Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Our latest addition to the Laugh-Fest speaker line-up is none other than Clint Darr. He's recently given a TED Talk and now he's bringing it to the Laugh-Fest. His journey with laughter as an everyday educator turned him into a laughter powerhouse among his peers and has given him national acclaim for bringing a humorous approach to education in the afterschool environment with the simplicity of laughter. Sharing the outline of his TED program and the anecdotal stories and strategies he’s incorporated along the way, prepare for BIG FUN as we explore how to engage, energize and boost afterschool programs in your communities. Discover the wide range of life benefits personally and professionally and the techniques that keep it flowing, while exploring the benefits we offer others. ROTFL guaranteed!

Isn't it time you signed up for Laugh-Fest? There are too many things you won't want to miss. Remember that you can sign up for Saturday only or discount housing in order to save money. Click here to see the speaker page and get registered.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


LAUGH-FEST 2017! It is almost here. That's right. It's a little over a month away and today was supposed to be the early-bird discount deadline (ha ha ha) but just to make sure that more of you are able to take advantage of this fantastic deal, we're extending it until April 10th. YAY! But don't delay because that's coming up soon.

Still not sure if you've got time to come to Laugh-Fest this year? Then let me introduce you to Kenny Ahren.  This guy is going to knock your socks off!

Touring the planet for over two decades, Kenny Ahern has steadily built his reputation as a world-class family entertainer. Kenny has been a faculty member with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and The University of Wisconsin—La Crosse’s Clown Camp® (twenty years and this year he's directing it!). Kenny has been featured at the World Clown Association and Clowns of America International Conventions and the Clowns Around the World Festival/Conference—Singapore. He has also presented workshops for the Drama Departments of DePaul University, The University of Minnesota and the University of Virginia. Kenny will lead us in—get this—a PIE FIGHT! That’s right. He’ll teach us the clown art of making and throwing pies. We’ll also learn comic water spitting techniques sure to make you laugh.

I have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to throw a pie in someone's face, haven't you? I'm super excited. Kenny is presenting at Laugh-Fest and I will get to present at Clown Camp. Isn't that awesome? Let me suggest you register for both. I've been to Clown Camp and it's beyond fun.

Anyway, I live off the grid now and don't have a clear internet signal in my home (ha ha ha) which is why I haven't sent you many blogs about the Laugh-Fest. So I apologize for the radio silence. But believe me, this year's Laugh-Fest is turning out to be incredible. Not only do we have Robert Rivest presenting AND teaching a certified Laughter Yoga Leader course, but we have Lynda Tourloukis presenting AND teaching a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher course. On top of that we have Celia giving another soulfully comic concert AND teaching a workshop. Plus, we have Rev. Jane Voigts, the Laughing DJs, Teddy Widdel, Aaron Covey, Amanda Rhine and more! Please visit the Laugh-Fest presenters page to learn more.

REGISTER NOW at the LAUGH-FEST PAGE! See you soon. ha ha ha!

Monday, February 6, 2017


Big, big, happy, laughing news: the AMAZING Robert Rivest is going to be our keynote speaker/presenter/laugher at the 2017 Laugh-Fest! Robert, as you probably already know, is an internationally admired performer and teacher. In addition to being a renowned comic mime artist, he is also an accomplished health, literacy and stress relief educator, a gifted mindfulness teacher, a certified laughter yoga master trainer and an engaging public speaker. Since 1990 Robert Rivest has given over 7,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S. His mission is to use mindfulness, laughter and the performing arts to bring health and happiness to individuals and organizations around the world.

At the Laugh-Fest he will be performing a mime and giving a workshop called "Mindfulness, Expression and Laughter Yoga". You won't want to miss Robert's inspiration.

Not only that, he will be teaching a certified Laughter Yoga Leader class May 4-5 (the days leading up to the launch of the Laugh-Fest on the evening of the 5th). So that means you can come and train with Robert then proceed to laugh all weekend. What an immersion experience! Consider taking his class as a refresher if you are already a Laughter Yoga Leader. His style and giftedness as a teacher can help take your laughter practice to a whole new level! Visit Robert's website to register.

Robert Rivest with some of his happy students in Japan

To help you get to know Robert and his unique style, I suggest you laugh with him this week. He's made videos to laugh you through seven days, one for each day of the week. Check them out right here. Try it and you'll be hooked! 

Breathe & Laugh with Robert Rivest and friends 7 days a week!

Friday, January 27, 2017


Has it really been TEN YEARS? Well, yes it has! That's because Lynda Tourloukis started the "Laugh-Fest in the Midwest" a decade ago. Then, without realizing it I picked up the tradition by starting the "Laugh-Fest of the Midwest" right when Lynda stopped organizing it. When the two of us joined forces we realized that between the two of us (and a plethora of other amazing laughers) we had successfully put together nine years of laughter conferences here in America's heartland! Isn't that incredible? So this year, 2017, is the "Year of the Laugh"! We are celebrating a full ten years and we couldn't be more thrilled! YAY!

This blow-out Laugh-Fest will be held in Ferryville, Wisconsin from May 5-7, 2017. It will be an exciting weekend of laughter, fun, inspiration, creativity, dancing, singing and various merriment—all in a gorgeous, natural setting. Whether you are new to laughter yoga, a seasoned professional or just someone interested in joy and wellness, there's something for you at the Laugh-Fest.

Click here to visit the newly updated Laugh-Fest page with all the details and registration information. We need you there! And pitch us a presentation idea if you'd like.

Laugh-Fest is just a few months away. I can't wait to see you and delight in a weekend of pure bliss. See you there!

Monday, May 9, 2016


OH WOW! The Laugh-Fest of the Midwest is almost here! You can almost hear the laughter ringing already. The great news is that we have the largest group registered for the fest we've ever had. And the even better news is that there is still a bit of space left for you and your friends. YAY!

The'll be a costume party and talent show this year!

I get it, you're busy. Who has time to register months in advance? So for those of you who haven't yet, pop right over to the Laugh-Fest page and register now. It is not too late! If money's tight, consider the Saturday only option or the discount housing. Those are both found on the mail-in form right here. If you'd rather use Paypal for those options, email me at so I can invoice you.

Experience the elation of laughter!

Why come to the Laugh-Fest of the Midwest? Because it is a laughter vacation. It will enable you to spend quality time with other people serious about happiness and you'll get loads of laughter, inspiration, delicious food and time in nature. It's a joy-lift waiting for you. What could be better? Listen to my podcast interview that has more about the Laugh-Fest here.

I also want to thank the presenters who have put in such effort to create amazing experiences and who are making the trip to Ferryville to share their wisdom with us. We are so grateful for their generosity of spirit. You'll want to be at the Laugh-Fest just to hang out with these laughter giants. Read about them all here.

Feel the bond of laughter connect hearts and minds

And let you forget, there are two pre-conference workshops you can take to expand your learning and delight. Learn about Celia's Laughter and the Voice workshop here and Lynda's Genius Play workshop here. These experiences are incredibly unique so take advantage of this opportunity if you can.

Ray Wojciechowski will be at the Laugh-Fest making his wildly popular balloon creations!
This year's festival theme is YES! so please say YES and be with us for a weekend you won't soon forget. TEEEEEHEE!

Saturday, May 7, 2016


The Laugh-Fest is almost here! I can feel the giggles ascending already. You're excited to be, aren't you? Oh, and guess what? You can still register here right now! 

You know it begins this Friday, May 13th, but what you might not know is that there is going to be an incredible pre-event workshop all day at the camp in Ferryville. It is called the Genius Play Experience and it is being led by none other than Lynda Tourloukis.

"What is Genius Play?" You ask. Genius Play is another new innovation by the amazing Lynda Tourloukis. She's always on the cutting edge and here's your opportunity to learn from her.

Genius Play is an intriguing and inspiring experience where we can discover fun facets and learn more capabilities than we thought. This is an exploration that is light-hearted and playfully activates your ability to yield the potential of what is possible.

Discover what abilities you are not using and refine a few that you are. This is FUN. There is LAUGHTER. And there is OMG!!!

Hurry and register today. More information and registration is available at: 

You can say YES! To Genius Play and to the Laugh-Fest of the Midwest. 

And remember this is not the only workshop going on this Friday! There is also Celia Faran's Laughter and the Voice workshop, which is sure to be a fascinating experience. Learn more here. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


I'm excited to announce an awesome Podcast all about laughter as a lifestyle. It is an interview I gave for the Joy Factor Podcast with Julie Hanson, Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. This free resource helps people to boost their joy with various wellness practices.

Julie Hanson explains the mission of The Joy Factor in this way:

My mission is to help you remember your birthright. You deserve joy in your life and in your relationships. Let’s help you claim that shall we?

In addition to being an LCMFT (Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist), and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) I am a formally trained life coach and registered yoga teacher. I integrate the best of eastern and western schools of thought to help clients lead happier, more authentic lives. I am adept at the art of selecting an approach that fits the person or couple and strongly believe my clients have the inner resources to create the lives and relationships they want. My role is to act as a guide and strategist by offering direction, modeling new skills and sometimes simply holding the flashlight as the answers are discovered. My therapy clients include individuals, couples and families. I have taught hundreds of engaged couples how to prepare for marriage using an approach grounded in research, creativity and humor. I also regularly teach parenting and conflict management classes, relaxation groups, as well as a psychology of yoga and self-compassion workshops.

This interview is so much fun and I explain more about what will be happening at the upcoming Laugh-Fest of the Midwest. So please give it a listen here and share it with your friends! Thank you.