Laughter News August 2020

Welcome to August 2020

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…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London, all over the UK and elsewhere, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

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In August News we share the following…

  1. A Simmering Thought from Yours Truly
  2. Stonewall – acceptance without exception
  3. The Soul Camp – corporate glamping and festivals
  4. More Impromptu Conversations
  5. Introduction to Laughter Therapy 8 August 2020
  6. Remember For You on YouTube
  7. Laughter Yoga Training Online and dates
  8. Secure your Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training

You can enjoy reading our news on our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few videos and places to listen and look…

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A Simmering Thought from Yours Truly

We are heading into the unknown with our laughter.

Slowly the startup of laughter clubs in parks is changing the scene and the conversation of when we will be back to sharing laughter in person is an ongoing and unfolding tale of transforming our ways.

There are continuously events streaming through online space and new bookings are not slowing down.

The online laughter events are staying!

I run training, workshops, conferences and laughter clubs online – this is the new era of laughter events. Although I have been running online training for 10 years the past months have certainly inspired a spike in Zoom’ing, Google’ing and Microsoft’ing shared laughter.

Life happenened, still does, and it is opening up again with caution and care. We simply need to adapt and adopt new ways to move forward.

When we grab the opportunities around us, we touch on amazing ideas and connect with people who make a real difference.

In July I launched a series of Impromptu Conversations, not so impromptu as they were all planned in advance, however, the people behind Laughter Yoga in Serbia, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada and the UK are outstanding change makers.

We all have a story to tell and a serious passion for transforming lives. In addition we have made it our business to make it happen!

There is an overall message coming through to me from my conversations with all these awesome people, never be afraid of your own grand plan and never stop yourself from fear of not making it happen.

Together we make space even bigger as our laughter tones into the distance!

Love, Laughter and Peace

Laughter Yoga Master Trainer Lotte Mikkelsen

Stonewall – acceptance without exception

Many things have happened over the past many months and we still face challenges affecting many lives.

I wanted to be a proper support for the community that is a great part of my life through work and friendships instead of just waving ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ from the comfort of my sofa.

Stonewall’s values line up perfectly with my own personal and professional ethos about being passionate and standing up for what I believe, empowerment and transformation.

Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, working to create a world where every single person can be accepted without exception. 

It was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality.

Stonewall continues to campaign and lobby government to change laws to ensure everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves. Stonewall works in partnership with a growing network of 850 organisations to help create real change for the better. 

It campaigns to eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in communities, and empowers LGBT people and their allies to be role models wherever they live, work, study, shop, socialise or pray.

I am looking forward to sharing laughter with the staff at Stonewall later this week and moving forward supporting equality and diversity, acceptance without exception.

You may also want to read An Ally.

The Laughter Yoga Community is diverse and full of people from all walks of life, laughter and joy connects us all and evens out our differences.

To work with us please get in touch via email info@unitedmind.co.uk or call 0800 12 14 714 or 07736 341 717.

The Soul Camp – corporate glamping and festivals

Corporate glamping and festivals – a real treat for fast-paced city executives and their businesses.

I am truly excited to introduce The Soul Camp, founded by Pete as a way for corporations to enjoy their events and conferences beyond the cityscape, making a great city escape.

Here is what The Soul Camp really is:

The Soul Camp was conceived about 16 years ago in the early 2000s by Pete Jones who has been working in the ethical, not for profit events arena for 20+ years including founding an award winning festival and ethical clubbing organisation Planet Angel.

The idea was for an ethical, festival edged, group-focussed campsite where people could truly connect and enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere.  Guests would be free of many of the boundaries of modern life… and definitely free from being told they can’t sit around a campfire with a glass of wine discussing life until the sun rises!

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And The Soul Camp is so much more because of the heart and soul behind it.

Laughter Yoga seems a logical addition where removing boundaries and connecting with people and nature is the top priority.

This is the beginning of a great, grounding and authentic relationship between business people on a missing to create positive change and transformative experiences in magical surroundings.

To read about The Soul Camp please visit them on www.thesoulcamp.com.

More Impromptu Conversations

The Impromptu Conversations in July have been full of inspiration and mind-opening moments.

You can watch the series on YouTube Impromptu Conversation, it is a bit of binge day if you do it all in one go.

Re-connecting and getting to know more about Laughter Yoga experts’ lives and work around the world has been touching and moving, very special indeed.

So much so I will be running more Impromptu Conversations in August.

  • Saturday 1 August at 3pm Linda Leclerc, Canada
  • Saturday 8 August at 10am Philippa Challis, Australia
  • Friday 14 August at 7pm Robert Rivest, USA
  • Saturday 22 July at 10am Merv Neal, Australia

Please join us on the dates above on www.facebook.com/unitedmind.through.laughter where the Impromptu Conversations will be live streamed. They will also be posted on YouTube.

Linda Leclerc, Canada

A real pleasure to reconvene with Linda, when we connect the threads of what we started when we had a real impromptu conversation in early June.

Linda and I first met in 2015 when we celebrated Laughter Yoga 20th Anniversary together in the UK. We are HAHA Sisters.

She is the Mother of Laughter Yoga in Canada and is on a constant journey to share laughter through her live shares and her professional work.

If you are seeking inspiration, Linda is your girl with fun and depth to her sharing of Laughter Yoga there is no stopping her.

I look forward to another Impromptu Conversation with Linda Leclerc and Lotte Mikkelsen.

For more information about Linda please visit her on www.yogadurire.com.

Philippa Challis, Australia

Phillippa Challis is one of the hidden laughter treasures of Australia. To me she was until we spoke.

She brought Laughter Yoga to Australia and her story of life changes, ups and downs, recovery and staying true to the laughter philosophy can possible connect with many of us.

Known as The Laughter Lady, Philippa is a professional speaker with her roots in the corporate and commercial sector.

Join us in our Impromptu Conversation as we talk about life, laughter and everything in between.

For more information about Philippa please visit her on www.phillipachallis.com

Robert Rivest, USA

Robert is an internationally admired performer and teacher bringing mime, health, literacy, stress reduction and mindfulness together with laughter and Tai Chi.

He has a long-standing respect in the Laughter Yoga Community and outside of it, too, as well as being well-liked by everyone I hear mention him.

The impromptu Conversation with Robert will cover his work incorporating his other talents in a successful blend.

For more information about Robert please visit him on www.robertrivest.com.

Merv Neal, Australia

There is nothing more delightful and professional than Merv’s view on Laughter Yoga, and in this conversation he will shed more light on his Laughter Quotient and the impact it may have on us all moving forward.

The Laughing Man himself.

Merv values everything Laughter Yoga and I really get a sense of his passion for scientic and medical validation of the work. If you watched the Impromptu Conversation on Saturday 25 July you would get the same feeling.

He is joining me once again and in this Impromptu Conversation he will share his thoughts on the on future of Laughter Yoga after lockdown and pandemic.

To learn more about Merv please visit him on www.mervneal.com.

Introduction to Laughter Therapy…

…with leading laughter experts, Lotte Mikkelsen and Melanie Bloch.

The Laughter Therapist Training is an extensive Level 7 programme, and Melanie and Lotte are excited to introduce an workshop designed to give you an experiential flavour of the full course.

In this 3.5 hour workshop you will be taken through

  • a process of Laughter Therapy first introduced by Dr Annette Goodheart in the 1970s
  • a completion process to gain momentum in your life through release of stuck energy through laughter
  • an experience of the Mystic Rose Meditation by Osho

The workshops runs on Saturday 8 August from 1pm to 4:30pm UK time and costs £45 per person. There will be 2 x 15 minute breaks.

To book your place please visit the UnitedMind Online Shop.

Remember For You on YouTube

Lots of weekly updates and new videos so how about subscribing to the For You YouTube Channel?

There are currently three Laughter Yoga For You videos in the Health & Beauty section on as well as an interview with Our Tim Watson.

Please get in touch about the laughter clubs and other options via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Laughter Leader Training Online

The Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Online is as popular as ever and we have many dates scheduled for August and September.

On the training you will learn face to face via webcam on Zoom over 4 sessions plus a follow up session which takes you through the full Laughter Yoga Leader programme covering the content of the 2-day in-person Laughter Yoga Leader Training.

Upon completion you will receive the UnitedMind training certificate. UnitedMind is registered with our insurance company as a training provider which means that our certificates grant you insurance.

When you choose your training provider please make sure you check their credentials as online training methods and courses are not always covered by insurers.

To receive the Laughter Yoga International certificate and be eligible for UK accreditation you will be required to complete Day-2 of the classroom training.

There are a few more requirements if you want the additional accreditation certificate.

FHT Accredited courses from UnitedMind Laughter Yoga are

With accreditation we are taking Laughter Yoga seriously and we are bringing the standards to another level of nationwide approval within the education system. This is CPD!

Contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk or call 07736341717 for details of Laughter Yoga Training, other courses and other teachers.

Book your training on time

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

PLEASE NOTE, The Laughter Yoga Training is still certified with a standard international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s) which you receive at the end of the 2-day or 5-day training.

If you decide to achieve accreditation you will receive a second UnitedMind/FHT certificate on completion.

In addition, you get support from your teachers as you move on with your personal and professional laughter life, as and when you need it. It is your call!

UnitedMind teaches Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher
    • London, St. Albans, Preston, Bristol, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach
    • Hemel Hempstead, Durham
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • Hemel Hempstead, Stanmore
  • Accredited Laughter Coach and Certified Gibberish Coach Training
    • Bristol, St Albans, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

12-hour Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Online – click to choose your dates, some of them are

Accredited Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/) solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012:

Fees for residential training are including accommodation.

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

Accredited Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

All fees listed in the newsletter are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about accredited training courses please contact us via info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.

An Ally

As I was writing up my milestones and goals for the year at the finishing of 2019, just before moving into 2020, one of my aims was to be an active charity supporter instead of just talking about it.

On occasions I have run campaigns with the purpose of raising money for charity, and in addition UnitedMind supports Circus Starr on an annual basis.

However, with the recent on goings in our society, and the inequality that is still strong in our communities, I decided to step it up and become a true Ally instead of one who only talks about support and waves a finger in disagreement at wrongdoings.

We are one world and in this world I grew up with friends of different shapes, colours, preferences, abilities, backgrounds and many other differences. These relationships, new and old, are being nurtured by our mutual understanding and sense of what is right in a compassionate and kind way.

The other evening I watched Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, a movie my adults with learning disabilities Laughter Club at Larches Community, totally love, and while we were still meeting weekly they always asked me if I had seen the film. I finally did watch it. It moved me to tears thinking of my Larches Laughers and understanding their love for the music and the dance in this film. And I miss them in all that is going on hoping they are all safe and well.

In Laughter Yoga there is no political, religious or any other agenda other than being all inclusive with an open heart and mind.

My choice of charity is in recognition of the equal rights that I feel all of us – my friends, clients, colleagues, family, partners should experience without any questioning or even more serious attacks on anyone for the choices we all make. It is not just a charity, it is a group of people who believe in changing the world to include us all without anyone feeling they own privilege and without anyone being fearful of showing who they truly are.

Through booking Corporate Laughter Workshops and Training with UnitedMind Laughter Yoga Ltd you support growth and communication, diversity and equality in society at home and at work.

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Equal rights for all!

That is my ‘political’ speech of the day.

With love and laughter

Lotte Mikkelsen
Your everyday Laughter Queen

Laughter Ambassador and THE Laughter Yoga Master Trainer (UK)
Laughter Coach & Therapist, Gibberish Advisor & Trainer, MISMA

Phone: +44 (0) 800 1214 714
Mobile: +44 (0) 7736 341 717
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  • Member of ICO (Information Commissioners Office)
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  • Affiliated to the International Laughter Yoga University
  • Member of FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapist) Insurance, Membership and Accreditation