Laughter News February 2018

Welcome to February 2018

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga Ltd., The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club. February tells you of…

  1. Introducing: Shonette Bason Wood
    – Dough Disco Queen
  2. FHT 2018 Training Congress 20-21 May
  3. Laughter Yoga Basic Skills Course
  4. HEAPS+STACKS, a new partnership
  5. Reviewing January as a real busy laughter month…
    • Simply Laughter Online Summit grand finale
    • Reviewing The Retreat by Entrepreneur Hayley Gillard
    • Workplace workshops and laughter training, training, training
    • A new year kicked off for the Laughter Clubs
  6. Remember to book your teacher, coach, leader, therapist dates!

We look forward to telling you all about what we are up to with laughter!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general on The Laughter Blog.

And just to mention

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Yoga Ltd UK, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK and please visit us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

A brief overview of our February 2018 diary

For a quick overview of events in February 2018 to give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

I travel all over the country to share laughter and joy with individuals and teams.

Although we are based in the South-East of England you are just miles away and I will happily make more room for your events in my diary so if you are interested in training your team at your own dates, a real bonus for your community or workplace to have Laughter Professionals as part of a wellbeing team.

If you have any questions or need more information about laughing with your organisation, service users, staff, volunteers, and other interest groups, about Laughter Yoga, our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Introducing: Shonette Bason Wood, Spread the Happiness (UK)

The Playing Human Conference on 27-28 September 2018 is promising a variety of awesome speakers from around the world.

In September we started introducing these extra-ordinary individuals and their organisations, and this month we have another totally awesome treat in store for you.

Please join me in welcoming Shonette Bason Wood, Founder of the Spread the Happiness and Inventor of Dough Disco!

She is not your average school teacher and I cannot wait for you to meet her. Shonette oozes energy, fun, playfulness and total self-expression – and this is what she inspires in others. Her journey has been one serious one with many hurdles over the years but that has NEVER stopped her and she is on a mission to create happy schools with happy children, happy teachers and happy parents – continuing to inspire!

Spread the Happiness was founded to create awareness and awards for schools who choose to encourage playfulness and fun in the early learning years. Shonette’s branded tool for stress management in classes, Dough Disco, now has a whole recipe book with finger moves for every situation.

‘“Larger than life, Shonette’s brand of ‘stand-up personal development’ will challenge your delegates’ thinking as well as making their sides hurt.” Andy Cope, Art of Brilliance

Please visit Shonette on www.shonettebasonwood.com to learn more about her work.

The Playing Human Conference programme is ready and you can book the full 2-day conference or perhaps you can only join us on one of the days. Please contact us regarding Group Discounts and Special Offers, info@unitedmind.co.uk.

Full details of the conference, venue and how to get there, where to stay etc.

Programme for the two days:

Day 1 – 27 September

Day 2 – 28 September

09:15 Doors open for registration 10:00 Welcome back
10:00 Welcome 10:05 Pady O’Connor of Mee Mee Theatre (UK)
10:10 Robert Holden of The Happiness Project (UK) 11:30 Coffee Break
11:10 Coffee Break 11:45 Leif Hansen of Spark Interaction (USA)
11:30 Merv Neal of Laughter Yoga Australia (Australia) 13:15 Lunch Break
12:30 Lunch Break 14:15 Linda Leclerc of HAHA Sisterhood (Canada)
13:30 Shonette Bason Wood of Spread the Happiness (UK) 15:15 Madan Kataria of Laughter Yoga International
14:30 Patch Adams of Gesundheit Institute (USA) 16:15 Jeremy Gilley of Peace One Day (UK)
17:00 Finishing the day 17:00 Finishing the conference
Maybe something for the evening… Perhaps a drink or something…

If you have any questions or need more information about The Playing Human Conference, or our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

FHT 2018 Training Congress

Federation of Holistic Therapists has put on a great programme for their 2018 congress on 20-21 May.

The FHT is hosting its 2018 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health Show in Birmingham.

The 2-day event will feature a range of expert speakers, educating you on various topics, from therapy specific modalities to general business advice, all of which will gain you one point to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD).

With 24 CPD sessions for you to choose from, don’t miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

UnitedMind will be sharing Laughter Yoga on 21 May from 12noon to 1pm.

You can register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

Sessions cost only £12 for FHT members and £15 for non-members.

Laughter Yoga Basic Skills Course, 1-day

What’s in a day’s laughter training?

There are many people who are interested in Laughter Yoga but not necessarily in becoming a Laughter Yoga Leader or Laughter Yoga Teacher so there is a solution…

The 1-day Certified Laugther yoga Basic Skills Course teaches you what you need to bring laughter to your own life on a sustainable basis for the health, social, resourcefulness and many other benefits of it all. It is a fun and serious day of learning many new tips and tricks as to why laughter is an important choice.

During the day you learn

  • the background of Laughter Yoga and other methods
  • easy exercises to use daily
  • breathing exercises that makes a big difference to anyone’s health
  • methods to counteract negative influences
  • much more

The next 1-day Certified Laugther Yoga Basic Skills Course is in St. Albans on 3 March 2018 and you only pay £95 for this wonderful day of laughter, play, and serious learning.

Heaps+Stacks, a new partner in laughter

Heaps + Stacks is a creative workshops and events agency who are specialising in producing engaging workshop activations and environments where creativity can blossom.

Their client list spans across fashion, lifestyle and property, with the team of talented event co-ordinators having executed international concepts for the likes of: Regent Street, Nike, Google and The Soho House Group.

UnitedMind is very excited to team up with Heaps+Stacks to provide laughter workshops where suitable for their clients.

Reviewing January, a real busy laughter month…

January has been a truly magnificent beginning to the new year and I am full of gratitude for having had the opportunity to laugh with so many different people from all walks of life, from celebrities, to cake bakers, to insurance people, to commissioners and many, many more, so I just wanted to share a few thoughts about the laughs.

What is really encouraging is that more and more people are looking up Laugther Yoga and now considering the techniques for ongoing team building and stress management tools for daily use in organisations.

This is what it is all about – lasting long-term positive change on a personal as well as professional level.

Simply Laughter Online Summit finale

I haven’t watched all the videos yet but those speakers I have heard are outstanding!

More than 40 Experts and Practitioners shared their thoughts, ideas, experiences and more to Empower, Enlighten and Energise you with a deeper awareness of how to transform lives through the use of laughter.

The Simply Laughter Online Summit touches on many aspects of Laughter Yoga, Laughter Therapy, laughter clubs, wellness, business, professionalism, stories from the past and much more – it IS a real treat.

Please register for the Simply Laughter Online Summit to get lifetime access to these outstanding gems from top-notch speakers on https://simply-laughter-worldwide.teachable.com/a/aff_wy0chyb4/external?affcode=177861_wok9t5ud.

For more information about Laughter Yoga, our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Retreat by Hayley Gillard – online re-creation!

Laughing at The Retreat with the members was so much fun and enlightening with interview, live session, live video Q&A, and interaction throughout January.

When you sometimes feel surrounded by stress from all sorts of directions it is lovely to have a sounding board and a place where stress can disappear through the sharing of alternative options.

A beautiful place, The Retreat.

Please visit and get in touch with Hayley via http://www.hayleygillard.com/the-retreat/.

If you have any questions or need more information about Laughter Yoga or Laughter Therapy, our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

A new year kicked off for the Laughter Clubs

The Laughter Club International (St. Albans)

We met and shared laughter inside at

  • First St Albans Scout Group’s Wadley Hut
    Watford Road
    St Albans
    AL1 2AF

We were just a few people and had great fun laughing together. Please join us on 4th February from 1pm to 2:30pm.

There is parking space off Watford Road on the grounds outside Wadley Hut. Bus 724 takes you from St. Albans City Centre (and rail station) to Wadley Hut.

The Telephone Laughter Club

Our first month of laughing at both 7am and 8am and we are still missing people laughing at 8am but hang in there because we ARE laughing!

From January 2018 we are laughing at 7am to 7:10am on our 0800-freephone number at the following subscription fees.

The 0800-numbers are free from most landline phones and mobile phones but please do check your call plans.

  • Quarterly from January 2018 £10
  • Annually from January 2018 £30

And the details for 8am to 8:10am are the following:

  • Phone number: 033 3443 3443 followed by 33928453 # and then 8494 #
  • Please email me to let me know you will be joining the 8am telephone laughter

Workplace workshops and laughter training training training

January started with many laughs in many places, Halifax, Stafford, North London, Central London, St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Warwick, Marston Moretaine, and online.

Many individuals and organisations organise workshops and training regularly, and it is a real privilege to be part of the journey of using and sharing Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy as a tool for resilience, health, longevity, stress management, team bonding, and resourcefulness.

We filled up meeting rooms and production halls, office floors and gyms with groups as well as individuals who were all keen to learn how to add more laughter in their lives for all the benefits mentioned. The feedback from these sessions is touching, moving and inspiring, and although Laughter Yoga is not everyone’s favourite, there is always something in it that sparks a change.

Laughter Yoga Training courses are a great passion of ours and UnitedMind’s events are popular, and often booked early. Almost 1,000 leaders and teachers have trained with us since the first Laughter Yoga Leader Training we ran in 2007.

The courses are being facilitated by some of the most experienced, passionate, knowledgable and kind Laughter Yoga Teachers.

For more information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teach the courses in the following locations:

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher

    • London, St. Albans, Blackpool, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    • Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • St. Albans, Online
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • St Albans, Durham, Blackpool, Online

Certified 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/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

  • 07, 14, 21, 28 January Online Laughter Leader Training £175
  • 17-18 February in Durham £175
  • 01-02 March Laughter Yoga Leader London £175
  • 05-06 April Laughter Yoga Leader Blackpool £175
  • 19-20 April Laughter Yoga Leader London £175
  • 12-13 May Laughter Yoga Leader St Albans £175
  • More dates on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/
  • Your workplace or with your group at dates to suit you!

Certified 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/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

  • 29 Oct-2 Nov in Hemel Hempstead £750 incl stay
  • 21-25 January 2019 in Hemel Hempstead £750 incl stay
  • 08-12 July 2019 in Hemel Hempstead £750 incl stay

Fees for residential training are including accommodation (only applies to Hemel Hempstead training).

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

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/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

  • 21-22 April St Albans £400 SPECIAL
  • 19-20 May Blackpool £400 SPECIAL
  • 08-09 September Durham £400 SPECIAL

Certified 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/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

  • 24 February 10am-5pm St Albans £95
  • 10 March 10am-5pm Durham £95
  • 07 April 10am-5pm Blackpool £95

Certified 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/):

1-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

  • 31 January 10am-3pm Online £95

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.

  • 8-week One-On-One Laughter Coaching Programme

Your workplace at dates to suit you!

All of the training courses are great addition to any type of therapy or workshop facilitation, health work as well as business related demands, as the courses take you through learning a skillset that can successfully be utilised and adopted to any group whether it is about laughter, play, relaxation, mindfulness, or balance in life in general.

All fees 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, or concessions.

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 certified training courses please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, or telephone 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.