“I am a professional laugher.”
The Dalai Lama, My Spiritual Journey
Wise people laugh a lot! They take their work seriously but they don’t take themselves seriously.
We’ll be using short and long form improv, clowning, movement and play to connect with our joy, laughter & fun.
Along the way we’ll be building
- Embracing our uniqueness
- Being present to ourselves and others in the moment
What we’ll be doing
Short form games
- going for it!
- embracing silliness!
- magnificent chaos!
Organic & longer forms
- creating characters
- exploring physicalities
- “behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances”
- maintaining connection with ourselves and our partners
- discovering new worlds
- finding fun
- supporting each other
- working as a group
As in all my courses, it’s more an experience not a performance. Though we take time to enjoy each other too! The focus is presence, connection and joy, not being clever or witty.
We’ll use movement (within whatever range is comfortable for you) and awareness to come into the body and discover something new.
I’ll introduce tools that can help you find the fun in your scenes.
We’ll practice skills for the fun of doing it.
We’ll start listening for and reacting to what’s really going on under the surface.
We’ll have an open celebration at the end where you can invite friends to share in what we’ve been doing.
We will have lots of fun!
Who it’s for
There’s no exam. It’s more about what you can discover in yourself than what it looks like on the outside.
But you should be fairly comfortable with improv with some of the ways it works. For example, you’ve done my beginners course The Delight of Surprising Yourself or similar.
If you’re not sure, ask me.
Maybe see you there 🙂
“This path of awareness and making conscious choices is like trying to ride a rodeo horse covered in Vaseline. You’re going to be on your ass on the ground 1000 times a day. You’d better start finding it funny. Enlightenment is not reaching a finish line of equanimity, it’s loving yourself exactly where you are NOW.”
Jamie Catto, Insanely Gifted
The Gifts of Imperfection
I first read Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection in 2012, the same time as I started improv and her work influences my approach.
It’s also why I think so many people feel nervous about improv. Improv and play challenge us to learn to put down our protective shields and rediscover play, creativity and laughter.
Improv isn’t therapy so if it’s pressing some spots for you that are too tender, it’s better to go gently and/or pause and ask for some support – ask me if you like.
But improv can be a wonderful practice ground where you can gradually practice expanding your freedom.
Look down the “Cultivating” right hand side of Brené Brown’s guideposts for wholehearted living.