Courses

We coach, train and transform individuals, groups, and organizations using laughter and play based exercises.

Check out our Month-Long Jewish Laughter Retreat

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virtual mini courses

Our themed courses will take you from stress to opportunity.

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40 Day Laughter Challenge

Join our group coaching program and enjoy the benefits of laughter for 40 days

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virtual weekly classes

Our classes will bring you back to your center and ground you in laughter and play. 

mini courses

Marbim Basimchah: Month-Long Jewish Laughter Retreat

The Talmud teaches that with the beginning of the month of Adar, we are encouraged to increase our happiness. How do we cultivate joy in the midst of isolation, loss, and fear? Laughter, Torah’s Living Wisdom, and Community.

For the month entire month of Adar, Rabbi Getzel Davis and Laughter Coach Shimon Darwick will offer weekly morning Torah Laughter sessions to warm up our sunken hearts.

Join our Kick-Off Session: Preparing for Adar with Torah, Laughter, and Community *Wednesday, Feb 10, 9:15 am – 10:30 am*

Details for the retreat: We’ll be meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9:30-9:50 am, February 15 – through March 12.

Each 20 minute morning session will consist of: 15 minutes of laughter exercises to awaken our body, mind, and souls followed by 5 minutes of studying Jewish wisdom and sharing moments of joy with each other.

Teachings and practice instructions will be recorded for folks who missed sessions, but for privacy we will not record the group practices.

Check out the full details and registration for the mini course below. 

2021 fall mini course

Marbim Basimchah: Month-Long Jewish Laughter Retreat

Kick-Off Session: Preparing for Adar with Torah, Laughter, and Community
Wednesday, Feb 10, 9:15 am – 10:30 am
 
The retreat:
We’ll be meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9:30-9:50 am, February 15 – through March 12.
Each 20 minute morning session will consist of: 15 minutes of laughter exercises to awaken our body, mind, and souls followed by 5 minutes of studying Jewish wisdom and sharing moments of joy with each other. Teachings and practice instructions will be recorded for folks who missed sessions, but for privacy we will not record the group practices.

Anyone who would like to infuse more laughter and a little dose of Torah learning into their life, relationships, businesses, community, etc:  
Introverts and extroverts, pretty much anyone and everyone.

Pricing: Sliding scale $36-$180 (choose your participation level)
$36-72 Registration (up to 2 days/week)
$118-180 Registration (up to 3 days/week)
Invite your partner to join for $18 (for once a week) or $36 (for up to three times a week).
(You can always add a one-on-one session with Rabbi Getzel or Coach Shimon for $80.)

Please let us know if you have questions about pricing. We both want it to be accessible to everyone and invite you to be generous to the extent you are able.
  • Stress relief
  • Improved social dynamics in their primary relationships
  • A sense of peace, relaxation and lightness in the midst of COVID-19
  • Reducing emotional dissonance and mental fog

40 Day Laughter Challenge

JYFL 40 Day Laughter Challenge

More information on 40 Day Laughter Challenge coming soon!

Join Shimon and his team on the journey towards finding our laugh and inherent joy. The purpose of laughter yoga is presence. It uses a playful approach to connect with ourselves and others while experiencing the full range of emotions. During these stressful times, laughter can be used to relieve stress, build immunity and increase vitality.

Challenge Details

Starting on January 1st, 2021

 

All sessions of this program will be held on zoom. We will also use WhatsApp as a group text platform

By signing up for the 40 day Laughter Challenge, you commit laughing everyday for a specified length of time which you will determine. 

As a group, participants will receive laughter yoga classes, education on the benefits of laughter yoga, homeplay assignments, continued prompts and support to keep your laughter elevated, interesting and engaged. Zoom sessions will be an opportunity to connect with group members, explore our laughter journey together and build accountability.

Anyone who would like to add more laughter into their life, relationships, businesses, community, etc:  
Introverts and extroverts, teachers, leaders, therapists/social workers, care-givers, Yoga Teachers, Health care professionals, Recreation Therapists, pretty much anyone and everyone.

$200

leader training

JYFL laughter yoga leader training

This training is for yoga teachers, holistic health and wellness practitioners, health care professionals, activity and recreation therapists, entertainment professionals, elder care managers, staff members in assisted-living facilities, marriage and family therapists, sales professionals, senior center staff, teachers, leaders of support groups and religious groups as well as anyone who would like to add more laughter into their lives!

Join Shimon and his team on the journey towards finding our laugh and inherent joy. The purpose of laughter yoga is presence. It uses a playful approach to connect with ourselves and others while experiencing the full range of emotions. During these stressful times, laughter can be used to relieve stress, build immunity and increase vitality.

Spend three days learning the history, theory and practice of Laughter Yoga. This training is fully online with “homeplay” assignments between Zoom sessions. Use the experience for your own personal self-care reset or to become certified to share laughter yoga with others. With the certification you will design sequences to teach Laughter Yoga to others! 

Training Details

Our next Laughter Yoga Leader Training will be early 2021! Please check back for more details!

Three Sundays: | 10 am – 1:00pm EST

All sessions of this training will be held on zoom.

In this experiential training, you will learn what laughter yoga is, how it works, the benefits, facilitation, and the sharing of it to friends, family, unique populations, and to businesses.

Anyone who would like to add more laughter into their life, relationships, businesses, community, etc:  
Introverts and extroverts, teachers, leaders, therapists/social workers, care-givers, Yoga Teachers, Health care professionals, Recreation Therapists, pretty much anyone and everyone.

For certificate option: $250, non-certificate option: $200

  • Attendance at all three training sessions 
  • “Homeplay” assignments: 1-2 hours per week
  • Observation Hours: Two hours of observing laughter yoga classes in person or online
  • Practicum Class: Promote and lead your own 30-60 minute laughter yoga class.
  • You will then receive a Laughter Yoga Leader Certificate through Laughter Yoga International
(You can also participate in the training without working towards certification)
  • 9.5 hours of experiential training over Zoom.
  • Additional out-of-class hours for experiential learning practicums, observations and exercises and “homeplay”.
  • A Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Manual
  • Stress relief
  • Improved social dynamics in their primary relationships
  • A sense of peace, relaxation and lightness in the midst of COVID-19
  • Reducing emotional dissonance and mental fog

weekly classes

weekly offerings | wednesday @ 7:30 am

Our classes are composed of a series of exercises done in a group to relieve stress, unlock creativity, and energize the mind and body. We use laughter as an exercise using basic yoga and breath (pranayama) and specific, playful, everyday life scenarios to create lightness and a new perspective.

Laughter…Plato hated it. The bible discouraged it. The school you went to, probably, banned it. In our classes we will delve into the power of laughter as enlightenment tool (lighten up tool) to deal with everyday stresses, embrace our choice to be joyful in all areas of life, and to live in the present moment without needing to learn anything new or complicated. 

In our classes we use laughter to engage both the sympathetic and parasympathetic which energizes and relaxes the body and mind due to the high levels of oxygen intake. We infuse everyday situations with play and laughter and uncover the union with ourselves, others, and the universe.

2021 courses at a glance

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retreat

2021

Kick off:
Feb 10, 9:15 am

Marbim Basimchah: Month-Long Jewish Laughter Retreat

Beginning with a kick-off on February 10, we’ll meet three times a week, 20 minute morning sessions with 15 minutes of laughter exercises to awaken our body, mind, and souls followed by 5 minutes of studying Jewish wisdom and sharing moments of joy with each other.

on Zoom

Feb 15 - Mar 12

M, W, & F
9:30-9:50 am

weekly

class

2021

laughter yoga class

Virtual; drop-ins welcome. No experience required. 

on Zoom

wednesdays

7:30 am - 8 am EST

We believe motivation, vitality, and connection can be discovered through play and laughter.
Are you ready to break through your barriers and start seeing results? We focus on rewiring our minds and hearts to newly approach them.

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow older.
You grow older because you stop laughing.”