Adult Intensives

Wise Fool's Circus Intensives (BUST! and ELEVATE) provide a safe space for adults of all shapes, sizes, ages, gender presentations, and backgrounds to come together and explore their physical and inner strength while building trust and community. Adult intensives are open to people 15 years and older.

“BUST! has been a life-changing experience for me. The support and challenge we experience allows us to do what feels impossible physically and emotionally.” - Participant

“Of all the workshops, seminars, camps, intensives, and teachings I have attended (and I have attended a lot!), this offers the BEST possibility for strength, growth, self-love, and social justice.” – Participant

"I grew up with a lot of fear, anxiety, and timidity and [BUST]] was a place where I was able to release my fear and show up fully, loudly, and authentically as I am." - Participant

“To whole-heartedly plunge into the wild, exotic, magical unknown of circus; to discover to strength, beauty, power, and joy; to deeply with an amazing community of creative revolutionary women; and to emerge with new wings to fly, victorious, bad-ass, connected, and full of my life… that has been my experience of BUST.” - Participant

“This is a great program for women, queer identified people, and those from a diverse cross-section of backgrounds. It is a useful experience of beauty, creativity and strength for people of all ages and places in life.” - Participant



January 2-13, 2023

ELEVATE is a “circus boot-camp” for adults of all ages (15-80+), genders, and skill levels. This two-week camp traditionally takes place at Wise Fool Studio in Santa Fe. Perfect for those with a 9-5 job, the focus of ELEVATE is personal fitness through circus skills in a supportive, challenging, and gender equal environment.

By the end of the two weeks you'll become familiar with: Stilts, Object Manipulation, Clowning, Handstands, Flexibility and Conditioning training, Aerial Fabric, and Trapeze. We will also be offering wellness workshops. Raise your perceptions of what’s possible and get your workout off the ground at ELEVATE!  Students receive 30 hours of circus skills instruction.
No previous experience required! All levels welcome and encouraged.

Email Amelia ( with any questions!
Work trade and tuition assistance available. Click here to apply.

Previous Adult Intensives: Ignite



Wise Fool New Mexico is excited to offer our first ever IGNITE! street theater arts intensive workshop for adults and teens from August 27 to September 9th, 2017 on weeknights and Saturday afternoons.

In this two-week workshop, participants will learn how to build giant puppets, stilt-walk, design and paint banners and other large scale visuals. We'll also explore storyboarding, choreographic pageantry and characters for outdoor spectacles, demonstrations and community events. IGNITE! will also include two public community puppet builds and will culminate in a procession and performance at the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts on the weekend of September 16 and 17.


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BUST! is an intensive open to all self-identifying women, gender non-conforming and transgender. Participants will experience a journey of embodiment, self-discovery, creative & expressive exploration, & community building, while skill-building in the following areas: stiltwalking, puppetry, object manipulation, clown, aerials arts, & social justice workshops. All sizes, ages (16+), & backgrounds are welcome! We are currently in the process of re-envisioning this program!

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