'A breath of fresh air in the laughter yoga world' (Laughter Yoga Trainer) The September 14th/15th Laughter Facilitation Skills course is in Bristol. More info / book HERE
You learn laughter skills from different traditions around the world and emerge as a Laughter Facilitator/laughter workshop leader. You learn to be creative, spontaneous and flexible in your approach, and find your own unique way of developing your laughter skills, whether for groups, one-to-one, children etc. This course includes a comprehensive manual and exercises with information on the science, medicine, psychology and other aspects of laughter, and enables you to get the necessary professional insurance.
Valuable for group facilitation development in the skills of laughter, movement and play' (Laughter Yoga Master Trainer) (This is not the part of the Laughter Yoga International programme but is endorsed by Dr Kataria & Laughter Yoga International.)
The basis for this course is my experience in a variety of laughter disciplines including gelotology, laughter yoga, laughter therapy, laughter medicine. (I also happen to be a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Laughter Ambassador. See my full bio here.)
In this approach, you
Learn to incorporate these skills for yourself with simple, straight-forward, accessible steps.
Learn how to add these skills into your professional life, whatever your current profession.
Learn how to run your own laughter sessions with exciting and tailor-made exercises.
- 'Brilliant. Such a relaxed couple of days' - 'The group was an inspiration and I'm taking away what I needed' - 'Practical learning, supported by a safe group' - 'Powerful. I think a few lifestyle changes will be in order after this' - 'Calming, not judgemental, welcoming. Felt really safe and free'
There are always special deals for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Laughter Facilitators - contact me for the discount code “This training was different from my previous (laughter yoga) training, therefore complementary to it. The weekend was more about principles rather than being prescriptive; and encouraged a gentler approach to introducing laughter, which could be useful when working with a possibly reserved British public”
These courses retrain your brain to promote *mindfulness* *happiness* *stress-free living*. You boost your confidence, your ability to connect, your flexibilty & creativity, and your ability to think spontaneously & comfortably on your feet. At the end of the course you're a Laughter Facilitator/Laughter workshop leader, and able to run your own short sessions, and maybe much more.
If you are already a Certified Laughter Leader, this course complements and adds to your exising skills. If you are not, this course is an excellent way into using laughter skills, personally and professionally. You learn
lots of laughter exercises
How to access and generate genuine spontaneous laughter
about Dr Kataria’s laughter club initiative and laughter yoga
How to access mindfulness, awareness and embodiment
how this connects with laughter yoga
the psychology and physiology of laughter and its effects on the mind, body, emotions and spirit
The science, medicine and benefits of laughter
To create your own exercise for the group
How to adapt this for any personal, work / social / home setting
How to start developing harmonious group dynamics
from each other’s insights, expertise and experience
and lots more
Whether you have a personal development interest are a workshop leader facilitator psychologist presenter & trainer mindfulness practitioner teacher coach therapist carer nurse wellbeing specialist NLP practitioner hoola hoopist life model another other specialist - this course has plenty for you.
Comments from previous participants include:
'Thank you for being so warm and kind and connecting me back to people in such a wonderful playful way'.
'Good venue, good group size, time used very effectively - good illustration in practice of being an effective facilitator.'
'Just to say the laughter course really hit the spot for me. I feel in my joy and positivity now, in contrast to how I felt at the start.'
'I am so much more powerful now. Thank you x '
'I wanted to let you know that I ran a session this morning (which I nearly didn’t because I was so anxious) and it was literally the BEST one I have ever done. I used the techniques from your course, with a few touches of my own plus a bit of Kataria traditionalism - and it was just amazing...........it just worked, they really got into the extended period of just moving around the room, stretching and playing with their physicality, and we then spent ages sitting in a circle just laughing in different ways. It was perfect. I therefore thank you, from the bottom of my heart. My confidence is boosted, and I felt a real sense that I was “leading” the group in something very special. I’m so glad I did your course! I do hope you do an advanced one next year.'
‘I’m really glad I came on this course, meeting people who believed in and enthused about what they were teaching and others who were friendly and willing to learn. Thank you for the experience and starting something I see as being a big part of my life from now on, both for clients and personally.’ (Paul Chivers)
I am a facilitator with over 25 years experience, and have been running laughter workshops since 1997. My clients include major organisations from both the private and public sector, and I also run sessions at venues like Cheltenham Science Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Alternatives, and Mind Body Spirit festival in London. I wrote 'Awakening the Laughing Buddha within', co-authored with the Barefoot Doctor. I am an occasional Visiting Lecturer on ‘Laughter’ at the University of the West of England, my work features regularly in the media, including BBC 2’s ‘Don’t Die Young’ with Dr Alice Roberts, and my work on cardiovascular health is used by the Open University. In 2003 I founded the Bristol Laughter Club which is now the UK’s longest-running series of laughter workshops. In 2006 I initiated and co-founded the UK’s Laughter Facilitation Training programme and organised the UK’s 1st National Sponsored ‘Laugh-a-thon’ for the British Heart Foundation. I was a director of the Pierian Centre (www.pieriancentre.com).
I gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of pukka teas