Patch’s Invitation letter to Morocco

IMG_0144Great News! An old dream comes true again! My closest friend in Russia, Marina Schusterman, who has joined us for 20 years on our annual Russian clown trip, has a daughter, Masha, who was a young child when we met. Masha fell in love many years ago with Simone, who is from Morocco and lived in St. Petersburg. All these years, we’ve spoken about a clown trip to Morocco and planned the first ever Morocco clown tour two years ago. Masha has worked hard and set up this program, and the price of $1,500 (plus airfare) will cover the trip plus  the cost of 5 amazing staff members (Patch, Ginevra, Hayley, Simo, and Masha). I will bring Marina as guest staff.

 

We’d like 25 clowns for this trip. Here comes fun!

Our bus tour 1973-74, of eleven months in Europe, North Africa and Russia gave us two months in Morocco. A new Canadian friend, Chris Chanter, met us with “Foz” in the campground of Marakesh and they hitchhiked with us for the next seven months. Two of these people who were on that trip, Dave and Chris, were with us for one week in the Syrian Refugee Camps in mid-October, 2013. Where’s my camel costume? I actually made one 40 years ago as a two-person animal. I never really caught on then. Probably would now. It’s in West Virginia storage.

No clowning experience is required – be covered in clown garb, and if you are loving, you will love it! It is a study of up-close care, compassion, improvisations, play, group dynamics in a context of happy, funny, loving, cooperative, creative and thoughtful.

Not a trip for whiners!

As always, I encourage folks to read some literature, history, culture of Morocco and have some understanding of the Muslim faith (which is included below). Adult women must cover most skin – not above the neck and lower arms. Later on the trip organizers will provide you with some good tips of do’s and don’ts and maybes.

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1) Think outrageous! Very different than normal, playful, magic costumes and props

2) Practice smiling with mouth and eyes at all times!

3) For one week, wear underwear (tighty whities) on your head everywhere you go. Say a doctor prescribed it for you…for wellness exploration.

“The struggle of maturity is to recapture the seriousness of a child at play”
—Nietzsche

See you in Morocco!

In peace,
Patch

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