Events 2018 Information


Open Workshop - Awakening the Fool at Heart

The best way to learn about Sacred Clowning is to start with a weekend open

workshop. This courses will give you a taste of the Fool At Heart consciousness and allow you to explore mime-clown, dance and singing as expressions of your true nature. Open workshops are suitable for complete beginners or as a refresher course for all levels of experience. Each workshop is a new exploration inspired by the moment and the group.



To participate in any of the three residential courses one must have first done an open weekend workshop "Awakening the Fool at Heart".

This is a neccesary prerequisite since it allows participants to immerse themselves fully in the residential course having already experienced and understood the nature of this work.


So after attending a two day open workshop, you can progress onto residential training courses and retreats, performance courses and ultimately onto clowning in healthcare.


Complete in themselves, the three following courses constitute a good basic one year training, and is essential for further professional training. This is an in depth study of the Mime-Clown, the Dancing-Clown and the Musical-Clown.

Limited spaces.

These courses are held at Casa Saraswati, our retreat centre in Tenerife. You can apply to any of these courses via email (only after attending a full open workshop with Didier).



Seven Day Sacred Clown Training (February)

This residential course will focus on establishing the ground for sacred clowning. It will be an opportunity to sharpen your existing skills in Mimeclowning, dance-movement and singing, with special emphasis on developing aspects which you find difficult or that you haven't yet integrated. Didier will give specific directions and guidance to each one of you to support the emergence of your unique Sacred Clown.



Midsummer Clowning (July)

In this 8-day residential course, the sacred clown will lead us into a contemplation with "Mother Nature". Letting ourselves be inspired by the simplicity and harmony she offers us, we will learn to compose with her and with each other. Special sceneries will be created in the environment of Casa Saraswati for improvisation. You will have the opportunity to create a piece of mime-clowning under Didier's guidance. There will be an exploration of makemime- clowning under Didier's guidance. There will be an exploration of makeup and costume.


Sacred Clowning Retreat (November)

In this 8-day retreat we will focus on strengthening the spiritual ground and on developing the artistic skills of the Sacred Clown. As we slowly awaken to the miracle of mindfulness, our creative imagination takes on a new dimension; dance-movement, mime-clowning and singing improvisation will begin to embody a deeper reality, revealing the subtle communication of our true nature that is free, unique, loving and at peace. Trusting the unknown will no longer feel overwhelming, but exciting and inspiring. For details of dates and venues please see our programme 2015, and email us for further information:



On each of the courses we will explore:

Dance, mime, silence, voice, jabbertalk, play, meditation, expressive movement, breath, centering, clowning, compassion, singing, stillness, presence and creative interdependence, the clown's nose, improvisation as a group and individually.


The pace and content of the courses will shape themselves around the needs of the participants.


Our aim or perspective is that: for all courses and events we bring forth a

poetic imagination of life, as well as inviting presence, humour, authenticity and play into the theater, the home, the streets, the parks and the institutions.





London I

London Buddhist Arts Centre

Eastbourne House

Ballards Place

London E2 0PT

Tube: Bethnal Green (Central Line)

- for map and directions, click here



Casa Saraswati

Ctra. Gral. Las Canadas 273

38310 La Orotava

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Canary Island



Casa Saraswati is the newly opened *Fool at Heart* International Retreat Centre. A blessed land for Healing and The Arts, spaciously spread on seven terraces, 800 metres above the sea. Here the boundless love of the Great Mother overflows as you breathe, as you leisure among fruit trees, flowers and groves. And so, you merge with the vast expanse of sea and sky, here below, and become as still as Pico El Teide our Southern guardian.




UK Weekend Workshops

Day One: 10:00 - 18:00

Day Two: 9:30 - 19:00ish



London Open Workshop

in Jan. and October 2018

£150, booking fee £65

(£130 for early bird discount)

7 Day Training

in February 2018

EUR 640, booking fee EUR 300

(EUR 595 for early bird discount)

Midsummer Clowning

in July 2018

EUR 695, booking fee EUR 300

(EUR 650 for early bird discount)

Sacred Clown Retreat

in November 2018

EUR 695, booking fee EUR 300

(EUR 650 for early bird discount)

PLEASE NOTE: Prices for residentials are based on shared accommodation with vegetarian food.


* Before booking, please enquire about availability *



All payment information will be sent to you with the full course leaflet.


Call: +34 922 334007 or email



School of Sacred Clowning

Didier Danthois

Casa Saraswati

Ctra. Gral. Las Canadas 273

38310 La Orotava

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Canary Islands



Tel: +34 922 334 007

Our work is known as

"Teatro del corazón"

in Spain, see our website in English and Spanish


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