Integrating Lightness and Humor into the Workplace

Clown Training

Whether it’s focusing on stress-release, wellness and resiliency with teachers and therapists in Germany, or focusing on creativity and collaboration with an operations team at Google, Lightfulness serves the human side of the workplace.

Moshe invites participants to engage their intuitive/creative mind to investigate and activate their sense of fun, funny, and lightness. Working with movement and non-verbal expression, participants open delight and laughter through mindful play and practices that lead to skillful tools and well-being.

The training menu is sourced from a range of broad range of mindful movement practices, physical theater improvisations, theatrical clowning, butoh hokos and walking meditation.  Sometimes juggling is added to the mix.

A Menu for Lightfulness Trainings

Mindful movement practices: chi gong, feldenkreis movement, tenshingoso

Practices inviting lightness and humor into non-verbal expression

Levity Awareness

Physical theater and comedy improvisations

External  & interactive mindfulness practices

Active listening skills

Collaborative communication skills

Public speaking and presentation skills

Stress release and resiliency practices

Mindfulness through walking meditation

Personal lightfulness practices and rituals

The Zen of Juggling

Some of the places Moshe has offered trainings:

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“Moshe is an excellent teacher, helping us find comfort in our own skins through embracing the moment.”

M.G.
Google

“I loved the definition of ‘levity’ as a lightness. Humor is always a possibility, but not an imperative. So freeing.”

Edith
Technical Writing Team, Dolby Labs

“Moshe, Thanks so much for the session! …..you did a great job, and folks were very pleased and gave great feedback …. a very fun and valuable experience.”

Sam S.  Google

“Thank you! We had a fabulous time. You were genuinely quoted by most of the team as the high point of the day”

Lucy
Senior Director, Paypal

“Moshe was a fantastic teacher and guide. He taught many useful concepts like  inviting lightness that I intend to use in everyday life.”

C.X.
Google

“What sheer delight it was to study with you…inspiration tickling my daily experience this week…”

Student

“To be here and now with the strength of the earth and the wings of a bird. Thanks”

Student

The short story of Lightfulness

When Bernie Glassman, pioneering Zen master, came to study clown with Moshe back in 1998, he was looking for tools of tricksterdom, humor-full ways to deal with some of his disciples who took themselves too seriously. Bernie challenged Moshe to develop teachings that apply clown to everyday life. Instead of learning how to be a clown, the goal became to develop skillful tools: Expressing humor and lightness non-verbally, being in connection, Being aware and especially Listening. And to Enjoy the moment and share that enjoyment, both in subtlety and exuberance!

Lightfulness: Embodying lightness with mindfulness.

Both humor and lightfulness work wonders in terms of self-care. In connection with others, Lightfulness is often a more useful tool than humor. For humor to come alive, it requires an interaction. Lightness requires no interaction, it can simply be present. Neuroscience proves that lightness is a powerful tool influencing connections subconsciously.

Current Offerings

Moshe creates trainings according to an organization’s needs.

Here are some possibilities:.

Lightfulness Pause

Lightfulness Pause

Embody your lightness through mindful movement and walking meditation.

Release tension, Center into personal equilibrium, and Embody lightness. Channel your subtler sense of humor to open up a lighter place in body and mind. Enjoy, relax while strengthening neural pathways to lightness and levity.

“We had a couple of opportunities to clown today (in business meetings 2 days later) and they were a big hit and release of tension for all.”

John P.

Levity Pause

Give your thinking mind a break, Embody your mindful fun and funny.

Change your state of being. Activate non verbal humorous expression. Using mindful movement, and techniques from physical theater, mime and clownzen . Develop tools to destress, release tensions and inject your funny into daily life

“Who could know that this would be such a valuable team building experience? It had more impact than a ropes course or any previous team training I have done”

Programs Director,
Humanitarian NGO

Levity Pause

The Zen and Fun of Juggling

Lightfulness

Learn and have fun with the practice of juggling 1,2,3 balls

Give your thinking mind a break and place attention in throwing and catching multiple objects. Invite fun and play into the mindful pathway of juggling and create mini practices for daily life. Explore the practice of enjoying (and learning from) mistakes. Zen-wise, let go of goals and open a pathway of curiosity, attention and fun.

As a team-building practice, we worked at PayPal with Moshe once a week for a year. He helped us learn to rely upon and trust one another through juggling, meditation, improvisation and in general all the techniques he collectively calls “Lightfulness Training”….Undertaking this training allowed me as the group manager to counteract the forces of formalism and strict reporting hierarchy to create a team of peers who each were equipped to take on any of the work of helping foster cultural change in a very old school company.

Danese Cooper,
former Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, PayPal.

Some of the Places Moshe has taught:

Organizations:

Paypal, Dolby, Google Arts, Center for Council, Medecins du Monde, Procurador de los Derechos Humanos…

Institutions:

Carlton College, World Philanthropy Forum, Alte Poste Kulturforum, Warsaw Academy of Drama, Cal Institute for the Arts, Walschule Flensburg, Children’s Day School SF, Nell-Breuning-Haus…

Spiritual/Zen Centers

Zen Center Los Angeles, San Francisco Zen Center, St Virgil, Omega Institute, Le Forum (Paris FR), Tassajara, Village Zendo, ZLMC, Buddhistisches Zentrum Hamburg, Sivananda Yoga Retreat Bahamas…

HealthCare Clown Groups:

CliniClowns Austria, Röten Nasen Deutschland, KlinikClowns München, ClownVisite EV, HaHaHa Akademie, Dream Doctors Conference, Emergency Smile, HCIM2018, KlinikClowns Nürnberg…

Clown/Circus Schools:

TUT schule, Ateneu No Barris, Ravensburg Clown Sommerakademie, SF Clown Conservatory, Wise Fool NM, Clown Encuentro.

Moshe’s Teachers

40 years of performing

Clown : Richard Pochinko and Ctibor Turba

Movement Theater: Sigfrido Aguilar, Antwerpen Mime School, Daniel Stein Mime School

Physical Theater: Phillipe Gaulier, Monica Pagneux

Voice: Roy Hart Theater (Rossignol, Ahkmatova, Saul, Vincente)

Kyogen: Kaoru Matsumoto, Juro Zenchku

Butoh Dance: Kazuo Ohno, Hiroko Tamano, Yoshito Ohno

Zen: Roshi Bernie Glassman, Roshi WEndy Egyoku Nakao, Roshi Michel Engu Dobbs.

Calendar

Upcoming training and workshops

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Teaching
Online

Google Arts

Google Arts

Offering ‘Levity Pause’ and ‘The Zen and Fun of Juggling’ Trainings for Google’s ‘Create At Home’ series through Google Arts. 

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Medical Clown Project

Medical Clown Project

Offering therapeutic medical clown visits as an integrated component of care for adult and pediatric patients and their families.

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