We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the Laugh-Fest 2017 will be internationally admired performer and teacher Robert Rivest. In addition to being a renowned comic mime artist, he is also an accomplished health, literacy and stress relief educator, a gifted mindfulness teacher, a certified laughter yoga master trainer and an engaging public speaker. Since 1990 Robert Rivest has given over 7,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S. His mission is to use mindfulness, laughter and the performing arts to bring health and happiness to individuals and organizations around the world.

At the Laugh-Fest he will be performing a mime and giving a workshop called "Mindfulness, Expression and Laughter Yoga". You won't want to miss Robert's inspiration.


Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

Lynda Tourloukis will be offering a 5-day Laughter Yoga certification course April 30-May 4 right here in the Midwest. It will be held at the same venue so you can do both events. Visit Lynda's website to learn more and register.

Robert Rivest will be offering a 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader certification course May 4-5 right here in the Midwest. It will be held at the same venue so you can do both events. Visit Robert's website to learn more and register.

The retreat center where this event is being held is in the country outside of the river town of Ferryville, Wisconsin. Please consult the map above for the exact location. The nearest airport is La Crosse, Wisconsin. If you are flying in for this event, we'll do our best to hook you up with a carpool.

Robert Rivest

What makes Laugh-Fest mindblowingly awesome is the presenters. We have so many this year that they don't fit on this page! We've made a whole new page of presenters, so check it out here.​

You deserve a laughter vacation!

All in a Beautiful Retreat Setting

Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader


Registration is now open! The all-inclusive price for the 10 year anniversary of the Laugh-Fest of the Midwest 2017 will be just $265 and you can save even more if you get the Early-Bird special by registering before April Fool's Day ($249). This includes 2 nights of shared retreat housing with a bathroom either in the room/cabin or down the hall, all meals, healthy snacks, and a myriad of delightful programming for the entire weekend. Use the convenient paypal link below to pay securely by credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, print the form below and mail to: PO Box 11, Marquette, IA 52158. 

The camp itself lends a great deal to the overall experience. That's why we've been holding the Laugh-Fest here for years. Not only do you connect with your laugh, your soul, your friends—old and new—but you connect with the natural world. This makes the experience that much more whole.  There are 635 pristine acres of wilderness at the camp and incredibly comfortable cabins. A guided hike will be offered but you're also free to explore the camp on your own. May is an awesome time to be in Ferryville!

Has it really been TEN YEARS? Well, yes it has! That's because Lynda Tourloukis started the "Laugh-Fest in the Midwest" a decade ago. Then, without realizing it, Laughing Laura picked up the tradition by starting the "Laugh-Fest of the Midwest" right when Lynda stopped organizing it. Then, the two laughing ladies joined forces and realized that between the two of them (and a plethora of other amazing laughers) they had successfully put together nine years of laughter conferences here in America's heartland! Isn't that incredible? So this year, 2017, is the "Year of the Laugh"! We are celebrating a full ten years and we couldn't be more thrilled.

This blow-out Laugh-Fest will be held in Ferryville, Wisconsin from May 5-7, 2017. It will be an exciting weekend of laughter, fun, inspiration, creativity, dancing, singing and various merriment—all in a gorgeous, natural setting. Whether you are new to laughter yoga, a seasoned professional or just someone interested in joy and wellness, there's something for you at the Laugh-Fest.

This year's schedule is just getting formulated but if you check out  last year's schedule here you can get an idea of what if will involve.

The 2017 Laugh-Fest will will include a plethora of activities including: 

• laughter yoga sessions

• a Celia concert

• everybody-wins games 

• a costume party

• a talent show

• guided hike

• a laughing labyrinth walk

• dancing—hip hop, folk & meditative

• campfires with singing

• a wood-fired sauna

• massage therapy (for additional price)

• a horse cart ride

• wearing pantsuits

• a field-trip to a laughing church

• meditation

• inspirational presentations

...and much, much more!