Bristol Laughter Workshops

 * mindfulness * happiness * stress-free living *

nls: natural laughter skills & laughter yoga with Joe Hoare

Next session: Tuesday 17th February 2015

7.30-9pm, The Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square

  • It's a special evening - it's my birthday!

  • And there's a special screening of the Award-Winning short documentary

'Best Medicine' based on the work of the Bristol Laughter Club (TY Martin & Gary)


  • Special price for the whole evening: £10 for 1 person, and £10 for 2 people, ie £5 each - so, bring a friend!....or more as it's £5 per person after that

To book, ring me on 07812159943, or email

Get practicing your 'Inner Smile' and 'Laughter Meditation' - listen for free / buy your own:

downloads available here.

Oprah Winfrey wrote: "Laughter Yoga combines laughter with yogic breathing exercises. It is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time. It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it's easy to laugh even if you're depressed or in a bad mood. Last year I highlighted Laughter Yoga on my TV program. I've tried it, and it works." (1/14/08)



These sessions are on the 3rd Tuesday evenings monthly - and watch this space for December lunchtime laughter yoga sessions

It's good value for 1 person: £12

better value is 2 for: £20

3 for £25

4 for £30

5+ £7pp

and if you've been before, it's only £8

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Read the blog yet? Articles on laughter / happiness / depression / stress / productivity - there's something for everyone here.



The book: 'Awakening the Laughing Buddha within', co-authored with the Barefoot Doctor, is based on the Bristol Laughter Club and promotes mindfulness, happiness and stress-free living. It is full of stories, science & medicine, ancient knowledge, and practical exercises.

Read the introduction here. You can buy it here, now available in paperback on as well as amazon.


We were at Glastonbury (again) and featured on the Chris Evans show with Alex Jones



We had our 10 year anniversary in September 2013, we had a live skype link with Dr Kataria in India, and we had a fab evening.

We were in the Bath Chronicle and the Spark magazine

We've featured on BBC1, Discovery Channel, BBC2, Radio 4 and at Cheltenham Science Festival (three times). We've chatted with Johnny Walker on Radio 2, and led the UK's 1st National Sponsored Laugh-a-thon with the British Heart Foundation. We're regulars at Glastonbury Festival.



laughter yoga & nls: natural laughter skills - what do they do?


  • develop mindfulness
  • boost empowerment
  • help you live life on your own terms
  • beat stress
  • ease anxiety & depression
  • improve relationships
  • boost zest for life
  • increase health & happiness
  • and much more (Learn more here)

If you'd like to learn these skills to develop mindfulness, re-train your brain and/or to use

them yourself, c ontact me for details of the next course.



'I just wanted to let you know how I have been getting on since I came to the last Laughter Club meeting in September. I have been following your instructions to smile first thing every morning and last thing at night. Wonderful!

I have to say that I have felt a real change in me. My face seems lighter and I feel more positive. 

Last week whilst reading the news on Bristol hospital Radio my fellow news-reader read a funny story and I laughed until I cried and neither of us could finish the news through constant giggling. I do not remember the last time that I laughed that much and I wanted to thankyou for giving me courage to laugh out loud again.'

Jon, computer analyst.


'Just wanted to share with you that when I got home, talking to a friend on a phone many hours later,  I notice last night my cheeks where rosy and sore from so much smiling.  The same feeling has been all day today, I’m also aware my laughter a work has gone up a few notches on the volume today at work. My thoughts of the event itself was ‘yes. Great fun. Really good’… having this silly smile on my face 24 later.. it now ‘yes. Great fun… truly amazing’.

Pls. put my email details on the mailing list (once it arrives) and by all means you anything I’ve said as testimonial in any marketing you like! Thanks '

Martin Schofield

Sales Executive 


'The workshop was just great.  What a total relief to get out of my head and just let go.  Really letting go with the cheeks and tummy were aching after so much!!!  Thank you.  Amazing, after the workshop I seemed to have real energy coming from within and a sense of calm.  So, I will practice this amazing gift.'




Looking for Team Building? Energising conference presentation? Read this comment:

"He is able to capture, reassure and infect a large audience. He transformed us from a group of 130 tired, nervous skeptics to a room full of beaming, open hearted companions.
Within minutes of his session opening, the energy levels in the conference hall changed.
Bodies relaxed, spirits were lifted and we connected, naturally and simply with the people beside and around us. When the next formal conference session started, we were open, ready, receptive and full of energy and optimism.”

Jane Willis, Director, Willis Newson
Winner of a Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Award 2010
Winner of the Building Better Healthcare Award for Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare 2009

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