and stays in my heart always.  If anyone gets the opportunity to do this - grab it with both hands. It is a priceless gift for yourself and all those in your life... Grab it! »
Jamie, doctor (2017)

“Working with Alain is to stand facing the void, daring to do a double somersault knowing that his tenderness and sensitivity are there to receive us!”

“Alain is an artist who composes masterpieces of hope with the broken pencils of our troubled stories”
James, coach

“The clown blew on the almost dying embers of a distant creative path. Thanks to its imprint, deep inside, my heart laughs at very high decibels, while on the outside, I breathe more calmly in everyday life”
Sandra, lawyer

“The meeting with Alain has allowed us to discover ourselves in the midst of others, and to face ourselves being amongst and with the world, the implacable reality of our childhoods, our anguish, our fears...
The clown link is good for us, so share it with your neighbors, friends and families; it is a long path, so courage to all, and enjoy those much needed moments spent together, a clown friend!”

Ludovic, rural policeman

“Thank you to all your little red noses for your smiles, your tears, your humanity”
James, writer

"Getting in touch with our child power and send packing our fears, our image, whatever we hold onto.
Getting in touch with our emotions, our childhood experiences, the soft ones and the hard ones, and receiving them, welcoming them, recognising them. Having fun, crying, laughing together, love ourselves in our infinite diversity and in our unity”

Jean, architect

“Thank you for these memorable moments, the hearty laughter and the tears expressed or contained... I feel alive, happy to have reconnected with one of my childhood dreams, grateful to have had so much fun with you”
Marie Claire, therapist and coach

“What a wonderful bubble of humanism this clown weekend…”
Carine, physiotherapist


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