Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Hello Laughter Friends,
Has 2013 has been a good year for you? Through the ups and downs, I hope you've been able to laugh your way through it, or at least flash a dazzling smile once in a while. This life we're living is so very precious.

I just wanted to send out a Laughing New Year greeting to each and every one of you. May 2014 bring you more joy, more connection and more meaning! Laugh your way into it. You can do it! Here are some important dates:

• LAUGHTER YOGA TRAINING will be held March 21-23 for the LEADER training and March 21-25 for the TEACHER training in Ferryville, Wisconsin. Visit the Laughter School page to learn more and get registered: http://www.laughinglaura.com/laughter-school-1.html

• LAUGHFEST of the MIDWEST will be held May 16-18, also in Ferryville, Wisconsin. Click here to learn more: http://www.laughinglaura.com/laughfest.html

It's kind of ironic that I run the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga and yet most of my events are now held in Wisconsin. ha ha ha! It's just where the area retreat center is and we all love to meet there.

This year, I became a facilitator of a therapeutic process known as Family Constellations. It is incredibly healing and it's blown my laughter socks off to see how much it can transform people. Of course, I've already figured out a way to utilize laughter in the cathartic process (and presented about this at the national constellations conference in Seattle this fall). Learn more about it at: laughingconstellations.com. If you are interesting in scheduling a session with me but live far away, no problem. I do Skype sessions now, which work just as well as in-person ones.

On a personal note, William and I are getting set for a big move to our new off-grid home in the woods. The building is still going on (and believe me, we are laughing about it or we might not survive the process) but we hope to be moving by spring...or summer...or fall...ha ha ha...but 2014 is the YEAR! It's in our area so we'll continue to pastor our churches but we will have a whole new simplicity of life and connection to the earth—using solar power and burning wood for heat. I could not be more excited! Plus, we have built a studio for small group retreats. Stay tuned for future events to be held at The Gentry Joint.

Cliffs on our new property

In the meantime, I've been doing fewer laughter yoga classes and speaking engagements because I'm busy downsizing. I have begun a blog about the process, which I hope you'll check out. Here's the address: thestuffofmystory.blogspot.com.

Please drop me an email and let me know how you're doing. I think you're AMAZING!

Love and laughter to you and yours,
Laughing Laura