Laughter Workshop

Laughter Workshop

using the power of games to connect, and let the laughter flow

WHAT’S THE INTENTION?

To incorporate more laughter, mirth, giggles, joy, goof and humour into our everyday lives.

WHY ARE WE DOING THAT?

The average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day. The average 40-year-old? Only four.  We can change that.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

FOR THE INDIVIDUAL: get to a calm place

Laughter has been shown to

  • reduce levels of stress hormones (cortisol and adrenalin)
  • increase mood-enhancing endorphins and neurotransmitters such as dopamine
  • increase infection-fighting antibodies
  • improve blood flow to the heart

Through deep breathing, laughing stimulates the vagus nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest), countering the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), all resulting in greater relaxation and heightened mood.

It’s also fun and it makes you happy.

FOR THE SOCIAL GROUP: get to a place of connection

Playing games in groups connects and bonds. Just as an individual needs break time to re-energise, so groups benefit from being brought together without the pressure of work. It’s down-time for teams.

WHO’S IT FOR?

Anyone willing to reconnect with their inner child.

Mixed age groups work really well, though are not essential.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Through games, games and more great group games:

  • Concentration games
  • Chasing games & chair-based games
  • Word and number games
  • Impulse and circle games
  • Drama and improv activities

There might also be some free laughter meditation, towards the end of the session.

Most importantly, it’s about the invitation to say yes to laughter – games just make that a bit easier.

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SESSION DETAILS

An hour-long workshop with up to 24 people. Dave will bring all the props needed.

FACILITATION TRAINING

Facilitating a group is part science, part craft.
These courses have a dual focus of getting the thinking right and getting the tools to do it well.

THE CORE OF FACILITATION
Level 1: one-day introductory workshop

THE CRAFT OF FACILITATION
Level 2: Eight-week evening intermediate course The Craft of Facilitation, level 2 group faciliation skills course by Dave Dunn

GROUP FACILITATOR

Specialised in youth groups and young adults.

Also good at leading strategic visioning & planning; hosting conferences; chairing AGMs; MC-ing open mic nights and cheer leading laughter workshops.

Take a look at his previous clients list.

Dave Dunn is organised and playful. dave.dunn.ie Group Facilitator

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS

Resilience, Time & Task Management,
Laughter, Listening, Creativity

These are interactive, engaging and empowering learning workshops.

Short two-hour or half day.

They're also good craic. dave.dunn.ie workshops