Name of the tool:


What the result will look like:

A ritual that transforms fears into strengths in an open and safe space.

Description of the tool:

“Showing Vulnerabilities” is a transformative learning exercise encouraging participants to embrace failure and share their fears in a supportive circle. Participants sit together in a sharing circle, openly discussing their anxieties and aspirations. The activity promotes a safe space for vulnerability, with participants verbalizing their fears, desires, and need for support.

Through the ‘Showing Vulnerabilities’ exercise, participants cultivate their resilience, deepen their connections and build a supportive community. Individuals build a foundation of trust and develop the ability to navigate challenges and uncertainties in their healthcare clowning practice by openly discussing fears and expectations.

When it can be used:

This exercise is used at crossing points of the learning process, when emotional check-ins are needed. It serves as a powerful bridge, allowing participants to reflect on their journey, express vulnerability and set the tone for a collaborative and supportive working environment.

Who it’s useful for:

Artists have the opportunity to share their thoughts, fears, and expectations around new processes or new tools.

Length of process:

The duration of this activity varies but typically ranges from 45 to 60 minutes, providing ample time for participants to share their thoughts, fears, and expectations within the circle.

Main features - advantages:

Community Bonding: Strengthens connections within the group through shared vulnerabilities.

Open Communication: Encourages honest and open communication about fears and expectations.

Main features - disadvantages:

Emotional Intensity: The exercise may elicit strong emotions; facilitators should be prepared to manage sensitive discussions.

Guidelines for implementation:

Establish Safe Environment: Create a safe and non-judgmental space for open sharing. It is recommended that the group does not exceed 12-15 people to ensure that a sense of safety can be achieved.

Clear Guidelines: Clearly communicate the rules, emphasizing respect, active listening, and confidentiality.
Facilitator Sensitivity: Facilitators should be attuned to participants’ emotional states and provide support as needed.

Physical Contact Preferences: Allow participants to express their comfort levels with physical contact and group interactions, especially when asking for the support of the group (does a hug help or one would prefer there will be no hugs?).
Encourage Support: Participants verbalize how others can support them, fostering a collaborative and supportive atmosphere.

Tool in practice:

During ClowNexus, “Showing Vulnerabilities” was used in the final Artistic Laboratories.

Origin of the tool:

This tool is based on an activity initiated by Elda Gallo, an Italian-born choreographer, performer, dancer and teacher based in Vienna, Austria.