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 expian that there has been no science in laughter … until now that is. Laughter is merely a mathematical equation and he will launch this concept during his Conference presentation.

Merv will be presenting:
  • 26 Oct – Workshop: Developing Productive Workplaces by Managing Stress
  • 26 Oct – Workshop: Developing the Productive Workplace by Managing Stress using Laughter
  • 27 Oct – Conference: The Science of Laughter
  • 29 Oct – Immersion: Laughter as Therapy

Anthony Ackroyd

Anthony Ackroyd

CEO of Think Comedy and one of Australia’s most renowned comedians

In this fascinating and laugh-filled presentation one of Australia’s most renowned performers reveals exactly what it’s like to live the life of a professional comedian. And Anthony shows us how the funny things he has learned along the way can help us all live a happier life.
Over three and a half decades Anthony’s job and mission has been to ignite this powerful, magical energy we call laughter. He has done this in comedy clubs and theatres around the globe but also on street corners and ocean liners, in pool halls, kindergartens, schools, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, board rooms and prisons. Has has created laughter for an audience of three and a stadium packed with 110,000.
Anthony’s humour has been enjoyed by millions of people on hundreds of TV shows, in print, on film and through the internet, and for the last 20 years on Australia’s top rating radio comedy show. He has talked comedy with comic superstars Rowan Atkinson and Billy Crystal and written material for Jim Carrey.
For decades Anthony has combined his hands on experience as a laughter-creator with a passion for the in depth study of the science of laughter and humour and their amazing effects on the body, the mind, the emotions, and the spirit. He is considered a leading expert on how to infuse our lives with the happiness, success, creativity and energy we all desire.

Anthony will be presenting:
  • 27th Oct – Conference: My Life in Laughter

Pat Armitstead

Pat Armitstead

The World’s First Joyologist, Author, Radio and now TV Show Host

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 host a live taping of her Laughter Channel TV Show where she will interview a notable celebrity. Get ready to applaud and be a part of this production.

Pat will be presenting on:
  • 27 Oct – Conference: The National Launch of The Laughter Channel
  • 29 Oct- Immersion: Conversational Intelligence

 


Ros  Ben-Moshe

Ros Ben-Moshe

Director LaughLife Wellbeing Programs, Adjunct lecturer at Latrobe University, and Author of Laughing at Cancer-How to Heal with Love Laughter and Mindfulness

Ros has just recently published her first book Laughing at Cancer, how to heal with love, laughter and mindfulness. Through a very personal journey as a wellbeing educator, and then patient, she will share how laughter, combined with mindfulness and meditation can be a great healer.

Ros will be presenting:
  • 27th Oct – Conference: Laughing at Adversity
  • 29th Oct – Immersion: How to write a Best Selling Book

David Cronin

David Cronin

Clown Doctor, Laughter Therapist, Coach, and Magician

In Laughter Yoga an important element is giving yourself permission to play. David will explore the 6 Play Personalities, the 6 Step Process, and 7 Play Properties, to better understand how we are programmed to play. It’s in our DNA.

David will be presenting:
  • 27 Oct – Conference: Playing Up
  • 29 Oct – Immersion: Experience a play workshop

 


Sylvia Liu

Sylvia Liu (aka “little Frog”)

Director – Fusion Culture Group, Fusion Laughter Club, Fusion Magic Club and Fusion Tai Chi

Sylvia is a volunteer and a community leader and her work is supported by the City of Sydney. She has worked extensively in the USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia, which inspired her passion in connecting people and bridging cultures of the East and West. Her focus at present is on the Chinese and Australian connection, through laughter, gestures, magic, drama, qi dance, music and performance.

Sylvia will be presenting:
  • 27th Oct – Conference: Bringing Cultures together with Laughter
  • 29th Oct – Immersion: Experience a Laughter Gestures Workshop

Shalani McCray

Shalani McCray

Founder of Live Alive Health Creation, EFT, abd GAPS practitioner

Shalani McCray describes herself as an advocate for Wellbeing.She could also be described as a university junkie, having studied early childhood education, nursing, remedial massage, nutrition, herbal medicine and more recently commenced the application process to study medicine.

Shalani will be presenting:
  • 27th Oct – Conference: The Princess of Poo says the gut is more important than the brain.
    29th Oct – Immersion: Laugh your guts out

Elva Zhang

Elva Zhang

Founder of PeaceLab and International Lawyer

According to quantum physics, our worlds are not as solid as we used to believe. It seems that all material reality is rooted in the invisible waves of unlimited potential. The key to collapse waves of potential into reality lies in our consciousness – our thought, beliefs, and emotions. Accordiing to neuroscience, our brain is also not as fixed as we used to believe. Rather, it is more malleable, and we are able to rewire it for joy. When we synthesize quantum physics and neuroscience, can you discover the hidden secrets of laughter as a creative power for a new self and new reality?

Elva will be presenting:

  • 27th Oct – Conference: Quantum potentials of Joy through Laughter.
  • 28th Oct – Immersion: Experience a Laughter Zen Playshop

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. Janni will also discuss her concerns about carers of all kinds and the Wellbeing strategies she includes in her Workshops. Her experiences and outcomes will be shared.Website www.jannigoss.com

Janni will be presenting:
  • 28th Oct – Immersion: Wellbeing Education and Caring for Carers.