Here is the list of laughter experts who will be running workshops, trainings and conference sessions.


Merv Neal

Merv Neal

CEO Laughter Yoga Australia and Director of Holistic Services Group

Merv has owned and operated his own businesses for more than 40 years. Following a work related life threatening health issue in 2002, Merv found out first hand that “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. Merv will expian that there has been no science in laughter … until now that is. Laughter is merely a mathematical equation and he will discuss this concept during his Conference presentation using the Laughter Quotient. Having completed another Research Study, this time with pain management, Merv will present the findings from all of his studies and then discuss the opportunities in the health industry using Laughter as Therapy at the Joy Festival.

Merv will be presenting:
  • 28 Oct – Workshop: Developing Productive Workplaces by Managing Stress
  • 28 Oct – Workshop: Developing the Productive Workplace by Managing Stress using Laughter
Elva Zhang

Elva Zhang

Founder of PeaceLab and International Lawyer

Formally an international student from China, Elva is an Australian qualified lawyer with a Master of Law (LLM in International Economic Law) from Geneva, Switzerland, and currently works as Corporate Counsel for a global shipping line. In addition to being a lawyer, Elva is the founder of Peace Lab (, a boutique consultancy that curates and facilitates experiential workshops by synthesising Eastern wisdom teachings and Western science theories as a unique agent for wellbeing, human potential and positive change. A long term meditator, trained in Laughter Yoga and passionate about ancient philosophy and neuroplasticity, Elva specialises in combining creative meditation, mindfulness, play and Laughter Yoga to create fun and purposeful workshops.

Elva will be presenting:

  • 25th Oct – Conference: Laughter and the Law(yers). Why SO serious?
Annie Harvey

Annie Harvey

Professional Speaker and Experienced Life Coach

With the World Health Organisation making “burnout” an official syndrome, there is now an ever insreasing need to combat this. But what if our present approach is adding to the numbers. Could we in fact be at a stage where we are too resilient to a point where we are missing all of the signs? Annie is fresh from her presentation at the Happiness and it’s Causes Conference where she had more than 2000 people laughing.

Annie will be presenting:
  • 25th Oct – Conference: Compassion Fatigue (aka Burnout)

Heather Joy Campbell

Heather Joy Campbell

Award winning journalist, editor, and university tutor

What is the big secret about Laughter Yoga? If it’s so good then why is it still largely unknownor misunderstood? Sharing from more than 30 years experience Heather will give us helpful hints and tips about how to promote ourselves, our laughter club, and our laughter business in this Media 101 session.

Heather will be presenting:
  • 27th Oct – Joy Festival: How to use PR and Media better.
  • 26th Oct – Joy Festival: Aqua Laughter.
Pat Armitstead

Pat Armitstead

Mulit-Award Winning Speaker, Facilitator, Author

Keynote. “2020 An Intimacy Revolution”. How to create a safe, supportive 21st century workplace culture where people are educated and skilled to embrace vulnerability and the human condition with empathy, compassion and confidence. Pat will present the outcomes from a program she delivered, Transforming Workplace Wellbeing, where 450 leaders over a 15 month period learned to engage deeply using emotional and conversational intelligence. Pat says to my delight we engaged deeply and intimately and the stories shared shifted perceptions and forged new connections.
“2020 An Intimacy Revolution- OWN your greatness”.
In order to foster wellbeing we need to have healed our pas, be able to share vulnerably and enable those in the room to be transformed by our work.
This workshop will show you :- shine brighter than ever by learning how to choose and use trust based language and implement the 5 steps of the Trust Model, that is; creating transparency, building relationship, understanding the uncomfortable, honouring shared success, and shifting assumptions. .

Pat will be presenting:
  • 25th Oct – Conference: 2020 An Intimacy Revolution.
  • 26th Oct – Joy Festival: 2020 An Intimacy Revolution OWN your greatness.
Meredith Yardley

Meredith Yardley

Laughter Yoga Leader and Trainer

Meredith Yardley, under the banner of her business HappinessWorx, shares a range of bespoke tools with individuals and businesses to help people raise their daily levels of happiness, reduce stress, improve communication and create lasting connection. Meredith’s approach is informal and light-hearted. Meredith runs a weekly community laughter club, has a number of academic qualifications, is a published author, and an award winning Toastmaster. She works with clients through presentations, small groups, one-on-one consultations and runs courses through her local community college.

Meredith will be presenting:
  • 25th Oct – Conference: Self Compassion. Be your own best friend.
Henri Rennie

Henri Rennie

Writer, Director, and Performer

Henri Rennie has been a writer, director and performer for over half a century. (He started very young…) Along with stage, film, radio and TV work he’s been a tutor, lecturer and an award winning Toastmaster. Henri also spent several years as a training officer in different government departments, eventually becoming National Training Manager for one particularly large Commonwealth body. He comes to the Conference straight from directing a successful stage show for a regional theatre company.

Henri will be presenting:
  • 27th Oct – Joy Festival: Powerful Presentation Skills.

Elvira Estavillo

Laughter in the Philippines

Elvie, as she is fondly called, is the founder of Laughter Yoga in the Philippines. She introduced it in 2008 with the ladies circle in San Lorenzo Village, Makati City, where she resided.She is the only certified Laughter Yoga Teacher in her country. She has conducted Laughter Yoga sessions to various companies, hospitals, organizations, banks, prisons, and schools. She also did Laughter Yoga for 120 heads of corporations from different parts of the world in the Suntec convention center in Singapore during the World Toilet Organization conference. For many years that she conducted Laughter Yoga, Elvie had a regular column in the top newspaper in her country titled, “Laughingly Yours”. She also writes her inspirational “Thoughts To Guide Us By” that is published monthly in a leading newspaper.

Elvira will be presenting:
  • 25th Oct – Conference: Laughter in the Phillippines
Samuel Habimana

Samuel Habimana (via Skype)

Executive Director of Rwanda Resilience and Grounding Organization

Samuel is a mental health specialist and public health consultant who uses Laughter Yoga as therapy to bring together the perpetrators and survivors of the 1994 genocide. His recent research was awarded to be presented at the World Congress of Resilience held in Marseilles France last year.

Sam will be presenting:
  • 25th Oct – Conference: Laughter in Rwanda

Michi Morioka

Michi Morioka

Laughter Yoga Master Trainer, Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Chiropractor, Reiki Healer, and Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher

After being diagnosed with depression as a consequence of the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and tqunami, michi found Laughter Yoga, which helped her celebrate life as it is. She realised that instead of working your way to happiness, we have a choice to be happy each moment. Michi will lead us through Let Your Yoga Dance, which will remind you of and let you celebrate who you truly are on all levels.

Michi will be presenting:
  • 27th Oct – Joy Festival: Let Your Yoga Dance

Annie Harvey

Annie Harvey

Experienced Life Coach and Professional Speaker

In this workshop Annie will be providing hands on strategies about how to get stress out of the body using her SWIM method. It’s about raising your self efficacy, and introducing habits and goals into your life and enhance character strengths.

Annie will be presenting:
  • 26 Oct – Joy Festival: Recovering From or Beating Burnout


Francesca Moi

Business owner, speaker and advisor to business and startups

Francesca is the CEO of Empowering Events that teaches businesses and personalities how to become famous by leveraging their following and filling their events. She is the author of two books Follow Me-Shutttupp and Build your Network, and Bums on Seats. She is passionate about using events and social media for raising her clients profiles and creat one to many businesses. At the end of her presentation she will be making an amazing offer to help you to grow your business.

Francesca will be presenting:
  • 26 Oct – Joy Festival: Invisible to Invincible

Janni Goss

Janni Goss

B.App.Sci Physio, Author, and President of Laugh WA

Janni now focuses on adults and children with cancer, their carers and professional staff. Janni will present the outcomes of a five week course conducted in September/October 2019 at Solaris Cancer Care and the introduction of ” Laughter Games” to a playgroup for Kids with cancer. Janni’s presentation “Who needs Laughter the most ?” will include insights about neurological disorders from her own health adventures! Warning! May include Laughing and Dancing!!

Janni will be presenting:
  • 26 Oct – Joy Festival: Who needs laughter the most?