Laughter News October 2017

Welcome to October 2017

…and news from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga Ltd. UK, Gibberish Communications Ltd., and The Laughter Club International (UK).

Information in this newsflash about

  • A brief overview of our October diary
  • Introducing: Linda Leclerc of HAHA Sisterhood
  • The Art of Laughter – a new workshop
  • Your Everyday Laughter Queen
  • Re-launch of The Laughter Club International (St. Albans)
  • Laughter Association UK – the official body
  • Give yourself the gift of laughter – learn Laughter Yoga
  • FIND dates easily for teacher, leader, therapist, coach, Gibberish!

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

Our newsletter is a combination of news, stories and upcoming events. We hope you will enjoy our content on a monthly basis, and look forward to seeing you on courses and training, workshops, Laughter Clubs or other laughter events.

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general on The Laughter Blog as well as The Healthy Laughing 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 October 2017 diary

Just a quick overview of events in October to give you an idea of availability:

  • 2 October – Laughter Workshop at Olympia Beauty in London
  • 5-6 October – Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Blackpool
  • 10 October – Laughter Yoga Coach Training Online
  • 14 October – Corporate Laughter Workshop in Dunstable
  • 19-20 October – Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London
  • 21 October – Certified Gibberish Coach Training in St. Albans
  • 23-27 October – Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training in St. Albans
  • 28 October – Laughter Yoga Open Day in Birmingham
  • 29 October – Corporate Laughter Workshop in Wrexham
  • 31 October – Certified Gibberish Coach Training Online
  • Laughter Club in St Albans at 6:45-7:45pm on Wednesdays in October

I travel all over the country to share laughter and joy with individuals and workplace – you are closer than you may think! Although it is a busy time there are still a few spaces in the diary and I will happily make more room for your events!

Or if you are interested in training your team at your own dates, a real bonus for your organisation to have Laughter Professionals as part of your workplace health team.

If you have any questions or need more information about 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: Linda Leclerc of HAHA Sisterhood (Canada)

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

Last month we started introducing these amazing individuals and their organisations and this month we have another treat in store for you.

Please join me in welcoming Linda Leclerc, Founder of Ecole du Yoga du Rire in Canada and HAHA Sisterhood – one of the Laughter Yoga Master Trainer pioneers.

Linda Leclerc, a bubbly and charismatic woman, has been practicing Laughter Yoga professionally since 2003.

As the first Master Trainer in Canada she founded the School of Laughter Yoga in the spring of 2005.

Linda is also the Founder of HAHA Sisterhoodmc, an international community of women who laugh intentionally. About the sisterhood Linda says,

“My vision is both simple and grand. Laughter, like love, knows no limits. I see women laughing and loving each other, worldwide. Because anything we do with this intention can translate into a tsunami of love! Think about all the beautiful roles we play in this world! Now think about how much we can touch and colour lives if we do that with a conscious laugh, a smile and joy in our heart!”

A dynamic speaker and generous teacher, Linda delivers energising keynotes and teaches this effective method to manage stress and have more fun in life.

“What a great workshop! A truly enriching half-day for the whole team. Not only did we learn the benefits of laughter but also about prevention in terms of mental and physical health. These workshops foster healthy lifestyle habits including physical exercise and good nutrition!”

Valérie LeGros, Gestionnaire de programme La Maisonnée.

Please visit Linda on www.yogadurire.com and www.hahasisterhood.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.

The programme :

Day 1 – 27 September 2018

Day 2 – 28 September 2018

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 Linda Leclerc of HAHA Sisterhood (Canada) 13:15 Lunch Break
12:30 Lunch Break 14:15 Shonette Bason of Spread the Happiness (UK)
13:30 Patch Adams of Gesundheit Institute (USA) 15:15 Merv Neal of Laughter Yoga Australia (Australia)
17:00 Finishing the day 16:15 Jeremy Gilley of Peace One Day (UK)
Maybe something for the evening… 17:00 Finishing the conference

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.

The Art of Laughter – a new workshop

Meeting Barbara Grapstein, Founder of the Healing Headbands Project, was truly inspiring.

Healing Headbands Project is a nonprofit organisation based in New York with a purpose of inspiring others to develop a healing mindset by integrating laughter with art.

Please visit the project on www.healingheadbands.com.

Their core programme combines laughter exercises with art based on the knowledge that laughter awakens the creative mind.

This workshop is ideal for health organisations and communities, the NHS, groups of people who are on a health and wellness path, young people and anyone who wants to discover their full potential through laughter and art as part of their healing journey.

Participants are encouraged to express themselves and capture this high moment achieved through laughter with the art painting. Their final product is custom printed on special soft UV protected fabric, which is then sewn into headbands.

If you have any questions or need more information about the Art of Laughter workshop, 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.

Your Everyday Laughter Queen

Branding is it.

I have spent 15 years branding UnitedMind as a top provider of training and workshop programmes based on Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy in the UK. The company have gone from strength to strength and it really has been an exciting journey that continues. UnitedMind lead the way with Laughter Yoga in the UK, together with our partners in laughter.

At the core of UnitedMind and Laughter Yoga in the UK you find Lotte Mikkelsen.

Me – Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Ambassador, and Laughter Yoga Master Training in the UK, second to none Laughter Facilitator.

I provide the laughter you get when you book laughter workshops and training with UnitedMind and it always, always excites me when I can share with individuals and groups of people ways to find change within themselves and their teams through the practice of unconditional laughter.

The long-term value lies in adopting the techniques you learn in the workshops and training you attend with me as your anchor – and I am still here after we have laughed and you can count on me as your everyday Laughter Queen and point of laughter contact if you need laughter support, repeat workshops, training, coaching, laughter clubs etc.

And remember, this work is not about me at all.

I do not take laughter lightly… and I do take laughter lightly, too – otherwise you wouldn’t laugh with me. I am simply Your Everyday Laughter Queen – here for you.

The heart of all laughter work is you!

A tiny spark in just one person out of a group is all it takes for a workshop to be a success. The more sparks the better but it really is about enabling you to re-discover your own laughter and joy of life on a different level than you may experience it in your day-to-day life. Laughter brings you into a new present moment.I love sharing laughter, connecting with people, experiencing their connection with themselves, seeing the change that happens through shared laughter. My passion is people and how I can be a vessel for facilitating positive change together with you and your important people. Just think about how you feel after a really good laugh.

The benefits are real and they are for you from Your Everyday Laughter Queen.

You are the essence of all laughter work!

Through laughter we experience peace.

So please do get in touch with your everyday Laughter Queen on email lotte@unitedmind.co.uk, or phone 08001214714 or mobile 07736341717.

Re-launch of The Laughter Club International (St. Albans)

Laughter Club in St Albans March 2007

It has been a while since The Laughter Club in St. Albans laughed and we are excited to kick off three months of Wednesday laughter.

We will be laughing in The Lounge at

  • Greenwood Park
    Tippendell Lane
    Chiswell Green
    St Albans
    AL2 3HW

There is plenty of parking space both at the front and when you drive around to the back. Bus 724 takes you from St. Albans City Centre (and rail station) to The Three Hammers which is just a 5-minute walk from Greenwood Park.

We meet on the following dates from 6:45pm to 7:45pm

  • October: Wednesday 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November: Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • December: Wednesdays 6, 13, 20, 27

If you have any questions or need more information about Laughter Yoga, the laughter club, 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.

Laughter Association UK – your official body

It has been a little over a year since Laughter Association UK first created and went on to officially being launched on 1 January 2017. Laughter Association is the official body for Laughter Professionals in the UK ensuring best practices at all times.

Laughter Association UK is constantly raising standards within the line of work the organisation operates in – for members and for clients.

There is a rise in the number of people who seek out Laughter Professionals via the website on www.laughterassociation.co.uk and finding someone to run laughter workshops and training via Laughter Association UK is a great way to ensure the quality of the work provided.

If you have any questions or need more information about Laughter Association UK, the members, or how to become a member, please contact us on email, info@laughterassociation.co.uk.

Give yourself the gift of laughter – learn Laughter Yoga

Deciding to learn Laughter Yoga to bring more joy and happiness into your own and other people’s life may seen an easy choice. However, much to often an idea comes and goes and something else shows up.

“Laughter is a shortcut to spirit! Laughter Yoga provides a way of access.”

I wrote this on UnitedMind’s Facebook page the other day and there is complete truth in that statement. When you laugh you remove obstacles between people and although it does not remove problems and differences completely it does create the change you need to move forward with everything and everyone in peace.

Practicing Laughter Yoga requires discipline just like with every other habit we create, whether it is exercise, dietary, work or other things we maintain. However, there is a lot of support and a lot of easy ways to add little bouts of laughter and truly feel the benefits in all areas of life. Some people say we laugh for no reason when if fact we laugh for very good reasons, the health and therapeutic benefits. What we do with laughter, though, is make it independent on something funny – we simply choose to laugh even when we are not in the mood. Why? Because it creates instant change in mood and in perception of what we face.

If you have already been in touch about training in the past please re-connect. Find out where and when you can learn to let laughter in to brighten your days and everyone else’s days. Dates and places are listed further down this page but please do contact me to find out more and if there is a special offer for special you!

Please do come and learn from me and with me – I promise you I know what I am talking about and I know what I am doing, I am the essence of Laughter Yoga which I bring to you in every workshop and every training. And I am a humble lifelong student, too.

There are regular Laughter Clubs running around the country and it would be fantastic to add your Laughter Club to the map when you start this rewarding group for your near and dear and for your community.

Google Map of Laughter Clubs in the UK.

If you have any questions or need more information about 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.

Dates for Certified Laughter Training

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, Durham
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • St. Albans, Durham, Online
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • St Albans, Durham, 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

  • 18-19 November 2017 in Durham £175 early /£225
  • 01, 08, 15, 22 December Online Laughter Leader Training £175
  • 07-08 December 2017 in London £175 early / £225
  • 20-21 January 2018 in St Albans £175 early / £225
  • 17-18 February 2018 in Durham £175 early / £225
  • 01-02 March 2018 Laughter Yoga Leader London £175 early / £225
  • 05-06 April 2018 Laughter Yoga Leader Blackpool £175 early / £225
  • 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

  • 22-26 January 2018 in Hemel Hempstead £775 incl stay early / £995 full fee
  • 09-13 July 2018 in Hemel Hempstead £775 incl stay early / £995 full fee

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 (NB 6-12-month programme)

  • 21-22 April 2018 £550 early /£750
  • 19-20 May 2018 Blackpool £550 early / £750
  • 08-09 September 2018 Durham £550 early / £750

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

  • 21 October 10am-5pm St Albans £95 early /£150
  • 31 October 10am-3:30pm Online £95 early / £150
  • 10 March 2018 10am-5pm Durham £95 early / £150

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

  • 28 November 2017 10am-3pm Online £95 early /£150

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 excluding travel and accommodation costs. 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, 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.