Winter Course for English teachers 26.-27. February in Tallinn

Winter Course with Catherine Bryden 26.-27. February in Tallinn Free Waldorf School 

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Catherine Bryden (Canada)

Catherine has been submerged in teaching, communication and group learning processes for over 3 fun filled decades on three continents, NA, Asia & Europe. In 2001, she started teaching English at the Rudolf Steiner School Gröbenzell, along with running farming, forestry, class trips and UNESCO programs. The same year, at English Week, she discovered the world of theater clowning, then trained as a Nose to Nose clowning facilitator in the UK which invited deep shifts in her approach to working with groups, teaching and life. As a freelance artist since 2013, she coordinated the team for the symposium Wege zur Lehrerpersönlichkeit at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart, facilitates theater clowning workshops with schools, students and social circus pedagogues, leads theater programs for young adults, coached new teachers, simply serving where she is called to. She is passionate about people, communication and change. 

Catherine about clowning: 

Theater Clowning is an art and a practice. The clown Geist serves in the most surprising places. It is an exploration of all that it means to be fully human while in relationship to ourselves, others and the world. Through clowning and connecting to our playful spirit, we can develop and sustain the courage to be ALL that we can be, truly ourselves, so we can free our unique talents and share them with the world. In a clowning workshop, we break away.

We teach not what we know, but who we are. Teaching is more about learning to listen to our students, than getting them to listen to us. Teaching is an art, an improvisational process wherein learning is a shared social activity; a journey of awakening, of discovery and creation.  

We turn to the spirit of the clown and use the red nose, the smallest mask in the world, as tools for diving into the learning pool of life. No previous theater, clowning or mask experience is needed in order to bask in its glow. If you can breathe, you can clown. Through warm ups and playful exercises, we will discover just how creative we already are. Here we practice the art of welcoming every gift life offers up and celebrate all of our mistakes.  

This is an opportunity to breathe, move, set your imagination free, fine tune your listening skills, renew, rejuvenate, let go and let be. How good is that? 

Themes: curriculum, kids with different abilities in the same classroom, using media in lessons, practical games for learning, biggest fears and struggles in the process of teaching English. 

Schedule (both days):

10.00 - 11.30 - Clowning 

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 - 13.00 - Lecture 

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 Lecture 

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30 Clowning 

Participation fee for the members of EVWÜ 50€, for the guests 100€. 

Payment after the course by invoice.  

Food 20€ in cash.

Register before February 1st HERE.