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Hannah Airey of St Alban’s Laughter Club has put together this year’s Conference, to be held in the EPIC Centre in Christchurch on 13 & 14 September. Its theme is Staying well in times of adversity.

The Conference will be preceded by two Workshops on Friday 12 September, and there will be two Laughter Yoga Trainings in the week following the Conference.

More details of all this and links to the Conference website can be found in our Events Calendar.

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Four Reasons to Become
a Laughter Leader

Professional Development: Laughter is an effective emotional state changer, neutral and non-competitive. You learn to bring people laughter without any need for jokes, comedy or humour—all you need is their willingness to pretend to laugh.

Personal Development: Learning to laugh more easily brings physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits, both to yourself and in your personal relationships. Laughter has been found effective in areas as diverse as physical pain relief and clinical depression.

Laughter Leading: When you lead a regular group in laughter the energy they generate comes back to you many times over. In addition you develop valuable skills in organisation and delegation, negotiation and marketing.

Fun Weekend: Two days of laughter, and learning about laughter is an enjoyable and life-affirming experience. It leaves you energised and enthused.

Check out our Events Calendar for details of upcoming courses.


Good health, a laughing matter for many Kiwis. Alex Bourn for 3News checked out Ponsonby and Christchurch clubs, and snatched an interview with Malcolm Robertson (who established Laughter Yoga in this country). The video was broadcast at the end of the 6pm news on Easter Sunday, 20th April. You can read the item transcript and view the video clip here. Regrettably, 3News charges for the ability to embed a player for the clip on our web site.

Ciara Pratt, reporting for the Western Leader, posted this story and video on (of course) April Fool’s Day! Laughter Yoga – it’s not a joke!



Sunday 4 May yes, it’s the first Sunday in May, World Laughter Day! Come one, come all, to your local event to join in a celebration of laughter in our world. To quote Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga,

“In Laughter Yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy; we are happy because we laugh.”

Train as a Laughter Leader
24 & 25 May – Laughter Leader Training in Nelson.
7 & 8 June – Laughter Leader Training in Auckland.
2 & 3 August – Laughter Leader Training in Christchurch.
13 & 14 September – 2014 Aotearoa/NZ Laughter Yoga Conference in Christchurch.

Check out our Events Calendar to see details of these and other activities.

New Laughter Club in Wellington City!

We welcome the establishment of a laughter club in Wellington. Heather Brown and Andrew Morgan, both experienced laughter leaders, have been holding laughter sessions since October (2013) at the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre. This is at the corner of Columbo and Rintoul Streets, Newtown, Wellington, and is a handy location for people living in or near the central city. It meets every Wednesday evening from 6:15 through to 7:00pm. Beginners are always welcome.