Presenters

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 explain the link between laughter and mindfulness, and share some techniques and stories with organisations such as the Victorian Police Force Forensic Services, KPMG, Department of Unemployment, and Tennis Australia to name a few.

Merv will be presenting:
  • 20 Oct – Workshop: Developing Productive Workplaces by Managing Stress
  • 20 Oct – Workshop: Developing the Productive Workplace by Managing Stress using Laughter
  • 21 Oct – Conference: Master of Ceremonies.

Pat Armitstead

Pat Armitstead

The World’s First Joyologist, Author, Radio and TV Presenter

Pat has been a headline speaker for more than 20 years. She is not a comedian but has many skills derived from the performing arts. Combine this with a 20 year career as a nurse, and also a Clown Doctor who toured with Patch Adams, and her ability to tell stories, and you have the consummate performer. Pat will provide an interactive keynote that will leave you feeling very aware and very self expressed. Pat says “To be good humoured requires your presence”.

Pat will be presenting on:
  • 21 Oct – Conference: Being a Humour Being

 


Narelle Fraser

Narelle Fraser

(Ex) Victorian Police Force Detective Rape and Homicide and Missing Persons Unit

Narelle has stared death and trauma in the face throughout her 27 year career working on some of the highest profile investigations in the history of the police force including the 2002 Bali Bombing. In 2012 she was diagnosed with PTSD and her world began to crumble. Narelle gives a fascinating and humorous insight into the daily life of a “female” officer. She will take you inside a world that you will find unbelievable and tell you stories that will make you laugh and cry, as well as just shake your head in disbelief.

Narelle will be presenting:
  • 21st Oct – Conference: The importance of a sense of humour

Dave Berman

Dave Berman (via Skype)

Hypnotherapist, Laughter Therapist, Coach, and Author

Dave’s mission in 2016 is to inspire people around the world to adopt a daily practice of laughing on purpose. His Daily Laughers YouTube channel has a new laughter video every day and by the end of the year will feature him laughing with people in all 50 United States and at least 50 other countries. Dave will share with you why he started this and what he’s learned along the way, including the most innovative and unique laughter exercises his guests have demonstrated.

Dave will be presenting:
  • 21st Oct – Conference: Episode 295 of Daily Laughers and you’re all the Guest

 


Michael Davoren

Michael Davoren

Facilitator, Event MC, Character Actor, and TV and Radio Voiceover

Michael has over 20 years experience in theatre, TV, short film, radio, animation, computer games and multi media. He has appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Ireland Clonmel Junction Festival, and throughout Europe. Michael will explore the power of laughter to break down barriers and create authentic connections. He will also explore the polarity between empathy and narcissism. Oh and one more special thing which you won’t want to miss.

Michael will be presenting:
  • 21st Oct – Conference: Connecting with Laughter

Rebecca Privilege

Rebecca Privilege

Owner Natural Healing Therapies Australia

Rebecca is a highly qualified therapist who specialises in Natural Healing, Allergy Elimination, Energy Medicine, Reiki, Integrated Therapeutic Alignment, Crystal Healing, and Counselling. She has been helping her clients for over 26 years but in 2005 she had to help herself. Through her connection to the Eternal Kingdom she can sometimes be “off with the fairies”.

Rebecca will be presenting:
  • 21st Oct – Conference: The Energy of Laughter

Connie Costa

Connie Costa

Laughter Yoga and Wellness Trainer, Founder of Laugh and Live Well, and Laughter Blogger

Connie is one of the few people who is trained and qualified in both Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness. She runs the Laughter Yoga Social Media Team and will explain how you can be trained in laughter using the Laughter Yoga Online Training model provided by the Laughter Online University

Connie will be presenting:
  • 21st Oct – Conference: Online Laughter Training.

Nicole Beasley

Bron Roberts

Founder of Let’s Laugh

In 2015 Bron Roberts, Laughter Yoga Trainer, Therapeutic Humour Graduate and the Chief Happiness Officer of Let’s Laugh set out to ask as many people as possible one question:  “What makes you happy?” After 3 months of asking her question to those in big cities and small communities around Australia she headed overseas.  Bhutan was the final destination on her 11 countries in 9 months adventure.

Bron will be presenting:

  • 21st Oct – Conference: Gross national Happiness in Bhutan.

Janni Goss

Janni Goss

President Laugh WA and creator of JelliTime

Janni Goss has been a passionate advocate for the health benefits of Laughter Yoga since training with Dr Kataria in 2000. A former physiotherapist and Feldenkrais practitioner, Janni is now a Wellbeing Educator and Speaker, known in WA as The Laughter Lady. Janni will share her experience of outsmarting stress and the value of incorporating Laughter Yoga and it’s benefits into the mental health system, particularly for PTSD. Website www.jannigoss.com

Janni will be presenting:
  • 21st Oct – Conference: Mental As Anything.