Bristol Laughter Workshops

Laughter Yoga / Hasya Yoga / yogic laughter

and nls: natural laughter skills

with Joe Hoare, for

mindfulness, happiness and stress-free living


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)

Next session: Tuesday 20th September 2016, 7.30-9pm, Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8PE Here is the map

Here is a recent comment:

'Hi Joe,

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this evening! I must admit that I was a bit sceptical at the beginning, but really got 'into' it once I warmed up. Can you please put me on the list for next month?  

Still with a smile on my face



To book, ring me on 07812159943, or email

Here is a short video from some group sessions

Here is 'Laugh of the Day' #105 from Dave Berman's Daily Laughers

Here is a short MBS (Move Breathe Smile) video from the May 2016 newsletter

Read the book based on these sessions:


These sessions are on the 3rd Tuesday evenings monthly

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


  • 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.

    You can buy it here (Amazon, kindle)

    It is also available in paperback on (as well as amazon).

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

  • What are the benefits of laughter? Click here to listen to a radio interview with Joe Hoare.

  • Watch the award-winning 13-minute documentary 'The Best Medicine' about Jon, his tumour, and the impact of Bristol laughter club laughter practices.

    "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






A little bit of history

2014 - 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 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.


'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.'



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