The first Canada Laughter Yoga Conference held in Toronto, Ontario, has been substantially approved of from the responses of participants. The weekend of November 9th and 10th firmly established the presence of Laughter Yoga International in Canada with the participation of founders Dr. Madan and Madhuri Kataria presenting a keynote address on Saturday evening, followed by an advanced training seminar on the Sunday morning.
Linda Leclerc - Master Trainer for Laughter Yoga International in Canada provided full support in contributing to the success of the weekend in addition to the outstanding efforts from everyone involved in arranging and organising the event.
Registrants arrived from many of the provinces of Canada, USA and United Kingdom and as far away as Dubai (U.A.E.).
A superb lineup of presenters shared their knowledge, skill and experience. Live music and dancing provided a party atmosphere before the close of the first day which culminated in a resonant gong meditation given by Sophie Terrasse.
Sunday afternoon provided space for those who wished to speak to the assembly and concluded with comments and recommendations for ways to further enhance the association of Laughter Clubs, Laughter Leaders and Teachers within the growing network of practitioners of Laughter Yoga.
A special announcement from Dr. Kataria stated Canada Laughter Yoga Conference 2014 will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Preparations will begin shortly.
The closing ceremony brought everyone together for laughter blessings and cheer before parting and farewells, although the fun was far from being over.
Albert Nerenberg - creator of the hit movie Laughology, provided the ultimate finale in co-ordinating a coinciding presentation: ‘The Great Canadian Laughing Championships’
with Dr. Madan Kataria opening the proceedings in the culmination of a series of laughing contests held in various regions to find the most outstanding laugher in Canada. Toronto Laughter Yoga Teacher, Gary Johnston took the title under challenging conditions in a field of highly motivated contestants. Very good, very good, yayyy....
A compilation of footage and camera stills combined with a fuller report on the conference will be available in the near future.
photo credit: Frank Pasquill (Toronto).