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With Vivian Gladwell and Annie Annie Blampied-Radojcin.


Starts 18:15 on first day – Finishes 14:00 on last day

Course fee: £510 – Tuition only

Deposit – £180


“And when you have reached the mountain top,
then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs,
then shall you truly dance.”

The Prophet: On Death, by Kahlil Gibran


Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone wishing to:
• accompany or offer companionship to those who are dying or who are beyond the threshold.
• explore the relationship between humour and our human condition.
• find joy in all aspects of life
• discover how clowns can touch on the sacred
• move from a place of unknowing to a place of loving companionship and presence.
• accept the messiness of life
• open to the spiritual support available to us here and beyond the threshold.


Concerning Companionship

When we find ourselves in the presence of someone who is near to death, we may feel quite perplexed or even afraid, and unsure what to do. For the one who is dying, everything is stripped away, and only what is natural or authentic in being with them will be of support.

In this course we will discover how we can move from a place of unknowing by trusting that whatever is going to happen is the right thing for us and the right thing for our loved one.   By opening to the awareness of our angel and the angels of our loved ones, we can experience the support that is ever available. Learning to listen, to trust the silence and our own heart’s knowing, we can be faithful witnesses to the courageous journey that each person has to take as they leave their body behind.

We will also look at ways of realising how this companionship may continue beyond the threshold and what we can do through our loving thoughts and actions on earth to give wings to those making their way through the cosmos.


Concerning Clowning

Much like the eternal cycles of disastrous ends and rebirths in Tom and Jerry or in Fairy tales, clowns have constantly and endlessly died to be reborn again and again. Clowns are incorrigible optimists no matter what life throws at them.

Like the Fool in the Tarot their naivety may also carry their wisdom. They are dreamers with their feet firmly grounded on this Earth.

The clown’s vulnerability, willingness and courage to experience all aspects of life to the full is what we love about them.

This course will be an invitation to give a voice to what is so often left unvoiced and to give a presence to what is often considered an absence.

The course is limited to 12 people.

Open to everyone regardless of experience.


Further Information

27 August 2023
to 01 Sep 2023


Emerson College
Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JX United Kingdom