Here is the list of experts who will be presenting at the Conference and Festival and running Workshops and Trainings workshops.

Merv Neal

CEO Laughter Yoga Australia and Master Trainer

Merv has owned and operated his own businesses for more than 51 years. Following a work related life threatening health issue in 2002, Merv found out first hand that “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. Check out You Tube The Laughing Man for his full story.
Merv is a Laughter Yoga Master Trainer, Researcher, Medically Published Author, Author of the book The Business of Laughter, and runs the Southbank Laughter Club.

Merv will be hosting:
  • 22nd Oct – Laughter Conference and Joy Festival
  • 23rd Oct – Workshop: Developing Productive Workplaces by Managing Stress
  • 23rd Oct – Workshop: Developing the Productive Workplace by Managing Stress using Laughter
  • 27th to 31st October: Laughter Leader Training, Business Training, Advanced Training, Teacher Training

Bianca Spears

Laughter Leader and Transformation Coach

Bianca’s work (and play) help people who are ready to step up and create their lives to embrace more ease, fun and flow. In 2013, she shifted from the corporate world into entrepreneurship, meeting anxiety, fatigue and chronic stress along the way, and using laughter as a key tool in her recovery.
A certified Life Coach and trained in Laughter Wellness, Laughnosis and Laughter Yoga, Bianca enjoys bringing her understanding of laughter, play, applied neuroscience, positive psychology and somatic healing to her work – whether it’s with entrepreneurs, work teams or children. .

Bianca will be presenting: How to create a successful online presence.

  • 22nd Oct – Conference and Joy Festival: How to Create a Successful Online Presence.

Freda Gonot-Schopinsky

Health Researcher and Consultant Monaco

Freda is a health psychologist who created the Laughie. So, what exactly is a laughie? It’s like a selfie, but instead of a photo, you create a one-minute video (or sound recording) of yourself laughing, using your smart phone. Then you watch and listen to it whenever you feel the need. Hopefully you’ll find yourself laughing along. Freda sought a quick, cheap, easy tool for the medical sector to “prescribe” for people needing to laugh more and here it is.

FREDA will be presenting:The Laughie: Academic Papers, Mixed Methods Ethnographic Interventions, and Apps

  • 22nd Oct – Conference and Joy Festival: The Laughie.

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  • 22nd Oct – Conference and Joy Festival: Panel Discussion

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  • 22nd Oct – Conference and Joy Festival: Panel Discussion.

Panelist 3

  • 22nd Oct – Conference and Joy Festival: Panel Discussion.

Specific Industry Experts

Aged Care, Children, Disability, Health, and Business.

Experts in their specific fields will lead breakout rooms where everyone can connect and get involved with some thought leader ideas and input.

Industry Experts:
  • 22nd Oct – Conference and Joy Festival: Breakout Rooms for Laughter Opportunities in different markets and areas.