2007 List of Laughter Clubs in NSW
Updated for 2015
According to now defunct
Laughter Clubs NSW Inc
As background information, the list of NSW laughter clubs reproduced below is taken from Laughter Clubs NSW Inc. (LCNSW). With the passing years its getting more and more out of date, but is worthwhile to reproduce here.
LCNSW was an organisation that was established as a self regulating, nonprofit organisation in May 2000 by Shirley Hicks (www.shirleyhicks.com.au), a Sydney based Naturopath. The organisation’s goal was to bring laughter to the broadest section of the community. Shirley believed that laughing in the park should be a free community service and not a way to raise money, so the policy was there be no charge to attend, in line with the philosophy of the founding father of laughter clubs, Dr Madan Kataria. Laughter Clubs NSW was therefore supported by the effort of volunteers.
Shirley also provided quarterly one day workshops on laughter leading, on completion of which attendees were automatically covered under the association's public liability insurance should they choose to run a free community laughter club. I believe the cost of the insurance was met by someone's generous donation.
At the start of 2007 laughter leader training was suspended because, in Shirley’s words, “the resources of our Association are very limited” and that laughter leader training was now being provided locally by Dr Kataria on his occasional visits to Australia, and also by Steve Wilson’s organization in the USA.
Around August 2007 the Laughter Clubs NSW website closed and Shirley advised (in a private email to a third party) that the organization was folding although individual clubs would continue to run but independent of any official organisation. Ownership of the Laughter Clubs NSW website (www.laughterclubsnsw.com) was acquired by a Japanese organization which has nothing to do with laughter (go figure!), most probably because that site had backlinks and page rank. At the end of 2008 Shirley moved to Queensland. Good luck, Shirley, and thanks for your all your work in the past.
As at the time of the closing of the LCNSW website, Shirley listed the following laughter clubs for NSW. If you plan on visiting a club for the first time, best to call ahead to confirm its still on. The demise of LCNSW means that, at the moment, there is no umbrella organisation for laughter clubs in NSW. I created this website for fun, but am happy to hold together what I can as regards laughter yoga and laughter club opportunities in Sydney and NSW.
Please email me to update this list.
Cheers, Usuff Omar.
2015 Comment - one person has remarked that the above information doesn't positively potray laughter clubs - laughter organizations/clubs closing.
I know, it looks bad. In my personal experience I've met a few laughter organizers who start things off with great dedication and committment, yet after a few years become cold to what they've created.
People move on, regardless of what healing modality they choose.
Anyway, I still think it's worthwhile putting up the information above, otherwise LCNSW would have disappeared without a trace, and nobody would ever have known about the early heyday of laughter in Sydney. It would have been a ship passing in the night. I have admiration for all the laughter "pioneers" who paved the way, regardless of whether they continued on the path or not.
I'll always remember with fondness the intoxicating days earlier this millenium.
Time & Day
New! Starting Aug 15
Ocean Room - The Pavilion, Bondi Beach
Every Saturday (except some holiday periods)10am-11am
Bondi Beach LC Meet Up Page
(Note - previously led by Julia Gusman 0450 743 795 at The Chapel by the Sea, 95 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach, NSW at 11am on Sat. Now at 10am at Bondi Pavillion. WELL DONE JULIA FOR YOUR GREAT WORK!)
Ashfield Park near the BBQ area where Ormond Street and Gower Street intersect
2nd Saturday of the month at 9 am
Club was started by Uttam Mukherjee.
Initially met every Sat, but now once a month.
Central Coast- Terrigal Confirmed going strong April 2010, thanks, Hans.
Terrigal at reserve on corner of Willoughby Road and Terrigal Drive, picnic table closest to lagoon on Willoughby Road
Still going strong! Feb 2012
02 9520 6104
Active Aug 2015
Just Balance Yoga Studio
17 Hughes Place East Lindfield
aka Laughing Be
0411 087 363
Lindfield LC moved into this current premises
at East Lindfield on 7 January 2015.
Previously they were at Lindfield Arcade
(near train station and above Franklins)
27-31 Lindfield Ave, Lindfield.
Galston Going strong! 2013. Thanks, Cherie.
0422 547 678
Hobart Laughter Club Going strong in September 2009 - Thanks Annette!
St. David’s Park, near Rotunda (under large pine tree if raining.)
Saturdays at 10am
Previously met at 8:30am, now I believe they meet at 9am. Led by Maria and Jan.
going strong 2013!!
Valentia Street Reserve Woolwich
Liverpool Womens Health Centre (Women only) ??
26 Bathurst Street Liverpool
Peta or Lorena
This may not be running.
This may not be running.
Active - Oct 2011
Showground in Murwillumbah
Newcastle - Throsby Laughter Club
Confirmed July 2011
Islington Park, Islington. (Meets between the children's play area and the footbridge to Tighe's Hill.)
Virginia or Anna
Virginia 0417 293388 or Anna 0403 043647
Newtown - Going strong, into 14th year now.
Camperdown Memorial Park
0400804354 or email@example.com.
This club started in 2011 and is still continuing.
I lead this one :-)
North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller St, next to and behind Stanton Library, North Sydney
This club was started by Jacki Curran in 2007.
In 2009 I took over from Jacki.
Balgowlah School for Seniors (doesn't meet during school holidays) Jim informed me on Jan 28 2012 that this club will probably fold because of lost of regular members
Uniting Church Hall
Information left here for archival purposes only. Club no longer running.
Thanks, Jim, for your great work in the past.
I love and miss you.
Sydney CBD - Call ahead, not sure still on.
Suite 203 127 York Street - opposite QVB’s middle entrance on York St side. Friday 12.30- 1.30pm Michael Shineberg 0403777360 or email David Low at firstname.lastname@example.org This club ran briefly before closing.
Well done, Michael and David, for bringing laughter into the Sydney CBD.
Record left here for archival purposes.
Source : Laughter Clubs NSW Inc
Another source of laughter clubs in Sydney is the Laughter Yoga International website. (Again, check before going as parts of the list may be outdated.)
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