Juniper Tree Puppets Long Time Certificate Puppetry Training Course over the last 30 years is now offered ONLINE in a One Year Program for people near and far to join in. You will maximize your Puppetry, Storytelling, Story Writing, Puppet Making (and much more)skills.
We dive deep into the Artistic, Pedagogical, and Therapeutic aspects of the Art of Puppetry for Early Childhood and All Age Audiences. The expanded time a year provides us will allow the skill-building immersion to transform your story/puppetry work with young children forever.
We are opening the waiting list for our next 2023-2024 ONLINE training program to a small group for this extraordinary online deepening
I am excited to offer this Online now which will eliminate travel and housing costs, and give you flexibility of when you do the assignments each month. You will receive content and assignments at the beginning of each month, right in your email inbox. The lessons will consist of videos, written content to refer to again and again, and assignment/action steps to give you hands on practice and skills. The Online format we will use encourages community sharing, discussion, commenting and next-steps guidance by me. A requirement is that you send videos in of our puppetry assignments so I can see how you are doing and cheerlead you on in your progress with love, suggestions, and next steps. I will be your year long support and mentor. A phone, or computer video is fine. If I can figure out a phone video download, anyone can!!! There will be much learning for all through the videos and thoughtful comments which will help everyone. We get to see the progress made through the year which will be so exciting and heart-warming.
Over the year we have time and a proven program for incredible advances in the quality, depth, and understanding of puppetry you all will bring to children in your future! Your practice time and assignments will benefit the children each month as you go through the program!
You will learn and deepen:
** Learning to make beautiful and varied puppets that move with conscious gesture and grace, including table puppets, rod puppets, marionettes, humans, animals, story aprons, and more (the art of the finger puppet is now a bonus course to add to the training experience).
** developing staging that will support your puppet presentations, working with silk, color, texture, entries and exits, forms and variations, needle-felted story backgrounds, and simple lighting
** Discovering our Storytelling Voices!!
** Learning how to write our own puppet stories, that allow for movement, stillness, gesture, and therapeutic and pedagogical aspects.
** Exploring how Music and Song can lift up and enhance our presentations.
** Puppet stories for Seasons, Celebrations and Festivals
** Outdoor Puppetry
**. Nursery Rhyme Puppetry - a therapeutic approach
** How Props and Surprise can add magic and interest to our shows.
** Prop making, Story vessels, Protection Story Puppetry, and Wonder
** Introduction to the importance of the Worker Character in Story, and Steiner's 12 Professions in Puppetry.
** One of my favorite things - the Story/Puppet Apron Theater
** Pedagogical and Therapeutic Insights will weave throughout the Artistic presentation of our Puppet Stories.
This Program is for the serious student of puppetry who will commit to the full year. Cost is $2,300 for the full year. Helpful Payment Plans are always available. Do not let the cost keep you from taking this course.
Participants will get a list of materials needed for the year.
Numbers will be limited, please if interested, contact me with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org and register early to assure your place in the program!
with love and enthusiasm, suzanne
A Few Testimonials from our Beloved Students:
*Thank you so much for giving access to this wonderful course. It gave me joy in this strange year so oppressed by the pandemic. It was like an open window to a world of joy, love and care. There was a lot of humanity in the course.
*You are providing us with so much value and opportunities for growth in our training program. This is amazing. So delightful, and the creativity with puppets and props is very inspiring to see. The puppet gestures give such meaning to the story. Thank you for sharing. This is a benchmark for our learning and development! I remain in awe of what is possible. This is the type of young children’s puppet theater that I aspire towards.
Suzanne your teachings have been so instrumental in the lives of many students!
*I felt so much the connection with your videos tonight, I also wish my dear Suzanne that you can accompany me all my life. Your teachings are so rich and deep that it will take me years to assimilate, understand, practice ... I was very touched at first to see the video tonight concerning the integration of music and I loved to hear you introduce your story to the sound of Catalpa. I got a gift of it and I will tune it in pentatonic. I was also touched by your words of support regarding my willingness to combine music and puppetry. Thanks you Suzanne to believe in the mission that I feel I carry in my heart. I’m starting to understand a little about the importance of physical comfort so that the soul can unfold. So it's a job to find the movement, the sound, the word in its right place ... I would like to express again my gratitude and my most sincere affection. I feel that I have regained the ability to watch children with all the love that I am capable of and I I am deeply happy about it. I would like to find the words to express my gratitude to you, who guide me on this path.
* Thank you Suzanne for the love and wisdom and guidance that you provide to so many. It is remarkable to consider all of the individuals you have touched and taught and in turn all of the those lives that have touched others due to your teaching.
* This (rod) puppet was the most beautiful surprise in these times! there is definitely a need of connection that is being met by it. I feel so much gratitude for this course and for this supportive group. You all are amazing!
* I love it when Suzanne says, ' the key is to love him (puppet), so much that you will enjoy practicing with him.' what a wonderful gem of loving wisdom! Marvelous! Thank you for that Suzanne! This process has and continues to bring me so much joy!
*Puppet ensouling is a bit like learning to dance. A bit stiff at first, then when you relax everything flows more gracefully. Is anyone else finding that you keep picking up your puppet to hold close? I can't seem to put her down!
* I am in love with my puppets, it is a beautiful building process, thank you Suzanne!
* Thank you Suzanne for being such a gracious and wise teacher. I feel I am on an initiation path! Making puppets and weaving connection with the children is so life-giving and life-renewing.
*Yes it is so sweet to have this caring and animated connection with our 'little friends' that we have made. I love playing with my puppets, they bring me quickly to the realm of wonder and joy, as well as filled with possibility. I am really enjoying working with puppetry Suzanne. It has brought a lot of warmth into the winter.
* I am so inspired by each of you dear fellow puppeteers in training. Thank you so much for your inspiration!
I could go on, but that would be too much. I hope these gave you the sense of joy from the students. This all is from the first online training group. They still are sharing and supporting each other on their training group - which makes me so happy. I join in with them too. xox