Neither From Nor Toward

Presence is the most important skill for coaches, facilitators and trainers.  TS Eliot talks about

‘At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is”


Come and join Claire Pedrick MCC and Stuart Reid deepen your own presence through improv. This is not a day for talking about models and theories. It’s a day for practising, experimenting and doing.

We’ve designed a workshop that we ourselves want to attend! We’ll be going to our learning edge, and invite you to come along with us.

What will it be like?

We believe that people learn best when they feel comfortable and supported. So we create a friendly, welcoming, relaxed and playful environment in which you can learn and explore. The workshop will be very active – you’ll be on your feet a lot of the time, in pairs or small groups, trying things out and experimenting with different games and techniques. You’ll find it liberating, joyful and fun – improv will help you to really be yourself. As trainers, we believe in talking less so you can do more, letting you discover for yourself what works for you.

Improv isn’t about being funny, clever or fast-thinking, it’s not about remembering jokes, and it isn’t stand-up comedy. It’s about working as part of a team, supporting each other, to create scenes, stories and characters that are believable. You’ll find yourself laughing a lot during the day, and you’ll find that improv scenes can be serious and dramatic as well as funny.

Is there anyone for whom the workshop is not suitable?

The minimum age for participating in our workshops is 18, and the workshops are not suitable for anyone with significant learning difficulties, visual impairment or mobility difficulties.

We expect that all delegates are working as coaches, trainers or facilitators.

What should I wear?

Improv is a physical activity: you’ll be on your feet, lying down and moving about most of the day. So wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Bring some water with you too as some of the exercises and games will literally warm you up and have you moving around the room.

How big will the group be?

There will be a maximum of 12 people on the course, to ensure that Stuart and Claire can give good support and attention to every participant.


Friday 11th October 2019 9.30-4.30pm


Central London


This includes lunch.  Please let us know any dietary requirements when you book.

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This will provide 6.5 hours (ICF Core Competencies – Presence)