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Jaya has been trained in physical theatre at Kiklos Scuola Internazionale in Padova, Italy. Part of the training, in fact the final point and highest art, is the development of one's own clown, the "poetic transposition of the unique silliness of the (individual)" (Giovanni Fusetti, director and main teacher at Kiklos). Since then she has been inviting and training people into the world of red noses in open workshops, as well as offering sessions for organisations like the Fun Fed in London and leading clowning and meditation retreats at Dhanakosa Retreat Centre, Scotland. She is a regular trainer for street-fundraisers for the Karuna Trust, London.

Jaya has practiced the Buddhist teaching since the early '80s. Her personal exploration and fascination lie at the point where spiritual practice meets with movement improvisation and also with clowning. Meditation is practiced in seclusion, clowning and improvisation in front of an audience, but both share the immediacy of being with an unknown situation, where anything can happen. Both invite us to step into the open space, let go of preconceptions and control and explore relationships and reality with a sense of playfulness.

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Jaya offers courses running from 1/2 day to 7 days or anything in between, They are open to anyone, people with or without previous experience in any drama related field, any individuals or actors. She also offers specially designed courses for people in various work-situations, management or steering committees, as well as communities, fundraisers etc. The clown is a way to allow our underlying tendencies and impulses to show themselves in a safe, open and playful atmosphere. It helps people working or living together to meet in deeper understanding and with more empathy for each other, creating a deeper trust and a stronger sense of community and co-operation.

Jaya continues her training and practice of movement and improvisation with Al Wunder, Andrew Morrish, John Britton and others.

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