reckless purveyor of joy

 Laura Gentry, known as Laughing Laura, is an internationally known motivational speaker and the Founding Director of the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga. She's also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is currently the pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansing, Iowa. 

Laughing Laura has been a pioneer in spreading the laughter movement throughout the United States and around the world. She has presented Laughter Yoga on six continents and was selected by Laughter Yoga University as the first woman in America to become a Master Trainer of Laughter Yoga. Also a Laughter Ambassador, she has produced a number of creative, laughter resources including six CDs, a book and the film Laugh Friends: A Laughter Yoga Workout for Kids, which was recommended by the American Library Association and chosen by Operation Military Kid to be sent to children's whose parents were deployed overseas.

With over twenty years of ministry and motivational speaking experience, Laughing Laura brings joyful enthusiasm to her hilarious events. She's been in the press frequently and even appeared on Oprah. Some of her notable clients are Mayo Clinic, GE Healthcare, Houston Area Parkinson's Association, and UnityPoint Health. 


Whatever your programmatic needs, Laughing Laura can work with you to create an exciting, memorable experience for everyone. Energizing and motivating people to think creatively and work productively is easy with Laughter Yoga. Consider utilizing her laughter leadership at the following events:


 You can't go wrong with Laughter Yoga at conferences. These brief, large-group laughter experiences can provide an excellent ice-breaker at the start of an event, revitalize the group after lunch, and deliver a memorable send-them-home-with-a-bang closing session.


 Laughing Laura loves to do laughter programs for health care organizations. With a hilarious powerpoint presentations created uniquely for your event, she explains the scientific basis for therapeutic laughter and then allows participants to experience the joy of laughing in this way.


 Tired of the same old thing? Then create enjoyable events that encourage everyone's participation. Laughter Yoga is a fun and powerful way to help participants leave their inhibitions at the door and get into serious creative and learning mode. 


 Let the "Laughing Pastor" share her theological musings about the Joy of the Lord and how laughter helps increase it! As a minister, she thrives in the church setting and has worked extensively with church camps, women's groups, ecumenical gatherings and more. Learn how to pray with laughter, sing "Jesus Loves Me" as you chuckle and learn about the ancient tradition of Holy Hilarity Sunday. You'll be laughing out of the pews! 

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Check out this video of a ten minute radio interview Laughing Laura did. She shares more about the power of laughter and how she has shared it with groups around the world.