Intensive Workshop «The Way of the Clown»
Good for nothing, but ready for anything;
frightened 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.
This international Essential Clown workshop, the only intensive
format that Alain offers in Europe
, is a surprising encounter with our
most authentic being. Thanks to this little "red mask", we will discover
how the fear of "not belonging to the world" leads us to hide in the
depths of our feelings that are ultimately the most shared by all humans.
We can joyfully celebrate our shame, regain our dignity and enjoy the
sweet rest of belonging to the world without having to hide our inner
The Clown's crown jewels:
listening, trust, presence and freedom,,
will be embarked on this adventure.
The intensive workshop series is structured in such a way that both modules
build on each other. In order to complete the inner clown work and to
carry it into everyday life we recommend to plan time for both modules.
The second module can be taken in the same year than module one or any
This is the time to sow seeds on a soil of self-confidence and
in the group. We will look for the character with the red nose to rediscover
our spontaneity and natural creativity and reconnect with our most authentic
Encouraged by the public gaze of the group, we will cross the bridge of
initiation to "being on stage" to restore mutual trust between the inner
child and the adult life.
As we transform our past into heritage, between laughter and tears, we
can receive the radiance of our own humanity, celebrate life and marvel
together at being what we have become.
"We will never be who we dream of being if we do not first celebrate who we already are."
Alain Vigneau, «Clown Essentiel, the art of laughing at yourself»
Opens the possibility to deepen our acting on
stage as well as our personal process.
Thanks to the climate of trust and transparency cultivated during the
first meeting with Alain and the group, our creations, dreams and fears
will be welcomed without judgment. More than ever, our actions will be
comforted by the benevolent gaze of the “public”.
Deepening improvisational themes will offer the opportunity to listen
to our imagination, to put our enthusiasm at the service of everyone
in the group, and to embark together on a quest to new lands in order
to experience the incredible adventure of belonging to the world without
having to lie to it.
The clowns treasure chest will be enriched by spontaneity, imagination,
dignity, creativity, music
and other wonders.
The proposed work will include: :
Playful exercises on contact dynamics, expression and staging
An initiation with “the self on stage”
Experiencing the vitality of the inner child
The rules of the Clown´s game
Attending to one´s one body, feelings and imagination
Listening to others and the group
Exploring really listening to music and to silence
Opening up and Sharing… Sharing and opening up!
Larning to be transparent and simply laying bare one´s essence.
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 he has worked with the international
organization "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
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.
May 1st to 5th 2024
For all registrations before the 1st of January 2024, the cost is 620 €
Château de la Linotte
, Southern Burgundy, close to Besançon
Full board per day/person
(including tourist tax)
Possible payment with credit card
115 € (Single room with B/S)
100 € (Single room, shared B/S)
95 € (Double room, Twin bed, with B/S)
80 € (Double room, shared B/S)
Starting at 4.30 pm
at 1.30 pm with a lunch
«What can I say after this work? A huge thank you from the heart! I thought I was going to be a clown, the clown as usual, but your work revealed many other things about me! My part of shadow well buried! You have the ability to "unite" an entire group in a bubble of respect and mutual understanding where everyone can open up, cry, laugh, reveal themselves without fear through your clown work.
You also have the gift of reading us, of scanning us in a benevolent way in order to reveal us better.
A single word comes to mind LOVE!
After this "experience" I have only one desire, to continue this introspection and not to forget to BREATH!
I wish to meet you again for Module II.
Kisses from the heart.»
«Through the Essential Clown work, we have the possibility of accessing a space which, thanks also to Alain's incredible know-how and the natural benevolence of the group, allows us to finally welcome with a little lightness our limits, our clumsiness, our pretension, our suffering,... And as if by magic, we discover that this is the same space where, more quickly than we would expect, we also find the momentum and joy to celebrate life.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this precious opportunity!»
«Five days of pure joy and deep insights under the supervision of a magician of the wonder of life, who knows perfectly how to create among the participants a shared atmosphere of full acceptance where any kind of judgment disappears.
The absolute freedom to express ourselves and the opportunity to see the performing of our own “black side of the moon” without shame or guilty feelings.
“One small step for a woman of 64, one giant leap for my family karmic transformation”.
Thousands of thanks to Alain and to my new friends from the Sea of Tranquility.»
«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”
“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”
“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”
"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”
“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
Marie Claire, therapist and coach
“What a wonderful bubble of humanism this clown weekend…”