Laughter Yoga Residential Leader Training Retreat in Glastonbury

Laughter Yoga Residential Training Retreat Glastonbury May 2018

Laughter Yoga Leader Training retreat in Glastonbury with Odette and Morag

Exciting opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Laughter Yoga Leader training.  I will be collaborating with guest teacher Morag who is based in Scotland so a real treat us coming together for this special training retreat way down South in the South West of the UK.

October Laughter Yoga Leaders in London
October Laughter Yoga Leaders in London

Would you like to learn the skills to spread the wonderful gift of unconditional laughter amongst family and friends, start your own laughter club or use laughter yoga in your workplace? Or maybe you just want to bring more laughter into your own life? If so, this training is for you.

This retreat will take place in the beautiful Shekinashram, a holistic yoga centre in Glastonbury. It is a peaceful oasis located within walking distance of both the town centre and the Tor.
Arrival after lunch on Friday 4th May at 2pm till Sunday 6th May at 5 pm (option to stay an extra night and join the Beltane celebrations).

The retreat will include optional extras which are designed to complement the laughter yoga leader training with a view to enabling participants to relax, let go and fully enter into the training as well as take time out from their busy lives and immerse themselves in nature.

Course contents:
Why we need laughter yoga
History, concept, philosophy behind this world-wide movement
How to lead a laughter session – the different steps and 40 Foundation Laughter Exercises
How to start and run your own laughter club
The many benefits of laughter yoga
Practise presenting in front of a group of people while gaining confidence and honing your presentation skills
Learn how to bring more laughter into your own life
And mostly, have lots of fun for two days taking part in 4 complete laughter sessions.

Course includes:
E manual (pdf file)
Follow up material (including meditation scripts)
A certificate to enable you to obtain insurance to run a laughter club
A chance to get 6 months Prozone membership at a reduced rate of £10. This allows you to access additional teaching material and to list your new laughter club.
Ongoing support after your training.

Following a successful assessment at the end of the training, the participants will be certified as Laughter Yoga Leaders and given a certificate which will enable them to obtain insurance to run a not-for-profit Laughter Club.

Laughter Yoga was developed in India in 1995 by Dr Madan Kataria and is a unique concept which enables us to laugh for no reason without the need for humour, comedy or jokes. Through the use of laughter exercises, eye contact, childlike playfulness and yogic breathing, we convert pretend laughter into real, hearty belly laughter. In this way our bodies produce lots of endorphins instantly raising our mood and lowering our stress levels. Laughter has many other benefits including stimulating the immune system, making us feel lighter, more energised and happier.

Optional Extras:
• Visit to the Chalice Well and Gardens (admission included) on Friday afternoon.
• Friday evening dinner together.
• Optional bajan/mantra singing on Friday evening.
• Walk up Glastonbury Tor on the Saturday – with an intensive weekend. indoors, it’s important to take time out in the fresh air to re-energise.
• A chance to join the Ashram’s regular morning meditation – the opportunity to enjoy some silence, to ground and centre yourself before the day’s laughter programme.
• Joint sound bath run by Odette and Morag – relax and allow the sounds of gong, singing bowls, drums, wind chimes to entrain your brainwaves into a state of deep relaxation.

The retreat format means you can fully immerse yourself into the training without having to worry about travel/meals etc.
Cost is fully inclusive: full board basic accommodation, herbal teas and vegan snacks, training course fee and materials as well as extras such as a visit to the Chalice Well and gardens (entrance fee included) and regular ashram activities.

Accommodation will be in twin rooms with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. Rooms are allocated at the time of booking.

Booking

Please visit our sister website to book your place http://www.londongong.co.uk/event/laughter-yoga-leader-training-retreat-in-glastonbury/

It is also the weekend of Beltane and participants have the option to stay an extra night on the Sunday and participate in the Beltane celebrations on the Monday in Glastonbury.

Glastonbury is a beautiful town in Somerset with an eclectic range of shops, cafés, a ruined abbey, Tor, Chalice Well and gardens. In recent years the town has become a place of pilgrimage for visitors of faiths other than Christianity. The reputed healing powers of the White & Red Springs have always attracted visitors and in more recent years there has been a revival of interest in Glastonbury as a centre of alternative beliefs. Its shops reflect this with a host of crystal shops, alternative bookshops, music, clothing and others.

Places are limited so early booking is essential to be ensure your place.
Your investment
Fully inclusive price: Early bird until 14th December: only £395
After that £445.
Includes basic accommodation; full board vegan food; all drinks and snacks; Laughter yoga leader training course + materials and other activities to enhance the training.

Odette Kurland and Morag Wylie have years of experience between them not only as therapists but as trainers and workshop leaders. They are here to support you over the intensive weekend journey into laughter yoga.

Odette Kurland has a background in various Holistic Therapies including Laughter Yoga, Laughter Facilitation Skills and Sound Healing (Gong Master and Reiki Master). She is known for her caring nature which includes random acts of kindness and offering a warm heart, a pair of socks and a woolly hat and conversation to homeless people. She works full time running her wellbeing and training company, Laughter Yoga Wellness London and UK and London Gong.

She has worked with Charities, Community Groups, Banks, NHS, Media Companies, Cancer Patients, Homeless People, Universities and more. Laughter Yoga has been life enhancing for Odette and now she wishes to spread the joy by training others to connect with more joy and laughter.

Morag Wylie is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Transformational Breath Facilitator and Sound Healer. Over the past 8 years she has worked with hundreds of clients through 1 to 1 sessions, groups and training events. She has been running Falkirk Laughter Club for 2½ years, has taken laughter to many groups in her local community including working with Disabled adults, visually impaired people, those affected by mental health issues, children and older people. She has been running laughter yoga leader trainings since 2016. She loves to empower people to live happier and healthier lives.

What previous trainees have said about the training:
“I got so much out of the laughter yoga training weekend. Morag is such a brilliant and knowledgeable teacher. She supported us with our unique learning styles and adapted the day as our energy levels rose and dipped. I not only feel I have gained so much on a personal development level but I also feel confident and empowered to start my own Laughter Club. Thank you so much Morag.” RF, Birmingham

“Was a brilliant fun filled fabulous course. Thanks sooooo much Odette and Nico! Can’t wait to see you again to laugh and play on 4 Nov!! Very good, very good, yeah!!! 😂😂

Thank you for an amazing course! 😂

Blessings dearest Sistar Odette and deep gratitude…. Thankyou for the permission to feel JOY 💜💜💜

Thank you so much my lovelies <3 Feeling verrrry happy & excited xxxx

I couldn’t sleep after the two days training. It gave me so much energy and enthusiasm. but in the morning, I was still bright as a Laughing Yoga Leader!

What an amazing course!! Big thank you to Odette and Nico 😄!!

Laughter Yoga for Mental Health Awareness Week in London Laughter Yoga, it's so much more than just a laugh!!

Very busy last week with no less than 8 workshops, mostly Laughter Yoga for Mental Health Awareness Week. Fabulous to see so many different organisations and corporations embracing Mental Health Awareness.

I would be really surprised if each and every one of us is not affected by MH issues at some point in our lives, be it us personally or someone we know.

I know how it feels to suffer the effects of stress, panic attacks and depression and I am thankful to have found Meditation at that time in my life.  Meditation was my support tool until I had the strength to move away from an unhealthy working environment.

Actually all that pain and misery was to be the making of me, drawing me to explore complimentary and holistic health and wellbeing methods and tools that I now work with to help others.

I now run Laughter Yoga Wellness London & UK. We offer various holistic health and wellbeing workshops and therapies that help people feel better in the workplace, including Laughter Yoga Wellbeing Workshops, Sound Meditation, EFT, Massage, Meditation and more offerings being added all the time.

Did you know ?

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

You can check out more unbelievable and interesting stats over at www.mind.org.uk

Fantastic Feedback from Imperial College where I held two laughter yoga wellbeing workshops for their Staff and Teachers as part of their #mhaw17 programme. How awesome, to be the highlight of their programme. Looking forward to more workshops at Imperial College.

Check out the lovely feedback

Thank you Odette, it was the highlight of our Mental Health Awareness Week programme. Something so different, fun and beneficial to staff stress levels and overall health. “

Some more feedback from participants at our Laughter Yoga Workshops for Mental Health Awareness Week with a few Media companies. All participants remarked on how less stressed they felt after the workshops.

It was lovely. Great to finish on Yoga Nidra

Fully enjoyed the session – really wasn’t sure how I would find it, but I loved it

Loved it !!

Great Fun, Feel energised and relaxed

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but loved it and feel very calm and happy now!

Really different and fun.

Really interesting session – never practised laughter yoga before and I definitely saw a difference in my mood.

I loved this session and would recommend this to everyone!!

Really good fun! Can we do it every Week?

It was great to get out of my comfort zone.

It was great! Very relaxing and uplifting!

Relaxed – like being a kid again.

Laughter Yoga is so much more than, Just a Laugh. Really this is a very powerful Holistic Health and Wellbeing tool.

Why Laughter Yoga ?

1. Elevates Mood
2. Reduces Stress
3. Strengthens the immune system
4. Relieves Pain
5. Social Connecter and Team Builder
6. Helps to improve efficiency and performance.
7. Energy Boost
8. Laughing through Challenges. It provides strength in adversity, a coping mechanism to help people keep a positive mental attitude regardless of circumstances.

Contact us for more info on making a difference to the health and wellbeing of your staff.

World Laughter Day in London with Odette and Suz A Day without Laughter is a Day Wasted - Charlie Chaplin

Wow what a gorgeous day we had for World Laughter Day in London on 1st May 2016.

The day was hosted by myself and Suz from www.laugh4life.uk

We were met by a fabulous group including two Laughter Yogis and Oscar the delightful little dog.

WP_20160501_001  World Laughter Day Meditation

It was unbelievable to be totally blessed with Glorious Sunshine which seemed to appear from nowhere, such a beautiful day.  We crawled just a few minutes walk away to enjoy the sunshine and laughter in a local park at Embankment. The flowers were out in abundance, just perfect.

I must say this is as far as we crawled and this turned out to be perfect to enjoy a few hours! of laughter, fun and games in the sunshine.

Just a few snapshots and a short video clip of our day, a day to celebrate Laughter Yoga, Love, Peace and Happiness.

Love Peace and Happiness exercise created just for World Laughter Day by Suz. 

 

One Minute Laughter challenge Nominate your friends to Laugh

So it all began on April Fools day after a few failed attempts at April Fooling my friends, I decided to call a friend of mine who really needed cheering up and I challenged her to a one minute laugh and timed her. It was completely hilarious and allowed her to let go, release and laugh in the face of adversity. That is something we can all learn to do by bringing in more laughter in to our lives. Laughter Yoga is the perfect platform for all of us to laugh wholeheartedly in a safe non judgemental environment. This can really allow us to release, feel better and give us the strength we need during hard times.

The day continued with around 8 or 9 laughs on the phone in person and on facebook voice chat. Wow, what a day! so much fun which had me completely buzzing and full of energy for the rest of the day.

I had my laughter yoga club the next day which provided an opportunity to video a few more one minute laughs as well as one more on April Fools day from an unsuspecting friend who visited. He is a full time carer and boy oh boy did he need it! He loved it 🙂

Check out some of our One Minute Laughs.

This has followed on giving me the idea of bringing more laughter in a really fun way to not just my friends but their friends, friends of friends and so it will go on creating a massive chain, a ripple of laughter.

So now I begin my mission to bring laughter to as many people as I can 🙂 Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha.

The idea will be to nominate some friends, they in turn nominate theirs, have your timer at the ready as although one minute does not sound like a long time, when you are laughing continuously it seems like forever! Ha Ha and it feels like a workout.  It really is a workout, so they will need to be fit enough for the challenge!  Apparently 10 minutes of laughter is equivalent to 30 minutes on a rowing machine! Better still if you can video your friends laughing, with their permission of course, I will be happy to showcase the best clips on my youtube channel.

Let the Fun Begin 🙂

Using my contact form, you can send me a link to the recorded clips and those that are selected will be showcased on Laughter Yoga Wellness London.

Here’s the link to my Youtube Channel and be sure to subscribe if you want to keep in the loop on the laughs.

Click to contact me with a link to your video along with permission to share.

#laughteryogalondon #laughteryoga #oneminutelaughter

 

 

 

 

Laughter Club in London Feeling Good with Laughter Yoga in London

We have just launched our new London Laughter and Socials allowing members of the public to experience regular laughter classes with optional socials after the class.  Frequency varies but usually at least fortnightly.

Laughter workshops are ideal for social bonding, team building and so much more. We are on a mission to get London laughing and make it a happier and healthier place to live  🙂

Laughter Yoga has so many Health Benefits ranging from boosting our confidence and motivation, enhancing creativity, stress relief and generally helping us to feel good. As the saying goes ” Laughter is the best Medicine” and for some people those words have rung true!

A laughter yoga workshop is ideal for almost any group setting. We offer our wellness workshops and services to private groups and parties too. Our Health and Well-being workshops range from a one hour laughter yoga workshop to a full half day which can include various holistic stress busters including a Gong Bath or Sound Meditation.  Contact us to discuss your requirements for your group.

Our Laughter classes are usually fully booked so early booking is advisable.

If you wish to join us, please visit our profile page on eventbrite for news of our public laughter classes where you can register to join us via   http://laughter-yoga-wellness-london.eventbrite.com/

 

Laughter Yoga in London with Odette and other news

So the mission to de-stress London continues.  The holistic tools I work with include Reiki, Laughter Yoga , Meditation and Gong and Sound Baths. Basically holistic tools that can really enhance our general health wellness and well-being.  Laughter is a serious contender and the effects of laughter and exercise are very similar. An interesting statistic for you from William Fry, a pioneer in laughter research. He claimed it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter. After a laughter yoga workshop you will feel like you have had a really good cardio workout.

A little more about Laughter Yoga and how I work with it.  I am a professional Laughter Yoga Leader and Laughter Skills Facilitator. My workshops are a fusion of my various holistic tools and are specially tailored to suit different groups. A lively and energetic workout for high spirited giggly Hens or a slower paced, perhaps seated session for those who are elderly and frail. We can focus on more team building and bonding games for corporate groups. Which ever method we use, those who participate will most likely come away feeling lighter , brighter and re-energised.

Laughter Yoga has so many more Health Benefits .  Click through to http://laughteryogawellness.co.uk/health-benefits/ for information on how Laughter Yoga can benefit your group or employees.

As the saying goes, Laughter is the best Medicine !!  When we laugh we release and let go of negative emotions and thoughts. That is something so incredibly powerful to our well-being. I am forever grateful to have found this amazing tool so I too can help people feel better. This is life changing, this is something else for sure. 

If you would like a Laughter Yoga sessions or workshop for your group or organisation in London or further afield please get in touch via http://laughteryogawellness.co.uk/contact/ .

#laughteryogalondon